DiscoverThe Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast#218 Trauma-Informed Care with Megan Gerber MD
#218 Trauma-Informed Care with Megan Gerber MD

#218 Trauma-Informed Care with Megan Gerber MD

Update: 2020-06-081


Join us as we delve into the paradigm-shifting ethos of trauma-informed care with renowned expert Dr. Megan Gerber. Dr. Gerber is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and serves as Medical Director of Women’s Health for VA Boston where she directs the Women’s Health Fellowship. Dr. Gerber edited the textbook, “Trauma-informed Health Care Approaches: A Guide for Primary Care.”  We discuss the framework for trauma-informed universal precautions, as well as basics about the prevalence of trauma, strategies for integrating a trauma-sensitive approach into primary care, practical changes for the office environment,  modifications for physical exam methods, and more.


We recognize this topic may bring up upsetting thoughts or memories for some of our listeners. We will provide some self-care and trauma-informed resources in our show notes. The practice of medicine, especially during times of national crisis, can increase our exposure to traumatic events and reactivate difficult memories, predisoposing folks to depression and suicide risk. We just want to reiterate that you are not alone. If you are struggling with thoughts of harming yourself, the national suicide prevention lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. 


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  • Producer/Writer/Graphics: Beth Garbitelli
  • Co-Producer: Paul Williams MD
  • Hosts: Matthew Watto MD, FACP; Paul Williams MD, FACP, Beth Garbitelli 
  • Editor: Molly Heublein MD (written materials); Clair Morgan of
  • Guest: Megan Gerber MD, MPH, FACP



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Listeners will gain fluency in trauma-informed care practices, methods, and perspectives in order to deliver compassionate care to patients who have experienced trauma and reduce the impacts of trauma in the healthcare setting. 


Learning objectives

After listening to this episode listeners will…  

  1. Define trauma-informed care and discuss the various forms of trauma. 
  2. Develop increased awareness of prevalence of adverse childhood experience, post-traumatic stress disorders, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence.
  3. Foster a safe, calm, welcoming clinical environment for patients who have experienced trauma. 
  4. Manage trauma disclosures and assess appropriate next steps for care and referrals.
  5. Cultivate advanced communication skills and strategies on the topics of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and other trauma-related experiences. 
  6. Be able to engage in harm reduction strategies when caring for patients with trauma history. 




Dr. Gerber reports no relevant financial disclosures. The Curbsiders report no relevant financial disclosures. 



Garbitelli EC, Gerber MR, Williams PN, Heublein M, Watto MF. “#218 Trauma-Informed Care with Megan Gerber MD”. The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast. June 8, 2020.


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#218 Trauma-Informed Care with Megan Gerber MD

#218 Trauma-Informed Care with Megan Gerber MD