Kristin L. Brill, MD, FACS is a breast surgeon and Director of the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Division Director of Breast Surgery at Cooper University Health Care.
She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American College of Surgical Oncology Group. She was general surgery trained at New York Methodist Hospital, and fellowship trained in Breast Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. In addition, she has published breast cancer research in medical journals such as Annals of Plastic Surgery and Cancer; she has presented research at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and lectures frequently in the region.
Dr. Brill is an Assistant Professor of Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, and adjunct faculty at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She is directly involved in the education and mentoring of medical students, surgical residents, and fellows. She provides lectures and supports journal clubs, as well as closely interacts with student and residents in the clinic setting and the operating room. She assists in identifying research opportunities for students and residents.
She serves on the OB-GYN curriculum committee and is a member of the IRB. She serves as PI and co-PI on several breast oncology and surgical trials.
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.