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Kerri Palamara, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She served as the Ambulatory Chief Resident at MGH, became an Associate Program Director in 2010, and now directs the Primary Care Residency Training Program. Her academic work focuses on physician coaching, faculty development, physician well-being, and innovations in ambulatory education. For her work, Dr. Palamara has won teaching awards at MGH, Partners Healthcare, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Palamara created, directs and participates in the Professional Development Coaching Program for Internal Medicine residents at MGH. This program was designed in conjunction with the Institute of Coaching at HMS to improve resident awareness of their growth, reduce burnout, and improve well-being. The coaching program was recognized by HMS for the Culture of Excellence in Mentoring Award and was featured by the AAMC as a model program to reduce resident burnout. The MGH coaching program has expanded nationally to 25 residency programs and Dr. Palamara is actively involved in onboarding, evaluating and sustaining these programs. Dr. Palamara has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic and contributes to the dialogue on physician well-being nationally as a member of several task forces.
A focus on the positive is the mindset behind a new coaching program in the Pediatric Residency and Fellowship programs at MGHfC. The coaching program aims to maximize the experiences of interns, residents and fellows by pairing them with providers who coach trainees on personal and professional goals.
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