The training I received as one of the first fellows in the Adherence Center provided invaluable mentorship across multiple areas of professional development. While nearly every training program offers experiences in research design and implementation, sophisticated statistical techniques, and specific chronic illness populations, I believe my training in the Adherence Center’s fellowship stands apart in three main ways: program development, flexibility, and variety. I was encouraged to gain training in motivational interviewing, develop and implement my own MI-based interventions for various research programs, collaborated with PI’s from multiple chronic illness groups, and developed working relationships with various providers in clinics and at the in-patient level. Every activity I participated in was by my choice and design; I developed my own interest-driven training program in close collaboration with my mentors and with my career development as a focus. The opportunities I had allowed me to obtain a competitive position with varied responsibilities. Part of my time is spent in the development and implementation of a hospital-wide outcome improvement initiative. As part of the endeavor, I collaborate with hospital leadership and partners across the country to ensure the utility, acceptability, and actual uptake of provider-based training in self-management. The other part of my time is spent in clinical care with patients from a wide range of chronic illness populations (because I specialized in adherence, not a specific disease group I have clinical flexibility). As the clinical service is an integrated clinical research program, I continue to use my research skills in the assessment and report of effectiveness data. Finally, I value the time I have as mentor in the fellowship training program and the chance to give back as much as I received.
Years in program: 2007-2008
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Director of Clinical Service, Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management, Cincinnati, OH
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