Beth Parker, MD, FAAP, NHSC Scholar

I graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine (2007) and the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial pediatrics residency (2010).  I originally came to American Samoa in July of 2010 as a locums physician, and returned to work full-time in pediatrics in November 2011.  I've found that LBJ attracts hard-working people with a wide range of interests who are fun to work with.  I also love the variety of pathology we see here and the range of clinical practice -- from discussing constipation with parents to performing full resuscitation on infants and children.

Over 3 years at LBJ I have been involved in many quality improvement activities, including the revival of OB/Peds perinatal meetings, starting a journal club to address interesting medical topics or controversies in practice, creating a formal program to follow our premature infants through the first 3 years of their life, electronic health record improvement, and I have been a strong advocate for the prevention of rheumatic heart disease which runs rampant on our island.  This in particular has afforded many unique opportunities including travel to the RHD forum at the World Heart Federation's Cardiology Congress in Melbourne, Australia, and the opportunity to speak at the 5th Annual Bilateral Health Summit here in Pago Pago.  I am also now quite accustomed to advocating for patients through radio, television and print media.  

Outside of work I love to read and am very impressed by the territory's small but well-stocked library.  The snorkeling and hikes in the mountains are pretty terrific, too.  I was excited to learn that Zumba is very popular here - I love attending classes and hearing music that reminds me of the years I lived in Latin America.