Amy Vinson, MD, FAAP
I am a pediatrician, an anesthesiologist and a pediatric anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I served as a Chief Fellow and the 2012 Farley Fellow. My major areas of focus and interest have remained on physician wellness and burnout, substance use disorder in the anesthesia provider and the anesthetic care of the neonate. I have lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to physician health, wellness and burnout, the anesthetic care of the neonate and the intersection of pediatrics and anesthesia. My training pathway included a pediatric residency, an anesthesia residency and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia.
My pediatric residency training was relatively focused on intensive care (both neonatal and pediatric) and I opted to gain further experience in neonatology by joining the NICU transport team for 2 years and maintaining my skills through anesthesia residency by covering a Level II Nursery for 5 years in a community hospital. I bring a high degree of comfort with caring for the sick neonate to my pediatric anesthesia practice.
During my anesthesia training, I developed a strong interest in physician wellness and burnout. To that end I conducted a national survey of residency programs to assess levels of support present in programs. The results of this study were presented orally at the Society of Education in Anesthesia meeting in 2012 and were published in “Medical Teacher”. I have also formed a Residency Wellness Committee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and developed a curriculum on wellness for the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship and Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. I am currently Vice Chair of the ASA’s Advisory Group on Physician Health and Well Being (under the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Occupational Health).
Over the past 2 years I have led the effort to establish a program of drug screening as part of a larger Substance Use Disorder Prevention program. This program was initiated in July of 2016 and will be expanded to the entire department in January of 2017.
Finally, I consider myself a third-generation educator and earnestly attend to my pedagogical duties. As such, I have been an active member of the Society for Education in Anesthesia since 2012 and a peer selected scholar member of the BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship since 2013 in an active effort to improve my teaching skills. I have been an active member of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine' s Graduate Medical Education and Clinical Competency Committees since 2014, and in 2015 became the Associate Program Director and Fellowship Selection Chair for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship. Clinical education and mentorship of fellows and residents continues to be a focus of my time; I consider it an honor and privilege to contribute to the education of some of the finest minds in medicine.