Joslyn Sciacca Kirby, MD, MEd, MS

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    Dr. Joslyn Kirby is a dermatologist and physician-scientist whose research has focused on value, including variation in care, costs, and outcomes, and hidradenitis suppurativa.

    Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a large negative effect on quality of life. Dr. Kirby's research related to HS included health services research of utilization and costs, coping and resilience and research of novel outcome measures.

    Dr. Kirby has been an investigator on several clinical trials, both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated. She also utilized mixed methods in educational research and developed a novel workplace-based evaluation tool to support resident and student evaluation. She also worked to design and implement a clinical decision support app for prescribing topical corticosteroids (the CorticoCream Calculator, available in the iTunes and Play stores).

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Joslyn Kirby, who is the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Dermatology, is an active educator at all levels of medical education. She is the course director for dermatology education for pre-clinical medical students, oversees the clerkship for the clinical dermatology elective, is the program director for the dermatology residency, and is an active speaker at numerous national and international medical educational meetings.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    MEd, The Pennsylvania State University

    … → May 2015

    Public Health Sciences, MS, The Pennsylvania State University

    … → Dec 2014

    Dermatology, Residency, University of Pennsylvania

    … → Jun 2008

    Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital

    … → Jun 2005

    MD, University of Virginia

    … → May 2004


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