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Susan R. DiGiovanni, M.D. is Professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She obtained her M.D. degree from VCU in 1984, then went on to do her clinical training at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. She completed a IRTA Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before returning in 1995 to VCU as faculty. She completed the Teaching in Medical Education Certificate program through the VCU School of Education. She has been course director for the Renal course since 1998 and the Practice of Clinical Medical Course since 2010. In 2010 she also became Assistant Dean for Pre-clinical Medical Education. Since October 2015 she has been the Interim Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs.
Dr. Matthew D. Alvin is a 4th year radiology resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed an internal medicine intern in the Osler Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Alvin graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in five years after obtaining three separate Masters degrees in addition to his medical doctorate. Two of the Masters degrees (in Applied Anatomy (MS) and Bioethics (MA), respectively) were completed at Case Western Reserve University during his first two years of medical school. The third degree, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), was completed in one year at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Alvin has published over 40 manuscripts in high impact journals, on topics including cost effectiveness, low back pain, quality of life outcomes, and on the USMLE. He also has taught for Kaplan Test Prep in MCAT, GMAT, ACT, and USMLE for the past six years. As one of 21 nationally selected fourth year medical students, Dr. Alvin was named an American Medical Association Physician of Tomorrow in 2015.
Dr. Lloyd Fisher is a general pediatrician at Reliant Medical Group and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass), both in Worcester, MA. At Reliant Medical Group he maintains a busy clinical practice and is the Assistant Medical Director for Informatics, responsible for build, design, and optimization of the organization’s award winning and nationally acclaimed EHR while providing leadership of and education to the 500+ providers in the medical group. He has a national presence for his work with EHR pediatric content, with a special interest in improving immunization rates through clinical decision support. He also serves as the organization’s Associate Medical Director for the Patient Care Improvement System using Lean thinking and tools to drive continuous improvement through the organization, which has uniquely positioned him to work with physicians in all specialties across the organization. Dr. Fisher is the Division Chief of Community Pediatrics at UMass serving as the liaison between the 150+ community-based and private practice pediatricians and the academic medical center.
Through his entire professional career starting in medical school, Dr. Fisher has taken an active role in organized medicine including multiple leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and the American Medical Association. He currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAP, and as chair of the MMS Committee on Communications where he has been instrumental in the MMS’s national leadership in social media usage and policies.
Outside of his professional life, Dr. Fisher enjoys spending time with his three young children, attending the theater with his wife, and cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots.
Dr. Farrell graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in engineering, and earned her M.D. at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1990. Her clinical training was in emergency medicine and medical toxicology, both at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. She has worked in medical education at Harvard Medical School for almost 20 years, as the Director of Student Programs and the Emergency Medicine Clerkship at BWH for seven years, and as a course tutor and lecturer at HMS. She completed her Masters in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008, with a focus on assessment and evaluation methods. Dr. Farrell has been a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, a Harvard Macy Scholar, and faculty and steering committee member of the Harvard Macy Educator courses. She is the Director of the comprehensive clinical skills OSCE examination at Harvard Medical School, and worked as an educator in the Partners Healthcare Office for Graduate Medical Education, before taking her current position as a Program Director at Partners Healthcare International in 2011. At PHI, Dr. Farrell creates and implements faculty development programs in undergraduate, post-graduate, and inter-professional clinical curriculum and assessment methods. Her international work includes the development of resident-teacher programs in New Zealand, the creation of inter-professional programs in Singapore, the design of new post-graduate training programs, and physician curriculum development for a hospital system in India. She also oversees the PHI resident exchange program. Dr. Farrell’s interests are in curriculum development, methods for assessing clinical skills and program evaluation, and interprofessional faculty development related to teaching and assessment skills.