This week’s Spotlight shines on Kamara Carpenter, who is the Pediatric Clerkship Coordinator for Robert Drucker, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Associate Dean for Medical Education.
What made you decide to come to Duke? How long have you been working here?
I decided to come to Duke because the opportunity presented itself, and after meeting the people I would be working with (Dr. Drucker), I decided that I wanted to be a part of their team. I have been at Duke for two years.
What are your responsibilities within the department?
I am the Pediatric Clerkship Coordinator and staff assistant. I work with the medical students and residents. My responsibilities vary from day to day, but my main role is to support and maintain effective communication with those pediatrics trainees to ensure the growth and success of those exploring and desiring an education in pediatrics.
Can you tell us about an interesting/memorable day at work?
Hard to nail down one interesting day. Each day that I spend here in Pediatrics is interesting. One of my favorite activities is recruitment. I get so excited each day about meeting new people and supporting their search for the right residency program for them. For me recruitment is much like the first day of school--I don’t sleep the night before, I get up early excited to come to work, and I plan my outfits out each day. Sounds silly, but the excitement is real! I love our program and our Pediatrics department has some of the most amazing people. I just am passionate about the whole recruitment process.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the people the most. I love interacting and communicating with everyone in the “Peds family” and recruiting. Not just for residency but for Sub-I’s as well.
What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
One thing that most people do not know is that I was married on Halloween. And before anyone asks, no, I did not have a scary theme or a costume wedding but a beautiful Fall day that just happened to be on Halloween
What was the best advice you ever received?
Not surprisingly, some of the best advice I have ever received has come from Dr. Bob Drucker. He told me to be myself. "Don’t change for the sake of change or because others want you to be someone you are not.” And from that day on, I have been myself and not tried to change based on those around me.
What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the department?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and going to Disney World! I also enjoy baking.
Listen to what Dr. Drucker is saying:
I have worked with Kamara since she started working in the Department of Pediatrics. She has been a tremendous addition to the office of Pediatric Education. She always has a positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm. She does whatever she can to make things better for everyone she encounters, whether it is an encouraging word to sitting down with someone to problem solve. She is constantly looking for ways to improve the way things are done. One example is in communication with medical students. She found an app that lets her text relevant information daily to her set of students, notifying them of schedule changes, or reminding them about teaching sessions. She has made the students feel like members of the department. Her innovative ideas have led to many changes in the pediatric clerkship, all aimed at making the student experience better. Though only two years into her position, she has already been recognized at the national level as she has taken on a leadership position in the Pediatric Clerkship Administrators group. Simply put, she is outstanding!