Ravindran, Sen MD (6-22-11) MedPeds

This month’s Member Spotlight features Dr. Senthuran Ravindran.  At the University of South Carolina, Greenville, Sen served as Med-Peds chief resident and was awarded Resident Teacher of the Year 2014 and 2015.  After graduation, Sen was made the Associate Program Director for the Greenville Health Systems Med-Peds residency.  He works as a Med-Peds Hospitalist at Greer Memorial Hospital and also as a Pediatric Hospitalist, at Anderson Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

“As chief resident turned associate program director, I’m trying to infuse a fresh, resident-centric perspective and enthusiasm into the job. Russ Kolarik, our program director, is like the ‘head coach’ and I want to serve as the in-the-trenches ‘player-coach’ with a longitudinal knowledge of the curriculum and residents as a recent graduate. I’m particularly interested in designing curriculum such as an integrative board review and a ‘residents as teachers’ series with the help of our chief resident, building transitional care training opportunities, resident mentoring, community outreach and diversity promotion. During my fourth year, my co-resident, Jill Sullivan, and I took a quality improvement project assessing physician comfort level and knowledge on childhood-onset chronic medical diseases and transformed it into a successful, two-day CME and NMPRA sponsored, didactic transitional care conference in May 2015. We are currently designing and integrating a formal Med-Peds transitional care curriculum. With regards to resident mentoring, as a chief resident, I started meeting with all interns individually in the spring to discuss the most anxiety-provoking scenarios encountered as an upper level – leading a team, triage of multiple admissions, dealing with a struggling learner, assuming a teaching role – and their unique fears. The duration of these meetings is based on intern, some lasting close to 3 hours. I continued these meetings spring 2016 as an associate program director.

I’m also excited about our new, ambulatory Med-Peds first-year elective that debuted the 2015 academic year.  All of our interns spend time at our three community Med-Peds practices, and also meet and work with multiple Med-Peds trained subspecialists in their offices. This new rotation serves as a beacon of hope and promise of career possibilities during a rigorous intern year when real life after residency seems so far away. It also allows our residents to meet a wide variety of Med-Peds role models and mentors early in their careers.  This rotation speaks to our commitment to innovation and adaptability.

As a pediatric hospitalist at one of our affiliate hospitals, I was thrusted into academic medicine, now teaching unopposed Family Medicine residents as well as Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) medical students on inpatient rounds. I also precept third or fourth Med-Peds residents as they rotate through Greer Memorial Hospital. After I accrue clinical experience, I hope to attend at the tertiary center, Greenville Memorial Hospital, on the adult and pediatric wards to have more contact with our current residents.

After graduation, I also married my wife, Ann Marie, an Anderson Women’s and Children’s pediatric hospitalist and graduate of the GHS Pediatric residency, in August 2015 in an intimate, smaller American wedding in Greenville, SC, part one of two weddings. Part two was  a larger, more lavish Hindu wedding that occurred in April 2016 with family and friends traveling to Greenville, SC from as far away as Australia. I grew up in a medical household as well. My mom is an internal medicine and pulmonary/sleep medicine physician in Shallotte, NC and my older brother is an internal medicine hospitalist at Palmetto Richland hospital in Columbia, SC. My dad’s grit and humor through his 2003 battle with B-cell lymphoma and his ongoing battle with recurrent disease has inspired me to pursue medicine and taught me about the patient perspective. (In a family photo where we wore our white coats, my dad photoshopped himself in a patient gown).

I love spending time with family (when our hectic schedules align), traveling, trying to be creative (dancing, cooking, drawing, writing), watching great movies, going on sustainable, short term mission trips and local community outreach.”

In this section, we would like to spotlight individual MPPDA members who are doing amazing and innovative things in education, clinical programs, or community service with their Med-Peds programs. If you would like to nominate an individual MPPDA member, please leave us a comment below or email us at info@mppda.org.  To see previous Member Spotlight profiles, please visit the MPPDA.org Archives.