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Vasundhara Singh, MBBS, MD is an Associate Program Director and Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Mount Sinai West and Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine. Vasundhara’s areas of professional interest include graduate medical education and high value care. Vasundhara can be followed on LinkedIn or contacted via email.
Dr. Vinod Nambudiri is an associate physician in the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Dermatology actively practices both disciplines. His research interests include innovation and technology in medical practice, the clinical workforce, and physician leadership. He is passionate about medical education, and currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program; he has previously served as Program Director for a Transitional Year residency program as well. Dr. Nambudiri has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, and has mentored multiple trainees at the medical student and resident levels. His clinical interests include cutaneous oncology (including skin cancers and skin complications of cancer therapies) and complex medical dermatology. Dr. Nambudiri received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his MD from Harvard Medical School, his MBA from Harvard Business School, and completed his clinical training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Combined Dermatology residency program. Outside of his clinical responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons.
Dr. Terner is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ with a focus on inpatient medicine. She is also an Academic Hospitalist and frequently attends on the inpatient service. Dr. Terner is interested in transitions of care, as well as teaching residents communication skills, particularly around goals of care and end of life discussions.
Dr. Diekman is Chief Resident at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, and concurrently an MPH candidate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology (graduation expected spring 2022). Dr. Diekman is passionate about the health of healthcare workers, public health, epidemiology, bioethics, civil rights, and workplace determinates of health. Immediately prior to residency at Johns Hopkins she graduated magna cum laude (top 8% of her class) from law school (May 2020). During law school she was active as a national level moot court team member, a representative to the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the president of the school’s ACLU chapter, a board member of the Central Florida ACLU, a legal intern for the NAACP, a legal intern at MMTC (civil rights), a student liaison for the Ethics Section of the American Public Health Association, and a speaker at national conferences, including for the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Diekman researches workplace equity and safety. She serves on serval national committees: the American Bar Association Science and Technology Law Section: Member, Membership and Diversity Committee, the American College of Legal Medicine(ACLM) Annual Conference, ACLM Inaugural Programing Committee(Chair), and Education Committees (Chair of student posters). She has participated in policy drafting and advocacy in the area of civil rights, healthcare access, and public health equity. She has been interviewed and cited as an expert in print articles, television, and podcasts on medico-legal issues, healthcare workers with disabilities, and workplace equity. Her work has been recognized at the national level with the I Stand with Her Award (Honorable Mention), awarded at the 2019 Inaugural Women in Medicine Summit and the Young Leader Poster Award (1st place) at the 61st Annual Conference of the American College of Legal Medicine.
Dr. Dyrbye is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Division of Community Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, and is a thought leader in physician burnout and engagement. As Co-Director of the Program on Physician Well-Being, she has conducted numerous national and multi-institutional studies, conducted randomized clinical trials of possible solutions, and been an innovator. She is frequently invited to give presentations both nationally and internationally and has authored >130 journal articles, abstracts and other written publications related to physician well-being.
She has received 11 competitive research grants to support her work. Dr. Dyrbye also co-developed the Well-Being Index and an interactive web-tool that provides a validated instrument for self-assessment, access to tailored resources, and organization level reports with comparisons to national norm. In addition, she led efforts, in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to develop and disseminate information on how medical schools (https://bit.ly/2T2mx3C ) and residency programs (https://bit.ly/2j4qK3U ) should respond in the case of a trainee death by suicide, to mitigate the risk of contagion, and help promote a culture of healing after a tragedy.
Her research has translated to meaningful changes for physicians, including physician well-being now being on the scorecard for organizational leaders and state medical licensing boards modifying their questions about physicians’ mental health. Dr. Dyrbye’s work was the impetus for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience where she continues to serves and advise the ongoing work (2017-present). Within this role, Dr. Dyrbye wrote a NAM discussion paper “Burnout Among Health Care Professionals: A Call to Explore and Address This Underrecognized Threat to Safe, High-Quality Care,” the most downloaded NAM discussion paper to-date. As a result of this collaborative, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine funded the “Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-being in October 2018. Dr. Dyrbye was nominated and ultimately selected to be a member of this prestigious committee, and the report, Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being, was released in the fall of 2019. The report calls upon leaders in health care organizations to prioritize major improvements in clinical work environments to prevent and mitigate clinician burnout and foster professional well-being. In recognition of her expertise, Dr. Dyrbye is frequently asked to review for major scientific journals (New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, etc.).
Dr. Wilensky is a 2014 graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and she did her psychiatry training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston in 2018. She completed a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center in 2019, after which she joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine. She now serves as the Program Director for the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry fellowship, and Associate Program Director for the general psychiatry residency. She has special interests in ICU psychiatry and the intersection of psychodynamic psychotherapy and consultation-liaison psychiatry.
Dr. Saadia Akhtar is the Associate Dean for Trainee Well-being and Resilience in the Office of Well-being and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the previous Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed a five-year, combined residency in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Akhtar is nationally recognized for her work with several organizations and activities. She is a Past President for the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD). She is an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). She is also a faculty member for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)-CORD Resident Teaching Fellowship. She is also the Co-Course Director for The Collaborative for Health and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) GME Well-being National Course.
Dr. Akhtar has received several national awards for her dedication to medical education, emergency medicine and community service, including the prestigious 2018 ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award for Program Director excellence and the 2018 Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Michael P. Wainscott Program Director Award.