Emily Peoples, M.D., has been named program director for the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program. She has served in program leadership since 2013, most recently as associate program director and internship director.
“I am thrilled Dr. Peoples will serve as the next residency program director. She is a respected educator in our department and medical school and has been an outstanding leader and team colleague to collaborate with over the last eight years,” said Norah N. Naughton, M.D., MBA, senior associate chair, education and professionalism, who served as residency program director from 2013-2021.
“Dr. Peoples’ innovative curriculum established in the PGY-1 year to help guide our interns during critical transitions is just one example of her thoughtful leadership and innovation. I am excited to continue to work with her and the entire education team as we move into this next chapter for our residency program.”
As program director, Peoples will lead the education team in providing didactic and clinical instruction to the department’s 100-plus residents and will facilitate efforts to optimize the program for continued success. She also will lead residency recruitment and oversee the program’s continued accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
“I am excited for the opportunity to advance our program as we work together to inspire the next generation of leaders in our field,” Peoples said.
“Dr. Naughton has built a creative and innovative culture where we are encouraged to try new things and take bold steps in support of resident education. I look forward to continuing to work with her, with our chair, Dr. George Mashour, and with our faculty and staff to continue to move forward progressive changes in our curriculum and recruitment processes.”
In her previous roles as assistant program director and internship director, Peoples led efforts to strengthen the program’s curriculum. She oversaw improvements to the program’s intern-year boot camp and the development of CLIME, an innovative intern rotation focused on principles of professional identity formation with topics including leadership development, communication skills, cultural humility, and interprofessional skills.
Peoples also has served as a member of the residency recruitment committee, helping to lead the program to a more holistic review of applications, establishing a standardized interview format, and developing training curriculum for the newly established Faculty Interview Group. In 2020, she worked with the recruitment committee to transition to a virtual interview format, providing additional training materials to interviewers and developing new online events, including the program’s first virtual open house.