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Meet Diana

I am truly passionate about empowering people to transform organizations into environments that foster connection, healing, and health for all. A trauma-informed approach is so powerful in healthcare organizations but is also directly applicable in any organization that wants to create an empowering culture.

 

With over a decade of experience as a Physician Assistant/Associate, I have had the privilege of working in a variety of healthcare settings. Currently, I am actively engaged in the university health setting, where I continue to witness the profound impact of empowering and trauma-informed care.

I hold a Doctorate of Medical Science, which I pursued with a dedicated focus on trauma-informed care. Through my academic journey and professional experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of the importance of integrating trauma-informed principles into the fabric of organizations. 

Let's embark on this transformative path together, working to build a future where empowerment and healing intersect, and where organizations truly promote the well-being of all.

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Experiences

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of sharing my knowledge and expertise through presentations and workshops. I have conducted lectures and facilitated small group case discussions at multiple Physician Assistant and nursing programs. In addition, I have been honored to present at numerous conferences and events, where I have had the opportunity to reach a broader audience.

 

My presentations are characterized by an engaging and practical approach, aiming to bridge the gap between research and real-world application. I firmly believe that learning should be an interactive and collaborative process.

As an educator, I strive to practice what I teach. I bring a sense of confident humility to my interactions, acknowledging that learning is a continuous and imperfect journey. By fostering a collaborative environment, we can learn and grow together to refine our skills and deepen our understanding of empowering practices.

Publications

Special Article

A practical guide to the trauma-informed physical examination

Soran, Diana DMSc, PA-C

JAAPA. 37(3):42-45, March 2024.

About two-thirds of patients have a trauma history, such as experiencing abuse or community violence. Clinicians must be knowledgeable about trauma because of its high prevalence and long-lasting effect on patients. The medical encounter can be triggering for patients with a history of trauma, especially when power differentials are intensified, such as during the physical examination. Clinicians can improve the interaction by incorporating simple trauma-informed techniques, such as adjusting communication, positioning, and contact during the physical examination. These modifications foster a sense of patient safety and collaborative decision-making. This article describes the background of trauma-informed care and outlines trauma-informed techniques for physical examinations.

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