Current Research and Scholarly Interests
My research interests are in neonatal resuscitation and improving human performance within this realm. I have been drawn to neonatal resuscitation because it requires mastery of technical and behavioral skills to optimize patient outcomes. I have sought to expand my experience and expertise with simulation as an education and research modality during my postdoctoral fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. As such, my research is focused on the use of simulation to improve human performance in neonatal resuscitation. My research mentor, Louis Halamek, M.D., is the former program director of the neonatology fellowship program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and the founder and medical director of the Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE) at Stanford. CAPE is a simulation center that provides a realistic delivery and resuscitation room with microphones, cameras, and a computerized neonatal patient simulator, separated from a control room by a one-way mirror. These facilities have been in operation since 2002 and have been used to train hundreds of healthcare providers in the complex task of neonatal resuscitation. My primary research project during fellowship is a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the types of errors made by healthcare professionals during simulated neonatal resuscitation at CAPE, and a prospective, randomized controlled study to determine if utilization of standardized communication techniques can reduce those errors. After fellowship, I plan to secure a position as an assistant professor in neonatal intensive care at an academic institution. My academic focus will continue to be in neonatal resuscitation and the use of simulation for both education and research.