Candidate Statement: As a longtime member of the AAA and servant to our profession, I’d like to see the AAA as a thought leader in all things medical education. Our discipline is the foundation of the healthcare field, the most impactful educational experience students will have, and will remain at the center of any career in medicine. Anatomists are among the hardest-worked and most committed scholars and educators at our institutions – as such, I'd like to see the AAA take more of a lead with our related/sister organizations, in advocacy, training, and opinion. Anatomists are the faculty members most often at the forefront of pedagogical innovation and dedicated time spent in the educational realm; we are the individuals that typically take lead roles in curricular revision, integration, and innovations in assessment. I'm proud of what our organization has done and I think we have much to boast about, individually and collectively, we are well-positioned to be more visible and relevant in the medical education community as a whole. I would envision multiple opportunities for our members, e.g., white papers on a variety of topics related to medical education and advocacy programs for the organization and for our members to take back to their institutions. Thank you for your consideration.
Current Position/Institution: (2012-) Professor and Chair, Department of Foundational Medical Studies, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Ph.D. Institution: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Wayne State University, 1997
Earlier Positions: 2006-2012 Professor and Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Division Director, Division of Anatomy, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH; 1998-2006 Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
Teaching: [Current – medical students] Anatomical Foundations of Clinical Practice (2013-), Neuroscience 1 and 2 (2013-), M4 Anesthesiology Clerkship (2015-). [Past] Medical, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Graduate, Dental and Undergraduate courses in Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pathophysiology, Research Techniques, Clinical Skills.
AAA Committee/Roles: I have been an AAA member since 2005 and have enjoyed a variety of roles with our organization, including: participant in the buddy program (2018), I am currently serving as a mentor in the AAA mentoring program, served as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee (2015-2019), during which time I had the pleasure of participating in the AAA strategic planning efforts (2017) and in 2016 served as our representative to the regional meeting task force. Of course, I am a longtime reviewer and contributor for our journal (Anatomical Science Educator).
Other Professional Activities: Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairs (2015-; current Board Member), International Association of Medical Science Educators (1998-; former Editor-in-Chief of MSE), Associate Editor, MedEd Portal (2020-)
Awards: AAA Fellow (2020)
Research Interest: Medical Education and Educational Leadership
Other Professional Memberships Currently Maintained: IAMSE, AACBNC