Editorial Board Q&A: Grace Huang, MD

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Grace Huang, MD, Editor-in-Chief of MedEdPORTAL, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess, Director of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, Co-Director of the BIDMC Academy, and Associate Program Director in Internal Medicine

Describe your current activities. 

I have a marvelously multifaceted career, and its common threads are mentorship and scholarship. My faculty development roles allow me to cultivate the careers of faculty members seeking to excel as educators and leaders. For our residency program, I am responsible for resident evaluation and remediation, which is hard, meaningful work. I am the new Editor-in-Chief of MedEdPORTAL, which gives me the privilege of witnessing and shaping the innovative teaching efforts of faculty around the world. As an investigator, I am studying critical thinking, cognitive bias, high value care, and most recently, physician wellness.  Lastly, but not least, my clinical function as a hospitalist reminds me constantly of our ultimate mission as healers.

What gaps do you see in the current academic medicine scholarship?

I’ve always cherished the function of peer review. But my editorial role has given me an intimate window on its beauty…and where it falls short. I entered the position at MedEdPORTAL hoping to better explore the concept of “scholarship on scholarship” and to understand how we can build on a time-honored establishment and take it to the next level.

Name two to three seminal Academic Medicine articles that everyone in your field should read.

What issues will we be reading about in Academic Medicine in five years? 

As the interface between teacher and learner continues to blur, we will be reading more about peer learning and student-as-teacher programs.

We will fully recognize the power of simulation and will use it routinely for high stakes assessment.

Lastly, I pray in 5 years we will be reading about what we learned in conquering physician burnout.

What book(s) are you reading right now? 

I really ought to read more of the kind of books that would inform my work but I tend toward escapist literature instead. I just finished Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. This book spans millennia, beginning with the premise that the fragmentation of the moon into 7 parts will lead eventually to a meteoric shower that destroys the earth. How the world grapples with this inevitability is only the first half of the book…

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