As a board-certified internist, Newman performs clinical duties in both the Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center and the Undiagnosed Breast Clinic. In each area, she emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to assisting patients and their families.
Educating early-career clinicians drives Newman’s commitment to patient care. Newman has led education activities in the department since 2012. In this capacity, she serves as the educational clinical rotation director and has developed curricula for internal medicine residents, medical oncology fellows and medical students.
Newman says that conducting clinical rotations with the team of cancer prevention specialists helps to achieve Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competency-based goals and objectives of cancer prevention, including the evaluation, early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and specific cancer prevention and screenings for-high risk patients. Newman also organizes clinical rotations for a host of observers, including advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) fellows and visiting professors through Cancer Network®.
In addition, Newman founded a lecture series titled Perspectives in Cancer Prevention, which highlights current clinical practices in prevention and screening. It also introduces nontraditional modalities of cancer prevention such as yoga, Ayurveda and Shamanic Energy Medicine.
“To embrace education is to actively engage in the preparation of the next generation of health care professionals to lead the world with grace, dignity and integrity,” Newman says. “This is demonstrated in leading by example, striving for excellence in one’s purpose and daring to view medicine through diverging frames of reference. Education is an investment into our future with purposeful intent of reaping long-term prosperity.”
Newman serves as a preceptor to medical students every summer for four weeks through the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) of the American College of Physicians Texas Chapter. This program provides an opportunity for young physicians-in-training to gain insight into the many possibilities of working as an internist, especially as a cancer prevention specialist in the outpatient setting.
Newman serves as the vice chair of the Harris County Medical Society Medical Education review team and as a representative of the American College of Physicians Texas Chapter. These groups work to influence medical policy making throughout the state. She also has served on the advisory council of My Place: A Woman’s Resource Center Inc. and on the board of directors at Blessed-2 Serve Inc.
Before joining MD Anderson in 2008 as an assistant professor, Newman completed a residency in internal medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She received her medical degree from the UCLA/Drew University School of Medicine and a bachelor of science in biology premedicine from Xavier University of Louisiana.
The MD Anderson Faculty Educator of the Month program, sponsored by Education & Training, recognizes MD Anderson faculty members who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.