1. Describe your current activities.
My clinical work is outpatient general internal medicine, about four half days per week, and inpatient attending duties, 12 weeks per year. My current research focuses on how best to structure attending rounds. My administrative duties include my role as the executive medical director of Penn Signature Services, which includes Penn Global Medicine, and co-directing Penn’s Academy of Master Clinicians.
2. What gaps do you see in today’s scholarship?
We have not been able to translate educational interventions or actual changes in physician/learner performance into patient outcomes, apart from performance on tests and similar pedagogic outcomes.
3. Why do you read Academic Medicine?
There is no better source of information on what is happening in undergraduate and graduate medical education, nor is there a better source of information on issues pertaining to academic medical centers and teaching in general.
4. What issues will we be reading about in five years?
I hope we will be reading about how medicine and medical education can become more patient centered, even as we move forward with informatic and technological advances. I am deeply concerned about the erosion of clinical skills and hope we will see this emphasized in the future.
5. What book(s) are you reading right now?
I recently read The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown and Born Round: A Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite by Frank Bruni. The latter was of academic interest only, of course.