Katie Jobbins, DO, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS-Baystate
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
BERST Tracks: Teacher and Leader
"My involvement in BERST...has changed much of how I practice medicine and perform my job."
What do you like most about your job?
I get the most fulfillment when a resident I am working with has an ah-ha moment. I truly feel lucky to have the opportunity to impart my love of ambulatory internal medicine, lifelong learning, and leadership to the residents I work with every day.
Tell us about a teaching innovation or highlight that you are proud of.
The Humanities Curriculum track in the Internal Medicine Residency that I co-lead with Dr. Chris Bryson.
Our goal is to explore skills using a variety of activities that fall under the “humanities umbrella" to tap into physician fulfillment for our residents.
We found a variety of Humanities curricula at other institutions. Our curriculum is different because of its longitudinal nature and the scope of topics we will cover:
- Narrative Medicine (Telling a story, giving a history)
- Photography (Imagery and beauty in the mundane)
- Graphic Medicine (What we cannot convey with words)
Many of us used to write, dance, or act before we became physicians or healthcare educators. It's important to find time to enjoy these activities again.
What has BERST done for you?
My involvement in BERST through these tracks has changed much of how I practice medicine and perform my job—everything from how I communicate with patients and staff, to how I teach my learners.
I now work collaboratively with a much larger group of amazing people within the Baystate family, and it is all because of being a BERST member.