Assistant Director for MEDEX— Spokane
I grew up in Rochester, MN and graduated from Drake University in 1993. Looking for adventure, I served for 2 years in the US Peace Corps. I worked in public health in a rural hospital in the Central African Republic. After returning to the US, I entered PA school at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and graduated in 1999. I started in family medicine but switched to emergency medicine in 2000. I received a research fellowship from the University of Iowa College of Public Health and completed my PhD in Epidemiology in 2010. The last project I worked on was a study on mortality and cancer incidence of former Iowa munitions workers.
I joined the MEDEX faculty in 2010 and help coordinate several courses: Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health and Investigative Skills. I also enjoy teaching some of the Emergency Medicine topics such as psychiatric and toxicological emergencies. My research interests include medical error and the art of teaching clinical decision-making to students. I continue to work clinically in emergency medicine and regularly precept MEDEX students.