Hello, thanks for visiting my site! My name is Philip Schroeder - I'm a Charlottesville Rescue Captain, a Research Associate at the Data Science Institute, and an aspiring physician-scientist with a heart and mind set on using data to help us take better care of one another.

Ultimately, I hope to pursue a career in trauma surgery, conducting research at the intersection of machine learning and acute care. In sum, I believe in people, I believe in data, and I have a lot of fun bringing the two together through healthcare.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or interests in what I'm up to.



This past May, I graduated from the University of Virginia Human Biology Distinguished Majors Program and completed my thesis with the Dept of Surgery and 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 pre-hospital and trauma literature.

Finally, I have collaborated with the Albemarle Emergency Communications Center to build Epi, short for EPIERAS: Environment & Population Informed Emergency Resource Allocation System. Epi predicts the frequency and nature of local 911 calls to improve staffing and tactical decisions.



Rescue 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. Rescue provides a raw, often sobering, depiction of how the systems within and around UVa Hospital can affect us, and those we care for. In all, rescue provides glimpses of the good and bad and the heart and soul of Charlottesville and, in doing so, has revealed to me that healthcare is what I want to do in life: a revelation for which I am sincerely grateful.

Similar to my research efforts, rescue has opened doors I did not anticipate. 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. Although the big trucks are fun, really the best part of rescue is getting to connect with the city of Charlottesville and the people of all walks of life.


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 provides 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 great 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 got to teach 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.



phs5eg AT virginia.edu