• Personal details

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Career statement

       I am a Family Medicine (FM) practitioner.   I take care of pregnant mothers, babies, elderly and everyone in between!  FM offers a full scope of challenges in many different areas.  I love to teach, get people excited and interested in taking control of their health and develop strong and lasting relationships with people.  I work at Tufts/Cambridge Health Alliance's family medicine residency in a Patient-Centered Medical Home/Patient-Centered Healthcare Family and I am an active part of teaching faculty in the Department of Family Medicine.  I taught Haitian social medicine residents and Tufts Family Medicine residents in Milot in northern Haiti.

        My research is in critical thinking in medicine, especially as it relates to clinical reasoning, dual-process modeling of diagnostic thinking, and cognitive dispositions/biases/errors.

  • Research Interests

    I am currently performing research in the field of clinical decision making (CDM) and medical reasoning.  My main research interests include the development of competence and confidence in junior medical trainees.  As I progress in my career and I develop clinical expertise in Family Medicine, I will develop training for senior clinicians on how to cultivate professional intuition and avoid cognitive biases.

    The CDM process of differential diagnosis generation, hypothesis testing and the development of an assessment and plan is taught primarily in medical rounds. The model of “classical clinical reasoning” works for a ward of sick hospital patients.  However, applying this same process to a busy outpatient practice becomes untenable.  To this end, I am working on a constructivist model of “primary care clinical reasoning.”  It will provide a teachable framework for the developmental milestones of CDM cognition that is constructed during medical school and residency.  My vision is that in the next 5 years, I will develop a new framework for teaching primary care clinical reasoning to medical students and residents. 

  • Curriculum Vitae

Clinton Pong, MD

Family Medicine Master Teacher Fellow, Masters of Medical Education Candidate

Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance


Research Associate, School of Medicine

Tufts University at Cambridge Health Alliance

Education and qualifications

2013-2015            Tufts University/Cambridge Health Alliance        Boston, MA
    Master Teacher Fellow in Family Medicine 
    Masters in Medical Education candidate
    Distance Learning through the University of Dundee in Scotland
Thesis on Dual-Process modeling
Designed Executive Skills/Applied Leadership Curriculum for Family Medicine residents to train "front-line physician-leaders" in primary care
Epic (Electronic Medical Record system) Super User site liaison

2010-2013            Tufts University/Cambridge Health Alliance        Boston, MA
    Family Medicine Resident
    P4 Curriculum: “Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice”
    Clinical Process Development as an NCQA-certified Patient-Centered Medical Home
    Strong outpatient focus and emphasis on team-based care and population health
Area of Concentration: Academic Medicine
Procedural skills: 
    -- OB/GYN: normal vaginal delivery, IUD/Implanon placement/removal, colposcopy
    -- Derm: shave/punch biopsies/excisions, incision and drainage, laceration repair
    -- Sports Medicine: knee/shoulder/bursa drainage/injection

2006-2010         John A. Burns School of Medicine                Honolulu, HI
      MD degree

2002-2005         University of Hawaii at Manoa                     Honolulu, HI
      B.S., Biology with an emphasis in Biotechnology
      2001-2002         Lewis and Clark College                              Portland, OR
      1996-2001         Punahou High School                                   Honolulu, HI

Career history

      2006                 University of Hawaii                                     Honolulu, HI
      JABSOM Biomedical Organizational Web System (JBOWS) Liaison
      Technical representative for Class of 2010

      2/2006-6/2006 Straub Hospital                                           Honolulu, HI
      Med/Surg & Telemetry Call-In Ward Clerk

      2003-2005         University of Hawaii -- PEPS Dept              Honolulu, HI
      Molecular Systematics Assistant
Insect Systematics and Biodiversity lab at UHM -- 15-20 hours/week
      Lab work entailed: DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequence alignment and Phylogeny Analysis Using Parsimony (PAUP)

Clinical skills and experience

Teaching Positions
                2014                      Tufts Family Medicine Clerkship (MS-3) Coordinator for Cambridge Health Alliance
                2013-2014           Medical Interviewing and Doctor-Patient Relationships (MIDPR) Site Captain
                2011-2014            Diabetes Group Visits: Patient-Oriented, Resident-Directed Care Coordinator  

Medical Student Teaching         

2011-2014            Physical Diagnosis Annual Workshop    

2014                       Preventive Medicine: USPSTF Guideline Applications

2014                       Dermatology Session

2014                       “Advanced Communication CAP” on Risk Communication

2012                        “Advanced Communication CAP” on Motivational Interviewing

2012                        Adolescent Social Media and Beyond: Teen-Text/Tech Talk          

Regional Society Presentations

2014                     FMEC Long-Seminar: Intuition and Intellect: Applying Sherlock Holmes’ methods to Clinical Reasoning

2013                      FMEC Workshop: Group Medical Visits in Residency and Beyond

Academic Residency Presentations         
Grand Rounds:
January 2013     Metacognition: Tricks and Traps of Differential Diagnosis 
April 2011            Improving Metabolic Syndrome Monitoring for Patients on Atypical Antipsychotics           

Poster Presentations:
April 2013            Metacognition: An Analysis on Formulation of Differential Diagnosis
April 2012            Metabolic Monitoring for Atypical Antipsychotics            
April 2012            PhotoVoice: Sheltered Families Speak Out with Participatory Photography

Resident Conferences:   2011-2014
Hypertensive Crises, Pain-Free Talk on Chronic Pain, Musculoskeletal Cases, Dermatology Cases, Precocious Puberty, Travel Medicine, Diabetic Hyperglycemia: Beyond Metformin, Shoulder Dystocia, Office efficiency, Information Mastery, GI: Bowel complaints, Constipation, Dyspepsia, Well Child Checks, Dermatology Jeopardy, Quality Improvement: Deming System of Profound Knowledge , Quality Improvement: Kotter and Health's model of Change Management

Professional Society Memberships

Massachusetts Medical Society 2010-present
American Academy of Family Physicians, 2006-present
American College of Physicians, 2008-current
American Medical Association 2006-present 

Honors and Awards

Teaching Citations for PGY-1 Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics Rotations 2010-2011
    -- Accomplished (received 2-4 medical student recommendations) recognition in clerkship teaching
Phi Beta Kappa member, inducted in May 2005
Golden Key, inducted in December 2004

First-Time Student Attendee Award, American Academy of Family Physicians: National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students 2009

Biology Merit Award, University of Hawaii 2004

Management and leadership experience

2010-2013              Committee of Interns and Residents       Boston, Massachusetts
Vice-President Executive Board Member, Massachusetts Union State Representative 2012-2013
Cambridge Health Alliance President, Union Representative 2011-2012
Tufts Family Medicine Delegate, Union Residency Representative 2010-2011
       --Labor management team in contract negotiations
       --Nation-wide union organizing, patient advocacy, residency community-building/leadership and service

2012-2013              Malden Family Medicine Operations Committee Resident Representative Malden, Massachusetts
Clinical operations guidance/oversight alongside clinic medical director, residency director, residency coordinator, and clinical/nurse managers on clinical decisions and policy implementation

2006-2008                 University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
Medical Student Mentorship Program (MSMP) – Mentor/Board member
      Organized MSMP activities like MSMP’s mixer, First Aid/Vitals workshop, ethics case workshop and the end-of-the-year banquet
      Mentored pre-medical students 

2007-2008                    University of Hawaii                           Honolulu, HI
Tropical Medicine/Immunology Researcher
Pong, C. Influence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) on in vitro growth of Plasmodium falciparum.  Malaria Journal 2009, 8:101.

2006-2008                    University of Hawaii                           Honolulu, HI
Hawaii HOME Project Volunteer (2006-2007), Clinic Manager (2007-2008), Senior Clinic Manager (2009-2010)
Provided free healthcare to homeless populations in the Honolulu county
Recipient of the Caring for Community grant (2007) for the Mobile HOME medical clinic


Refereed papers

Pong CK, Thévenon AD, Zhou JA, Taylor DW.  Influence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) on in vitro growth of Plasmodium falciparum. Malar J. 2009 May 14;8:101. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-8-101. PMID: 19439103


Published abstracts

Pong, C., Salg, N., Daubman, B.R., Redmond, S., Sokol, R., Mekrut, S. November 2013. Group Medical Visits in Residency and Beyond. Workshop. Family Medicine Education Consortium. Philadelphia, PA.  http://www.fmec.net/numo/extensions/wysiwyg/uploads/u.5.Final%20Program%20103013%20v2%20BEOs.pdf

Pong, C., Shaughnessy, A.F.  April 2014. Intuition and Intellect: Applying Sherlock Holmes’ Methods to Clinical Reasoning. Long Seminar. Family Medicine Education Consortium. Alexandria, VA.  http://www.fmec.net/numo/extensions/wysiwyg/uploads/u.4.2014-AbstractsBooklet.pdf


Invited Lectures, Local

Adolescent Social Media and Beyond: Teen-Text/Tech Talk.  2012.  Didactic and Open Forum.  Department of Family Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA.

Preventive Medicine: USPSTF Guideline Applications.  2014. Didactic.  Department of Family Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA.

Tufts Dermatology Session.  2014.  Procedure Workshop.  Department of Family Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA.

Metacognition: Tricks and Traps of Differential Diagnosis.  January 2013.  Grand Rounds, Department of Family Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.

Improving Metabolic Syndrome: Monitoring for Patients on Atypical Antipsychotics.  April 2011.  Grand Rounds, Department of Family Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.


Poster Presentations

Metabolic Monitoring for Atypical Antipsychotics.  April 2012.  Cambridge Health Alliance Academic Council, Cambridge, MA.

PhotoVoice: Sheltered Families Speak Out with Participatory Photography.  April 2012.  Cambridge Health Alliance Academic Council, Cambridge, MA.

Metacognition: An Analysis on Formulation of Differential Diagnosis.  April 2013.  Cambridge Health Alliance Academic Council, Cambridge, MA.


Non-print publications

Pong, C., Sokol, R.  Developing Clinical Questions. A national curriculum developed for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine/Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors online resource bank. 2014.  See: http://fammedrcr.org/access-curriculum

Pong, C.  “Precepting Skills,” an interactive online video-based self-teaching curriculum for faculty development for the Tufts Family Medicine Residency. 2014.

Pong, C.  Cambridge Health Alliance Family Medicine Residency Blog.  Administrator and Author.  2014.

Invited by President Obama and Governor Patrick as representative of the Committee of Interns and Residents at the Affordable Care Act Rally for Healtcare.gov, October 30, 2013.  See: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/10/30/remarks-president-and-governor-deval-patrick-affordable-care-act