“As physicians, we are in a great position to provide reliable information, and in the process demystify what we do. What better way to educate the community than to share what we know.”
Charles F. Bass
“COMMUNITY MEDICAL EDUCATION SPEARHEAD”
Stephanie Wolf-Rosenblum grew up interested in science and medicine, fascinated by the lives of women medical pioneers. She was an avid reader, especially fond of biographies of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school, Marie Curie, Nobel prize-winning researcher on radioactivity, and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.
"I admired these bright, capable women who were not held back by social constraints, but were involved and sure of themselves. I saw medicine as an opportunity to do this same thing.
"Nobody else in my family was in medicine, but we were all instilled with a commitment to volunteer and contribute. My grandmother would say, 'We all have gifts. Contribute some of your time and gifts to the repair of the world.'"
Wolf-Rosenblum has done that. In a career that includes pulmonary and critical care medicine and being Medical Director for the Sleep Laboratory at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC), she has pioneered new approaches to community medical education.
As a founding member and Dean of the Community Medical School (CMS) in southern New Hampshire, she has helped broaden medical education and provide students with a means of understanding the technologies, practices and procedures of modern medicine. "The best way for physicians to partner with patients is to help them become educated consumers," she declares.
Students at CMS range in age from their teens to older adults, and many are seeking the skills that will lead them to employment in the healthcare industry. The CMS program brings experts in various healthcare disciplines to lecture and teach a diverse student body. The school and program were created by Wolf-Rosenblum and others at SNHMC in response to the community's need for reliable medical information. The challenge of a community medical center's introducing and running a viable community medical school has been great since such entities are usually extensions of established medical schools or research institutes.
Nominated as a Local Legend of Medicine by Rep. Charles F. Bass (R-NH-2), Wolf-Rosenblum received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, which she followed with an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, and then fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care, all at Yale.
She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. She holds a Masters in Medical Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Medical education remains a passion. "I'd like to be remembered for making a difference in the lives of people in my community. That's what community medicine is all about," she declares.
Appointed Medical Director, Foundation Medical Partners, Nashua, NH
Appointed Dean, Community Medical School, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua
Appointed Vice President Medical Affairs, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Pulmonary and Critical Care