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IAMSE Board of Directors
Candidates for 2017

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, 2017 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

Emine E. Abali

Jennifer Baccon

Bonny Dickinson

Wilhelmina Hols-Elders

Dale Quest

 

 


 

Emine E. Abali
Rutgers Robert Johnson School of Medicine

I am an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I oversee two courses: Biomedical Sciences and the Digestive Systems, Nutrition and Metabolism courses. I am also serving as the chair of the Nutrition thread and have been instrumental in changing our curriculum to an integrated organ based approach. I am a member of our Institute for Excellence in Education. I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Biochemistry Educators. As an active member of AAMC's North Eastern Group on Educational Affairs I have been in the planning committee since 2015. IAMSE has contributed to my development as an educator immensely. I became a member of IAMSE in 2012. Since then, I completed the Essential Skills in Medical Education course and Medical Educator Fellowship program. Over the years, my involvement in IAMSE has increased considerably. I have presented my research at IAMSE every year since 2013. I am serving as a reviewer for the Medical Science Educator since 2014. I served in the Review Committee in 2016 IAMSE meeting. My growth as an educator has been recognized at my institution and by MedEdPortal. I am the recipient of Most Caring Teacher Student Award, Richard A. Harvey Excellence in Teaching Award, and NJ Health Foundation Excellence in Teaching. Furthermore, last year I was elected by my school and completed the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Leadership Program. I was elected as one of the MedEdPortal Publications Outstanding Peer Reviewers of 2014. I would like to become more involved with IAMSE and to not just be at the receiving end, but give back to IAMSE, as well. If elected, I will work towards strengthen mentorship between our senior and junior members to increase scholarly research among our members.  

 

 

 


 

Jennifer Baccon
Penn State University College of Medicine

I completed my MD/PhD degrees, Anatomic Pathology training, and fellowships in Neuropathology and Surgical Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania.  For the last 6 years, I have been on faculty at Penn State where I am an Associate Professor and serve in a variety of academic leadership roles. As Director of Foundational Medical Sciences, I oversee the entire preclinical curriculum for the medical students at Penn State, including how all foundational science disciplines integrate in the curriculum. I also serve as Director of Pathology Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Director of the MD/PhD Program. I have a passion for developing and maintaining excellent educational environments for students, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with medical, graduate and physician assistant students in my roles. Prior leadership roles include Associate Pathology Residency Program Director and Medical Director of Autopsy and Decedent Care Services. On the national and international levels, I am a member of the Education Committee of the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), and a member of the Membership Committee of IAMSE. I joined IAMSE as soon as I took on my Directorship role at Penn State, and in those past 3 years, I have grown passionate about IAMSE's mission and have truly valued the professional relationships I have developed through the association.  In the past year, I spearheaded the reinvigoration of "IAMSE Connects", the quarterly newsletter from the Membership Committee, and hope that I can become even more involved by being a member of the Board of Directors. I feel IAMSE is a key international group to effect positive change in health professions education and to provide value to our members. If elected I promise to bring my fresh viewpoint, excitement and enthusiasm as well as my experience in education administration to the IAMSE Board of Directors.

 

 


 

Bonny Dickinson 
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, MD School of Medicine

Although I am a relatively new IAMSE member (2013), I presented two focus sessions and a poster at the 2015 IAMSE conference and I am the founder and co-chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Medical Science Educators (CAMSE). CAMSE is a non-bylaw subcommittee of the IAMSE Professional Development Committee. A current focus of CAMSE is to create a survey for the IAMSE membership to learn more about institutional processes for evaluating, recognizing, and promoting medical science educators. In addition, I am participating in the MedU Science project, a joint venture between MedU and IAMSE headed by Dr. Leslie Fall. In this capacity I have served as the core discipline director for immunology and inflammation. As you may know, the MedU Science project seeks to create virtual patients and learning tools that effectively integrate basic and clinical sciences to extend basic science concepts into the clinical phases of medical education. I have also made a recent contribution to Medical Science Educator, in which I describe a team approach to designing an integrated course to teach immunology and infectious disease to first year medical students.  I am very excited about the possibility of contributing to the success of IAMSE by serving on the Board of Directors. IAMSE has had a profoundly positive impact on my career, particularly as I made the difficult transition from being a basic science researcher to a medical educator with an interest in medical education research. As a founding faculty of the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, which welcomed its inaugural class in 2014, I have been immersed in medical education and have found that this is where my talent lies. I am available for phone conferences and I have the time to devote to the duties described for the position. I believe my skills, enthusiasm and creativity will be an asset to the Board. 

 

 


 

Wilhelmina Hols-Elders
UMC Utrecht The Netherlands

What I would like to bring to IAMSE is an international angle and a continuous interest in (blended) e-learning applied to (bio) Medical Education' is what I wrote in 2014 when  I expressed my interest in becoming a member of the IAMSE Board of Directors. Now it is time to express my interest once again, this time to continue my participation as a Board member. In the past 3 years I have been active as a member of the site Selection Committee, the Committee that advised on the selection of the new Executive Board members and I was a member of the Programme Committee for the IAMSE Leiden 2016 conference this year. For those interested, I also organised the Cooking and Photograpy workshops in Leiden. I have thoroughly enjoyed these activities and have become more and more acquainted with IAMSE, and it's overall activities. I still have a wishlist for the upcoming 3 years, should I be selected, namely I would still like to see more international members involved to make it a truly international organization and a conference in South East Asia preferably Singapore is also on my wishlist. My international working experience in both the UK and Singapore were part of my motivation to become once again more international involved and I am stil very much enjoying this involvement at IAMSE. With your vote I can continue my efforts.

 

 


 

 

Dale Quest
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Dr. Kathryn McMahon introduced me to IAMSE in late 2008. The society has grown substantially since then, and over that time it has provided direction, inspiration,collegiality and forums (the MSE journal, annual conferences, awards, grants...) for health professions educators to share in all aspects of health professions education. I have other previous board member experience on Board of Directors, National Council on Ethics in Human Research (N.C.E.H.R.), 3 year appointment from June 2002 - June 2007. [Purpose: Work with Research Ethics Boards, institutions, Health Canada, the Tri-Councils, other Research Councils, the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada to advance the protection and well-being of human participants in research; and to foster high ethical standards for the conduct of research involving humans. I appreciate how a board can help define the future direction an organization and influence culture beyond the organization. Core Entrustable Professional Activities as a guide for training residency ready medical school graduates is emerging as the most important step toward alignment of the key transition points in medical career development.  A new environment is emerging in which learning resources are widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly identifying their learning needs and objectives, identifying the learning resources they will draw on to achieve the intent, propose evidence of achievement of learning and measure the level at which they achieved. It will render obsolete the health professions education model where learning is highly structured around specific dates, times and locations,  Health professions educators will have to transition from their roles as content experts to process experts, helping students negotiate learning contracts to amass an optimal mix of content and experiences to ensure academic excellence. Those are shifts of international scope. The next 3 years will be a very exciting time to serve on IAMSE BoD.

 

 

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