The committees, boards, research teams, and organizations I have worked with have focused my attention on the critical goal of helping medical providers improve the lives and health of children with hearing loss and other chronic health conditions. The General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship curriculum provides training in research and professional mentoring to foster expertise in cultural, societal, community, and system factors affecting the quality of care and health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Rochester's large Deaf community provides an excellent local population to engage in clinical research, and I have found opportunities for collaboration with centers at URMC such as the National Center for Deaf Health Research in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Deaf Wellness Center, as well as the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Each of these institutions provides opportunities for broader implementation of my research on vulnerable children with hearing loss through collaboration on research projects and program development. I am honing my research skills and positioning myself to become a national leader in caring for the health of children with hearing loss and other chronic medical conditions.
Patient Care Bio
The general pediatrics clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital (URMC) was competitively selected to become a site for a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) for children in the Rochester, New York area. Working in this PCMH setting, where services are designed to be accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally competent, helped me to formulate my own model for how to offer optimal healthcare for families of children with chronic medical conditions, including children with hearing loss. As I tailored the PCMH model for families with hearing loss , my role in fulfilling their needs for effective communication became apparent, as families transferred to me from other providers within our university hospital-based clinic and from other community pediatric practices.
I found that I had built the first and only pediatric medical home for the Deaf community in Rochester, and had moved a step closer to realizing my vision for how to give families organized, specific, unbiased information so they can make the best decisions for their children with special needs. I am continuing this work as a general academic pediatric fellow at URMC, investigating how pediatricians and other providers in a child's medical home can improve the experience for patients after they receive a new diagnosis.
|Patient- and Family-Centered ICARE Award | University of Rochester Medical Center | Rochester, NY
|The Budzie Award | University of Rochester Medical Center | Rochester, NY
|Douglas P. Zipes, Research Prize in Medicine | Dartmouth Medical School | Hanover, NH
|Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program for Community Service | Dartmouth Medical School | Hanover, NH
||2000 - 2001
|Palaecopitus Senior Honor Society | Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH
||1997 - 1998
|Section 504/ADA Committee on Disabilities | Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH
||1995 - 1998
|William S. Churchill Award | Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH