Sheila Barnett, MD
Saal Senior Fellow in Medical Education
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Professionalism - the fifth competency
Dr. Sheila Ryan Barnett is an Anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at BIDMC, and an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barnett completed her medical school training at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London, England. Following a house officer year in London, she returned to the USA and completed a residency Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She then completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the Division on Aging at Harvard Medical School and received a Brookdale National Fellowship for clinical research in autonomic dysfunction of elderly patients. This led to an interest in anesthesiology and Dr. Barnett entered the Beth Israel residency in Anesthesiology. After completing her anesthesiology training, she worked briefly at Stony Brook University, New York, before returning to BIDMC. She served as Program Director for the Anesthesiology residency for 4 years during which she was the recipient of the Departmental award for Innovative Teaching. Dr. Barnett is currently the Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official to the ACGME for the BIDMC. She is also President-elect and a founding member of SAGA - a Society for Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology committee on Geriatric Anesthesiology.
As a Rabkin Fellow at the Institute, Dr. Barnett developed a curriculum on professionalism for residents in anesthesiology. As part of her project she conducted a survey among residents, attendings and recovery room nurses. The results of the study demonstrated an interest in further education in Professionalism and were presented at National ACGME meetings. In addition Dr. Barnett received a two-year grant from the American Geriatric Society to develop a curriculum for in geriatric anesthesiology for anesthesia residents.