Adam B. Wilson
Candidate Statement: In the book The Way of the Shepherd, the authors highlight that great leadership requires a compassionate heart for people and modeling authenticity, integrity, and high-performance standards. These guiding principles are my philosophical framework for leadership. As an elected Board member, I will draw upon my experiences as an anatomy educator and my measurement and evaluation skillset to help the AAA broaden its data-centric infrastructure for evaluating the organization’s current and evolving strategic goals. Closely monitoring our profession, as well as the organization’s reach and effectiveness, will help to further AAA’s ability to fulfill its mission of advancing the anatomical sciences while anticipating future challenges. As a dynamic mid-career educator and prolific medical education researcher, I will be a strong advocate and voice for AAA’s diverse membership of educators. If elected, I promise to do my part in shepherding the AAA into a promising future of service to its members. Current Position/Institution: Associate Professor and Director of Anatomy Education, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University, Chicago, IL.
Ph.D. Institution: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology - Education Track, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2013.
Earlier Positions: Assistant Professor (2015-2019), Rush University; Assistant Professor (2013-2015), Indiana University School of Medicine.
Teaching: Current: Medical Gross Anatomy and Embryology (n=150, 2013-present); Gross Anatomy for Speech-Language Pathology (n=55, 2021-present); Gross Anatomy for Physician Assistants (n=30, 2016 and 2023); Surgical Anatomy Elective (n=100; 2022) PAST: Graduate Human Anatomy (n=28, 2021); Nursing Anatomy (n=78, 2021-2022); Undergraduate Human Anatomy (n=20, 2021).
AAA Committee/Roles: Anatomy Education Research Institute (AERI) Task Force (Chair, 2018); Committee for Early Career Anatomists (CECA, 2016-2019); Anatomy Curriculum Content Task Force (2015-2016).
Other Professional Activities: American Association of Clinical Anatomists – Elected Career Development Committee member (2019-2022); Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) external site reviewer (2017-2020).
Awards: Teaching: Daniel Brainard Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rush Medical College (2020) Research: Teaching and Learning in Medicine’s Annual Editors’ Choice Award for the 2020 volume year; Clinical Anatomy Education Research Award (2019); Medical Education Scholarship, Research, and Evaluation Oral Presentation Award (2019); Clinical Appraisal of Emergency Medicine Education Research: The Best Publications of 2014 (Yarris, 2015).
Research Interest: Medical and anatomy education research with an emphasis on educational measurement and evaluation.
Other Professional Memberships Currently Maintained: American Association of Clinical Anatomists; International Association of Medical Science Educators.
Web Link: https://www.rushu.rush.edu/faculty/adam-wilson-phd