Merging Policy and Practice

Chloe Slocum, MD Chief Resident

Today’s evolving health care landscape requires physicians to be more versed than ever in the interrelated areas of clinical care and healthcare policy ramifications. For many this can be daunting, but for chief resident Chloe Slocum, MD it provides an opportunity to engage in work that is full of promise.

Whether as an undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University or medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Slocum always pursued dual interests in medicine and health policy. While at Columbia, she was introduced to the field of PM&R during rotations at the Helen Hayes Hospital in New York and their Spinal Cord Injury Unit. Working with this patient population exposed her to the complex clinical challenges they faced as well as insight into the impact policy had on SCI research and issues related to quality of life.

During her time in Spaulding’s residency program, Slocum designed independent elective experiences that included wound care, urology, acute burn care and rehabilitation, palliative and hospice medicine, and neuroradiology.

At Spaulding, the unique setting of having Model Systems in SCI as well as Burn Injury and Brain Injury has afforded Slocum the opportunity to engage with multiple patient populations all with the views of clinical care, research and advocacy front and center. That lens is something she feels will aid her as a clinician and researcher as well as help her guide patients navigating the ongoing health care policy evolution. Dr. Slocum will continue next year as an SCI Fellow at Spaulding.

With the many different conditions I have, I feel they did everything humanly possible and I have come away from the pain program with some excellent tools.

A Painless Patient

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