Personal Statement

Prior to coming to UNM last fall, I was the residency program director at UVM for the past 5 years and associate program director for 7 years prior to that. From an administrative perspective, I gave oversight to recruitment and advancement of our 21 pediatric residents (7 per year). I mentored and monitored their professional development including biannual individualized learning plan meetings and progress in their subcompetency milestones. I was responsible for managing the overall curriculum and training to ensure compliance with ACGME RRC regulations, and at the same time that it was innovative, challenging, and engaging. Finally, I was responsible for our programmatic self-study, which was an iterative accreditation process that required adherence to improvement science methodology and included initiatives in the domains of faculty development, wellness and resilience, and diversity and inclusion. My involvement here at UNM looks to be similar as I have been selected to be an associate program director which started this past January.

Achievements & Awards

At the University of Vermont College of Medicine, I was a mentor for the Professionalism, Communication and Reflection foundations-level course, and completed my twelfth year of this commitment before leaving this summer. I served as a Careers in Medicine advisor for these PCR students (7 each year, and 28 at any given time across the four years of medical school) throughout their medical school careers. I also mentored public health projects for second-year medical students for the past 6 years. I interfaced with the third and fourth year medical students as a Clinical Preceptor for the Pediatric Clerkship rotation in outpatient pediatrics at University Pediatrics. Teaching at the resident level included my role as rotation director and clinic preceptor for pediatric resident Continuity Clinic. Within my clinical commitment, I also supervised and precepted pediatric, family medicine, and psychiatry residents who rotate through our clinical site. Additionally, I gave oversight to the Child Advocacy and Legislative curriculum, which is a required rotation for pediatric residency training. I continue in many of similar roles as these here at UNM.

Research and Scholarship

I served as principle investigator for a 3-year multi-center project in the domain of entrustable professional activities and how they relate to subcompetency milestones. The manuscript for this research project was published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education in February 2020. I was selected to participate in a national writing group sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to develop a set of pediatric entrustable activities that could be studied and disseminated as a national standard. These are published on the ABP website and now are undergoing validity research. I developed and gave oversight to a very successful longitudinal child advocacy and community pediatrics curriculum that has led to a number of pediatric resident grants, posters, and platform presentations. Finally, I continue to co-lead a project around healthcare disparities in Vermont, which has received the support of a Frymoyer scholar grant. The outcomes of this project include a phenomenological participatory social justice qualitative research manuscript, and a documentary that will be used in combination with a learning module to teach healthcare workers about disparities in the care of racial and ethnic minority populations.