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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-4828

ELIZABETH C. GUNDERSEN, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Director, Ethics, Professionalism, and Professional Identity Thread


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CONTACT
egundersen@health.fau.edu
(561)297-0724

 

Dr. Elizabeth Gundersen, M.D., FHM, is an Assistant Professor of Hospice & Palliative Medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. 

She grew up in northern Virginia and graduated Magna cum Laude from the College of William & Mary.  She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia.  During college and medical school, Dr. Gundersen spent extensive time volunteering in the United States and Central America.  Those experiences fueled a lifelong passion for caring for vulnerable patient populations. 

Dr. Gundersen completed a residency in Family Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  After residency, she practiced rural primary care and instituted several new women’s health services so that women would not have to travel long distances for common procedures. She was also one of the first providers in Massachusetts to provide office-based treatment for patients suffering from addiction.  Dr. Gundersen later became a hospital medicine physician and served as the Associate Division Chief of Hospital Medicine for UMass Memorial Healthcare. She was also a Physician Quality Officer and led initiatives focused on improving care transitions for older adults throughout the UMass system and surrounding communities.  She went on to pursue fellowship training in Hospice & Palliative Medicine with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

 Dr. Gundersen worked as the Director of Palliative Care for Trustbridge, Inc., in West Palm Beach, Florida until 2014 when she joined the faculty of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.  In 2016, she was elected by the students to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and in 2017 and 2018 she received the award for outstanding mentor of the year.  Her current roles at the College of Medicine include: Director of the Ethics, Professionalism, and Professional Identity Curriculum, founding Director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and head Learning Community Advisor mentoring students across their four years of medical education.  Dr. Gundersen has held national positions with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Society of Hospital Medicine.  She has written book chapters on end-of-life care and been an invited speaker on this topic locally and nationally.

 Dr. Gundersen enjoys living life to the fullest with her husband, two cats, and a standard poodle too smart for his own good.

 

 


  • 1994: B.S., Major: Biology; Minor: Religion; College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2000: M.D., Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • 2000-2003: Resident, Family Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
  • 2012-2013: Fellow, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Palm Beach Regional Campus, West Palm Beach, FL

CURRENT POSITIONS

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2019-present: Faculty, Neurology Residency Program
  • 2018-present: Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship
  • 2016-present: Director, Professionalism Competency
  • 2015-present: Head Learning Community Advisor
  • 2014- present: Director, Ethics, Professionalism, & Professional Identity Thread
  • 2014-present: Academic Palliative Care Consultant

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2015-2019: Director, Third-Year Geriatrics & Palliative Care Clerkship
  • 2015-2019: Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Rotation in Geriatrics & Palliative Care
Trustbridge, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2011-2015: Associate Medical Director
  • 2013-2014: Director of Palliative and Advanced Care Planning
TeamHealth, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2011-2015: Care Transitions and Palliative Medicine Consultant
  • 2011: Skilled Nursing Facility Physician, FLACS (Florida Acute Care Specialists)
UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • 2009-2010: Physician Quality Officer, Department of Quality & Patient Safety
  • 2008-2010: Associate Division Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine
  • 2008-2009: Medical Director, Clinton Hospital, Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine
  • 2007-2010: Hospitalist, Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • 2014-present: Assistant Professor of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2012-2014: Affiliate Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2005-2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Family & Community Medicine, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

 

 


    Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Gundersen, E. "Fostering Professional Identity Formation." Teaching Physician, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Initial publication 2 April 2019, Peer-reviewed publication 30 August 2019, www.teachingphysician.org/.
  • Gundersen, E. " Professional Identity Formation as a Team Sport." Teaching Physician, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Initial publication 2 April 2019, Peer-reviewed publication 30 August 2019, www.teachingphysician.org/.
  • Gundersen E, Bensadon B, Ouslander J. “Transitions Between Care Settings Until Death.” Chapter in Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine. Ed. Jean-Pierre Michel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 287-296.
  • Gundersen E, Sehgal M, Ouslander J. “Into the Great Unknown Our Patients Go.” J Amer Geriatr Soc. 2018;65(11):2452-2454.
  • Gundersen E. “End-of-Life Care.” Chapter in Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Nation. Ed. Benjamin Bensadon. San Diego: Elsevier, 2015. 183-206.

    Other Publications

  • Gundersen E. “Final Journeys.” November 2019 (anticipated). Closler.org has an email subscription of ~6,000 healthcare providers and is regularly visited by thousands of individuals from 70 countries.
  • Gundersen E. “Ethics and the Hidden Curriculum.” American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly (AAHPM) Summer 2019, Volume 20, Number 2. Digital edition available June 20, 2019.
  • Gundersen E. “Do You See? The Power of Pictures.” January 2019. http://closler.org/lifelong-learning-in-clinical-excellence/do-you-see-the-power-of-pictures Closler.org has an email subscription of ~6,000 healthcare providers and is regularly visited by thousands of individuals from 70 countries.
  • Sudhir A, Santhosh L, Gundersen E. “What are We Really Teaching? Exploring the Hidden Curriculum.” Harvard Macy Community Blog. Published online June 22, 2018.
  • Gundersen E. “The Accidental Academic: Bridging the Gap between Town and Gown.” Harvard Macy Community Blog. Published online October 10, 2017.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2017 Outstanding Mentor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, 2018
  • 2016 Outstanding Mentor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, 2017
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee–awarded by GHHS member students, 2016
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Department of Medicine, UMass Memorial Healthcare, 2010
  • Fellow in Hospital Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine, 2010
  • Award of Academic Excellence, Medical College of Virginia, 1995
  • Cornell Pre-Medical Scholarship Award, College of William & Mary, 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, College of William & Mary, 1993

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (elected by GHHS students), 2016-present
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), 2011-present
  • ◦ Chair, Ethics Advisory Group, 2017-2019
    ◦ National Ethics Committee, 2015-2017
    ◦ National Task Force on Quality and Practice Standards, 2013-2015
    ◦ Measuring What Matters Consensus Project Clinical Users Panel, 2013-2014
  • American Geriatrics Society (AGS), 2016-present
  • American Medical Association (AMA), 2018-present
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), 2005-present
  • ◦ Co-chair, Palliative Care Special Interest Group, 2019-present
    ◦ Executive Council, Palliative Care Special Interest Group, 2018-present
    ◦ National Task Force on Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, 2011-2013
    ◦ Chair, Health Care Reform Subcommittee, 2011-2012
    ◦ National Task Force on Family Medicine Hospitalists, 2006-2008

ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Museum Based Education Fellowship, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Macy Institute, 2018-2019
  • Junior Reviewer Program, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2017-2019
  • Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in the Health Professions, 2016

ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: “Morning at the Museum: Connection and Meaning at the San Diego Museum of Art.” Morrison, Zarrabi, Hauser, Reville, DeSandre, Zimmerman, Gundersen and Wood. American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2019 (anticipated)

  • Presentation: “Let’s Talk about Death.” Gundersen. Osher Lifelong Learning Center, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, November 2019 (anticipated)

  • Invited Interview: “Seeing the full picture of a patient: A palliative care physician finds benefit in asking for photos of patients. ACP Hospitalist, August 2019 https://www.acphospitalist.org/?_ga=2.48774244.375253910.1566264922-1966507115.1566264922

  • Keynote Speaker, White Coat Ceremony. Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL, August 2019

  • Invited Podcast: “Preparing Future Physicians: How Dr. Elizabeth Gundersen Readies Her Students for Future Ethical Challenges.” Episode 236, Cover2 PPT Podcast, April 2019

  • Invited Presentation: “Judgment.” Gundersen. Solomon Leadership Program: A Partnership of The Sosnow Foundation and Palm Beach Synagogue, West Palm Beach, FL, March 2019. The Solomon Leadership Program mentors a diverse body of teenagers to become potential future leaders in the Community.

  • Small Group Discussion: “Empowering Medical Trainees in the #MeToo Era.” Bensadon, Gundersen, Erie, & Sherling. Southern Group on Educational Affairs, Southern Group on Student Affairs, Southern Organization of Student Representatives Regional Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2019

  • Pre-Coference Workshop: “Improving Communication about Serious Illness.” Greenwald & Gundersen. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, March 2019

  • Presentation: “Managing the Hidden Curriculum: Do You Know What You’re Teaching?” Gundersen E & Gundersen J. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, March 2019

  • Presentation: “Do Everything – Challenging Ethical Cases in Adults and Children with Serious Illness.” Frank, Doshi, and Gundersen. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, March 2019

  • Oral Presentation: “First Do No Harm: The Perils of Putting Pathways over Patients.” Padgett & Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, March 2019

  • Poster: “Futile CPR: Compassionate or Cruel?” Kravitz & Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, March 2019

  • Poster: “Uninformed Consent: The Consequences of a Lack of Shared Decision Making.” Wainwright & Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, March 2019

  • Poster: “Engaging Millennials Through Collaborative Communities.” Musinsky, Caceres, and Gundersen. Group on Student Affairs, Organization of Student Representatives, AAMC Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Nov 2018

  • Poster: “Professionalism 101: A Workshop to Combat Misperceptions of Professionalism due to a Generational Gap.” Musinsky, Caceres, and Gundersen. Group on Student Affairs, Organization of Student Representatives AAMC, Austin, TX, Nov 2018

  • Poster: “Engaging Millennials Through Collaborative Communities.” Caceres, Gundersen, and Musinsky. Learning Communities Institute Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Sep 2018

  • Invited Moderator of Harvard Macy Institute Twitter Chat. “What are we really Teaching? Exploring the Hidden Curriculum.” Gundersen, Santhosh, Mahoney, and Sudhir, June 2018

  • Paper Presentation: “Developing a Framework for Competency Integration Across the Curriculum.” Chiplock, Sherling, Jacomino, Gundersen, and Caceres. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, May 2018

  • Poster: “When Providers and Patients Disagree: The Ethics of Informed Consent.” Roche, Montgomery and Gundersen. American College of Physicians Florida Chapter Annual Residents and Medical Students Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2018

  • Poster: “Breaking Bad News: A Multi-Dimensional Exercise for Fourth-Year Medical Students.” Schwartz, Weiner, and Gundersen. Southern Group on Educational Affairs, Southern Group on Student Affairs, Southern Organization of Student Representatives Regional Meeting, Jackson, MS, April 2018

  • Poster: “Paging Palliative Care – Stat! Exploring the Need for Palliative Care in the Emergency Department.” Gundersen & Levene. American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 2018

  • Oral Presentation: “If not us, who? Exploring the Role of Medical Students in Counseling the Parents of Unimmunized Students.” Acosta & Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, Feb 2018

  • Poster: “When Providers and Patients Disagree: The Ethics of Informed Consent.” Roche, Montgomery, and Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, Feb 2018

  • Poster: “What a Pain! Managing a Fentanyl Failure.” Glickman, Bellini, and Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, Feb 2018

  • Poster: “Lucid Standards for Decision‐Making in Cases of Waxing Mental Status.” Nassetta & Gundersen. American College of Physicians Florida Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Dec 2017 (winner, medical student category)

  • Poster: “Ethical Dilemma: Management of Resources in Suicide Attempt Patients.” Minh Quan Le & Gundersen. Palm Beach County Medical Society Future of Medicine Summit, West Palm Beach, FL, Oct 2017

  • Poster: “Informed Consent in a Bipolar Trauma Patient.” Silva & Gundersen. Florida Medical Association Poster Symposium, Orlando, FL, Aug 2017

  • Invited Co-Moderator of Harvard Macy Institute Twitter Chat. “Professional Identity Formation: What, Why, and How.” Wald & Gundersen, June 2017

  • Workshop: “Approaching the Competency-Based Portfolio.” Caceres & Gundersen. Southern Group on Educational Affairs, Southern Group on Student Affairs, Southern Organization of Student Representatives Regional Meeting, Charlottesville, VA, April 2017

  • Poster: “Suicide by Hospice: A Serious Attempt.” Gundersen & Levene. American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Feb 2017

  • Poster: “Under Pressure: The Challenges of Distinguishing Preeclampsia from Chronic Hypertension in an Uninsured Patient.” Zaragoza & Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, Feb 2017

  • Poster: “Informed Consent in a Bipolar Trauma Patient.” Silva & Gundersen. Charles E. Schmidt Research and Scholarship Day, Boca Raton, FL, Feb 2017

  • Poster: “The Role of a Learning Portfolio in Teaching and Assessing Competencies as an Integral Part of a Developing Entrustable Professional Activities.” Caceres, Gundersen, Trelka, Foster, DiCorica, George, Lizotte-Waniewski and Wood. AAMC Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, Nov 2016

  • Poster: “Perceptions of Professionalism by Medical School Students and Faculty.” Gundersen. Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, MA, May 2016

  • Invited Keynote Speaker: “The Next Era of Palliative Care.” Gundersen. St. David’s Healthcare – HCA Hospital Systems Palliative Care Summit. Austin, TX, Dec 2015


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