JFTF Spotlight on Lynn Punnoose
Throughout the year, the CFT highlights the work of their Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Lynn Punnoose shares about her work as a Fellow.
I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt and a cardiologist specializing in advanced heart failure. I am passionate about education both for our faculty and trainees, and I am most interested in building our curricula to address practice and knowledge gaps in our field. As I have developed bootcamp sessions and electives for our fellowship, I have found that the most exciting areas to build knowledge have been intersections with other disciplines—ranging from palliative care, hematology oncology, immunology to cardiac surgery.
Through JFTF, I am working to develop a curriculum focusing on social determinants of health in heart failure—specifically, helping our fellows develop an approach to assessing and responding to social determinants of health in their patients. I hope to teach our fellows how to build a toolkit that can be tailored to the particular setting they find themselves in after training—be it a community hospital, a large academic center, rural or urban area, and especially if they work in a social/political setting different from where they trained. Through discussions and observations of my colleagues in the JFTF program, I increasingly appreciate the importance of helping my students build on the skills they have, rather than establishing a blanket goal for all my trainees that isn’t tailored to each person’s strengths and interests.