culoskeletal medicine, spinal and brain
injury, and palliative care. She wanted
to commit to a field where there was
broad clinical need and where her skills
and empathy would be valuable to peo-
ple at their most difficult moments.
in Edison, she realized that by training
in the specialty, as an interventional
physiatrist, she would be able combine
her clinical goals.
sor, medical director, and chair, Depart-
ment of Physical Medicine and Rehab-
ilitation, Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School. Dr. Cuccurullo has
become a valued mentor, colleague, and
cialty," says Dr. Perret. "We all know
and support each other."
she served as chief resident, Dr. Perret
completed a fellowship in the pain
medicine program at UCI. A subsequent
faculty appointment would include
teaching in the very fellowship pro-
gram she had just completed. "I'd
planned on staying in academics, but
when this opportunity came along, I
couldn't resist the challenge," she says.
Fortunately, she has a gift not only for
patient care but also for curriculum
and competency development, because
Dr. Perret was almost immediately
appointed fellowship director, amid
infrastructure problems and faculty
"good or better" assessments in all re-
quired competencies of the Accredita-
tion Council for Graduate Medical
Education (ACGME). Having similarly
assisted with program development for
UCI's PM&R residency program, Dr.
Perret was garnering success in
improvement strategy for the graduate
medical education program. Dr. Perret's