Education and Training
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Why are you interested in a career in Geriatrics?
My interest in medicine is based around the complex question of managing chronic disease states while improving the patient’s quality of life. In medical school, I realized that geriatrics provided me the right education and platform to tackle the challenges of chronic disease management in a patient population that is often frail and underserved by the current healthcare system. I am a strong believer in the need for geriatricians to guide and implement programs to optimize the health and welfare of our elderly population.
What are the strengths of the Duke Geriatrics Fellowship Program?
To me, the Duke Geriatrics department can be described as an idea incubator, where the whole culture is actively engaged in innovation – developing programs and identifying novel ways to improve the quality and function of older adults. The fellowship is well structured with set curriculum and diverse experience opportunities, while also offering enough flexibility in your schedule to take full advantage of the wealth of resources available to you across the Duke system. There is something for everyone, from state of the art research in the aging center, to education opportunities, to working with the hospital leadership teams on program development.
The city of Durham is also a great place to live. There are excellent restaurants and many available activities within easy driving distance. My wife and I often take day trips to the beach on weekends and we celebrated New Years in the mountains in nearby Asheville, NC.
What are your plans for the advanced fellowship year?
I am piloting a new advanced fellowship tract focused on developing leadership and management skillsets to prepare me for my future career goals. In addition to engaging in Duke leadership education and mentoring opportunities, my projects include working on expanding and publishing on the work of the Heath Optimization Project for Elders (HOPE) and developing the geriatrics strategic plan for the Duke healthcare system. I am also collaborating with my co-fellow, Daniel Parker, on a grant to pilot a community based organization referral program in the Durham community.
Career and Research Goals
My future career goals involve working within medium to large healthcare systems to develop programs for coordinating care of patients transitioning from hospital to post-acute facilities. I believe we need more geriatrics trained leaders to guide healthcare systems and post-acute care organizations as we confront the crisis of rising needs for geriatric and frail patients with limited financial resources. I will also continue practicing clinically in the context of skilled nursing facilities while I engage in leadership opportunities within a healthcare system.
Honors, awards, and distinctions
- 2015 The Society of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine Futures Program recipient
- 2014 Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM) Annual Award Summit recipient
- 2009 Arnold and Ruth W. Pian Scholarship Fund for UT Southwestern Medical students - for citizenship and academic achievement
Quality Improvement Projects:
- Lead a multidisciplinary group in examining population disparities and the impact on hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at Baylor University Medical Center.
- Launched a multidisciplinary committee to improve physician and nursing communication at Baylor University Medical Center.
Krol M. L. (April 2016), Hospital- Associated Disability in the Elderly "A Deep Look at Challenges and Solutions", internal medicine grand rounds presentation at Baylor University Medical Center