I’m a native Long Islander- I grew up in Wantagh, New York (right near Jones Beach). I did briefly leave the Island for college- I graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Integrative Neuroscience- however I returned to Long Island to attend medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. During medical school, I was selected into the academic medicine scholars program- which offers 16 medical students the opportunity to spend an extra year in school developing research, teaching, and practical skills in hopes of supporting interest in medical education. In return, I was awarded a full scholarship for my final 3 years of medical school. This program fostered my interest in medical education.
I completed my residency in Emergency Medicine at Zucker School of Medicine at Northwell- North Shore/LIJ. During residency we had access to a beautiful simulation center- the Center for Learning and Innovation at Northwell. It was here that I started to develop an interest in simulation- I loved how simulation could be used as an educational tool for medical training. It encompasses so many different domains- ranging from high technology mannequin-based scenarios, to utilizing standardized patients, to developing models for practice of high-risk procedures. Simulation allows learners to experience a high-stress scenario without causing any harm to a patient, and provides learners with a psychologically safe environment to discuss feelings, actions, and opportunities for improvement.
Following graduation, in addition to becoming an Attending Physician at Southside Hospital, I chose to complete a fellowship in Health Professions Simulation at Northwell. I worked closely with medical students, physician assistant students, nurse practitioner students, and emergency medicine residents at both North Shore/LIJ and Southside to develop learning opportunities through medical simulation. As part of my fellowship, I also completed a 5-day comprehensive simulation instructor course at the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard University. Simulation is… awesome. I am so excited to bring my passion for simulation to the residency program at Southside!
In my spare time, I like to binge-watch Netflix series, exercise, and play on my Nintendo switch (Crash Bandicoot and Just Dance are the best). I’m also a travel junkie and love spending time with my family, friends, and my pup Maci.