Oana Tomescu, MD, PhD

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Professor of Clinical Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
co-Director; Longitudinal Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Curriculum, Penn Internal Medicine and Med/Peds Residency Programs; DOM Fellowship Programs
Core Faculty; Internal Medicine Residency Program , Department of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania Health System
Director; Well-being Interventions for Trainees in the Department of Medicine , Department of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania Health System
Core Faculty, Combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Program Director, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Edward S. Cooper Practice of General Internal Medicine
3701 Market Street, Suite 640
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-2250
Fax: (215)615-3995
BA (Biochemistry)
Wellesley College , 1995.
PhD (Cell and Molecular Biology)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

1. Adolescent & Young Adult Health
2. Adolescents & Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs
3. Functional Medicine: Dysautonomia syndromes (POTS, GI dysmotility, Bladder dysfunction); Chronic neuropathic pain syndromes
5. Med-Psych conditions: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizoaffective

Description of Other Expertise

1. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, with Dr. Michael Baime
The Penn Program for Mindfulness, University of Pennsylvania
Completed initial 8-week course (Spring 2006)

2. Mind-Body Medicine, studied with Dr. James Gordon
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Completed workshop, October 2010

3. Advanced Mindfulness Meditation Training, with Dr. Michael Baime
The Penn Program for Mindfulness, University of Pennsylvania
Completed 8-week course, Fall 2016

Description of Research Expertise

"Working Together Towards a Healthier System and Culture of Medicine"

My scholarship and advocacy work focuses on identifying protective factors that mitigate burnout and poor health during medical training and beyond. I hope to help schools, training programs and healthcare organizations improve how they cultivate a fertile and pro-growth learning environment for trainees. Incorporating growth mindset and other positive youth development tenets into how medical education is delivered will bring about a shift towards a more positive and strength-based educational system.

Selected Publications

Andrew Orr, Farah Hussain, Oana Tomescu, Horace DeLisser, Karen M Grundy, Suzannah Niepold, Adam Rizzo, Sarah Shaw, Dorene Balmer. : Extending Arts-Based Interventions in Graduate Medical Education through the Positive Humanities: the Re-FRAME Workshop. J Gen Intern Med July 2023.

Hussain Farah, Yaden Mary E., Tomescu Oana. : Individually Focused Well-Being Interventions (chapter). Caring for Caregivers to Be: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing Well-Being Programs for the Health Care Learner. Ripp Jonathan; Thomas Larissa R.; Charney Dennis S. (eds.). Oxford University Press, May 2023.

Tamminga M.A. and Tomescu O.: Medical student knowledge and concern regarding mental health disclosure requirements in medical licensing. General Hospital Psychiatry 72: 31-35, September-October 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.06.006.

Yaden M.E., Yaden D.B., Tomescu O.: High Mindfulness is Protective Against Burnout During Internal Medicine Internship (poster). Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Fall Conference (virtual) October 2020.

Bird A., Tomescu O., Oyola S., Houpy J., Anderson I., & Pincavage A. : A Curriculum to Teach Resilience Skills to Medical Students During Clinical Training. MedEdPortal: Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources 16: 10975, September 2020 Notes: https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10975.

Handley N.R., Tomescu O., Lopez A.M.: Wellbeing During a Time of Crisis and Beyond: Supporting a Culture of Mindfulness in Oncology Practices (editorial). JCO Oncology Practice September 2020 Notes: DOI: 10.1200/OP.20.00334.

Bird A.N., Tomescu O., Pincavage A.: A Novel Medical Student-Driven Multicenter Resilience Curriculum (poster) Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Annual Meeting; Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, Annual Meeting; San Antonio, TX April 2019.

Ganta N., Heath J.K., Tomescu O. : Prevalence and Contributors to Subspecialty Trainee Burnout and Impact of Innovative Wellness Consultative Service (poster) Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Conference; Philadelphia, PA April 2019.

Jamil A., Ginzberg S., Duckworth E., Tomescu O.: The Impact of Changing to a Pass/Fail Curriculum on Burnout ​at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania​ (poster) Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Conference; Philadelphia, PA April 2019.

Ganta N., White C., Heath J.K., Tomescu O. : Implementation of a Wellness Consultative Service to Identify Drivers of Burnout in Subspecialty Training Programs (poster) Department of Medicine Research Day, Penn Medicine; Philadelphia, PA June 2018.

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Last updated: 11/26/2023
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