AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar Series

The AAMC Building Better Curriculum webinar series is an opportunity for curriculum deans, leaders, administrators, teaching faculty, and staff to learn about and explore innovations in curriculum and curriculum mapping. It also provides a venue for AAMC to provide updates on Curriculum Inventory developments. 

In addition to the contents that are included in this regular programming package, we occasionally host special learning series that require separate registration. For a complete list of future events and for special programming registration, please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - December 9

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Curriculum Development Lessons Learned from the Newly Launched Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.  

    The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine opened in July 2020. Opening a new medical school has provided an amazing opportunity to apply best practices and lessons learned from the educational literature, environmental scanning, and the wisdom of experience of the school’s leaders who came from various institutions across the country. This presentation will describe the curriculum including its guiding principles and lessons learned from the curriculum development process.

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Abbas Hyderi

    Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine

    Dr. Abbas Hyderi joined the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (KPSOM) as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Clinical Science in July 2018 having come from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine, where he was Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Medical Education as well as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education with principal oversight of all four years of the curriculum. He led the University of Illinois College of Medicine team when it participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges Core Entrustable Professional Activities (Core EPA) Pilot for which he was also the national co-chair of the Entrustment Concept Team and the national chair of the EPA 13 Team. He is a certified Team-Based Learning (TBL™) Collaborative Trainer-Consultant and has delivered faculty development workshops and given presentations internationally on topics including learner-centered education, TBL™, and competency-based medical education including EPAs. 

    Dr. Hyderi has been recognized at both the medical school and residency program levels with several awards, including the 2010 Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 UIC College of Medicine Emerging Innovator Award, which recognizes the contributions of one graduate within the past 15 years.  He has produced over 100 peer-reviewed presentations and publications related to medical education.

    For more information about Dr. Hyderi, please click here.

    Angela Blood (Moderator)

    Director for Curriculum Inventory and Resources

    AAMC

    Ms. Blood is the Director of Curriculum Resources at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  She oversees the AAMC Curriculum Inventory (CI) program including data collection and resources. https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelablood/

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - September 8

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    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Curriculum Highlight: Clinical and Diagnostic Reasoning

    During this special 75 minute Building Better Curriculum Webinar, we will be learning from four different teams of educators about the teaching tools and strategies they have developed around teaching clinical and diagnostic reasoning:

    Presentation 1 - Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Clerkship: A Clinical Reasoning Curriculum for Third-Year Medical Students. This session will highlight key components of a clinical reasoning curriculum, which was published in MedEdPortal in January, 2019.  By the end of the session, participants will be able to (1) Utilize a framework for teaching clinical reasoning in the in-person or virtual environment, (2) Adapt patient cases tailored to the level of the learner, and (3) Apply teaching techniques to develop clinical reasoning skills. The components of the curriculum that will be highlighted include: a framework for learners to practice clinical reasoning, key clinical reasoning skills that can be practiced in the classroom setting, and techniques for delivering the curriculum in small, large group, virtual, or in-person settings.

    Presentation 2 - Teaching and Assessing Diagnostic Reasoning. In this presentation, presenters will review a framework and toolkit which allows a clinical teacher to give feedback to a learner on their clinical reasoning skills by observing their presentation of a patient. Presenters will also discuss briefly the data for its effectiveness.

    Presentation 3 - Diagnosing and Remediating Clinical Reasoning Difficulties: A Faculty Development Workshop. In this presentation, presenters will introduce a model for identifying and differentiating between a group of common clinical reasoning difficulties in learners including data gathering, problem representation formation and “seeing the overall picture,” differential diagnosis prioritization, forming a management plan, and challenges with bias.  Presenters will also share a handful of tools that educators may use as applicable for and aligned with the clinical reasoning challenges described. 

    Presentation 4 - Choose Your Own Adventure: Leading Effective Case-Based Learning Sessions Using Evidence-Based Strategies.  Learning how to lead engaging teaching sessions is critical for faculty development and for optimizing teaching opportunities. During our presentation, presenters will provide an evidence-based framework for designing and facilitating case-based discussions, such as morning reports. Presenters will describe our materials which include helpful guidelines and tips to help participants facilitate effective sessions for their learners.

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Nick Duca, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director- Medicine Clerkship

    Penn State College of Medicine

    Nicholas Duca, MD is a general internist, primary care physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency and chief residency at the University of Pittsburgh-UPMC Presbyterian. He began his career in medical education as an associate clerkship director at Penn State in 2017 and accepted the role of clerkship director in 2019. He has an interest in teaching clinical reasoning, curriculum development, survey development, and qualitative research.

    Adam Cohen, MD, MEd

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Education, Innovation, and Technology

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Adam Cohen, MD, MEd is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and of Education, Innovation and Technology. He is an experienced qualitative researcher with expertise in assessment, feedback and diagnostic reasoning. He has prominent roles on the design and development of multiple curricula at Baylor College of Medicine, including in the creation of a critical thinking and metacognition curricular thread as part of a committee creating Baylor College of Medicine’s new MD curriculum. He is also faculty with the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship in Medical Education.

    Adam Weinstein, MD

    Associate Professor of Medical Sciences and Pediatrics

    Netter School of Medicine of Quinnipiac University

    Adam Weinstein, MD is an Associate Professor of Medical Sciences and Pediatrics at the Netter School of Medicine of Quinnipiac University. He assists to direct the 1st and 2nd year Clinical Arts and Sciences courses and also serves with the Student Affairs team as a Career Advisor for 3rd and 4th year students. He moved to Netter from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2021, where over a 12 year period, he served as section chief of pediatric nephrology, director of pediatric medical student education, co-director of the 1st and 2nd year On Doctoring course, and director of the Year 1 and 2 Problem-Based Learning Curriculum and Medical Science Integrations course. He served as the chair of Geisel’s Medical Education Committee from 2016 to 2021. During his tenure at Geisel, he received numerous teaching awards for both resident and medical student education, including Geisel’s Clinical Science Teaching Award, and was elected to Geisel’s Academy of Master Educators.

    Jimmy Beck

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Dr. Beck is a pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children's. His professional focus has been on promoting the autonomy of his learners and promoting high value care.   

    Corrie McDaniel, DO

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Dr. McDaniel is a pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children's.  Her research focus is on understanding and improving care for children hospitalized in community hospitals.

    Elena Griego, MD

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Dr. Griego is a pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children's. She also serves as the associate program director of the pediatric residency program.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - August 11

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Using Curriculum Mapping Data to Evaluate by Cohort: Longitudinal, Vertical, Horizontal, and Cross-Section Analysis

    The presentation will describe how to create a curriculum map that not only allows monitoring of the curriculum in each academic year but also helps to evaluate and compare the experiences of cohorts of students.  The challenges of the build will be described along with how they were overcome.  The audience will be shown how to use a curriculum map for continuous quality improvement in the same way hospitals use a patient data set. 

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Siwar Bizri, MA

    Accreditation and Business Analyst

    University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine

    Siwar Bizri is the Accreditation and Business Analyst at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida where she oversees several ongoing projects related to accreditation, compliance, quality improvement, and strategic planning. Siwar has supported the implementation and management of programmatic quality improvement processes, helps ensure the monitoring of KPIs and accreditation standards, and has been intimately involved in the development of over nine major applications streamlining the business processes at the college. Her other responsibilities include curriculum mapping support, application training and assistance, and event planning.

    Deborah DeWaay, MD, FACP

    Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, Professor of Internal Medicine

    University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine

    Deborah J. DeWaay, MD, FACP, is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine. She completed her from Grinnell College in 1998, and her M.D. from the University of Iowa in 2005. She completed a residency, in 2008, and chief year in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2009. Her specialty is general internal medicine with a focus in hospital medicine.  She has served as the Associate Vice-Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine at MUSC. Dr. DeWaay has won numerous teaching awards including MUSC Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She is a member of both the Gold Humanism in Medicine and AOA honor societies. Since 2016, she has served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at USF. In this role, Dr. DeWaay has been focusing on streamlining the assessment and evaluation system, creating a state-of-the-art curriculum map, and implementing the AAMC’s Entrustable Professional Activities.

    Shane Puckett, Ed.D

    Director, Curriculum Management

    University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine

    Shane Puckett completed his Bachelor of Arts (2001) and Master of Arts degrees (2003) from Arkansas State University in Speech Communication. He later completed his Ed.D. with an emphasis in Education Leadership – Higher Education Administration from Louisiana Tech University in 2016. Since 2017, Dr. Puckett has been serving as the Director of Curriculum Management for the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida in Tampa. In this role, he assists the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education by coordinating curricular efforts for two different MD programs, Core and SELECT.

    Erik Tandberg

    Senior Product Owner, Information Technology

    University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine

    Erik is a graduate of the Muma College of Business with 5+ years of experience in Agile Product Management in USF Information Technology's Digital Innovations department. He has overseen the development of a number of USF initiatives at the Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, and more. These applications have digitally transformed and streamlined outdated, error prone processes to meet the high demands of Medical Learning.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - July 14

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Visualizing performance data to support competency-based progression in a medical school curriculum.

    In this session, the speakers will provide an in-depth review of a curricular management software platform with a dashboarding interface that allows students, faculty, and assessors to track the completion of assessments and attainment of competency. An overview of the competency-based Shared Discovery Curriculum and the educational decision making that underpins course grading and the dashboard will be provided for context.

    Time will be reserved at the end of the presentation for questions and conversation. 

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Heather Laird-Fick, MD, MPH

    Professor of Medicine, Director of Assessment

    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Dr. Laird-Fick is a general internist with more than 20 years’ experience in medical education. She completed her medical training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before returning to the faculty at Michigan State. She has been a clerkship director, internal medicine residency program director, council member for the Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and chair of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Education Committee. Her current role focuses on competency-based assessment of medical students.

    Gary Ferenchick, MD, MS

    Professor of Medicine

    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Dr Ferenchick is a Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University. He served as the Division Chief of General Medicine from 2000 through January of 2015, and as the IM Clerkship Director from 1990 to June 2015. He had been actively involved in the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) organization, serving as its president in 2000. He is the developer of justintimemedicine.com and he has authored or co-authored 39 peer-reviewed publications and is the co-author of Teaching in Your Office: A Guide to Instructing Medical Students & Residents published by the ACP.

    Robert Malinowski, DVM, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Office of Medical Education Research and Development

    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Dr. Malinowski is dedicated to the advancement of medical education and leverages his unique combination of expertise in medicine, technology, and education to advance the mission of the College of Human Medicine. He provides leadership for Academic Affairs on investing in dynamic incorporation of technology and methods into teaching and assessment. Malinowski collaborates with the Just in Time Medicine (JIT) and Assessment teams. He creates curricular content in JIT and works with the development team to improve functionality and optimize faculty and student experiences. He works with the Assessment team to address the needs of the Student Competence Committee, generate reports that highlight trends and areas of concern, facilitate the Progress Suite of Assessments, and provide oversight and support for the implementation of the multi-source feedback process to better meet CHM’s needs, process improvements and refinements.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - June 9

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Presentation 1: Instructional Design: Brick by Brick. Join our guest speaker, Kevin Hittle from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, for an overview of evidence-based instructional design methodologies and how to leverage them in conjunction with the curriculum inventory to create effective educational experiences.

    Presentation 2: Designing Instruction for the Adult Learner. The tides of curriculum and instruction are shifting as medical schools trend away from the post-Flexnerian approach of two years of basic science education delivered primarily through in-person lectures followed by two years of clinical experience. Schools are reporting increased adoption of self-directed learning and web-based instruction – but what should this look like for the adult learner? Join our guest speaker, Megan (Almansoori) Hellum from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, to explore the intersection of authentic education and adult learning theory, and show how these concepts can be used to inform instructional design within the medical education curriculum. 

    Time will be reserved at the end of each presentation for questions and conversation. 

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Kevin Hittle

    Curriculum Coordinator and NBME Executive Chief Proctor

    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

    Kevin Hittle has served as a curriculum coordinator at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo since 2017. He was named the school’s NBME Executive Chief Proctor in 2020. Kevin was selected by students as the inaugural winner of the Special Recognition – Staff category of the Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2020) and received special recognition again in 2021. He has been a member of the AAMC Curriculum Inventory Committee since 2019 and participates in the GIR Educational Technology Working Group. Prior to his employment at the Jacobs School, Kevin was a project manager and drafter at a structural engineering firm for 10 years. 

    Originally from Indianapolis, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is pursuing his Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology at the University at Albany Graduate School of Education.

    Megan (Almansoori) Hellum

    Director of Curriculum Design

    Reno School of Medicine, University of Nevada

    Megan Hellum is the Director of Curriculum Design at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Equity and Diversity in Education. Megan has over fifteen years of experience in curriculum, instruction, and program design across a variety of learning environments, including museums, K-12 schools, undergraduate universities, and medical schools. In her eleven years working in medical education, Megan’s professional approach has revolved around the implementation of authentic and equitable learning experiences, assessment, and systems.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - May 12

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    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    The Curriculum team of Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine will share how they work collaboratively in building a better curriculum.  The presenters will discuss their curriculum mapping strategies, evaluation cycle, and iterative process towards continuous quality improvement.  The presenters will pull back the curtain to show organizational structure and provide examples of how their process has informed decision making, leading to a better curriculum. 
     
    Time will be reserved at the end for questions and conversation.

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Deborah L. Conway, M.D.

    Interim Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

    Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

    Dr. Deborah Conway is the Interim Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, where she has responsibility for the four-year course-based curriculum for medical students. She has published and presented primarily in the areas of medical education and diabetes in pregnancy. Dr. Conway received her BS in Biology at Texas A&M University, her MD at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, and completed training in obstetrics/gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

    Deborah Chang, Ph.D.

    Director of Curriculum Evaluation

    Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

    As Director of Curriculum Evaluation, Dr. Change oversees ongoing assessment, evaluation, and reporting efforts to ensure that all components of the educational cycle for medical students are meeting stated goals and learning outcomes, as well as to identify opportunities for program improvement and enhanced student success.

    Jessica Hernandez, Ed.D.

    Director of Academic Programs

    Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

    Dr. Hernandez is an educational collaborator and leader who is passionate about seeking techniques and pathways to enhance and support curriculum design.  She noted that at UT Health, she has been fortunate to gain a medical education family of brilliant and dedicated professionals seeking to holistically make an impact in medical education, patient care, research, and their community.

    Renee’ M. Brown, Ph.D.

    Director, Curriculum Management

    Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

    Dr. Brown is a dedicated one45 database management coordinator and support, an enthusiastic educator and microbiologist, and a campus historian: most likely to have “been there” and “done that” as it relates to curriculum. Dr. Brown noted that at UT Health, she has the unique privilege to work with a team of dedicated professionals who share her passion for education, collaboration, and community through the pursuit of their common mission of excellence in education, care, and research.

    Jeff Jackson, Ed.D.

    Director of Curriculum Evaluation

    Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

    As Director of Curriculum Evaluation, Dr. Jackson oversees ongoing assessment, evaluation, and reporting efforts to ensure that all components of the educational cycle for medical students are meeting stated goals and learning outcomes, as well as to identify opportunities for program improvement and enhanced student success.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - January 13

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    Please join us for a new presentation in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Presentation 1: Utilizing MeSH Keywords for Curriculum Inventory (Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine)

    Properly identifying curriculum keywords increases the Curriculum Inventory (CI) functionality, better supporting important medical school functions including program accreditation, curriculum committee procedures, student study plans, etc. The process by which faculty and staff identify, document, and query keywords varies greatly between institutions and is influenced by the curriculum inventory data management systems utilized. At Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine, we have implemented several processes to standardize how faculty and staff identify keywords, including utilizing Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), resulting in more accurate queries of our curriculum content. This presentation will describe the lessons learned and our current best practices for collecting keywords for more accurate querying of the curriculum inventory.

    Presentation 2: Documenting a Curricular Response to COVID-19 in your CI (The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine)

    Response to the COVID-19 pandemic included curricular modifications to support the transition to remote learning. This presentation shares the approach that the UCI School of Medicine took to standardize the documentation of these modifications for local curricular review as well as for upload to the AAMC Curriculum Inventory.

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Christa Clarke, M.S.

    Project Manager, Curriculum Office

    Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine

    Christa Clarke currently serves as the Project Manager of the Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine Office of Curriculum. She oversees the Undergraduate Medical Education Program Curriculum Transformation Initiative projects and supports the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation compliance efforts. Prior to her experience in medical education, Christa oversaw access to care projects for UT Physicians outpatient clinics. Her professional expertise is in program operations, quality improvement, and curriculum transformation.

    Lindsay Godfrey, M.Ed.

    Senior Coordinator, Program Management

    Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine

    Lindsay Godfrey currently serves as the Senior Coordinator for Program Management at Baylor College of Medicine - UME.  Her roles include but are not limited to extensive collaboration with staff, use case design, course development training to faculty, and providing support to sub-committees within the Curriculum Renewal Workgroups.  She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Foundational Sciences for a Houston Area University and Community College.  Prior to her experience in higher education, she was an Early Childhood Educator specializing in curriculum development, assessment, and instructional design.

    Jennifer Christner, MD

    Dean

    Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine

    Dr. Christner currently serves as the Dean, School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. In this role she oversees the continuum of medical education – UME, GME and CME. Her research interests focus on medical education and she has been the recipient of several medical education grants that have focused on both novel assessment of medical students and novel faculty development programs. She has been invited for numerous presentations nationally and internationally, serves on several national education committees and is the recipient of several teaching awards.

    Julie Youm, PhD

    Assistant Dean, Education Compliance and Quality; Director, Educational Technology

    University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

    Julie Youm, PhD, is the Assistant Dean, Education Compliance and Quality, and the Director, Educational Technology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Her interests and experience include curriculum and instructional design, systems implementations, faculty development, and continuous quality improvement.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - November 11

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join us for two presentations in our continuing series on Building Better Curriculum.

    Part 1: "Identifying Opportunities and Creating Buy-in for Curriculum Mapping" 

    At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify key resources for collecting data as it relates to curriculum mapping. The philosophies of forwards and backwards mapping will be discussed, and this information can then be used to help faculty drive the mapping process. Tools, potential timelines, and general insights will be shared that are appropriate for novice mappers or for institutions wanting to do a major process design.

    Part 2: "FAU’s Developmental Approach to Problem-Based Learning"

    This presentation will focus on Florida Atlantic University’s unique and innovative developmental progression of PBL formats across the first three years of the med school curriculum. To improve our students’ independent clinical reasoning and self-directed learning skills, and to better prepare them for their clinical clerkships, we redesigned our small group case-based sessions during the pre-clinical curriculum. Faculty oversight is gradually eliminated in order to progressively increase student independence, autonomy, and leadership responsibilities in a developmental manner while maintaining knowledge acquisition and fostering lifelong learning and problem-solving.

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Clair Collins

    Director of Faculty Development and CME, College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University

    Clair Collins currently serves as the Director for Faculty Development and CME and joined the SHSU staff in 2017 in order to start the College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her daily role, she works with both faculty and staff across all of medical education to provide training opportunities on an array of topics from curriculum mapping, to teaching modalities to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, to tech trainings.

    Madeleine Denison

    Educational Program Coordinator, College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University

    Ms. Denison has over 10 years of higher education experience in various roles, working with students, faculty, and administrators.  Her experience includes areas of advising, evaluation, accreditation, curriculum data collection, tracking, and reporting. She has been in her current role at SHSU since March 2019 and has been part of developing and implementing curriculum mapping.

    Sarah K. Wood

    Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

    Dr. Sarah Wood is the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU and a board-certified pediatrician. She graduated magna cum laude with Honors in Psychology from Yale University, then earned her MD degree at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, followed by a year as Chief Resident there. Dr. Wood helped launch FAU's new medical school in 2011. Since 2015, Dr. Wood has led FAU’s medical education program as the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. Her interests include innovative education, longitudinal integrated clerkships, and enhancing life-long-learning and professionalism.

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - October 14

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Please join us for two presentations in our continuing series on Building a Better Curriculum.

    Part 1: “Capturing CI Data Within the Clinical Years”

    The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is the largest medical school in the country, with nine regional campuses located throughout the state of Indiana. We will share our methods for documenting the clinical curriculum in ways that robustly capture the curriculum while maintaining an accurate representation of the shared student experiences across all of our campuses. 

    Part 2: “Challenges in Mapping an Integrated Curriculum”

    This presentation will chronicle the process of strategy development and evolution for mapping the integrated parts of the curriculum at Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Stephanie Freed

    Clinical Sciences Curriculum Specialist – Phase 3, Indiana University School of Medicine

    Stephanie joined the IUSM Medical Student Education Team in 2018 during a time of renewed focus on the Phase 3 (fourth-year) student experience. Since joining the team, she has participated in rapid and ongoing curriculum changes aimed at enhancing the Phase 3 curriculum. Before working for the IUSM, Stephanie served in various science education roles at the Undergraduate and Secondary levels. While completing her Master’s Degree at the University of Notre Dame, she earned several teaching awards and honed her passion for education administration. 

    Neelum Safdar

    Clinical Science Curriculum Specialist – Phase 2, Indiana University School of Medicine

    Neelum works with the Phase 2 Assistant Dean for Curriculum in the Clinical Sciences, at the Indiana School of Medicine, to manage clinical curricular programs and activities for the third year of Undergraduate Medicine. This includes the development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of the statewide clinical medical school curriculum at all IU School of Medicine (IUSM) campuses. She also works with clerkship teams to collate curriculum data to upload to the AAMC.  In addition, she acts as a project manager for various curriculum development initiatives and serves in an advisory capacity on a variety of curriculum committees. Before joining the IUSM school of medicine, Neelum worked as a Microbiologist for 15 years and then transitioned to teaching Chemistry and AP Biology.  She completed her Masters Degree in Education while serving as a Vice Principal in a private K-12 school. 

    Christine Nelson

    Director of Curricular Affairs, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University

    Christine Nelson has served in an administrative role at NSU MD since April 2017. Hired as the Curriculum Content Manager (curriculum mapper), she transitioned to the role of Director of Curricular Affairs in 2018 just prior to the start of the charter class. Previously she was the Program Manager for the Biomedical Informatics Program in NSU’s Osteopathic Medicine school for almost 10 years. She has also done medical case management for a non-profit serving the HIV+ low income community, was employed at a camp for children with chronic/terminal illness, and spent four years working in retention at the University of Miami. 

  • AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinar - August 12

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Please join us for two presentations in our continuing series on Building a Better Curriculum.

    Presentation 1: 2020 CI Data Upload Season Check-in. 

    During this session, we’ll continue to share CI updates, review new CI Portal features and reports, and curriculum documentation given COVID-19.  

    Presentation 2: Turning Virtual Educational Activities into Scholarship through MedEdPORTAL. 

    In this session, participants will be introduced to MedEdPORTAL, the journal of teaching and learning resources of the AAMC. MedEdPORTAL is a MEDLINE-indexed, open-access, electronic journal that is an avenue for educators to publish their teaching activities for worldwide dissemination and use. In addition, this presentation will highlight the current Virtual Learning Resources collection, which features peer-reviewed teaching resources that can be used for distance learning, including self-directed modules and learning activities that could be converted to virtual interactions. Educators are encouraged to bring ideas and consider submitting their work to this collection. 

    Please visit the AAMC Building Better Curriculum Webinars webpage for a complete list of future events and special programming.

    Angela Blood

    Director for Curriculum Inventory and Resources

    AAMC

    Ms. Blood is the Director of Curriculum Resources at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  She oversees the AAMC Curriculum Inventory (CI) program including data collection and resources. https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelablood/

    Kathy Kreutzer

    Associate Editor, MedEdPORTAL

    Ms. Kreutzer has over 35 years of experience in curriculum design and evaluation, faculty development and continuing professional education, and program accreditation.  She currently works primarily in supporting faculty recognition and service and professionalism in the learning environment.  She has received  multiple recognitions for her medical ethics teaching.  Ms. Kreutzer served as Chair of the AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) (2015-2017),  SGEA MESRE Representative (2007-2009), and Interim SGEA CEI Representative (2015).  She was a founding faculty member in the SGEA (Now AAMC) Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program.   She joined MedEdPORTAL as a peer reviewer at its inception.   Ms. Kreutzer is an advisory member of the VCU Health Innovation Consortium (2019-), serves on the VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction Executive Committee (2013-), and is a performing member and music librarian in the Richmond Concert Band and a founding member of the VCU Health Orchestra.