News : 2018 : April

Catching up with Jessica L. Smith, M.D. ’02

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2002, where she was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society and was awarded the John K. Robinson Award for Professionalism, Humanity, and Citizenship. She then completed her emergency medicine training at Boston Medical Center and joined the Brown University EM faculty in 2006.

Q: What area of medicine are you working on currently?
JLS: I practice emergency medicine, and I’m also the Residency Program Director at Brown University. My primary academic focus and area of expertise is graduate medical education, with niches in quality, patient care, professionalism/professional development, and remediation.

Q: What is your proudest achievement since medical school?
JLS: I’ve had a pretty fantastic career so far, and am very proud to have received local and national awards for education, teaching, leadership, and service in emergency medicine. It’s been a great ride, and I am proud of the great care I give to my patients while maintaining a great attitude in the tough environment of the emergency department. That strong foundation started at The U.

Q: What led you to become involved in the Medical Alumni Association?
JLS: I had a great time at the UM Medical Alumni Weekend Reunion Banquet last March, got to pin some freshman (at the John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony) in my former academic society, and was back on campus last August, giving Grand Rounds for the Jackson EM Residency. It’s clear I have strong roots tying me to UM, and being invited to participate in the MAA seems like a great way to stay better connected.

Q: Are you active in the community?
JLS: Working in the emergency department is basically the definition of being involved in the community. I’m also active in my Homeowner’s Association and serve on the condo board.

Q: Your thoughts on how well the Miller School prepared you for a medical career?
JLS: Tremendously. We were given a lot of autonomy when I was in medical school, which really gave me a great sense of responsibility toward my patients. UM instilled great values for independent learning, a focus on patient care while promoting the importance of service and leadership. I felt very prepared for an internship, and then residency.

Q: What is your best memory of medical school?
JLS: Wow. It’s way too hard to pick just one!
Best Sentinel memories: Taking the Hippocratic Oath together as a Class; being inducted into Iron Arrow.
Service: Establishing the academic societies and serving on the executive board. Florida Keys Health Fair: It was great bonding, and a great way to “practice” some medicine early on in our careers.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
JLS: I love to travel and have fun with family and friends. I’m a foodie and love to visit new restaurants, and I even went so far as Barcelona for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. I’m a tennis player, a runner, an obstacle course racer (mud runs), and I love to spend time relaxing at the beach. South Beach is still my favorite/most frequently visited vacation spot. After 4 years of beach living while in medical school, it’s like returning home every time.

Q: Is there anything else you would like your classmates to know?
JLS: I love and miss you all! I’m one of the few holdouts not on social media (I know, I know, I’m sorry!), and although our lives are taking us all in different directions and our priorities have shifted, I hope everyone in the Class of 2002 knows I have nothing but amazing memories. When we see each other, it’s as if no time has passed, and that is the one thing that keeps me coming back year after year to our reunions.