I am a Ph.D. medical educator and researcher with more than 8 years of experience working in academic medicine. My post-graduate training includes a Master’s in Applied Sociology (University of Central Florida, 2005), a PhD in Sociology (Southern Illinois University, 2009), and a Master’s of Medical Sciences in Medical Education (Harvard Medical School, 2017). I am also a Harvard Macy Scholar, having completed the Program for Educators in Health Professions, Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Education, and Health Care Educators 2.0. I have worked at the intersection of education and research in academic medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. I currently spend the majority of my time at the Brigham Education Institute where I serve as the Assistant Director for Education and Science Initiatives. I also spend a portion of my time at the Massachusetts General Hospital where I support the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology as their Educational Research Associate, working to build the capacity of faculty members to be innovative leaders and scholars both in their roles as clinician educators and researchers.
During my three years at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, I collaborated with faculty, residents, and medical students. Projects included designing and evaluating educational innovations and developing and executing research and quality improvement initiatives. I served as research advisor for PGY-I psychiatry and internal medicine-psychiatry residents and independently taught their Introduction to Research course. I also led the journal club curriculum redesign effort, which was published in Academic Psychiatry. I also spent more than two years at Yale School of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine, working on projects centered around health policy, disease prevention, patient-centered care, and the use of health education to improve patient outcomes.
My academic scholarship focus is on curriculum development, trainee and programmatic assessment, educational program evaluation, educational technology, and the use of social media in medical education. I have a strong professional network and have collaborated with faculty from Harvard Medical School, Brown School of Medicine, Dartmouth School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, the Pennsylvania State University, Mayo Clinic, McMaster University, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital on research and scholarly activities. My scholarly work, which includes publications as sole author, first author, and senior author, has been published in multiple journals including Academic Medicine, Academic Pediatrics, Academic Psychiatry, Health Affairs, the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, the Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development, Medical Science Educator, and Teaching and Learning in Medicine.
In addition to my roles at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, I also recently served as Lead Curriculum Developer for the HarvardX Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) "Improving your Business Through a Culture of Health", funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focusing on a Culture of Health. Lead faculty included John E. McDonough, Howard K. Koh, and Amy C. Edmondson. HarvardX is a “University-wide strategic initiative, overseen by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, to enable faculty to build and create open online learning experiences for residential and online use, and to enable groundbreaking research in online pedagogies.” Business and public health leaders took the course to learn from 15 lead faculty at graduate schools throughout Harvard, with whom I worked with to develop unique, engaging content including videos, assessments, and engagements with learners. Together, we developed unique, engaging content including videos, assessments, and engagements. Version 1 of the course launched in May of 2018, enrolling 4000+ learners and ending in August 2018. The course was recently awarded Runner Up for Best Online Program of 2018 from ProEd, an organization which focuses on positively impacting the professional success of those who work in university executive education and professional development. Previously, I served as Curriculum Developer for the “Practical Improvement Science in Health Care,” with lead faculty Donald M. Berwick and Donald A. Goldmann.
I am also affiliated faculty at the Northeastern University in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Additionally, I teach in the Master’s of Medical Sciences in Medical Education program at Harvard Medical School, serving as Director of the Assessment Module in the Longitudinal Seminar.
Finally, I serve as the social media strategist for the Harvard Macy Institute, “committed to creating a global community of medical educators and leaders dedicated to transforming health care delivery and education.” I help expand the use of social media in the health professions education community by curating high-quality content for Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. I also serve as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Macy Community Blog. My unique understanding of social media in academic medicine means that I am able to translate knowledge effectively within and outside the medical education online community. My 13 professional blog posts in the Harvard Macy Community Blog, the Medical Educators’ Tips and Tricks Blog, and the Harvard Medical School Global Academy Lean Forward Blog have had a combined 27,000+ webhits worldwide.