Cameron University graduate student Jeremy Phelps, M.D. of Albuquerque, NM, presented a paper he co-authored at the recent annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurological Society. Dr. Phelps, who serves as Chief Resident/Neurology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, co-wrote the paper, "Resident Innovation: Encouraging Creativity and Removing Barriers," with fellow UNM HSC residents Dr. Douglas E. Thomas and Dr. Hoan P. Tran and CU Professor of Business Dr. Shawn Carraher as part of the coursework for "Technological Entrepreneurship." Although he lives approximately 500 miles from Lawton, Dr. Phelps is able to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree at CU through the university's online program, which provides a maximally flexible schedule and focused study.
"Research and scholarship are valuable components of Cameron's MBA program," says Dr. Oris Odom II, Dean of the School of Business. "As a practicing physician, Dr. Phelps brings a unique perspective to his graduate studies. We applaud his ability to apply his medical expertise to his coursework."
The paper deals with the issue of medical residents, their ability to develop medical innovations and the barriers that preclude innovation. The authors maintain that creativity and innovation are necessary if neurosurgery is to continue to provide cutting-edge patient care. Residents are in an ideal position to understand the current challenges of care delivery and technology essential to fostering ideas that may lead to improved techniques, systems, and patient care. They often, however, encounter barriers specific to residency that hinder or even prevent new innovations. Understanding these impediments and implementing specific approaches may assist resident physicians in overcoming barriers, thus increasing their involvement in the innovation process.
July 9, 2009