Women Leaders: Dr. Miller

Interview with Dr. Christine Miller, DPM performed by Elizabeth Ansert, PGY-2.

Q1: Why did you choose podiatry as your career? Can you tell us a little about your journey in medicine? When I was in college, I was an emergency medical technician (EMT), and had shadowed many different types of healthcare specialists. I was drawn to podiatric medicine because of my interest in wound healing.

Q2: What podiatric medical school and residency did you attend?
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and then attended residency at Virtua West Jersey Health System in Camden, New Jersey.

Q3: What is your current job title and what leadership positions do you hold?
I am currently the Medical Director of the Orthopedic Ambulatory Care Center Clinic at the University of Florida, College of Medicine-Jacksonville. I also serve as both the co-chair of the Medication Safety Team & Vice Chair of the Patient Family Partnership Council for Quality & Safety at the University of Florida Health System. I am the Chair Elect for the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists (ACCWS). Also I currently serve as the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Forensic Podiatry (ASFP).

Q4:What lead you to specialize in human rights?
Social justice has always been an interest of mine growing up. I participated in human rights projects in South America when I was in college.

Q5:How would you describe your approach to these cases?
I approach these cases systematically using my clinical knowledge as well as drawing from my experience working with victims of torture.

Q6: What steps in your career do you think helped you become specialized in this area?
I think my podiatric background along with my affinity for social justice and human rights helped me fall into this subspecialty.

Q7: What are some of the more difficult challenges with this specialty?
Evaluating cases particularly involving torture take a toll on a person both mentally and emotionally.

Q8: How do you balance your work and your personal life? Do you feel that this specialty has impacted your personal life in any way?
Like any working mother, balance is a struggle. However, I do the best that I can.

Q9: Do you have a favorite case you’ve worked on?
Any case for me is a chance to be a voice for the voiceless.

Q10: Have you found any biases in podiatry?
I have found biases regarding gender, subspecialty, and podiatry, but I find the best way to overcome these challenges is through consistency and dedication to your work.

Q11: What would be your advice to someone wanting to be involved in the human rights area?
It is our duty as human beings to protect the rights of others, especially the most vulnerable. So, I encourage everyone to be a voice for justice.

Interview with Dr. Christine Miller, DPM

performed by Elizabeth Ansert, PGY-2.