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Care of families
Care of migrant families
Migrant children and adults
My academic passion is patient-engaged medical education, including doctor-patient communication, professionalism, physical examination and clinical reasoning. My focus has been primarily on curriculum design and innovation, having helped to develop, and then directed the Continuity of Care Clerkship, an interdisciplinary longitudinal elective for clinical students. I have been instrumental in designing and implementing Stanford's curriculum focusing on clinical skills for pre-clerkship students, as Associate Director of the Practice of Medicine course. I have created a number of teaching modules and Standardized Patient assessments for the Family Medicine core clerkship and Continuity Clerkship, and have been involved in faculty development for residents and faculty preceptors. Most recently, as Director of SHIELD, the Stanford Healthcare Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive I have the opportunity to introduce early medical students to meaningful, immersive clinical experiences in their first year. Patients are equal partners in the educational experience. Students add value to the interdisciplinary team while, learning to be compassionate change leaders, and patients help reinforce empathy and guide all of our learning.My research focus is on medical student professionalism, interpersonal communication and clinical skills.