The Grief Doc
Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS, FAAETS,
BCBT, BCETS, NCBF
Physician - Internal Medicine, Medical
Grief & Loss Specialist
Domain Creator - Journey of Hearts™
This page provides a targeted version of my Curriculum Vitae including certifications
and background in the emerging field of grief, loss and bereavement and
traumatic stress, my employment and education history, a listing of my
publications relating to grief, loss and bereavement.
2000 to Present
GUEST LECTURER - California Maritime Academy, February
2002 - "How to Cope with Loss, Grief, Death & Dying—Professionally
& Personally" for the California State University, Maritime Social
Science course on "Dying: The Final Stage of Living."
AUTHOR - Supercourse, University of Pittsburgh, January
2002 - "Ethical Challenges on the Medical and Healthcare Internet."
CME LECTURER - Medical Grand Rounds, Kaiser Permanente,
November 2001 - "Identifying Loss(es) and the Grief Response in our Patients."
CURRICULUM CONTRIBUTOR - "Journey of Hearts: From
Idea to Reality" presented at the ITCH 2000 in August is included Topics
and Readings list for MINF 520 Consumer Healthcare Informatics, as an example of Patient education and informatics for this
Oregon Health Sciences University Graduate Spring 2001 course in medical
PRESENTATION AUTHOR - Medinfo 2001, Tenth World Congress
on Health and Medical Informatics, September 2001 - London, England. Paper
"Medical Internet Ethics: A Field in Evolution."
INSTRUCTOR - Somatic Aspects of Loss and Grief, U.C
Berkeley Extension, Summer 2001.
GUEST PRESENTER - AMSA (American Medical Student
Association) 51st Annual Convention, March 2001 Anaheim, California - "Dealing
with Death and Dying in Medical Education and Practice."
PRESENTER, "Journey of Hearts: From Idea to Reality,"
ITCH (Information Technology in Community Health) 2000, Victoria, BC, Canada,
POSTER AUTHOR - AMIA (American Medical Informatics
Association) Annual Symposium, November 2000 - Converging Information,
Technology and Health Care, Los Angeles, CA. Poster "Journey of Hearts:
A Web Site for Web-education on Grief, Loss & Depression."
CME LECTURER - Creativity and Madness, Psychological
Studies of Art and Artists, December 2000 - "Healing from Grief Using a
Website, Color, Writing, Poetry and Wilderness Therapy." Sponsored by the
American Institute of Medical Education - Maui, Hawaii.
Grief, Loss & Bereavement and
Traumatic Stress Background
STUDIES IN GRIEF, LOSS, BEREAVEMENT & TRAUMA
> 250 hours of Continuing Medical Education,
Post Graduate Level Training.
GRIEF AND LOSS
Clinical Case Seminar in Loss and Grief, U.C Berkeley
Extension, Summer 2001.
Cross Cultural Aspects of Loss and Grief, U.C Berkeley
Extension, Spring 2001.
Loss and Grief with Children, Youth and Families,
U.C Berkeley Extension, Spring 2001.
Spirituality, Loss and Grief, U.C Berkeley Extension,
Changing Paradigms in Loss and Grief for the New
Century Symposium July 1999, U.C Berkeley Extension.
Clinical Issues in Loss and Grief, U.C Berkeley Extension.
Renewing Life - a program for those touched by life-threatening
illness, their support persons, & staff persons. Fall 1995
Bereavement Facilitator Certificate Award Program,
The American Academy of Bereavement, Certified October 1998.
Exploring and Enhancing Spirituality: How to Care
for the Spiritual Needs of the Sick, Dying and Bereaved, sponsored by the
American Academy of Bereavement. July 1999.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER - Clinical
Training at the National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Center,
Menlo Park, October 1999
Aftermath of Trauma: Implications for Clinical Practice,
Kaiser Permanente, Fall 2002.
Board Certification Bereavement Trauma, American
Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. March 1999.
Board Certification Expert in Traumatic Stress, American
Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. December 1999.
Fellow, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic
Stress. July 2000.
Trauma Survivors: Patterns of Response and Treatment,
U.C Berkeley Extension, Fall 1995.
CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT
Managing Crisis & Trauma: How to Use Crisis Debriefing
When Responding to Crisis & Trauma, CMI Education Institute, January
Critical Incident Stress Management: Basic Training
Course, U.C Berkeley Extension, Spring 1999. Certification by the International
Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
DEATH & DYING
EPEC (Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care)
Training Program, AMA's End-of-life Care Section of the Institute for Ethics
and California Coalition for Compassionate Care - September 2001.
PAIN: Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies,
Cortext Educational Seminars - August 2001.
End of Life Care for the Hospitalized Patient, University
of California San Francisco - October 2000.
MEDICAL ART THERAPY - Medical Art Therapy, Post-Graduate
Level Course, U.C Berkeley Extension, Spring 1999.
POETRY THERAPY - Forming Community and Revealing
Uniqueness Through Poem-Making, National Foundation for Integrative Medicine,
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION - Mindfulness in Medicine:
Reduce Stress and Increase Work Satisfaction for Physicians & Healthcare
Providers, Kaiser Permanente, Fall 2001.
LOCUM TENEMS POSITIONS:
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN, Adult Primary Care,
Feb. 2001 - Present, Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN May - Dec. 2000,
Mary Newberger, MD, Concord, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN Aug. - Nov.
2000, Walnut Creek Medical Group, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN July 1999, Sept.
1999, Diablo Valley Specialists in Internal Medicine, Concord, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN Sept. 1999, Dr. Donald
K. Westbie, Pleasanton, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN May 1999 - July 1999,
North Bay HealthCare Medical Clinic, Vacaville, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN Feb. 1999 - April
1999, NovaCare, Inc. Cupertino, CA
FULL TIME/PART TIME POSITIONS:
STUDIES - GRIEF, LOSS, BEREAVEMENT & TRAUMA - 1997 – 2001 (and
GRADUATE STUDENT, MEDICAL INFORMATICS 2000 - Present,
Oregon Health Sciences University, Distance Learning Program in Medical
INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY 1994 – 1996 Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA University of Southern California Affiliate
PRELIMINARY YEAR, SURGERY 1993 – 1994, University
of San Francisco-Fresno Education Program, University (Valley) Medical
Center and Veteran's Hospital, Fresno, CA
PRELIMINARY YEAR, INTERNAL MEDICINE 1992 – 1993,
University of San Francisco-Fresno Education Program, University (Valley)
Medical Center and Veteran's Hospital, Fresno, CA
MEDICAL DEGREE June 1992, University of California,
Davis School of Medicine
MASTERS OF SCIENCE, COMPARATIVE PATHOLOGY Sept. 1986,
University of California, Davis Concentrations in Immunology, Immunopathology
and Medical Parasitology
BACHELORS OF ARTS, WITH HONORS May 1984, California
State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Majors: Biological Science (Human
Biology and Microbiology), Chemistry
INTERNAL MEDICINE & EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
PHYSICIAN Sept. 1997 - Feb. 1999, Glenn Medical Center, Willows, CA, INTERIM
MEDICAL DIRECTOR Sept. 97 - June 1998
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN April 1997 - Oct. 1997,
Family Health Centers of Planned Parenthood, Concord, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN Oct. 1996 - July
1997, Muir Primary Care, Lafayette, CA
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN Jan 1997 - Feb. 1997,
Temporary replacement following death of Dr. Karl Ahlborn, Muir Health
Care Network Walnut Creek, CA
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN Oct. 1996 - July 1997,
Immediate Care Clinic, Walnut Creek, CA
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PHYSICIAN
Aug. 1996 - June 1998, Del Puerto Hospital, Patterson,
Sept. 1996 - Oct. 1996, Mark Twain St. Joseph's
Hospital, San Andreas, CA
LIMITED TO GRIEF, LOSS & BEREAVEMENT
New section of the Journey of Hearts™
site for the latest articles and additions written as part of the redesign.
Dyer, KA. Caring For The Person, Not Just The
Patient In End-of-Life Care. Dealing with Death & Dying in Medical
Education and Practice. AMSA's 51st Annual Convention, Friday, March 30,
Dyer KA. Quoted by Hope Vanderberg "Conference
Summary: Skirting the Issues of End-of-Life Care." Medscape Medstudents.
May 18, 2001. Note: Accessing this article requires a free
registration at the Medscape site. http://medstudents.medscape.com/37981.rhtml?srcmp=meds-051801
Dyer KA. The Road Now Taken, One Woman Doctor's
Journey through medicine. Part 1, MomMD.com, March 2001. http://www.mommd.com/road.html
Dyer KA. The Road Lightly Traveled: Part-time
Medicine. Part 2, MomMD.com, March 2001. http://www.mommd.com/road2.html
Dyer KA. The Potential Impact of CODES on Team
Members: Examining Medical Education Training. Trauma Response Fall/Winter
Dyer KA. A Granddaughter's Tribute to Her Grandmother.
Last Acts Newsletter: Care and Caring at the nd of Life. Winter 2000 Vol.
6. p. 7.
Dyer, KA. Caring for the Person, Not Just the
Patient. June 6, 2000 Open Forum Section, Last Acts Website. http://www.lastacts.org:80/scripts/la_eln01.exe?FNC=SeeFeature__Ala_eln_features_html___3641
Dyer KA. Thompson CD. Internet Use for Web-education
on the Overlooked Areas of Grief and Loss. CyberPsychology and Behavior.
Dyer KA. Learning to Let Go: The Patient Becomes
the Teacher. Female Physician. Spring 2000 p.9.
Dyer, KA. Case for Incorporating Critical Incident
Stress Techniques into CODE BLUE Teams with Residents and Medical Student
Team Members. Paper prepared for Critical Incident Stress Management: Basic
Training Course, U.C Berkeley Extension, Spring 1999.
Dyer, KA. Quoted by Dana James in Deep Impact
The New Physician. 1999;48:16-19, 21. (An article on medical student and
resident abuse issues.)
Dyer KA, Thompson CD, Reis O, Romer S. Using
the Internet for Patient and Physician Web-education and Health Promotion.
World Congress for the Internet and Medicine, MEDNET 1998, London, England.
Dyer KA. A Cry From Within. West J. Med. 1998:
Dyer KA. Healers and Healing: Learning to Let
Go. On Death-dying.com website. http://www.beyondindigo.com/articles/article.php/artID/49
Dyer KA. Are We Losing the He(art) of Medicine?
California Physician 1997;14:14.
Dyer KA. The Road not Taken. West J Med. 1996;164:369-70.
Dyer KA. Warm and Fuzzy: The Magical Calming
Nature of Hedgehogs. Peace of Hope. Spring 1996 Number 13, p. 7-8.
Dyer KA. "Angel" [poem] in Peace of Hope. Winter
1996. Number 12, p. 18.
Dyer KA. and Romer SK. Messages from the Heart;
A Journey in Healing. Self-publication. A Collection of Poetry. Spring
Dyer KA. The Toxic Intern Syndrome Revisited:
Genetics vs. Environment. Sac Med. 1996;47:16.
Dyer KA. Dr. KA .Dyer, Medicine Woman. Editorial.
California Physician. 1995;12:12.
Dyer KA. They Just Fade Away. American J Med.
Dyer KA. The Resident's Rat Race: Do We Need
Work Hour Reform? California Physician. 1995:12:32-4.
Dyer KA. Grievance Issues and Resident Abuse:
Resources Available. JAMA. 1995;274:41.
Dyer KA. Resident Abuse: Time to Be Recognized.
Dyer KA. Interpreting Toxic Intern Syndrome.
West J Med. 1994;161:192.
Dyer KA. Toxic Intern Syndrome. West J Med. 1994:160:378-9.
Dyer KA. It's Not the End of the World. JAMA.
Dyer KA. The intolerable imperfection of medical
judgment. American Medical News. June 1, 1992;35:60,62.
Dyer KA. Reshaping Our Views of Death and Dying.
Name withheld. A Warm Gesture. JAMA. 1992;267:743.
Dyer KA. It's O.K. Southern Med. J. 1991;84:90-1.
Dyer KA. Fleeting Moments. West J Med. 1990;152:195.
Dyer KA. It's O.K. HAN 400 Gross Anatomy Syllabus,
UCD. Fall 1990 to 1994, now accessible through U.C Davis Medical Student's
Dyer KA. Hospice: A New Elective for Ambulatory
Care. Pathway News. Newsletter of the Predoctoral Education Program. (U.C.
Davis) Vol. VII, No. 3 Spring 1991, pp. 6-7.
MEDLINE INDEXED PUBLICATIONS
American Medical Informatics Association, 1998
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress,
1998 - Present
Member California Medical Association (CMA),
1989 - Present
Member American Medical Association, 1989 - Present
Alameda Contra Costa Medical Society, 1998 -
International Society of Mental Health On-line
(ISMHO), Member 2000 - Present
American Academy of Bereavement, 1998 - Present
American Medical Informatics Association, Working
Group on the Internet, and Primary Care.
National Association of Poetry Therapy, 1998
International Arts-Medicine Association, 1999
CMA Committee on the Well Being of Physicians,
1999 - 2002
Physician Wellness Foundation, International
Advisory Board, Member 1998 - 1999
Society for the Internet in Medicine, 1998 -
MEDNET ‘99: Chairperson - Medical Education and
Professional Training Track
Associate Member American College of Physicians,
1994 - 2000
American Medical Women's Association, Member
American Medical Women's Association, President
Branch #505. Davis. 1989-1991
Member American Medical Student's Association.
International Webmaster's Association Member,
1999 - 2000
HTML Writer's Guild, 1998 - 2000
PRESENTATION & TEACHING EXPERIENCE - Prior
PRESENTER, MEDNET ‘99 September 1999 Heidelberg,
Tutorial/Workshop - "Learn HTML In Heidelberg"
Presentation - "Lessons & Insights Learned
from Creating a Unique Integrative Medical Website for Web-education"
PRESENTER & E-RESEARCHER, Internet Resources
on Grief, Loss, PTSD and Bereavement – Fall 1999 for the National Center
for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and to be used in subsequent courses.
PRESENTER & E-RESEARCHER, Grief and Loss
Internet Resources - Summer 1999 for U.C Berkeley Extension course, Changing
Paradigms in Loss and Grief for the New Century.
PRESENTER & E-RESEARCHER, Medical Art Therapy
Internet Resources - Summer 1999 for U.C Berkeley Extension course, Medical
PRESENTER, MEDNET ‘98 November 1998 London, England.
Electronic Poster Presentation, "Using the Internet for Patient and Physician
Web-education and Health Promotion" at the World Congress on the Internet
ORGANIZER/INITIATOR - Remembrance Service for
patients lost by Resident Physician House Staff, Cottage Hospital, Santa
Barbara, CA, Spring 1996.
GRAND ROUNDS PRESENTER, Psychoneuroimmunology,
Fall 1995. Santa Barbara, CA.
PRESENTER, Morbidity and Mortality, Analysis
of a Death, Spring 1996. Santa Barbara.
JOURNAL CLUB LEADER, Death and Dying Issues,
DNR Orders, Winter 1995. Santa Barbara, CA.
PRESENTER MORNING REPORT, How to Declare a Death,
Summer 1995. Santa Barbara.
PRESENTER CLINICAL PEARLS, Recognizing Signs
of Domestic Violence, Fall 1995. Santa Barbara. PRESENTER CLINICAL PEARLS,
Delivering Bad News to Patients, Fall 1994. Santa Barbara, CA.
ETHICS COMMITTEE MEMBER, Cottage Hospital Santa
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION - Physician Recognition
Award in Continuing Medical education with Commendation for Self Directed
Learning, Valid May 1, 2000 - May 1, 2003.
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Young Physicians
Section (AMA-YPS) 1999 Community Service Award - This award was given
in recognition of the hard work in developing the Journey of Hearts™
website, as "an excellent example of the achievements
young physicians can make in the community."
NOMINEE - Top 25 Women on the Web, 2001,
for her innovative online work with the Journey of Hearts™
website devoted to providing information, education and inspiration in
the overlooked areas of grief and loss.
NOMINEE Temple Awards for Creative Altruism
2000 with the Institute for Noetic Sciences. Dr. Dyer was
nominated for this Award based on her work with Journey of Hearts™
as a perfect example of altruistic activity that is reaching out and helping
both American society and the international communities.
JOURNEY OF HEARTS™
- To date the websites have received over 55 awards in a variety of different
categories: medical, nursing, emergency services, psychiatry, bereavement
and inspirational. Notably the site was a USA Today Hot Site and a California
Nurses Association Pick of the Week. Additionally the websites have received
the Editor's Choice Award from HealingWell.com, the Best of the Net Award
from the Mining Company, a Medsite Gold Award for a Hot Medsite, a Featured
site on Health AtoZ, a Best of the Web- 4advice, a Medical Award from Med
411, a Top 25 Links by US Medical Students Website, a Supportive Souls
Award, and a Mental Health Net Award.
PARTICIPANT Stockholm Challenge Award 2000.
Journey of Hearts™ was a competing
IT (Information Technology) Project within the Health and Quality of Life
NOMINEE - The President's Service Award.
The Points of Light Foundation 1999, 2000. The Journey of Hearts™
site was nominated for addressing the often neglected areas of medicine—grief,
loss and depression, areas that affect our patients, and millions of others
worldwide and for the hundreds of volunteer hours needed to create the
Editorial Board, Journal of Medical Internet
Research. March 1999 - Present.
Expert, Advisor & Author - Physician Services,
MomMD. March 2000 - Present.
Founding Editor, The CyberMed Catalyst: Journal
of the Alliance of Medical Internet Professionals. Fall 1999 - Fall
Content Editor, Female Physician. Spring
2000 - Summer 2001.
Referee - Scientific Papers Posters for Medinfo
Review Committee - AMIA Meeting, June 2001
Review Committee - AMIA Annual Meeting, November
Scientific Programme Committee Reviewer - MEDNET
HTML & Content Editor, YP Insights. An Online
newsletter, for the CMA-YPS. Spring - Fall 2000.
Editorial Board Member, California Physician.
Spring 1995 - Spring 2000.
Associate Editor, PULSE, The Medical Student
of JAMA. (Now MSJAMA) 1991-1992.
The original photo of Dr. Kirsti
A. Dyer is © 2001 Invizeon Corporation and used with permission.
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