Dr. Monique Bruinsma joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine as an Instructor on November 1, 2019.
Dr. Bruinsma earned her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. While in medical school, she also earned a Master of Science in Immunology with research focus on the inflammatory response to cellular metabolism in Crohn’s disease. She received the J. Mann Foreign Rotation Fellowship leading her to work in New Zealand gaining exposure to a single-payer health care system’s approach to quality improvement. She received the Dr. Lee B. and Virginia Harrison Scholarship to encourage her pursuit of internal medicine training.
Dr. Bruinsma went on to complete her internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 2019. During residency she developed her interest in education through training medical students and junior residents. Her teaching focused on learning to critically interpret and apply evidence to the practice of medicine, as well as improving written and verbal communication to deliver safe, efficient medical care especially at times of medical provider transition. She worked as an educator for the Capstone course to prepare fourth year medical students for intern training. Her curricular focus included quality improvement and patient safety with interest in improving continuity of care, minimizing medication errors through the use of electronic prescribing programs, and providing equal care to all patients.
Dr. Bruinsma has a clinical interest in inpatient medicine, underserved populations, and delivering safe, high quality patient care. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys time outdoors with her dog, spending time with her family and exploring St Louis’s diverse culinary scene.