Getting to know Dr. Alison Kapadia - new service director for BMH Emergency Dept.

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BRATTLEBORO — Alison Kapadia, MD recently started working as site director for the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. Prior to this role, Kapadia has served as an attending physician within the BMH Emergency Department since 2014.

She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and completed her residency at the University of Michigan / St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Emergency Medicine residency program. Upon completion of her residency in Michigan, Kapadia and her husband, Dr. Nirav Kapadia, found positions within northern New England; she accepted a role as an attending physician with Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, N.H., and her husband joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center of St. Johnsbury as a radiation oncologist.

What originally drew you to emergency medicine?

To me, emergency medicine is about being there for people on the worst day of their lives. I find myself so lucky to be able to provide meaningful help to patients, not just by providing medical care, but really being able to be a kind and comforting presence.

What has kept you interested in this field over the years?

I find it a true privilege to serve others - that excitement and feeling of truly making a difference is something I can never tire of. I am grateful to have a job that is intellectually stimulating - I learn something new every day!

As we leave the autumn season and enter winter, any advice or caution for patients? What injuries are most common this time of year?

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The most common winter injuries would certainly be lower leg fractures - it's Vermont in the winter, so skiers and snowboarders will soon be hitting the slopes.

Be mindful of the weather and slope conditions as well as understand and accept your abilities and skill level. Winter sports are thrilling and fun, but please be cautious on the mountain.

Heading indoors, another cause for visits to the Emergency Department is smoke or carbon monoxide inhalation. Make sure your detectors are functioning and have fresh batteries. Fireplaces and wood stoves are cozy and efficient, but make sure they are properly ventilated and cleaned before usage.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend your free time?

My husband and I are both professors at Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine. I teach a seminar for second year medical students regarding problem-based learning.

It's really rewarding to watch students grow personally and academically through these cases, and it keeps me engaged and excited about the medical field.

When we aren't teaching, my husband and I enjoy spending time with our six-year-old daughter, three-year-old son, two dogs, and hiking or cross-country skiing as a family.


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