Joanna Brooks received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Her dissertation examined the shortage of primary care physicians and the persistent nature of the problem, pointing to an institutional structure that poses obstacles to students choosing primary care specialties. Focusing on Family Medicine, her research argues that the field is afforded low prestige because its philosophy is an unwelcome challenge to the dominant biomedical perspective. In other work, she has studied the impact of duty hour regulations on the socialization of surgical residents. Current research examines the role of teamwork and culture in quality improvement and patient safety. As a Scholar, she plans to study how the medical culture and medical providers interact with new technologies, the implications for patient care, and how providers are affected by the policies surrounding these innovations.