ABOUT ME

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Hello, thanks for visiting my site! My name is Philip Schroeder - I'm a Charlottesville Rescue Captain and Research Associate at UVA's Data Science Institute, with a heart and mind set on using data to advance treatment, prevention, and recovery within trauma and critical care. Ultimately, I hope to pursue a career in trauma surgery, leveraging data-driven medical, tactical, and social interventions to improve trauma care from the individual to community level.

You can find my CV here. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or interests in what I'm up to.


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Research

This past May, I graduated from the University of Virginia Human Biology Distinguished Majors Program and completed my thesis with the Dept of Systems & Information Engineering. My current projects span a variety of interests, but my thesis was focused in statistical modeling of sepsis and trauma.

For sepsis, I work with the UVA Division of Infectious Disease and International Health to build predictive models of sepsis in ICU patients, seeking to improve the precision and timeliness with which infections can be identified and treated.

For trauma, I work with the UVA Trauma Center in developing novel acuity stratification approaches that overcome the limitations of common statistical methodology used in prehospital and trauma literature.

In addition to my thesis work, I have collaborated with the Albemarle Emergency Communications Center to build a system known as Epi, short for EPIERAS: Environment & Population Informed Emergency Resource Allocation System. Epi uses diverse data sources to predict the frequency, location, and nature of local 911 calls, improving staffing and tactical decisions for fire and rescue throughout the county.



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Rescue

Due to my roles in local rescue and research, I have been provided the opportunity to lead efforts with the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council to use our data on the local patient population to update the care protocols that are implemented throughout the health district. In this way, research allows me to take part in shaping the protocols I follow and train my crews to follow in the field. This provides for an exciting interplay and a unique perspective regarding the translation of research to practice.

Rescue also allows me to meet some of the people and hear some of the stories behind the data I work with and, more importantly, gain an appreciation for why the research matters. Further, rescue provides raw, often sobering depictions of how the systems within and around UVA Hospital affect us and those we care for. Efforts to combat and raise awareness for systemic shortcomings, of which I became aware through EMS, have led to strong ties with local public housing programs, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and elementary schools. In all, these connections have provided glimpses of the good and bad and the heart and soul of Charlottesville and, along the way, have revealed to me healthcare is what I want to do in life.



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Other Roles

Whether it be through research, rescue, or my various other roles on and off Grounds, I do my best to be actively critical of the systems that govern our community, from the University administration to the local politics. This is another reason for my affection for data, as I have learned it can provide the objectivity and transparency needed to excite change in broken systems and maintain accountability among those within them.

From a broader perspective, my faith in data is accompanied by a fear of its misuse: a concern that has led to my writing in medical data ethics and to the development of a new UVA course that I taught in my final semester. In all, I seek to encourage a greater awareness of both the advantages and dangers, within medicine and society at large, brought upon by our increasingly data-driven world.



   
 

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phs5eg@virginia.edu