Katherine Nicole Hartl, MD

Dr. Hartl is a second year resident at the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.

What are your greatest professional interests?

Teaching, teaching, and mentoring (and teaching!). My path to medicine was accelerated when I started supporting student learning at my local community college. My education was enhanced along with my confidence and my passion when helping my classmates to develop study strategies and tackle comprehension issues. I continue to find opportunities to support the learning of my peers and those following in my footsteps. This is an absolute must in my future career as it energizes my days and reminds me of my passion for medicine with a bonus of boosting my personal wellness. The dynamic experience between a teacher and a learner is a challenge I am compelled to tackle whenever I have the opportunity.

What are your personal hobbies and interests?

Currently I am 100% busy chasing my kids around the house, zoo, and museum during my free time. They bring me so much joy and continue to surprise me as they meet various developmental milestones (very helpful for my WCC evaluations). Really, in the imaginary time I have to myself I love yoga (despite poor skills). I also take every opportunity to meet friends for breakfast/brunch. Once life settles down I would like to get back to my past hobbies of camping, boating, and traveling round the world to see family and loved ones. So far, our favorite place to visit has been India by train vs. Tahiti by beach.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about graduate medical education, what would it be?

I would make the role of the MS3 and MS4 much more integrated in the team through all aspects of patient care. I feel that with more responsibility and meaningful contribution our upcoming interns would feel more confident about TX and DDX and there would be more time for team-based learning daily. I would also reduce redundancy in documentation with efficient EMR platforms in order to transition the resident back towards a clinician instead of a cleric because I think that this one factor would reduce physician burnout more than any other systemic intervention.