Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Describe your current activities.
My academic interests focus on two areas: physician well-being and competency-based assessment. I am currently studying the differences in perceptions of the learning environment between medical students, residents, and faculty, as well as trying to define the well-being needs of each group in one set of projects. My other work focuses on the development of assessment tools and faculty development for Entrustable Professional Activities in the GME setting.
What gaps do you see in the current academic medicine scholarship?
Like much other literature, educators haven’t spent as much time replicating the findings of important studies in different populations or settings. This becomes especially important as we consider national initiatives like incorporation of competency-based assessment and advancement.
Name two to three seminal Academic Medicine articles that everyone in your field should read.
I’m probably biased, but Academic Medicine’s publication of the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (Englander et. al., 2016), as well as the common taxonomy for physician competencies (Englander et. al., 2013) are papers that I turn back to over and over again.
What issues will we be reading about in Academic Medicine in five years?
I hope and strongly believe that we’ll be continuing to read about competency-based assessment, but that the conversation will have morphed more into how we can achieve competency-based advancement for our trainees across the continuum of medical education. I am hopeful that the issues surrounding physician well-being will not be as acute in 5-10 years because we will have improved recognition and changed our organizational structures to better support our healthcare providers.
What book(s) are you reading right now?
As I have a five-year-old at home, a lot of my reading is focused on Pete the Cat, Lightning McQueen, and other children’s characters. For my own reading, I recently discovered Abraham Verghese’s first novel, Cutting for Stone, which was a remarkable portrait of Ethiopia’s history interwoven with elements of surgical culture. Next up on my reading list is Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia by Gerta Saunders.