Cheryl McBride, DO

Emergency Medicine, KP Santa Rosa

“I like to take residents with me when I volunteer in the community so that they gain experience in their role, not only as practicing physicians, but also as members of the community.”

When it comes to modeling educational leadership, no one walks the talk more than Dr. McBride.

An inspiring rotation director within KP Santa Rosa’s Family Medicine residency program, Dr. McBride provides remarkably innovative educational opportunities for emergency medicine residents and medical students, at the medical center and in the community.

She never loses an opportunity to combine her passion for sports medicine with her love of teaching. From participating in physician ski patrols to providing medical care at marathons and triathlons, it hasn’t been unusual to see her volunteering her time with any number of resident physicians in tow.

The 2017 Tubbs fire in Sonoma County led her to focus her attention on an even greater need. While working in the Emergency Department as the full scope of the disaster unfolded and the hospital had to be evacuated, Dr. McBride also managed to help her husband and two young children evacuate. Although she and her family lost their home and all possessions, Dr. McBride has turned the tragedy into an educational opportunity.

She developed a resident disaster preparedness curriculum, leveraging all that was learned in the Emergency Department during the hospital evacuation. She also set up informal educational sessions to offer insights gained through her own loss so that her colleagues, many of whom had also lost their homes, could learn from their experiences together.

“Her impact is widely felt throughout the medical center,” says Michael Shulman, MD, KP Santa Rosa physician-in-chief. “Her teachings have been instrumental in how we as a medical group think about resiliency and preparedness. It’s a tremendous gift.”

Dr. McBride embraces education in her own life as well. In the last several years she’s completed two teaching fellowships in addition to her sports medicine fellowship in 2007. “Connecting my passions outside of medicine with my work as a physician has been a great way for me to practice resiliency,” she says.