Gwen E. Erkonen, MD, M.Ed
Department or Service
- Texas Medical Center
Co-Director of Medical Humanities Committee
Texas Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Critical Care, Baylor College of Medicine
|Southern Illinois University School of Medicine||medical school||Doctor of Medicine||2004|
|University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics||residency||Pediatrics||2007|
|University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic||fellowship||Pediatric Critical Care||2010|
|University of Iowa||masters||Masters of Medical Education||2014|
I do my best to foster family centered care within the PICU and CVICU. Having a sick child with a complex diagnosis induces untold stress and frustration on the family. Rounding at the bedside, including families in rounds and promoting as much family involvement in daily care as is appropriate is a crucial part of good ICU care.
I divide my clinical time between the PICU and the CVICU. I am also a member of the ECMO team.
My primary focus is on the use of narrative medicine to mitigate physician burnout. I have several educational projects focused on using literature and writing with trainees to help foster wellness while maintaining compassion and empathy. I am currently working with the LEAD pediatric residents multiple times a year on a variety of narrative medicine projects. In addition, I am working with the global health residents on parallel charting. Finally, I am developing a medical humanities committee.
Labarinas S, Meulmester K, Greene S, Thomas J, Virk M, Erkonen G. Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation After Diphenhydramine Ingestion. J Med Toxicol 2018 Sep;14(3):253-256. doi: 10.1007/s13181-018-0672-6. Epub 2018 Jun 28. PMID: 29956117.
Erkonen GE, Hanfland RA. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: The Case Against Palliative Surgery. Am J Bioeth 2017 Jul;17(7):71-72. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1314053. No abstract available. PMID:28661741.
Longmuir SQ, McConnell L, Oral R, Dumitrescu A, Kamath S, Erkonen G. Retinal hemorrhages in intubated pediatric intensive care patients. J AAPOS 2014 Apr;18(2):129-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2013.12.005.PMID: 24698608.