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IAMSE Board of Directors
Candidates for 2019

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, 2019 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

Sandy Cook

Bonnie Granat

Amber Heck

Jessica Jones

Maureen McEnery

Jonathan Wisco

 

 


 

Sandy Cook
Duke-NUS Medical School

I was surprised and honored to be asked to fill in a vacant slot on the board back in May. I wasn't certain if I could re-apply given some major changes that was going in my office. I have learned a lot more about the organization having this experience and really am excited to see the expanded efforts to really make this an international organization. The support this organization can give to the advancement of education in the medical sciences throughout the world is important as the health care needs are great in many underserved areas - especially in South East Asia. I'm very excited to see the local Asia Pacific group growing and reaching out throughout the area. I hope that I can contribute better as I learn more of the inside issues facing the organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bonnie Granat
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

For the past five years I have served as Associate Dean and Director of Assessment at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. I was responsible for both student and curriculum assessment and I served as a leader in Academic Affairs. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to advance to the position of Associate Vice President where I will support all five schools within the Medical Center, including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, and the Schools of Graduate Studies and Public Health, in their assessment, evaluation and accreditation efforts. This new position will enable me to play a broader role in the Medical Center's academic community. In addition, I was selected by the Middles States Commission on Higher Education to be a Peer Evaluator for schools who are members of the Middle States Association. My first assignment is scheduled for early 2019. Some additional roles I have taken on at the Medical Center are the project leadership of the Center's effort to implement online courses and the chair of a large center-wide committee which is evaluating software for a curriculum mapping system. Since I have a background in education and technology and certification in online teaching, I was recruited for these position and was happy to take on the challenge. I have been a member of IAMSE for all of the years I've been involved in medical education. I have presented at numerous conferences, and serve as a reviewer for publication submissions. I hold IAMSE in high regard, and have brought IAMSE Web Seminar Series presentations to my colleagues at SUNY Downstate. At this point in my career, I feel that I can dedicate time to taking on this role. I feel confident that I can bring expertise to the position which fully supports IAMSE's vision.

 

 


 

Amber Heck
TCU & UNTHSC School of Medicine

When I joined IAMSE, I was a junior faculty member feeling uninspired by the lack of diversity of teaching modalities and experiences our learners were being offered. I jumped at the opportunity to attend the ESME course at the 2013 Annual Conference. Through this course I was exposed to a whole new world of medical education. Where teachers act as researchers and make decisions based on peer-reviewed literature, and medical educators share experiences and work together toward establishing best practices. That week, I became part of a community of practice. Through the ESME course I found the IAMSE Medical Educator Fellowship. Through my participation in the Fellowship, I was introduced to an inspiring group of educators. I am continually learning from and modeling myself after the intellectual curiosity and collaborative spirit that I appreciate in my colleagues and mentors on the Educational Scholarship Committee. By inviting me to become a member of the Committee, they showed confidence in me that has propelled me forward. As a member of this team, I am privileged to provide support and create opportunities for aspiring and accomplished medical education researchers. What I love most about IAMSE is the collaborative environment. IAMSE members foster teamwork, encourage innovation, leverage each other's strengths, and recognize, reward and celebrate these behaviors in others. Mentorship should not be a solitary relationship between two individuals, but a dynamic network of associates. There is no such thing as too many mentors, as they each serve a unique purpose at different times in one's life. Through the mentorship I receive here at IAMSE, I have discovered that I can combine all of my interests; a respect for the scientific method, a love for biologic mechanisms, and a passion for teaching, into a successful career in medical education.

 

 


 

Jessica Jones
Georgetown University

Training health professionals to adapt to our rapidly evolving healthcare landscape is both exciting and challenging. The International Association of Medical Science Educators serves a vital role by allowing medical science educators to learn from one another and share best practices. I have been a member of the faculty of the Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 2004. In 2012 I joined the Medical Educator professional track and began to focus my mission more exclusively on education and educational scholarship. The following year I attended my first IAMSE conference and completed the Essential Skills in Medical Education course. I have attended the meeting every year since and completed the IAMSE fellowship in education research. I find the opportunity to interact with my fellow educators at schools from around the world to be very stimulating, and I have incorporated many of the techniques I learned at IAMSE conferences into my teaching at GUSOM. For example, over the past five years I have developed four new team based learning exercises which I use in my medical and graduate courses. I have also trained my colleagues in this technique. In the past several years, I have applied my experience to the redesign of the GUSOM medical curriculum during development of our new Journeys curriculum. I currently serve in multiple leadership positions at GUSOM, including co-chairman of the Committee on Medical Education and the Committee on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. I have also worked with educators in a variety of fields around the country as part of the MedU Science (now Aquifer) Core Disciplines project. I am eager and well prepared to contribute to IAMSE in a leadership role, and I look forward to embracing the opportunity to fulfill and expand the IAMSE mission.

 

 


 

 

Maureen McEnery
Case Western Reserve University

In the past years, I progressed from small group facilitator to become a member of the Block 6 (which covers neurology, psychiatry, neuroscience, orthopedics, and bioethics) Design team, and finally, the Course Director (Block Leader) for Block 6, a position that I still hold. I am an excellent candidate to serve on the Board of Directors of the IAMSE by virtue of wide range of leadership experiences and responsibilities at the School of Medicine, CWRU and University Hospitals of Cleveland. I held/currently hold numerous other positions of leadership in the SOM (Chair of the Faculty Council, Chair‐elect of the Faculty Council) and CWRU (Chair of the Faculty Senate Nominating Committee and member of the Executive Committee). I am the Director of Spring Brain Conferences, which requires interacting with faculty from many universities and leading outreach brain awareness programs for both adults and high school students. I have, through a variety of experiences, developed leadership skills for working with many different groups of individuals. In addition, as a Medical Educator in the Dept. of Neurology, I created initiatives to contribute to medical education at the graduate level. I oversee the PGY3 Neurology residents as facilitators in Block 6. Also, I sit on the Department of Neurology's Graduate Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) that aspires to meet and implement a graduate program aligned with the milestones of the ACGME. I am a founding faculty participant in the Leadership in Medical Education track for residents and fellows. This track is a collaboration among several medical departments and the Weatherhead School of Management which grants a certificate upon completion of the program. Also, I am the director of a new leadership in Clinical Research Certificate Program in collaboration with the Weatherhead School. To bundle these and other responsibilities together, I was made the founding Center Director of the Center for Education and Research in Neurology.

 

 


 

 

Jonathan Wisco
Boston University School of Medicine

As a clinical anatomist and neuroscientist, teaching the anatomical sciences (gross anatomy, histology, embryology, neuroanatomy) and physiological sciences has always been a significant part of my academic service. In each of my teaching experiences, I have worked together with intra- and inter-disciplinary colleagues to transform my, and each other's, pedagogical techniques toward creating learning environments that encouraged applied and integrated approaches to disciplines and fostering life-long learning. Teaching in the classroom is only one part of teaching. Mentoring students through basic science, applied science, and educational scholarship research has been a major part of my career, and as a result, have had the privilege of mentoring students who pursued excellent clinical, academic, and translational science/education career tracks. My presentations with IAMSE have focused on educational scholarship work to transform anatomical sciences curricula and pedagogy to be better integrated with other disciplines. I have enjoyed being a member of the Board of Directors these past three years and working with colleagues to position IAMSE as THE society where basic and medical sciences students can learn and study the art of educational scholarship. By providing important career development resources to the next generation of medical science educators, we are also training the future leaders of IAMSE. Programs such as the IAMSE student grant, travel scholarships, presentation awards and the student development committee set IAMSE apart as one of the leading societies for developing young educational scholars. Indeed, I have students who have been attending IAMSE for the last 5 years. I hope to continue working with my colleagues to foster such a wonderful mentoring environment for students in our society and discipline.

 

 

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