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Barbara Pettitt, MDBarbara J. Pettitt, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine (encompasses Surgical Clerkship (M3) and M4 Programs)





American Board of Surgery, 1982, 1990, 2001, 2011; Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1988, 1995, 2005; Certificate of Special Competence in Surgical Critical Care, 1987, 1994, 2005; Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support, 1986-present

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As the director of medical student education for the Department of Surgery, Dr. Pettitt has coordinated, managed, and presented a wide array of didactic courses and skills labs to medical students and surgical residents. She has enhanced the scope of Emory surgical trainees' learning experiences by spearheading the development of electronic teaching sites; devising learning objectives, instructional guidelines, and assessment checklists for various simulation training modules of the American College of Surgeons/Association of Surgical Education's Medical Student Simulation-Based Surgical Skills Curriculum; and initiating educational scenarios in trauma evaluation and management using both full-body simulators and actors playing patients.

Since joining the Department in 1985, Dr. Pettitt's tenures as chief of surgery at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital (now Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding), chief of pediatric surgical services of the Grady Health System, and director of education for the Emory Endosurgery Unit have allowed her to encourage and influence hundreds of surgical and pediatric residents and medical students during their rotations. Beginning in 2011, she has also managed the surgery follow-up clinics that cap Emory's medical student-led surgical trips to Haiti, which are staffed by teams of faculty attendings, residents, and medical students.


View Dr. Pettitt's publications in PubMed.


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