Educator Spotlight: Jenny Han

Meet Highlighted Educator Jenny Han, MD (Emory Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)

Tell us about yourself.
I’m originally from Philadelphia. I completed my residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Afterward, I came to Emory for my pulmonary and critical care fellowship and stayed on as faculty.

Why did you go into medicine?
I always knew I wanted to be a physician–ever since I was a child. My grandfather was an educator, and my father was one briefly. I always loved the idea of sharing knowledge, and I love learning.

What do you enjoy most about teaching? 
I was drawn into medical education as a resident. I designed a randomized control study standardizing the hand-off process. Then, as a fellow, I conducted a medical education randomized study with the internal medicine residents looking at stimulation ACLS training. I’ve always been curious about how we can know as educators that what we teach has clinical impact on the learner.

I’m currently based at Grady Memorial Hospital doing inpatient ICU and pulmonary consults and staff fellow pulmonary clinic. I love medical education, but my primary focus right now is translational medicine. I’m focusing on the impact of vitamin D on lung immunity, especially in HIV patients. I love the diversity of my job. I get to be an educator, a researcher, and a clinician. I have the best job in the world, and I love coming to work every day.

Dogs or cats? 
I had a cat and have a dog, so I love both.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
In my free time, I do my other full-time job of taking care of my children Samuel, Maya, and Elisa. When I do get a moment, I love to run and to sit down for a nice meal–my husband’s a great cook.


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