Colleen Crumlish, MD
Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education
Increasing time at the bedside and physical examination teaching through a faculty development program
Dr. Colleen Crumlish was an academic hospitalist in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School during the time she was a Rabkin Fellow. Dr. Crumlish received her bachelors's degree in environmental science and policy from Duke University and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her internal medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she remained as a faculty member to begin her career as a hospitalist. During her time at Penn, she received a Penn Pearl award, a teaching award given to six attendings a year by medical students and the John M. Eisenberg Teaching Award given by the medicine residents to a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Crumlish moved to Boston to continue her inpatient teaching of medical students and medicine residents and also served as preceptor for Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Introduction to the Profession at HMS. She then moved back to Philadelphia where she assumed the roles of Co-Director of the Medicine Clerkship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and hospitalist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She recently moved to Niskayuna, NY where she is taking time off to be with her three young children.
As a Rabkin Fellow, Dr. Crumlish investigated current bedside teaching practices and attitudes of Brigham and Women's hospitalist attending physicians. She helped develop a faculty development program on bedside teaching and teaching the physical examination and studied the effects on the time spent at the bedside during teaching rounds and the frequency of physical examination teaching by hospitalist attending physicians.