Evelyn Ivy Mwangi, MBChB, MPH
I am a Hospitalist in the Sanford Worthington Medical Center. I am also Medical Director of the Compassionate Care Hospice in Worthington, Minnesota
Brief summary of training
Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), 2001
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Master of Public Health, 2010
University of Maryland Medical Center, Internal Medicine Residency, Department of Medicine, 2012 – 2015.
Why do you want to serve on the MN-ACP Council and what qualities would you bring to the Council if elected?
I have enjoyed working with MN-ACP colleagues on the hospitalist committee. I am now seeking an opportunity to be further engaged in the MN-ACP chapter activities. I was very fortunate to be selected to participate in Leading the Way, a Sanford Leadership Academy course from September 2016 to March 2017. This is a comprehensive leadership development course that involved personality and leadership assessments, executive coaching, reading, lectures, dialogue, small group experiences, and reflective work. I believe that I would be able to use the skills I learned to energize, strengthen and support the council. As the only full time employed hospitalist (alternating with multiple locum providers), in a small community hospital that does not have the luxury of multiple medical sub-specialties, I believe I can bring the unique perspective of the challenges that physicians like me experience as we seek to provide quality hospital care in under-served rural settings. I have been at the forefront of organizing local CME meetings for family and internal medicine physicians, advanced practice providers, hospital and community pharmacists and nurses. These meetings serve as an avenue for local and regional health care workers to network and a place to provide evidence-based updates.
What would be your areas of interest in working on the Council?
I am interested in transitions of care and how to develop better working relationships with other institutions and professions with whom physicians collaborate in patient care in rural settings. Examples of these important transitions include: Improving transitions of care between hospital discharge and nursing home admissions for geriatric patients; and networking/collaboration between physicians and advance practice providers, hospital and community pharmacists, and hospice facilities. Another area of interest of mine is making continuing medical education relevant to local clinicians who are practicing at the extremes of their career. I work in a setting where several clinicians are in the pre-retirement/retirement season of their career and are being replaced by early career physicians and advance practice providers with high turnover due to the rural setting.
Do you have any additional information you would like added to this nomination ?
I have extensive experience in global health (2002-2009) with working as a medical officer in charge of referral obstetrics and gynecology service in a busy rural Kenyan hospital. I also worked as a primary HIV care physician in both rural and urban underserved HIV Clinics providing clinical care and treatment to over 1500 HIV-TB co-infected patients, and as a medical doctor in charge with Médecins Sans Frontières, France (MSFF) working to control an infectious disease outbreak in North Eastern Kenya. It would be an honor to serve the on the council representing my colleagues and patients in the rural communities of the state of Minnesota.