Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Chief Medical Information Officer


Yuma Regional Medical Center

Yuma, AZ USA


There is no such thing as perfect health and as we continue to solve the basic problems within medicine, there will always be new frontiers. With technology, we can’t even envision where [medicine] will be in the future.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Born and raised on the East Coast of the U.S.
Her father was a physicist and almost all of her siblings have pursued a career in some form of science or technology.
Originally planned to be an engineering major, but switched to pre-med—attended Lehigh University for undergrad and graduated from Drexel University with her medical doctorate.
After completing her medical residency in Philadelphia, she joined the U.S. Army where she served five years on active duty and later spent time in the reserves.
Her military service included serving as the Major and Chief of the Soldier Care Service at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma, WA.
She later went on to work as a Clinic Chief and an Attending Physician in the Department of Family Medicine at UW Medicine for over 30 years.
After years of helping run clinics, she began exploring ways to incorporate technology into medicine in order to make it more efficient and easier for people to have access to healthcare.
She decided to make the transition from working as a physician to focusing more on medical informatics—she now works as the Chief Medical Information Officer at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Lehigh University
doctorate
Doctorate
Medicine
Drexel University
Career

Career

Chief Medical Information Officer

I optimize electronic health records to improve the clinician and patient experience.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Medicine
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

One of my areas of focus is how our electronic health records work. Mostly I have meetings and lots of conversations with leaders and clinicians about to their experience with the software, related regulations and data. I also do a lot of mentoring of the next generation of professionals so they use this technology effectively.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I learned a lot from people who had skills in software and leadership that I wanted to acquire. I learned trouble-shooting, governance, leading effective teams, and project management. Project management is probably one of the most useful skills I've learned. It really can mean the difference between success and failure for certain projects. Develop good study habits.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be willing to try anything and work at it for free if needed. Be hungry for new knowledge and developing connections with people that have the qualities you admire. Be fearless and take on opportunities. Explore the different pathways to get to your desired career (i.e. military, taking a gap year, interning, going to college, etc.). There is no one right path to a career.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
doctorate
Doctorate
Medicine
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't balance the needs of my family with the needs of my career."