Staff Profile: Dr. Aimee Goodman

When Dr. Aimee Goodman was appointed Peddie’s Director of Health Services, she was eager to focus entirely on adolescent medicine.
 
Dr. Goodman completed her residency in 2006 and was a practicing pediatrician in New Jersey for 12 years before arriving at Peddie in 2018.
 
“Having Dr. Goodman on campus full time allows us to provide our students with a standard of care that simply can’t be beat,” Head of School Peter Quinn said. “Dr. Goodman knows adolescents, certainly, but the fact that she truly knows our students elevates the care they receive.”

Dr. Goodman in the Health Center

Dr. Goodman was a practicing pediatrician in New Jersey for 12 years before arriving at Peddie in 2018.

Dr. Goodman agrees that while she never imagined her career would land her as the medical director of a boarding school, getting to know her patients so closely has enhanced her ability to care for them.

“My particular interest has always been in adolescent medicine, so the idea of focusing entirely on this age group in a residential environment was a big draw,” she said. “Working with teenagers is challenging because it’s a time of tremendous growth and development for many kids, but it is also tremendously rewarding. There is a special energy in this age group.” 
 
Dr. Goodman said adolescent medicine necessarily involves a focus on emotional wellness, an aspect of medicine she enjoys. Having adults in the community who know students well inside and outside the classroom also aids in the holistic approach Dr. Goodman brings to her profession. 
 

My particular interest has always been in adolescent medicine, so the idea of focusing entirely on this age group in a residential environment was a big draw.”

“We often collaborate with the athletic trainers in managing the care of a student-athlete, or work with a dorm supervisor or advisor as a first step in assessing a student’s need,” said Dr. Goodman. “As a result, we are better able to understand where each individual student is coming from and how we can best serve them.”
 
At the Health Center, Dr. Goodman and her team focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment for students. The center is staffed by registered nurses 24 hours, seven days a week during the school year, and holds two exam rooms and eight beds for observation and overnight stays when necessary. Nurses make every effort to get to know each student who walks through the door. 
 
“Our goal is to make every student feel comfortable, safe and cared for here,” Dr. Goodman says. “We want them to feel at home.”