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.
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.
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
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
-- 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
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)
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
January 2013 Metacognition: Tricks and Traps of Differential Diagnosis
April 2011 Improving Metabolic Syndrome Monitoring for Patients on Atypical Antipsychotics
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
Massachusetts Medical Society 2010-present
American Academy of Family Physicians, 2006-present
American College of Physicians, 2008-current
American Medical Association 2006-present
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
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
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
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.
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.
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