I am a critical care anesthesiologist interested in improving healthcare communication.
I consider myself to have at least eight jobs (in alphabetical order):
*Mom and partner-in-crime
I am the proud mother of two girls. Let's call them Tsunami and Bear. And I wouldn't be able to do anything without my husband, my partner in crime.
I am board certified in anesthesia. I take care of patients undergoing mostly general surgery.
I am board certified in critical care medicine. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I take care of patients on life support, and help their families cope with sometimes devastating illness.
I work with an intrepid group of undergrads, medical students, residents, and fellows, all of whom are interested in research that improves patient care and patient outcomes.
I research teamwork, communication, and implementation science in acute care. I am particularly interested in handoffs, which are transitions in care during which errors are more likely to happen. I tend to use mixed methods, a blend of quantitative and qualitative techniques that have more explanatory power than either approach in isolation.
I teach medical students, residents and fellows about anesthesia and critical care. I try to emphasize the importance of compassion, respect, inter-professional practice and the skeptical use of scientific evidence.
7. University citizen:
I love being a part of the academy. I am a part of several interdisciplinary institutes and centers that bring together scholars of different disciplines to answer important questions. I am also a member of committees that oversee admissions, quality improvement, and resident evaluation.
I've been writing since college. Whether it's scholarly manuscripts, tongue in cheek op-eds, or perspectives on my experiences in medicine, I consider writing to be a vital way to connect with others.
In December 2012, a Penn undergrad interviewed me about my experiences with patient care and medical training. I'm including excerpts of this interview below.