D Rani Nandiwada, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Penn Center for Primary Care
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Marlboro, New Jersey
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
College: NYU Stern School of Business
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Residency: NYU Primary Care and NYU categorical Chief year
Fellowship: ACES, 2014-2016
WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW
Clinician Educator at the University of Pennsylvania. Assistant Director of the Medical Education and Leadership Track, Course Director Medical Student Outpatient Externship (Sub-I), Elective Director for Transition to Attending Hospitalist Elective. I am also a Penn Williams Fellow Faculty Development Awardee Fellowship to work on integrating new care delivery models as well as innovation and leadership curricula for the primary care residents.
HOW DID FELLOWSHIP BENEFIT YOUR CAREER?
Fellowship essentially allowed me to consolidate what would have taken 10 years of clinician educator experience into 2 years. Fellowship gave me the ability to delve into medical education in a fully immersive way to understand nuances and intricacies about learning and teaching theory with direct application every day. It has allowed me to move up in my career by giving me the skills I need to not only effectively think about and design curriculum but also how to evaluate and promote scholarship. It has also given me amazing mentors who I still rely on today as well as a huge network of clinician-educators to collaborate with. Having credentials such as a masters in medical education helps open a lot of doors.
I looked at several fellowship programs and Pittsburgh was one of the few that had a fully developed masters program in medical education with an extensive mentorship set up. I loved that the classes were in person rather than online and the breakdown of clinical work to time for classes and curriculum development was much more balanced than many programs I looked at. Initially when moving from NYC to Pittsburgh I was skeptical about the change in location. Turns out that Pittsburgh is one of my all-time favorite cities with great restaurants and so many new things to do!
Division of General Internal Medicine Academic Offices
UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA 15213