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Tricia Huguelet, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tricia Huguelet, MD is an Assistant Professor for the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Assistant Residency Program Director for Gynecology. Dr. Huguelet graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2004 and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2008. Dr. Huguelet received a secondary appointment to the Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2010 and has since developed her niche in the field of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Since her appointment at Children’s, she has helped to develop a multi-disciplinary clinic in polycystic ovarian syndrome and disorders of sexual development for children and teens.​ 

OB_Tricia.Hugueletheadshot.jpgWhat motivated you to choose to become an Ob-Gyn?

I chose a career in Ob-Gyn to be able to provide a wide variety of care for my patients – from office procedures and routine well-woman care to complex surgeries and obstetrical emergencies.  In medical school, I was very interested in pediatrics, and I was fortunate to have a faculty mentor who practiced pediatric gynecology.  Once I discovered that I could care for both children and adults as an Ob-Gyn, the decision was easy.  I feel very blessed to have chosen such a challenging and rewarding career and would easily make the same career choice if I was asked to do it again.

How did you become involved with the University of Colorado and the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s SOAR team?

I joined Dr. Steve Scott in Pediatric Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2010 and quickly realized that many of our patients overlapped with pediatric endocrinology and urology, particularly in the area of disorders of sexual development (DSD).  This complex area of medicine affects many different patients, and requires a high-level of complex subspecialty care.  We therefore partnered with Dr. Sharon Travers and Dr. Duncan Wilcox at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2012 to create a multi-disciplinary clinic to improve the care of our patients with DSD.  Since opening this clinic, we have received very positive feedback from patients and families, and we recently hosted a regional conference on best practice in DSD care.

Which particular award or achievement is the most gratifying to you?

My most rewarding achievement was being nominated by the Executive Board of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) to service as the Chair of the Resident Education Committee.  This role has allowed me to bring together two of my passions in medicine – pediatric gynecology and resident education.  I am currently leading my team in the development of a national simulation curriculum and interactive online modules in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. 

What techniques do you use to manage your time effectively?

I am extremely fortunate to work with a great team, both at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  I rely on my team to efficiently manage a busy pediatric and adult gynecology practice.  Throughout the day, I am constantly on my phone coordinating patient care, surgical scheduling and follow up with my nurses, medical assistants and administrative staff as I move back and forth between hospitals.  I truly could not provide the level of care I do without their dedication, support and effort. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Always work to be a better listener.  I’ve learned that the more I listen to my patients and their families, the more empathetic I am to their needs.  Further, the better I listen to my team, the more we advance patient care and create a great working environment.

What are some of your future goals and plans for your career?

My clinical and research interests are in abnormal uterine bleeding and bleeding disorders.  I currently see patients in a multi-disciplinary setting with hematology and gynecology.  Over the next couple of years, I hope to help establish our Blood Disorders and Thrombosis Clinic as a National Center of Excellence.  I would also like to expand our multi-disciplinary DSD Clinic and establish a well-organized transition of care for adolescents to adult DSD care at the University of Colorado. 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Elementary school teacher.  I recently volunteered in my twin’s second grade classroom and I was awed by the innocence and excitement of the young kids learning and working together.  I believe that kids can teach us a lot about life, how to love and respect others, and also how to have fun. 

Where can you most often be found on a weekend?

On the soccer field.  I have three young boys and they are very active in sports.  There is never a dull moment in my house!

What is your favorite book?

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.

What is the best place you have traveled to, and why?

Positano, Italy.  I am always looking for ways to relax and unwind and in this small coastal town, life really moves at a slower pace.  The wine and food are amazing as well!  

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Tennis.  After a rough day at work, I can go out on the tennis court and all of my stress and worries fall away.  I truly love the sport and could play all day if given the opportunity.