Tracey Dechert, MD, knows from experience that medical students are exposed to misinformation about the field of surgery. As a woman, she was actively discouraged from becoming a surgeon; as the faculty advisor to the student Surgical Society at BUSM, she often hears students tell her that before their surgical rotation they had never considered surgery because they either didn’t understand the field, or held negative perceptions of it.
When Dechert came to BU’s Medical Campus as an attending at Boston Medical Center (BMC), she never intended to focus on teaching. “I love the work because trauma, critical care, and emergency surgery are very busy. I also like the patient population of a safety net hospital and serving people who traditionally have not had access to high-quality care.”