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Joanne Baerg, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery
School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Other LLU Classes Outside Of Schedule 
3/2014 - 3/2016 Journal Club for Pediatric Surgery Fellow- Ovarian Diseases in
Children- October 2013
3/2014 - 3/2016 Journal Club for Pediatric Surgery Fellow-  Late Diagnosis of Hirschsprungs Disease in
3/2014 - 3/2016 New Lectures Series - Neuroblastoma-   Pediatric Surgery Fellowship level lecture
4/2011 - 9/2016 Grand Rounds  April 8, 2011:  Loma Linda University Neonatology:  Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia- Developing a Clinical Care Strategy
Review of this Lecture with Pediatric Surgery Fellow- annually
8/2010 - 6/2016 General Surgery Resident Lecture  June 2011:  Neonatal Bowel Obstruction
8/2010 - 8/2016 Grand Rounds:   Loma Linda University Neonatology and Pediatric Surgery Fellows   Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Infants.  
Ongoing Lecture for neonatal and surgical fellows. Pediatric Surgical Fellow completed  an outcome study of GERD patients
presented at Academic Surgery Society:   2015
7/2010 - 7/2016 Loma Linda University General Surgery Residents  July 2010:  Abdominal Emergencies in Children.
7/2010 - 7/2016 Loma Linda University General Surgery Residents  July 2010:  Approach to Surgical Management of Children
2/2009 - 2/2016 Grand Rounds-Department of Pediatrics, Loma Linda University  "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Infants" - February 6, 2009. 30 hours of preparation.
Review GERD updates with Pediatric Surgery Fellow
3/2005 - 9/2016 Pediatric Surgery-Quarterly lecture given to the Jr and Sr medical students on pediatric surgery (1-3 hrs).
Quarterly lecture given to the Jr and Sr medical students on pediatric surgery (1-3 hrs).
Complete Revision of Medical Student Lectures- addition of case based learning scenarios.  Interactive teaching.
3/2005 - 9/2016 Pediatric Surgery: Thoracic Conditions, Intra GI Bleeds and Abdominal Wall Defects-ongoing twice yearly to residents.  Minimally invasive
techniques and pitfalls.

Quartery Lecture to the PGY 3, 4 and 5 residents (1 hr.) on thoracic conditions, intra GI bleeds and abdominal wall defects.  Mis techniques and pitfalls.
2/2005 - 6/2008 Ethics lectures
Quarterly lecture-clinical case correlations in ethics for senior medical students
1/2005 - 9/2016 Pediatric Surgery: Intestinal Obstructions-lecture to senior residents- quarterly, ongoing
Quarterly Lecture to senior residents-2 hours
Clinical Supervision
8/2010 - 8/2014 Instructor Method Training for Healthcare Simulation. (8 hour certification course)  August 2010
Assocate Program Director for Simulation Education - Ongoing
7/2004 - 9/2016 Supervision of residents and students on service-ongoing to present
Full time
Interactive Teaching
7/2015 - 7/2016 Radiology Conference:  Review of pediatric radiology cases with peds radiologists and peds surgery team- one hour each week.
7/2014 - 7/2016 Participation and Coaching medical students in their suturing lab each quarter. Supervisor;   N Gomez MD
6/2011 - 6/2016 Journal Clubs: June 2011:  Strategies for Closure of Complex Omphalocele
Peds Surgery Fellowship Seminar- presented annually
7/2004 - 9/2016 Clinic-teaching residents/students in clinic- 3 hours each week.
Teaching in clinic to three residents and one student (3-4 hours per week).
7/2004 - 2/2016 Formal Case based learning  Sessions-4 hours per week with pediatric surgery team, residents and medical students
Tuesdays and Thursdays -formal didactic teaching sessions with three residents & one student (4 hrs/wk)
Administrative Teaching Roles
7/2015 - 7/2016 Associate Program Director General Surgery Residency: participation in Clinical Competency Committee for Milestone Evaluations for residents
Biannual PGY 2 level
7/2015 - 7/2016 Supervision of Resident Clinical Research projects.
Presently supervising two retrospective projects for residents, planning for presentations at regional/ national meetings next year
1/2015 - 12/2016

General Surgery Resident Coordinator for Pediatric Surgery Residents rotating on service.

Provide Formal orientation to service- 1 hour presentation each month.
Provide Handbook.
Provide weekly mandatory case based lecture series - 1 hour each tuesday, 8 am

7/2014 - 7/2016 Associate Program Director , Simulation Education:    June 2015:  Teaching Team steps Communication in Simulation  - 8 hours - Intern teaching. June 2014 and 2015
7/2014 - 7/2016 Associate Program Director - General Surgery Residency
Participation in Mock Oral Exams for PGY 4 and 5 residents- Spring and Fall
12/2013 - 12/2016

Associate Program Director- General Surgery Residency.
Director For Simulation Education
Simulation Curriculum Development


December 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016          Senior Resident Laparoscopic Teaching Day with Marcos Michelotti, Center for Excellence in Surgery, UC San Diego CA.


All day hands on laparoscopic course for residents. Teaching laparoscopic surgery- live pig model. 6 laparoscopic surgeries covered.
7/2013 - 7/2016 Associate Program Director, Simulation Education:    June 2015:  Intern Bootcamp at Simulation Center.- Developed Bootcamp curriculum for Interns to meet ACGME requirements, with 4 stations: Chest tube placement,
suturing, ultrasound guided vascular access and airway management. Part of intern orientation week.
11/2011 - 11/2016 Medical students- Physical Findings scavenger hunt Prize at the end of rotation if scavenger hunt is completed.  A tool to encourage medical students to participate in clinical pediatric surgery Promotes discussion and teaching between students and attending surgeons
9/2011 - 11/2016 Associate Program Director for Simulation:  Objective Structured Assessments of Technical Skills for Residents Goal: to accurately evaluate resident acquisition of technical skills       Objective:            to complete an OSAT survey for a lap cholecystectomy for each resident.  The specific OSAT survey allows the attending to score their dissection and performance.
Formal implementation through Residency review Committee planned for fall of 2016
9/2011 - 11/2016 Associate Program Director for Simulation:   Objectives in Laparoscopy- Intro to General Surgery Residents for Preparation for Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Exam. 1 hour Lecture. Sept. 2011
7/2011 - 11/2014 Associate Program Director for Simulation Education.  General Surgery Residency. Starting July 2011- Development of Simulation Curriculum.  Minimally Invasive Surgery Training and Simulation Scenarios
First immersive simulation published in MEDEdPortal
7/2011 - 11/2016 Associate Program Director, Simulation Education:   Skills "bootcamp" for junior residents Goals:    promote skill acquisition in junior residents. Objectives:      specific skills are practiced to competency
Weekly Coaching in Fundamentals of Laparoscopy simulator with residents, scheduled through residency office, to prepare residents to pass the FLS exam.
6/2010 - 6/2016 Associate Program Director, Simuation eductation.
Curriculum Development for Residents:
Objectives for Laparoscopic Skills for General Surgery  Residents Years 1-4 integrating didactic seminars  Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery goals, and a virtual simulator program (Lap Mentor) (120 hours)
9/2008 - 9/2013 Surgical OSCEs- quarterly- 4 hours per quarter for senior medical students.
3/2001 - 2/2016 OSCE's-ongoing to present
OSCES- 4th year student OSCES-4 hours semiannually
Instructional Prep of New Material
7/2015 - 7/2016 Associate Program Director for Simulation:  Empathic communication- Thursday afternoons- April and May 2015-  Interprofessional Immersive  Joint simulation curriculum project with Dr. Jackie Williams-Reade PhD, Loma Linda University, MFT program . Designed to train general surgery residents to communicate with empathy
7/2015 - 7/2016 New Lecture Series - Case Based Learning- for General Surgery Residents Rotating on service.
Lectures include: NEC, Pyloric Stenosis, Fluid and Electrolyte management, Intussuception,
Malrotation, Hirschsprungs disease, CDH, esophageal atresia, Appendicitis, Child Abuse, abdominal wall defects
7/2015 - 7/2016 New Lectures for Pediatric Surgery Fellow:  Oncology Lecture series:
Neuroblastoma, Germ Cell Tumors, Testicular Tumors, Wilms Tumors
7/2015 - 7/2016 Rotation Director: general surgery residents rotating on pediatric surgery service. Preparation and formal writing of Goals and Objectives
for general surgery residents rotating on service. Newly written and implemented January 2015.
3/2014 Surgical Education Needs Assessment for Medical Students
Survey - needs assessment of 3rd year medical students to provide ideas to improve their surgical education. Needs assessment completed March 2014.
6/2013 - 7/2015

 Simulation Curriculum Development- Associate Program Director for Simulation Education


1.  Industry dry lab for General Surgery Residents:  coordinated with Applied Medical: May 23-  8 hour dry lab coordinated with industry for resident teaching in dry simulation setting.





3/2013 - 3/2015

July 2012- present  Standardized patient curriculum for junior residents to address ACGME required skills. (OSCE style scenarios) General Surgery Resident Boot Camp


Goal:   to address ACGME required skills for residents to function independently on call. Four scenarios prepared and videotaped with standardized patients covering oliguria, hypotension, hypertension, and postoperative fever.

Objectives:  Tailored to educational goals, realistic. Assessment forms for standardized patients to complete as well as surgical evaluator.

Follow-up: Boot camp for incoming residents implemented in June of 2014 with excellent feedback. Will be a recurring 3 days of education in preparation to take call as a resident.

3/2012 - 3/2016

July 2011 - present     3)  Senior residents:  Development of Immersive Inter-professional Simulation  Scenarios   

Goals:  use simulation to educate residents on skills such as leadership,professionalism, communication, medical knowledge.   Objectives: Each simulation has performance measures.

Follow-up:       Inter-professional simulation published in MedED Portal, a peer reviewed online resource for medical curricula. (January 2013) This simulation will be part of General Surgery simulation curriculum.

3/2010 - 3/2016

Fundamentals of Laparoscopy Goals and Objectives

A comprehensive competency-based curriculum spanning Years 1- 4 of general surgery residency which prepares residents for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Exam  

20 hours per quarter of personal coaching in laparoscopic  skills.  Goal:Prepare residents to pass the FLS exam

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Pass rates and scores are significantly higher since this course was implemented.
4/2001 - 2/2016 Pediatric surgery workbook- a short answer workbook I authored to help residents with self-assessment and learn pediatric surgery conditions.