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overview Joining the UAMS faculty in July 2009, Paula M. Podrazik, MD, FACP, is a Professor of Medicine in the UAMS Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Podrazik is the founding and current Program Director of the Baptist Health-UAMS Internal Medicine (IM) Residency Program with an inaugural residency class matriculated in July, 2019. The BH-UAMS IM Residency Program is the first residency program in the 11 hospital, Baptist Health System. The program, now the first of many, was born with the collaboration of an educational consortium between Baptist Health and UAMS leadership to increase the number of physician’s trained in Arkansas and expand patient care to the Baptist Health system through Graduate Medical Education (GME). An expanded outpatient clinical experience on the Baptist Health Medical Center (BHMC), North Little Rock campus, now boasts a new 28 bed outpatient clinic. Dr. Podrazik serves as the Medical Director. Although the BH-UAMS IM residency program is in its infancy, it has 24 distinct adult medicine rotations to provide a rich, dense educational training experience to the 36 residents in this 3- year, categorical training program. With an emphasis on patient safety, scholarship and improving quality outcomes, Dr. Podrazik has a Lean Six Sigma curriculum integrated into the BH-UAMS IM residency program training. The resident QI projects completed are part of the administrative hospital, and outpatient quality agendas, integrating the IM residents into the fabric of the quality work in improving patient care at the BHMC in North Little Rock. A native of Chicago, Dr. Podrazik is a graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University Medical School and completed her combined residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University. After a ten year career in academic emergency medicine, as a clinician- teacher and Associate EM Residency Director on the East Coast, Dr. Podrazik returned to Chicago to complete a fellowship in geriatrics at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University. For a decade prior to coming to UAMS, Dr. Podrazik was faculty at the University of Chicago, in the Section of Geriatrics in a number of key roles including: outpatient clinic, Medical Director, Director of Education, and the Program Director and subsequent Principal Investigator of the University of Chicago's nationally recognized Reynolds Foundation granted project, 'The Curriculum for the Hospitalized Aging Medical Patient (CHAMP).' A gifted teacher, Dr. Podrazik has received a number of teaching awards including the 'Clinical Excellence and Teaching Award' from the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 2008 and the 2012 UAMS GME Resident Educator Award. Dr. Podrazik served as the UAMS Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship from 2009-2017 and was the primary mentor for the UAMS Reynolds Department of Geriatrics' first Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) junior faculty recipient. Her national teaching expertise included taking her CHAMP workshop to medical schools in Texas and the Carolinas. She is published on aspects of improving the quality of clinical care given the hospitalized aging medical patient through educational interventions. Her interest remains in curriculum and faculty development and addressing the process and improvement of teaching clinical skills, especially in medically complex and often aging patients, in the complex systems of the fast-paced hospital environment. Dr. Podrazik remains actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Podrazik has served on several national committees including the American Geriatrics Society's Health Care Systems Committee and the American Board of Internal Medicine's focused-recognition in Hospital Medicine Design Task Force as the expert in Geriatrics education and clinical skills. Dr. Podrazik is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She sees patients in the Baptist Health Internal Medicine clinic on the North Little Rock Campus.

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