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    • Family Medicine
    • Preventive Medicine
    Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association
    Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association

    Dr. Susan Skochelak serves as the Group Vice President for Medical Education at the American Medical Association (AMA).  She leads the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative promoting innovation to align physician training with the changing needs of our health care system. Since 2013, the AMA has awarded more than $12.5 million dollars in grant funding to 32 medical schools to transform medical education through bold, rigorously evaluated projects to create the medical school of the future. More information is available at www.changemeded.org

    A nationally recognized authority in medical education, Dr. Skochelak pioneered new models for community based interdisciplinary medical education and initiated new programs in rural, urban, global and public health. Dr. Skochelak previously served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and as the director of Wisconsin Area Health Education System. Dr. Skochelak has been the principal investigator for more than $18 million in grant awards for medical education research. She is the lead author on a new textbook, “Health Systems Science”, the first on this important topic written for medical and health professions students.

    Dr. Skochelak serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education, the Liaison Committee for Medical Education Council, the National Board of Medical Examiners Board of Directors, and the Coalition for Physician Accountability.  In 2015 Dr. Skochelak was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

    • Ophthalmology
    • Clinical Pathology
    Founding Dean, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
    Founding Dean, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
    Dr. Folberg became Founding Dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in September, 2008. He came to the School of Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was the Frances B Geever Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology. He was also a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at UIC. Dr. Folberg received a BA degree from LaSalle College in Philadelphia (now LaSalle University) and his MD degree from Temple University. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Ophthalmology. He began his academic career at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1982, and moved in 1984 to the University of Iowa where he became the first Frederick C. Blodi Professor of Ophthalmology. He moved to UIC in 2000. Dr. Folberg is a clinician scientist who was funded for 20 years by the NIH to study the biology of uveal melanoma. While head of pathology at UIC, he served as deputy director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center from 2003 to 2005. He has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters. He is recognized for innovation in medical education and continues to teach pathology of the eye to medical institutions within and outside the United States. He also continues his consultation practice of ophthalmic pathology at Beaumont Health System where he is William Beaumont Hospital's Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Folberg brings experience in developing academic cultures that are high achieving, self actualizing, and humanistic to the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. At the new medical school, he has recruited a diverse and talented team to design and implement an innovative paradigm for medical education.
    • Family Medicine
    Assistant Prof of Family Medicine, Director of Primary Care-Population Medicine Program, at AMS of Brown University
    Assistant Prof of Family Medicine, Director of Primary Care-Population Medicine Program, at AMS of Brown University
    Paul George MD MHPE is an assistant professor of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (AMS), where he also serves as the director of the 2nd year curriculum and the Primary Care-Population Medicine program in the Office of Medical Education. As a Brown undergraduate, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology (with honors), where he continued on to graduate from the medical school. Dr. George trained in family medicine at AMS and later obtained a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. George joined the AMS faculty in 2008 and is the course leader for the Clinical Skills Clerkship. He is also the director of the Rhode Island Area Health Education Center. Dr. George has received numerous teaching awards, including the Medical Senior Citation, awarded to a single faculty member as the highest honor a graduating class can bestow, in both 2013 and 2014. He has published over 35 papers, mostly focusing on medical education and is the PI or co-PI on four active grants, including ones from the National Institutes of Health, the Health Services Resource Administration and the American Medical Association.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Preventive Medicine
    Attending Physician, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine
    Attending Physician, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine
    • Attending Physician at NYU School of Medicine
    Ishmeal Bradley was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Rice University and graduated in 2003 with a BA in history and BS in chemistry. He then earned his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 2007. He completed his internal medicine training at the NYU School of Medicine in 2010. During his time as a resident, he explored topics related to healthcare policy, clinical and public health ethics, and healthcare and media and contributed to the NYU internal medicine online journal, Clinical Correlations. He then completed a second residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2012. While concurrently completing his MPH degree at the Mailman School at Columbia University, his public health projects included an epidemiological investigation of new HIV infections in NYC, strategies to increase worksite wellness programs, and an evaluation of the health department’s efforts to increase food availability in underserved areas. After completing his training and graduate school, he worked with a division of United HealthCare doing hospital utilization review and continued his clinical duties at NYU. He has continued to be an active contributor to Clinical Correlations. He will soon begin a new position at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
    • Pediatrics
    Founding Director, Harvard Medical School's new Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education Program
    Founding Director, Harvard Medical School's new Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education Program
    Dr. Jennifer Kesselheim attended college at the University of Wisconsin and then completed her MD degree at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she earned a Masters degree in medical ethics. Following medical school she completed residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, based at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. As a resident, Dr. Kesselheim developed curricula to integrate bioethics education into her residency program and she began to conduct national studies to assess the outcomes of ethics education in pediatric training. As a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology at Boston Children’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Kesselheim earned a Masters degree in education from Harvard. As an educator, Dr. Kesselheim designs curricula and assessment instruments for related to humanism, ethics, and professionalism. She also directs a new Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) in Medical Education based at Harvard Medical School. As an ethicist she serves as the physician co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she also runs the Ethics Consultation Service and coordinates Ethics Grand Rounds. Dr. Kesselheim’s research investigates the methods and outcomes of physician education in the areas of humanism, ethics and professionalism. Current research projects pertain to the measurement of humanism skills among trainees, balancing service and education during training, assessing knowledge of ethical principles among pediatricians and pediatric ethicists, and measuring the impact of social media on medical professionalism. Dr. Kesselheim lives in Boston with her husband, son Max (age 7), and daughter Sydney (age 2).
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME)
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME)
    Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Education, and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director at the UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. She teaches geriatrics to medical and other trainees and sees patients through the UConn Health Center’s Geriatrics Associates’ practice. In June 2010, Dr. Sullivan became the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME). JGME is a peer-reviewed, editorially independent, quarterly journal focusing on GME. JGME’s goal is to enhance the quality of medical education research, and thus improve trainee performance and patient care. Dr. Sullivan graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University and earned a medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven. She completed an internal medicine residency at YaleNew Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut. She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Yale University School of Medicine and then joined the Yale faculty. In 1990 Dr. Sullivan joined the UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine faculty. Dr. Sullivan’s research interests are in generalist/geriatric medicine education, and she has received numerous grants to develop, evaluate, and disseminate curriculum in geriatrics. Dr. Sullivan has written journal articles and book chapters on geriatrics in generalist residency training, and geriatrics syndromes and diseases. Dr. Sullivan is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Geriatric Review Syllabus, 7th and 8th editions, published by the American Geriatrics Society. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Sullivan has presented at regional, national and international meetings on various topics: Geriatric Educational Strategies; Medical Education Research; The Approach to the Older Patient; Dementia, Delirium, and Depression; Falls Prevention; Exercise in Older Persons; Hospice and Palliative Care; and Pharmacology. Dr. Sullivan is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. She is listed in “Best Doctors in America,” “Best Doctors for Women” (Connecticut Magazine), and “Top Doctors in the Greater Hartford Area” (Hartford Magazine).
  • Will is a resident in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. He grew up in Lexington Mass, studied philosophy at Oberlin College, and after a few years of leading camping trips in the summer and teaching in Connecticut, headed back to Cambridge Mass for post-bacc. pre-med classes and ultimately matriculated at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There, he rabble-roused in student government, wrote and edited for in-Training.org, and lead Nova's Medical Students For Choice chapter. He's thrilled to return to New England for residency, continue his writing on bioethics, and sample every single espresso machine available in the Pioneer valley.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Mayo Clinic
    Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Mayo Clinic
    Lotte Dyrbye MD, MHPE, FACP is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Education, and Consultant in the Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She is also Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Staff Satisfaction, and Diversity for the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and Associate Director of the Department of Medicine Program on Physician Well-being. She is the Primary Investigator on Mayo Medical School’s grant “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” awarded by the AMA. Dr. Dyrbye is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School where she was selected AOA and she subsequently completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. She has a Masters in Health Profession Education from University of Illinois. She holds numerous national education leadership positions, is the recipient of several national awards, and has received 11 competitive research grants. Her research interests are focused on medical student, resident, and physician well-being.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    Director, Accelerated Competency Based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC)
    Director, Accelerated Competency Based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC)
    Tonya Fancher graduated from the NYU School of Medicine and the NYU/Bellevue Primary Care Internal Medicine Program. She then spent four years teaching at the Travis Air Force Base Internal Medicine Residency Program. In 2004 she completed the UC Davis Primary Care Outcomes Research Fellowship and joined the faculty as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency. She is PI for a HRSA Pre-doctoral Training Program to support and expand medical student training in community oriented care for the medically indigent; this program is titled Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS). Dr. Fancher is Associate Director for Curriculum for UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME Program. She also directs a flagship project at the UC Davis Asian American Center for Disparities Research to improve medication adherence and depression care among Hmong and Vietnamese patients.
  • Co-Director, Foundations in Clinical Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine
    Co-Director, Foundations in Clinical Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine
    Kathy Cole-Kelly, MS, MSW is professor of Family Medicine at Case School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Communications in Medicine curriculum at the medical school as well as co-directing the Foundations of Clinical Medicine seminars ON DOCTORING. Ms. Cole-Kelly is a frequent national and international speaker or workshop leader at meetings dedicated to doctor patient communication, medical family interviewing, and addressing the core competencies in medical education. She has been part of several major grant initiatives on doctor patient communication curriculum, most significantly with the Macy Foundation on Healthcare Communication grants both at Case Western School of Medicine and University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. She has been recognized as an outstanding teacher and won the most prestigious teaching award at the medical school, the Kaiser Permanente Outstanding Teacher award that was given to one clinical faculty and one basic science faculty each year. She has recently been inducted into the Academy of Educator Scholars at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Ms. Cole-Kelly has published multiple articles in the areas of doctor patient communication and medical family interviewing. She has written many book chapters on these topics and is a contributor to the doc.com interactive educational modules produced by the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare. She currently is actively involved with the NBME for the communication and clinical skills exams.
    • Family Medicine
    Director, Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program
    Director, Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program
    Amy L. McGaha, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician and serves as the director of the Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to diligently working to ensure that the Creighton program is a great place to learn the science and art of family medicine, provide great care for patients, and prepare for future rewarding medical practice, Dr. McGaha is involved with many regional and national projects to improve family medicine education. She has taught medical students in Creighton’s ethics course and in the Healer’s Art course. Prior to joining Creighton faculty, Dr. McGaha served for five years as the assistant director of the Division of Medical Education at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her work focused on medical student interest, workforce development, and leadership development of residents and students. She completed medical school at the University of Missouri—Columbia and residency training in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. McGaha served two years in rural practice in her hometown in Southwest Missouri. She served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Family Medicine Milestones Committee, she is on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Education, and she is on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In 2010, Dr. McGaha and her husband founded a college scholarship for students from their hometown who are pursuing careers in public service.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    Director, Introduction to Clinical Medicine Programs, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Director, Introduction to Clinical Medicine Programs, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Dr. Felise Milan is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine, the Director of the Clinical Skills Center, and the Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Programs for first- and second-year medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She also directs the 3rd-year Clinical Skills Assessment and Review Programs. Dr. Milan’s academic interests include teaching and assessment of clinical skills (especially communication skills), psychosocial and behavioral medicine (smoking cessation and exercise counseling), complementary/alternative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Milan received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her residency training (in Primary Care Internal Medicine) and fellowship (in Psychosocial Medicine) at Brown University. Following her training, Dr. Milan joined the faculty at Brown to direct the psychosocial and complementary/alternative medicine curricula for internal medicine residents and the medical interviewing course for first-year medical students. Dr. Milan returned to New York in 1999 to join the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine faculty at Montefiore.
    • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine
    Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center
    Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center
    Dr. Tammie E. Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) and in that role serves at the chief of clinical operations in Palliative Care across all WHSC sites as well as leads the Center in the development of national and internationally recognized research and education initiatives. Her active research interests include palliative care quality and assessment and cancer symptom assessment and management in the emergency setting. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine and board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a nationally recognized expert in palliative care in the emergency setting and is the Director of the NCI sponsored Education in Palliative and End of Life Care –Emergency Medicine (EPEC-EM) Project. With a strong interest in ethics and end of life care, she holds a core faculty appointment at the Emory University Center for Ethics and she is a past-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.