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Jennifer Grando Ting, MD, FACC

Cardiology, KP San Francisco

“My work in Continuing Medical Education (CME) is compelled by pushing patient care forward. If we’re all reading and reviewing and trying to update what we know, the patient will benefit from better diagnostics and state-of-the-art care.”

As Director of Echocardiography at KP San Francisco, Jennifer Grando Ting, MD, FACC, developed a CME series that has grown to include sonographers, medical residents, cardiology fellows, and cardiologists from across KP Northern California.

“When I joined TPMG in 2015, there was a lot of robust echocardiographic work being done around the region, but we needed to talk to each other about best practices and the best ways to image patients,” says Dr. Ting, one of four cardiologists specializing in adult congenital heart disease in KP Northern California.

Dr. Ting’s well-attended monthly echocardiology conferences often include lectures, case discussions, imaging review, guest speakers, online polls, and even games like Jeopardy.

As a result of her teaching in echocardiography, KP Northern California has seen improved standardization of cardiac image acquisition, better accuracy in assessments of measurements, and increased recognition of rare heart conditions.

“Dr. Ting has had a profound effect on the quality of education to our cardiologists, students, and echo techs,” says Monica Kendrick, MD, KP San Francisco physician in-chief. “The greatest compliment to a teacher is that somebody wants to be just like you. Many of her students want to download her brain, her ability to teach, diagnose, and practice.”

In addition to echocardiology, Dr. Ting’s teaching includes adult congenital heart disease, cardiac MRI, high-risk pregnancy cardiac disease, and general cardiology. Her educational strategies range from one-on-one bedside teaching with imaging technology to national CME lectures for the American College of Cardiology.

“Dr. Ting is an incredibly busy, full-time clinician, and in spite of that she’s taken on these roles in CME,” says Ted O’Connell, MD, FAAFP, director of Undergraduate, Graduate, and Continuing Medical Education for KP Northern California. “That speaks to her passion, dedication to craft, and desire to improve the quality of patient care. She takes the time and puts in the effort to educate her colleagues and drive quality clinical outcomes.”

“I am always learning, and the preparation for teaching never stops. There are journals all over my house,” Dr. Ting says. “Learning never ends, and that’s how it should be.”

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