July 25, 2013
Kristin Paccione, MD, fourth-year resident in Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has been selected as the recipient of the Gellhaus Resident Fellowship. The fellowship offers a senior ob/gyn resident the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the policy and political factors that affect gynecology and obstetrics, as well as a chance to develop advocacy skills that will strengthen the specialty.
“I am excited and eager to gain the opportunity to participate in health care policy at the federal level, as I anticipate my career after residency to include work in healthcare advocacy and improving healthcare quality on both a local and national level,“ said Dr. Paccione, who will be working directly with members of Congress and their staff, attending legislative hearings, and participating actively in the lobbying process to shape national policy.
The fellowship was founded in 2010 by Thomas Gellhaus, MD, to provide residents with an interest in advocacy an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and speak to Congress about women’s health issues. The fellowship is awarded by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and consists of a month working in Washington, DC with ACOG’s Department of Government Affairs.
Dr. Paccione’s interest in health policy began as an undergraduate, when she majored in Biomedical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Virginia. During her graduate studies in biochemistry, she worked for Virginia Medicaid as a policy analyst conducting research related to service utilization and quality improvement. As a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University, she was a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee and vice-president of Physicians for Human Rights. In that position, she implemented a Health Disparities, Cultural Competency, and Health & Human Rights elective for medical students.
After residency, Dr. Paccione plans to pursue both clinical practice and participation in health policy advancements in the Virginia/Washington, DC area.
“In the spirit of Dr. Gellhaus, I too aspire to be a key figure in advocacy for women’s health and care for underserved women throughout the United States and around the globe,” said Dr. Paccione.