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Joy K. L. Andrade nominated for addressing mental health issues

Submitted Nomination:

NameJoy K. L. Andrade
Campus, DeptJohn A. Burns School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Categorythe top 3: dedication to teach; harm’s way; innovations
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Joy K. L. Andrade, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is currently the Assistant Director of Medical Education and Patient Care (DMEPC) for the psychiatric services in the Emergency Room of the Queen’s Medical Center (QMC). She is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Imi Ho‘ola Post-Baccalaureate Program, and John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Andrade has really stepped up as a leader by rapidly adapting to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and addressing mental health issues in the QMC Emergency Room. She has convened critically important meetings with the Department of Psychiatry’s partners in the QMC ER, taken the lead during brain-storming meetings, developed new protocols to provide quality patient care, and organized telemedicine across multiple clinical service sites to increase safe social distancing. As an educator, she has also developed new protocols for psychiatry residents to maintain quality clinical learning experiences for our future psychiatrists of Hawai‘i, and to optimize their safety by providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE; e.g., masks, goggles) and implementing ways to maximize social distance. In addition, in the midst of all of this chaos, she remains focused on her scholarship, including leading a quality improvement project of telepsychiatry in the QMC Emergency Room. Finally, Dr. Andrade has done all of this with a positive, practical, can-do attitude, and demanding that she be the “go-to” person to solve problems, despite the day-to-day obstacles.
Any other comments?Dr. Andrade is one of the “unsung” UHPA faculty members who deserve such recognition.

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