Sybil CineasThis month’s Month’s Member Spotlight features Dr. Sybil Cineas.  Sybil has been an attending physician, Medicine Pediatrics Primary Care Center, Providence, RI Since 1999 (17 years) and currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Brown Med-Peds Residency Program.  She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“I am currently  the Associate Program Director for the Brown Med/Peds Residency.  I graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Biology and a minor in Italian.  I completed medical school at Harvard and  my Med/Peds residency at the Harvard Combined Program (BWH/Children’s Hospital/MGH).  In 1999, after 8 years in Boston, I decided to move South for better weather and I joined the faculty at Brown.  I should mention that my family is originally from Haiti, I spent the first twelve years of my life living abroad in various countries before moving to the US, I speak various languages, and that the DC/Maryland area is home.  After getting over the fact that there were no palm trees in Providence,  I adjusted well to the area:  I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else!   It’s been such a privilege to have watched this program which was in its infancy when I joined develop into what it is today.  People ask me what has kept me here for so long after having been a nomad, and other than the fact that Providence is a great city and has great restaurants, it’s been because of my amazing colleagues and the wonderfully talented residents I get to work with every day.  In my role as faculty and APD, I oversee the Med/Peds ambulatory experience for the residents including the curriculum,  I direct a focused Enhanced Primary Care Rotation (E-PCR) for second year residents, and  coordinate the Med/Peds focused block rotations.

I also enjoy working with and mentoring medical students. I  serve as a Career in Medicine (CIM)  faculty advisor  working with 1st-4th years around general career making decisions but I also get to share my enthusiasm about our field by doing Med-Peds specific advising (and writing MSPEs-not so enthusiastically).  I am also currently an Assistant Director and   preceptor for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) as part of the medical school’s new Primary Care-Population Medicine track.  This year, Dr. Suzanne McLaughlin (our Program Director), Dr Elizabeth Toll and I had the privilege of participating in the pilot year of the LIC and mentored two amazing medical students over 9 months who were completing both the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics component of the LIC in our clinic. We were nervous about how we would make this work in the combined setting and whether they would fulfill all  their requirements.  Our students formed longitudinal relationships with patients of all ages and followed them longitudinally both in our clinic and within the system and met their goals for patients and conditions seen. By the end of the 9 months they were functioning at the level of our excellent interns. I have not calculated this yet but I am convinced that they exceeded our interns goals of 54/54.  We were so pleased with the experience that we are planning on taking on a 3rd student for academic year 2016-2017.  If you have the opportunity to work with LIC students, it is a very rewarding experience and I would be happy to talk to you about it.

In my spare time, I “enjoy” working out with a personal trainer (to make up for the restaurants), decorating my new house, volunteering once a month at the RI Free Clinic,  and in the summers I take tennis lessons in the park close to our office (improves my odds of getting out of clinic by 6).  Most importantly, I love to travel and this year my cousin and I are planning on going to Portugal and Morocco!

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 view previous Member Spotlights, please visit our MPPDA Archives.