My teaching philosophy expands upon the “see one, do one, teach one” idea. In the beginning stages of learning, the resident is best served by listening and observing. For example, I will explain a patient’s diagnostic workup or demonstrate a surgical technique. As the resident develops, he or she is expected to be able to answer theoretical questions and also demonstrate surgical skills under direct guidance. In the final stages of his or her formal surgical education, the resident will ask advanced theoretical questions and also be able to perform aspects of an operation independently. This is the stage in which the senior resident is able to teach junior residents and medical students.
My research philosophy is to first focus on an area of personal interest in which there are still unanswered questions. Then, a research question that can reasonably be expected to be answered in light of one’s resources should be developed. This is followed by a thorough literature review, development of the methodology, discussion of the project with mentors, and recruitment of a team that will assist in completing the project.
A. Leilani Fahey, MD, MHA is an Professor of Clinical Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and her Masters in Health Administration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She completed her plastic surgery training at Cooper University Hospital and has been an attending plastic surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Cooper Hospital since 1999. She enjoys educating residents and medical students. Dr. Fahey’s practice involves many aspects of plastic surgery, particularly reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery.