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Heather Davidson, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Assistant Director, Hospital and Specialty Medicine Service Line, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Washington School of Medicine

University of Washington
Box 358280
Seattle, WA 98195

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In terms of multidisciplinary teaching, I have regularly led multidisciplinary journal club talks and clinical updates in primary care clinic (for both physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs and nursing staff) as well as in preoperative clinic (with physicians and nurse practitioners in both medicine and anesthesia.) I have also participated in and led multidisciplinary systems redesign teams and quality improvement projects which have involved educational initiatives throughout the medical center. I also co-chaired the UW Hospital Medicine CME course this year (and plan on co-chairing next year) which was a two-day hospital medicine CME course open to varied health professionals.

I feel very passionate about internal medicine; I love my job, and I’m grateful for all the opportunities I have to share that enthusiasm and my clinical knowledge with the University of Washington medical students and housestaff, as well as my colleagues who I work with on a day-to-day basis. I know I gain just as much from my interactions with our students and housestaff as (I hope) they gain from me. I love to learn from them, and often truly come to understand something when I try to explain it to someone else. I appreciate having the opportunity to work with medical students, housestaff, and junior providers, to help them develop their clinical skills and professionalism, and to provide support and mentorship to them at a critical period in their academic development.

I hope to continue to grow and develop skills as a teacher and educational leader. In particular, I am interested in mentorship to help me turn projects which I might already be doing into more structured academic projects and increase my scholarly output. I also think the teaching scholars program will really help me become more effective as an associate program director with my focus on didactics and curricular development, and help me develop a foundation and framework for future projects with the residency program. I also think these skills will help me with multidisciplinary teaching and quality improvement initiatives as a clinical and administrative leader here at the VA.