Kelly Yom

Kelly Yom, M.D. Student

Enhances surgery prep


What is your degree program and expected graduation date? M.D., 2021

Please describe your research: My research focuses on improving the education that patients receive before undergoing eye surgery. I hope to better understand how pictures, videos, and other multimedia resources may be used to enhance patients’ understanding of their healing process surrounding a surgical procedure.

In simple terms, why does this research matter? By understanding how to deliver the best preoperative counseling possible, physicians will be able to increase comprehension, decrease anxiety, and empower patients to make informed decisions regarding their own health and well-being.

How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I started to form connections and ideas for research in the spring semester of my first year, then began full-time work on my first research project during the following summer.

How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Clinical research reminds me that we should constantly be improving and innovating the way that we interact with patients, which allows me to stay connected to my larger goal of providing excellent care to every person that walks through our hospital and clinic doors.

What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? I hope to start practicing as an adept and compassionate physician.

Faculty mentor/advisor: Audrey Ko, M.D.

Hometown: Lisle, Illinois



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