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Urvashi Vaid graduated from Christian Medical College Vellore, India. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. She then went to complete her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She graduated with a Masters in Human Clinical Investigation simultaneously with her fellowship. Dr. Vaid currently is an attending physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson in center city Philadelphia. She is also associate program director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Training Program. In addition, she is the director of the pulmonary section of the Foundation of Clinical Medicine course for medical students at Jefferson Medical College.

Dr. Vaid's interests lie in education for medical students and fellows including simulation, epidemiology, critical care, communication, empathy and palliative care. She is involved in projects to improve communication of end of life decisions and goals of care in conjunction with the palliative care team.



1. Exploring the evidence backing effective communication in the ICU.

2. Detailing strategies for effective communication: the tool box.

3. Proposing future strategies in communication.