Diane Fingold, MD
Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Physical examination recalibrated for the 21st century.
Dr. Diane Fingold is a Physician in the General Internal Medicine Unit and a Primary Care Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fingold grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts and earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1983 and an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1987. She completed her Internship and Residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1987 - 1990. She became Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1990 and successfully Recertified in 2003. Dr. Fingold has taught extensively at both the medical student and resident level at MGH and in 1994 was awarded the MGH Primary Care Teaching Award.
Dr. Fingold is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and has Co-directed the MGH Patient Doctor II Course (along with Dr. Kate Treadway) for the past 20 years. Dr. Fingold won the Harvard Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Years 1 & 2) in 2002. She is also a member of The Academy at HMS, and in 2004 was awarded the Suzanne W. Fletcher Scholarship which provided funding for three years of medical education activities.
As a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, Dr. Fingold focused her work on identifying ways to improve the teaching of physical examination at the medical student level. Her work included an extensive review of the literature focusing on evidence based physical examination and innovative teaching technologies and strategies. Her final thesis proposed seven fundamental recommendations to restructure teaching of the physical examination. Dr. Fingold continues to actively work at Harvard Medical School on curricular reform in the area of clinical skills development.