News : 2015 : September

Elana M. Oberstein, M.D., MPH ’01

Medical alumna Elana M. Oberstein, M.D., MPH ’01, is a rheumatologist in private practice in South Florida who recently expanded her medical career into the growing field of software development and electronic medical records. Her goal is to help physicians learn from one another and be able to virtually share ideas.

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1) What have you been doing since medical school?

After graduating from the Miller School of Medicine with a combined M.D./MPH degree in 2001, I completed my residency in internal medicine at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2004, I served as chief medical resident for the Department of Medicine and then enrolled in my fellowship in the Division of Rheumatology. Since fellowship, I have been treating patients with autoimmune diseases in private practice in the Aventura area. In 2014, I expanded my medical career to include developing electronic medical record (EMR) systems for rheumatologists with Modernizing Medicine. Based in Boca Raton, the company is the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific EMR system created by physicians.

2) What is your proudest medical accomplishment to date?

Medicine is my passion. While I love treating patients, I’ve also embraced developing entirely new skill sets, including software development, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales and more to complement my medical knowledge. This career path wasn’t a consideration while I was in med school or residency, yet a new world has opened up for me thanks to my Miller School network.

3) What are you currently working on?

The Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami are vital communities that support individual members’ efforts, as is the collective of physicians who use an EMR system. As such, I am working with the other physicians and team members at Modernizing Medicine to help create a cohesive software user group with the goals to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

4) How did you connect with Modernizing Medicine?

In 2012, I was fortunate to reconnect with a fellow UM/JMH resident and friend, otolaryngologist Dr. David Lehman. Dr. Lehman had joined the team of physician coders at Modernizing Medicine to develop EMA Otolaryngology® specifically for ENTs. Dr. Lehman introduced me to the team and I started working with this group of remarkable physicians and software developers to create an EMR system for rheumatologists.

5) How about outside the office?

I reside in Miami with my husband and three children. I am on the Board of Trustees of the Ransom Everglades School, where I actively work to raise money to support the School’s history of academic excellence and students in need of financial aid.

6) What are your thoughts on how the Miller School of Medicine prepared you for a career in medicine?

My training at the Miller School of Medicine was phenomenal. My classmates now reside across the U.S. and abroad and are making great contributions to health care. My connection to the Miller School created an immediate network of colleagues in diverse fields of medicine, who have become my closest collaborators. We discuss pertinent medical information and reconnect at various national conferences. Additionally, the education and faculty are second to none. I feel incredibly fortunate to have started my medical career at the Miller School.

You can follow Dr. Oberstein on Twitter at @elanaobersteinmd.