I started med school in 2003 when I was 44 years old. At that point I'd been an English Professor and had spent a decade as a singer-songwriter, touring internationally and recording CDs. I have tried to incorporate my belief that medicine is both an art and a science into both my teaching and my clinical practice. I love family medicine because it takes an inherently holistic approach to patients and their families, stresses patient autonomy and self-care as the foundations of longterm health, and finds beauty in all stages of the human experience, from birth up to and including death. Being a physician is never having to say "There's nothing more we can do."
|B.S.||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Biology, Humanities|
|M.A.||University of Chicago||English Language & Literature|
|Ph.D.||New York University||Poetics|
|M.D.||University of Connecticut School of Medicine||Family Medicine|
|Residency||University of Connecticut||Family Medicine Resident|
|Name of Award/Honor||Awarding Organization|
|Director of Behavioral Medicine at Asylum Hill Family Medicine Center||AHFM|
|STFM Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship: One of 16 educators chosen to participate in this year-long fellowship mentored by nationally-recognized leaders in the field of teaching and practicing behavioral health in primary care||Society of Teachers of Family Medicine|
|Saint Francis Hospital Teaching Fellow||Saint Francis Hospital / Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation|
|PCM Physician Teaching Award: Annual award given by first and second year medical students to a physician preceptor in the Principles of Clinical Medicine course.||UConn School of Medicine|
Behavioral health, palliative medicine, obstetrics, health literacy.
I am Co-Director of Behavioral Health at UConn's Family Medicine Residency Program, helping to develop and teach the year-long Psychosocial curriculum for second-year residents. I supervise residents on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service at St. Francis Hospital and precept them during their outpatient office hours. I have taught Principles of Clinical Medicine to both first and second year medical students. In the third year Family Medicine clerkship, I helped develop and teach the case-based didactic sessions, created paired seminar sessions in Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and supervise students in the clinical setting. I am also a member of the Core Faculty of the Urban Service Track, an interdisciplinary curriculum administered by AHEC; in this role I have helped design cases for and facilitated learning retreats as well as supervising students at community health events.
|Name & Description||Category||Role||Type||Scope||Start Year||End Year|
|Asylum Hill Family Medicine Informatics Committee: work with faculty, residents and in-house Medical Informatics expert to help customize outpatient Epic EMR for use at our practice.||Other||Local||2010||2016|
I have done research in the effects of music on patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries and on premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit; the latter was published in Clinical Pediatrics (2006).
|Title or Abstract||Type||Sponsor/Event||Date/Year||Location|
|Use of Narrative Medicine in Training Family Medicine Residents||Poster||STFM||2016||Minneapolis, MN|
|Music and the Healing Arts||Plenary Lecture||New England Region American Music Therapy Association||2014||CT|
|Tikkun Olam: Music as a Healing Art||Other||Pi Lambda Phi Society of West Virginia University||2013||West Virginia University, WV|