The Academy of Educational Scholars inducted five members and welcomed four new fellows during a ceremony held June 22.
The Academy of Educational Scholars aims to serve the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and its faculty through honoring, fostering and advancing biomedical teaching and excellence in educational scholarship.
Each year, new members participate in a fellowship-style, one-year, curriculum-based training program focused on completing a research and statistics-informed scholarly project in education. They can also earn national biomedical education credentials and receive other member benefits.
The new members of the 2022-2023 class inducted at the ceremony and their projects are as follows:
Nida “Joy” Emko, MD, FAAFP, professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Project: Adolescent medicine in correctional health curriculum – development and evaluation.
Donald McGeary, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Project: TIDieR-L: Development of a checklist for translation of education interventions into e-learning.
Haley Nation, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy.
Project: Evaluation of students’ perspectives on diversity and inclusion in the anatomy curriculum.
Margarita Vasquez, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology
Project: Simulation based education for stabilization and transport of neonates using a mobile application.
Members can also join the AES through a legacy pathway which signifies outstanding achievements in medical education. This year the academy welcomed Carrie Elzie, PhD, professor in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, as the newest legacy member.
The new 2023-2024 fellows welcomed into the academy at the ceremony were Brande Harris, DO, FACP, specialist in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine; Jason Kempenich, MD, FACS, associate professor in the Department of Surgery, director of the general surgery residency program; Neela Patel, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Supportive Care; and Becky Powers, MD, associate professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine and director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program.
STAR Educator Awards
The Academy of Educational Scholars also honors the many outstanding educators at Long School of Medicine with STAR Educator awards.
“Acknowledging the commendable efforts of our STAR Educators allows us to champion educators within the Long School of Medicine who exhibit a genuine passion for teaching and create a significant impact on our campus,” said Sylvia Botros-Brey, MD, MSCI, associate professor in the Department of Urology and the academy’s executive director. “Their hard work and dedication to educational excellence, and the impact that has on our learners, is worth honoring and celebrating.”
A list of the 14 faculty members who were recognized with a STAR Educator award this year can be found here.