This week’s faculty spotlight shines on medicine-pediatrics physician Jane V. Trinh, MD. Trinh talks to us about how she got into medicine-pediatrics, the med-peds residency program, her family, and her interests outside work.
How long have you been at Duke?
It’s hard to believe that it will be 20 years at Duke in August. I came “North” to Duke in 1998 for medical school, having grown up in Louisiana and completed my undergraduate studies at Rice in Houston, TX. After medical school, I chose to stay at Duke for a residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics.
After graduation from residency in 2006, I worked for one year as a clinic attending at the Duke Outpatient Clinic before serving as the DRH and Ambulatory Chief Resident for the internal medicine residency program. I then returned to med-peds in 2008 and took on the role as associate program director of the med-peds residency program. I started as program director in January 2018.
What does a typical day for you look like?
For my clinical responsibilities, I see patients in the primary care setting at the North Roxboro Street Med-Peds Clinic. I have my own adult internal medicine primary care panel; I also supervise med-peds residents in their primary care clinics.
As the program director for the med-peds residency program, I have the privilege to work with fantastic residents! I am proud to be part of one of the best med-peds programs in the country. We benefit from the integration within two strong categorical core programs, a robust continuity clinic experience in our combined faculty-resident practice, and a longstanding history of tradition and excellence. In my role, I want to foster a sense of pride in the med-peds community and facilitate the education and training of residents in a rigorous yet supportive environment.
You completed your residency in medicine-pediatrics here at Duke. How did that experience help prepare you for your current position? Can you name one or two memorable moments or aspects of the program that stand out?
The med-peds program was established at Duke in 1986, and what is most amazing is how many Duke med-peds graduates have remained at Duke for additional training and faculty positions, at last count close to 40, and growing. We have graduates working in primary care, hospital medicine, and specialty fields. There are also a number of med-peds graduates from other institutions. Having trained at Duke and having remained here over the years, I have been able to see the med-peds residency program and med-peds at Duke evolve over the years. Being able to connect with faculty across both departments is an advantage in my efforts to advise and support med-peds residents.
I am grateful for those who had the vision to start a med-peds residency program at Duke: Dr. Ralph Corey in internal medicine and Dr. Laura Gutman in pediatrics, followed by pediatrics leadership, Dr. Thomas Kinney and Dr. Deborah Kredich. The program was next led by Dr. Suzanne Woods and Dr. Thomas Owens. Med-Peds became its own accredited specialty in 2006, and Dr. Woods recently left for a position as the Executive Vice President of Credentialing and Initial Certification at the American Board of Pediatrics after 16 years as program director. I look forward to leading the program to the future and taking advantage of new opportunities, and will remember its origins in the process.
What changes do you see over the next 10 years in medicine –pediatrics?
Med-Peds at Duke has the potential for tremendous growth over the next 10 years. There are opportunities in transition medicine, care of complex care patients in the inpatient and outpatient areas, population health, advocacy and building community networks, to name a few. There are leaders across the health system in patient safety and quality improvement who are Duke med-peds trained. My hope is to continue to support residents in their training to continue to take their knowledge and skills learned at Duke to expand on these opportunities.
What are your responsibilities in your national role of Chair of the Accreditation Committee for the MPPDA?
I was the first associate program director to chair a committee in the national Med-Peds Program Directors Association (MPPDA); I have been chair of the accreditation committee for the last 3 years. I worked with the MPPDA Executive Committee in submitting aggregate comments to the revisions for the Med-Peds ACGME program requirements last year. This revision was the first major revision to med-peds requirements since the initial accreditation in 2006. At the spring combined MPPDA and APDIM (Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine), I prepared and moderated a workshop on self-study and 10 year accreditation site visit preparation, which was very well received.
Any trips you’ve taken recently that you’d like to share?
My family and I had one of our best trips ever recently when we traveled to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica on spring break. We enjoyed many aspects of ecotourism and a monkey even jumped on my daughter’s kayak. Luckily she was with my husband, and so they did not flip over!
What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the division?
Most of my time outside the hospital is spent with my two daughters, Isabella and Lexi (ages 8 and 6 years), and my husband, Peter Grossi, who is a neurosurgeon at Duke Raleigh. Pete and I met here at Duke for medical school, and are raising the girls to be Duke fans. When we have time, we love to go to Wrightsville Beach, but otherwise, just enjoy the many advantages of living in this area!