AAIM Member Spotlight
Jessica Dine, MD
Associate Program Director
Department of Medicine
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
How long have you been a member of AAIM?
I’ve been a member of the Alliance since 2009 when I joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. I was a fellow at Penn and have been there since medical school. I learned about the Alliance when I was a chief resident and attended a chief residents meeting. Then when I became faculty, my program director said we should participate.
Describe your typical day.
I am a pulmonologist and spend two days a week in clinic; the remaining part of the week I do medical education. I oversee evaluations, meet with residents, provide feedback, and am involved in medical education research.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Working with residents is definitely my favorite part; they are wonderful people and they make my job rewarding and fun. My area of expertise is work-place based assessment. I really enjoy thinking about how to best evaluate and assess our trainees.
How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?
It’s provided value in many different ways but especially mentoring. It’s unbelievable -- medical educators embrace you and want to help; it’s so collaborative. It also provides wonderful professional development opportunities at meetings themselves and a way to network with the presenters and my colleagues.
The other piece is being able to present at meetings and build on your CV. I’m eager to present at the new Academic Internal Medicine Week 2017 in March leading the precourse “How to Incorporate High Value Quality Improvement into Your Training Programs.”
What's your favorite moment of your career so far?
I have a couple. I still remember the very first time someone referred to me as their mentor. I also remember the time as an attending when I felt like “I got this – I know what I'm doing.”
What was your childhood dream job?
When I was young, I wanted to be an actress, but I was a super shy kid. In fact, the Alliance helped me overcome my fear of speaking.
How do you spend your free time?
I have three little kids aged five, three, and five months. I have no free time.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
People are surprised that I have road rage; I’m typically calm, but in the car that goes away.