As part of our series covering the 2015 The Right Fit H.E.R.O. Honorarium, we will be choosing random selections of candidates to highlight throughout the contest. Check back for more entries and we hope you enjoy getting to know the nominees with us. These residents are truly special individuals and community leaders.
Dr. Sarah Bryczkowski is a 2010 graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is currently a junior surgeon resident and teacher in the university hospital’s general surgery program. Dr. Bryczkowski initially held a waitressing job in Atlantic City to help pay for medical school. She married a fellow student and had the first of their two children while earning her MD. During those years, Dr. Bryczkowski also found time to participate in alumni scholarship initiatives, serve on the curriculum committee, and volunteer as the pharmacist at the student run clinic.
Dr. Bryczkowski explains that her own brother’s painful injury and successful recovery after surgery inspired her career choice. Today, The Right Fit includes Dr. Bryczkowski’s efforts to advance academic surgery through healthcare social media. She is a founding member and on the executive committee of the International General Surgery Journal Club (IGSJC), which is a monthly Twitter forum for surgeons seeking access to authors and current academic literature. In March, she presented data about the IGSJC at the Academic Surgical Congress. She is involved in the communications Twitter subcommittee for the Association of Women Surgeons, and is on the social media committee for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Surgery.
Dr. Bryczkowski’s commitment to patient care includes two published manuscripts on hospital-acquired delirium diagnosis and prevention. Some of her work on delirium evaluates its relationship with post-traumatic stress disorder. She presented findings from this project at the Academic Surgical Congress Outcomes Plenary session, and at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Western Trauma Association. Dr. Bryczkowski also undertook a curriculum design project for teaching residents in surgery and emergency medicine how to break bad news to patients and family members following trauma. She attended Surgical Education Week in 2014 to share details of this communication curriculum at the Association for Surgical Education’s Thinking Outside the Box Luncheon.
Show your support for Dr. Bryczkowski by visiting her nominee profile at http://www.medelita.com/therightfit/nominee/sarah-bryczkowski2/ and “social voting” for her via Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page. The more votes, the better!