106. Communication Strategies in the Inpatient Setting
Session: Symposium: What Are You Talking About? Communication Strategies for Stewardship Programs
Thursday, October 4, 2018: 8:45 AM
Room: N 24
Julia E. Szymczak, PhD, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Julia E. Szymczak, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, where she also holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE). Dr. Szymczak received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research focuses on understanding how the social organization of medical work shapes the implementation of efforts to improve the safety and quality of healthcare. Dr. Szymczak seeks to uncover the social, cultural, and contextual factors that shape how healthcare workers and patients behave in complex clinical settings. She has examined various case studies of efforts to improve healthcare quality including resident duty hour restrictions, healthcare associated infection prevention and the integration of palliative care into pediatric oncology. Her current research focuses on understanding the social determinants of antibiotic prescribing and the sociobehavioral factors that shape clinician acceptance of antibiotic stewardship interventions.


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