Director of Research on Pediatric Education
Balmer, who had spent 15 years at CHOP as a clinical neonatal nutritionist, returned to assume this new role that supports and strengthens the education mission of Children’s Hospital. She will study the most effective ways to educate pediatricians-in-training and work to share CHOP’s education successes nationally. Our Department of Pediatrics has been ranked the No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report in its last four surveys of U.S. medical schools.
“In doing research into narrative medicine, an approach to care that honors the stories of patients and providers, I came across physicians who were talking about how stories — fiction such as Out Stealing Horses and Push, or books by Toni Morrison and Henry James — worked on them, how stories animated their lives as doctors. Before doing this research, I had never read fiction because, in my mind, it wasn’t real. But since that introduction, I’ve voraciously consumed stories! Narrative medicine changed how I do my work as a researcher in medical education — honoring everyone’s story.”