Erin Kayla FitzGerald, DO | Albuquerque, New Mexico Translate
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Biography

Dr. FitzGerald grew up in Mid Coast Maine in a large, extended family and completed a year of Americorps National Service after graduating High School in 2000. She graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, focused in Organic Chemistry, with fluency in the Spanish Language. Dr. FitzGerald graduated from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. She moved to New Mexico for her residency in Internal Medicine after having been enchanted on an “elective away rotation” at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless in 2010. During her 3-year Internal Medicine residency, Dr. FitzGerald also completed an additional fellowship in Integrative Medicine. She subsequently completed Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) fellowship at University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM) in 2015, achieving board certification in Internal Medicine during her fellowship, and was actively recruited and hired as faculty in the Division of Palliative Medicine.

Personal Statement

I completed both my Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and was recruited to stay on as core faculty for our fellowship program. I am drawn to this academic setting as it affords me the ability to teach resident and fellows the intricacies of palliative medicine as well as to teach medical students more generally the art of medicine. In addition, the ability to collaborate with my colleagues in other specialties in order to care for often underinsured, marginalized patients in a resource poor state renews my intellectual curiosity and gives my work meaning. One of my main areas of interests has evolved from a mere curiosity about the intersection of justice and healthcare to a more nuanced understanding of bias, explicit and implicit. This has catalyzed my development of a curriculum now mandatory in our medical school about the care of patients who are incarcerated. Another area of interest is creative writing, specifically poetry and prose, as a way to reflect on caring for patients with serious and terminal illness and as a way to renew and reaffirm meaning in medicine. Narrative Medicine is also interesting to me as I become more mature in my palliative medicine consultant role. Mentoring medical students in wellness and professional identity formation, maintaining meaning in medicine, has also become an integral part of my career.

Education

Medical School
2011
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fellowship
Palliative Care
2015
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Residency
Internal Medicine
2014
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine
2014-08-18

Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
2016-11-07

Gender

Female