Educator Spotlight: Erica Heiman

Meet Highlighted Educator Erica Heiman, MD (General Medicine and Geriatrics).

Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in the Bronx, and moved to the Left Coast for undergrad and then all of my medical training. In between those, I spent two fantastic years in the Peace Corps in Mozambique. I recently moved to Atlanta to follow my husband, who is starting a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Emory. He followed me at our last move, so it’s only fair!

Why did you go into medicine?
Medicine was always in the back of my mind since I have a lot of doctors in my family, but I juggled a lot of ideas in college, including climate science, archaeology, and epidemiology. Ultimately the Peace Corps reminded me how much I value the interpersonal aspects of life, so I decided that medicine was the way to go.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I really enjoy getting to know my learners, and getting to know how their minds work. Medicine is such a large and comprehensive field that almost no answers are truly wrong. I like being able to appreciate what’s right about the learners’ approaches, and helping guide them towards even more right answers!

Dogs or cats?
Until a few years ago I would have said cats, period. But lately I’ve been really wanting to adopt a dog. Still love cats, though.


What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like hiking, running, board games, and sewing.

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The Emory University Department of Medicine, within the Emory University School of Medicine, is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence. Through the work of its nine divisions and numerous centers and institutes, the department has pioneered discoveries in medicine, education, scientific and clinical investigation, and clinical care. Emory University School of Medicine's medical school, residency, transitional-year, and fellowship programs offer students the latest knowledge in treatment practices, scientific theories, research, and patient care. The Emory University Department of Medicine is a component of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which includes the Emory schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.

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