New Faculty

Dr. Nickole Forget joins the Department of Medicine

Dr. Nickole Forget joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine as an Assistant Professor in October, 2019.

Originally from a small farming community in southern Missouri, Dr. Forget moved to St. Louis in 1988 to attend Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both biology and psychology before moving on to St. Louis University School of Medicine, where she earned her Medical Doctorate degree. She then completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Following residency training, Dr. Forget held a position at the University of Pennsylvania/PENNCare where she worked primarily in a rural healthcare setting. In 2001, Dr. Forget returned to St. Louis and since that time has worked exclusively with an underserved population while mentoring both medical students and residents. She has served as an adjunct assistant professor at both Washington University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University School of Medicine and her particular areas of interest include system streamlining to improve healthcare for the underserved and resident education. Some of the projects Dr. Forget has led over the last 20 years include improving physician recruitment and contracting, assessing electronic health record platforms prior to facility purchase, establishing a Healer’s Arts Program for housestaff, creating an evidence based workflow for the treatment of chronic pain including pain contract construction for housestaff and attendings, reformatting resident schedules to streamline patient care while improving the resident training experience and restructuring the evaluation process for both the residents and attendings in the residents’ continuity clinic.

Dr. Forget has served on numerous committees since completing residency some of which are the Emergency Room Waits and Delays Committee, Credentialing Committee of which she chaired for 3 years, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Graduate Medical Education Committee and the ACP Finance Committee. Dr. Forget’s particular interests have lead to an ongoing three-year research project that will conclude in 2021 entitled “A Novel Clinical Competency Committee Process – Assessing Overall Satisfaction and Effectiveness”. In addition, she has collaborated with residents on many quality improvement projects including projects around domestic violence screening and assessing literacy in the residents’ continuity clinic. She has also presented at national meetings and local conferences. When Dr. Forget is not engaged with patients and housestaff, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years, her children, her friends and her extended family. She particularly enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools, gardening, spending time in National Parks, taking family RV trips and reading a good book.