Caitlin Patten, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Caitlin Patten completed her medical school education and General Surgery Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Milwaukee in 2015. She went on to pursue a one-year Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina and then joined the faculty at MCW as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. Her clinical practice focuses on breast cancer, benign breast diseases and patients who are at high risk for developing breast cancer. Dr. Patten is the third-year Surgery Clerkship Director, and her research interests include in medical student mattering and breast cancer clinical outcomes.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Mattering describes when an individual both adds value and feels valued. Mattering is an important contributor to the psychological well-being of individuals and has been found to be associated with lower self-reported burnout in clinicians. Our research demonstrates that positive interprofessional interactions foster mattering for medical and nursing students, as well as practicing clinicians. This talk will introduce the psychological construct of mattering and provide insights into the importance of interprofessional learning and practice in creating cultures of mattering in academic…