Susan Farrell, MD
Kay Fellow in Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
The effect of HCFA documentation guidelines on faculty teaching and student education in emergency medicine
Dr. Susan Farrell is on the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), where she is the director of student programs and the emergency medicine elective clerkship. Dr. Farrell received a B.S. in engineering from Syracuse University in 1986, and an M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her residency training in emergency medicine and fellowship training in medical toxicology at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving as an emergency medicine attending physician at BWH, Dr. Farrell is the chair of the undergraduate education committee for emergency medicine at Harvard. She lectures on toxicology at the Harvard-affiliated hospitals and writes a monthly case-based newsletter in toxicology, TOX TALKS. The newsletter is distributed to emergency medicine and internal medicine residents and has been incorporated into the HMS pharmacology course since 2002. Dr. Farrell is a member of the 4th year comprehensive OSCE examination steering committee, a co-coordinator for the BWH Principal Clinical Experience pilot, a member of the HMS peer review of teaching project, and a curriculum consultant with Harvard Medical International. Her Rabkin Fellowship project was an evaluation of the effects of HCFA documentation guidelines on academic physicians' perceptions of their clinical teaching effectiveness in emergency medicine.