Core Faculty Members
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.
I view myself as a mentor and a coach above anything else. Surgical education is not just about the technical specifics of suturing or cutting through tissue, but it is much more so how to build a safe and competent surgeon out of a trainee. This process takes time, experience, and directed mentorship. I try to identify unique aspects of every trainee, build on their strengths, and work specifically through repetition to improve their weaknesses. On our service, I expect the chief to run the service, and I will support them as they become more familiar and comfortable with thoracic issues.
My hope is to help impart a thorough knowledge of thoracic surgery on all cooper surgery trainees, which will hopefully help them in whatever specialty they choose to pursue.
Dr. Wydo serves as the Associate Program Director of the Surgical Critical Fellowship, as well as is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and clerkship director at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
Her teaching philosophy revolves around the understanding that learners take many forms. From students to fellows, family members to patients - all members of the care team need to be incorporated in the learning process. Making material accessible to learners of all experience levels is a difficult but rewarding task. Additionally, she is an active mentor to students, residents and fellows, and serves as the faculty advisor for the local chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons.