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IAMSE Board of Directors
Candidates for 2018

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present its slate of candidates for this year's election to the IAMSE Board of Directors. In accordance with our bylaws, these are being posted to our website in alphabetical order. 


Although selection by the Nominating Committee is our formal system for identifying appropriate candidates, any IAMSE member in good standing may petition to have his/her name added to this ballot by the mechanism described in our bylaws under Article VII Section 1.


Members of IAMSE are asked to review the candidates' qualifications listed below, and to thoughtfully consider the course each would take to achieve our Goals as discussed in their Personal Statement. On March 1, 2018 the electronic ballot will be activated and voting instructions will be provided at that time.


Also note, this page presents the qualifications and personal statement of each candidate only as submitted by the candidate. This is NOT the actual ballot.



Qualifications and Personal Statements

Inaya Hajj Hussein

David Harris

Mark Hernandez

Cynthia Lord

James Pickering

Ann Poznanski




Inaya Hajj Hussein
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Hereby, I am expressing my great interest in joining the IAMSE Board of Directors and be actively involved in its activities. I am confident that my international experience in the field of academia, and, in particular, medical education will have an added value to the group. Having had a six-year experience in the United States in Medical Education and at the same time, I gained a lot of experience from my participation in the IAMSE meetings, I would like to be the Ambassador of IAMSE in promoting its mission and vision outside the US, in particular, in the Middle East. I accumulated this experience from the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut, the University of Strasbourg in France, the University of Palermo in Italy, in addition to my 6 years' experience at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, membership in many professional International societies, and participation in International forums and congresses. It is also important to note that I have been a member of the Lebanese Association for Advancement of Science(LAAS), 50-year-old organization, that includes in its membership most researchers in Lebanon and the medical and public health fields. Moreover, for the past 6 years, I have been on the International Advisory Board of the LAAS and we organize a yearly International Science Meeting with the participation of most Universities in the Middle East along with European and American Institutions. During this transitional period in medical curricula development and revisions all over the world, IAMSE involvement with the International medical institutions and collaborations with national professional societies will open up new doors for IAMSE to be part of, if not leading, such changes. Furthermore, being a woman with all these connections could be an added value in attracting more women in the field from the Middle East to join the IAMSE organization. Education in general is a critical area of empowerment for girls and women and this is often neglected in the Middle East due to cultural beliefs. I would like to cease this opportunity to be part in strengthening the connection between education, health, gender equality and empowerment in line with the vision and mission of IAMSE. I believe your support in this matter will be very much appreciated.





David Harris
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

The mission of IAMSE is to “advance health profession education through teacher development and to ensure that the teaching and learning of medical science continues to be firmly grounded in foundational sciences and the best practices of teaching”. I believe that my experience and background in various aspects of medical education can be an asset if elected. I am an Associate Professor of Physiology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine. Previously, I was at Drexel University College of Medicine. My primary roles at both schools was to direct the physiology courses where I have been involved in three different types of curricula. A more recent role for me at UCF has been to develop a teaching academy to promote innovation and resources for educators. I have been involved for the past 5 years at UCF in faculty governance where we have developed and implemented successful promotion and tenure criteria for educators. I have been a member of IAMSE since 2013 and presented workshops on the use of high fidelity patient simulators in pre-clerkship students as well as poster presentations highlighting the use of active learning. One of the major roles I have had in IAMSE is working on the leadership team of the MedU Science Initiative, a partnership between IAMSE and MedU to create learning tools that integrate basic and clinical sciences. In 2015, I participated in the Essential Skills in Medical Education course at IAMSE. On the national level, I am also an active member of the American Physiological Society and served on the Awards and Careers in Physiology Committees. On the scholarship front, I am an Associate Editor for Advances in Physiology Education and Medical Education Online and review for other medical education journals, including Medical Science Educator. I have always felt excitement at IAMSE meetings due to the diversity of educators and feel “at home” with fellow medical educators striving to provide excellent medical education. My personal feeling is that today, medical education is at a critical junction. It is changing in front of our eyes as class attendance and student engagement fall and curricula compete with external resources. With the internet, there are well-designed tools that students are finding and sharing, while faculty are relatively unaware. Therefore, I believe that the role of faculty is morphing and educators need to be prepared with the proper teaching tools and the ability to be comfortable in the next generation of education. I feel that IAMSE should be a key player is this transition due to its international influence, inclusive nature, and dedicated membership. I hope that my experience can be an asset to the Board of Directors as together we aim to further the mission of IAMSE.




Mark Hernandez
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am writing to express my desire in continuing to serve on the Board for the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) for the 2018-2020 term. I joined IAMSE in 2009 and have attended and presented posters in various IAMSE meetings. I also served on the planning committee for the 2014 meeting in Nashville and the 2017 meeting in Burlington. In addition, I am currently serving on the planning committee for the 2018 meeting in Las Vegas. My interest in joining IAMSE came from meeting many respected educators who motivated me to join this organization. My international and professional background started with a bachelor of science from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees both at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I then served in faculty appointments at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, International American University in St. Lucia, and American University of the Caribbean in St Marten. Following 6 years in the Caribbean, I came to Alabama to serve as founding faculty at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), where on December of this year, I will complete 5 years tenure. At ACOM I serve on the admissions committee and also faculty promotion committee. I currently serve as co-course director for the Cardiovascular System Course offered during the 2nd year of medical education and as Clerkship Chair for International Medicine Elective Rotations which are completed during the 4th year of medical education in our medical curriculum. Besides being an active member of the International Association of Medical Educators (IAMSE) for the past 10 years, I also serve in the Executive Committee for the Division of Pharmacology Education part of the American Association of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), and in 2018 I will serve in the ASPET Program Committee as well. It has truly been an honor to serve on the IAMSE Board during the past two years and to be able to help provide constructive feedback to help steer the future direction of IAMSE. I believe IAMSE can impact the careers of many educators worldwide in a very meaningful manner. From student engagement to scholarship to making education manuals available in many more languages to encouraging the participation from more educators worldwide in the webcast presentations, especially from the developing world, I believe there are many opportunities and excellent causes the organization strives to address. I hope I can continue to contribute in a very meaningful manner to the direction of this organization, and I would be honored to remain as member of the board for the next two-year term. Thank you for your support.




Cynthia Lord
Case Western Reserve University

Since joining IAMSE in 2015, I have worked to engage PA educators and the PA Education Association (PAEA) in IAMSE. A growing organization dedicated to providing knowledge, skills and tools to medical science educators, IAMSE has a lot to offer PAs and PA educators have a lot to offer IAMSE. Working with board members and the membership committee, I helped secure a memo of understanding with IAMSE and PAEA. I have also recruited a PA to serve on the webinar committee and have PAEA promoting the IAMSE webinar series on their website. Interprofessional learning is not new to IAMSE. Collaboration, innovation and sharing ideas has been at the core of IAMSE since its inception. My goal over the next three years is to fully engage PA educators in IAMSE so that they may share their teaching innovations and add to the IAMSE body of knowledge. In addition to strengthening the PA presence and participation in IAMSE I also hope to increase student participation and membership. As a PA educator, I see more students today who already know they want to become involved in PA education at some point in their career. IAMSE is a great place for students to begin to gain the knowledge and skills they will need as future educators. With a mission focused on advancing health profession education through teacher development, IAMSE is uniquely positioned to become the go to organization for all health professions students interested in education. Over the past year and a half, I have learned a great deal about IAMSE but there is still more to learn. I hope to broaden my knowledge and understanding of all that IAMSE has to offer as well as help IAMSE grow and enhance the tools and benefits it offers to members.





James Pickering
University of Leeds

I am passionate about healthcare education scholarship. From developing innovative healthcare curricula and conducting primary research on the efficacy of technology-based learning resources, to disseminating and sharing this work in both traditional and modern formats. Over the past 12 years I have developed and led a number of healthcare programmes for medical, dental and biomedical science students that has integrated the latest technology, including podcasting, screencasting, eBooks, social media, MOOCs, and most recently virtual reality, alongside the traditional cadaver-based anatomy instruction. This blended learning approach has ensured my students receive the most innovative and novel programmes. Developing these curricula is only part of my scholarship that also includes the desire to understand better the impact novel technologies have on learning gain. By presenting and publishing this work in several arenas from TEDx events to peer-reviewed journals, I have been able to share and discuss my research with a wide academic and pubic audience. Furthermore, I regularly review journal articles for many peer-reviewed journals including Science magazine and am currently an Associate Editor of Medical Science Educator. Building on this area of supporting colleagues I have recently developed a podcast series that aims to share the latest healthcare pedagogy in relation to anatomy education by interviewing leading higher education educators from around the globe. This free resource has had a large impact from updating the community on the latest anatomy news, to serving as a replacement for manuscripts in journal clubs across graduate programmes. This healthcare education scholarship has been rewarded nationally with a highly-prestigious National Teaching Fellowship and numerous teaching innovation awards. It is this experience and passion that I would like to bring to IAMSE to support further the organisation in its growth, and develop personally as an international leader in healthcare education curricula design and faculty development.





Ann Poznanski
Washington State University

I received my initial training in basic sciences (anatomy, embryology and histology) and taught in these areas before going on to receive clinical training (pathology). IAMSE was the perfect home for returning to medical education after clinical training. In the IAMSE community I found a creative group of individuals passionate about medical education and about the integration of basic science with clinical science. I have had the pleasure of working with IAMSE colleagues on the development of the IAMSE Manual on Active Learning and on the leadership team for the collaboration with Aquifer (formerly MedU) building a national curriculum and a new virtual patient course to promote the effective integration of basic sciences into the clinical years of training. Serving on the Board of Directors for IAMSE has allowed me the opportunity to help promote and build new initiatives to strengthen the reach and impact of this important organization and home to us all.



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