Meet the New Course Director: Rachel Humphrey, M.D. Human Development and Reproductive Health
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Jericho, Vt. - I’m a Vermonter through and through.
Where did you attend medical school?
I graduated from UVM College of Medicine and did my residency in family medicine at UVM Medical Center.
What drew you to your specialty?
I was attracted to Family Medicine for the variability in patients and problems. I was interested in primary care and actually thought I wanted to do pediatrics. As time went on, though, I couldn’t see myself ONLY working with kids, so I decided on family medicine. I also love women’s health, which I’m able to do a lot of in family med.
What do you like about teaching medical students?
I just love to teach in general. I’ve always said if I didn’t go in to medicine, I would be a high school teacher. Teaching medical students also keeps me current in medicine. I also think teaching really brings a challenge - teaching is always changing (speed, style, etc.) - it keeps my life more interesting.
What are your goals as HDRH course director?
I have a LOT of goals . . . the course is at a tricky place in the curriculum when students are starting to think more and more about Step 1. I think we need to figure out what really needs to be focused on in this course versus what can wait until clerkships/bridge week (i.e., after Step 1). I want to focus on converting all sessions to active learning (we made HUGE strides this year).
What else should we know about you?
I’m married to an engineer and have two kids- age 5 and 2 (they keep me very busy).