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How the I/O Masters program strengthens one graduate's professional medical career

The UGA Graduate School offers an array of graduate programs to enhance and support current working professionals. The Professional Master’s Program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (IOMP) is one such program, designed for working professionals seeking to pursue graduate education in a collaborative, practitioner-focused format.

To learn more about the program from a graduate student’s perspective, we asked Dr. Beth Duggan, Anesthesiologist and IOMP Graduate Student, to share her experience with the program and how it has impacted her career.

Graduate Student Perspective: Dr. Beth Duggan

Professionally, I am an anesthesiologist, working in a tertiary acute care hospital setting caring for patients undergoing major surgery. Prior to joining the IOMP program at UGA, I completed my medical training at the University of Virginia, and my internship, residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and regularly teach residents and medical students in the operating rooms, lecturing and writing as often as I can find the time.

I am actively involved in my specialty at large, working to improve patient care as well as our discipline’s commitment to research and education. Most recently, I have been involved in efforts to improve physician wellbeing through organizational efforts, which has put my IOMP degree knowledge to work.

I am also blessed to have married my best friend (who provided limitless support when I decided to pursue a master’s degree), and we have two kids (who were 6 and 8 years old when I started the program).

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