Coauthored by Julie Welch, MD
We are happy to announce that five faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine received the 2020 Trustees’ Teaching Award from the Indiana University Board of Trustees. This award was established by the Indiana University Board of Trustees to recognize “outstanding teaching and to emphasize the primacy of learning and of our learners in the medical school.” The Trustee’s Teaching Award recognizes those who “have a positive impact on learning through the direct teaching of students.” You can read more about the 2020 Trustees’ Teaching Award on the IU School of Medicine’s website.
Drs. Daniel Corson-Knowles, Audrey Herbert, Jeffrey Kline, Megan Palmer and Nash Whitaker were recognized by the Indiana University Board of Trustees for their dedication to the growth and education of our student learners at the Department of Emergency Medicine. They are all strong examples of mentorship and their commitment to developing our student learners is unsurpassed. Julie Welch, MD, Vice Chair of Faculty Development for the Department of Emergency Medicine, notes, “Our emergency medicine faculty receiving this year’s Trustee Teaching Awards exemplify the qualities of outstanding educators. Each one has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to educating, mentoring, and supporting our learners. They are setting best practices for curricular design and program development, while role modeling professionalism. IUEM is stronger because of their dedication." Katie Pettit, MD, Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine, echoed, “All five of the Trustee Teaching Award winners from the Department of Emergency Medicine are so deserving of this award. They have shown years of dedication to the education of our medical and PA students as well as our residents and fellows. It is exciting to look at this talented group of individuals and realize how they have each uniquely contributed to education in so many varied domains."
Daniel Corson-Knowles, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine with the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dan has served as Assistant Clerkship Director for the department since 2016, and he sits on the EM residency Clinical Competency Committee. He’s extremely involved in the curriculum development for both residents and students to ensure they receive the best training. Dan also serves as the Phase 3 Dean, overseeing the curricular and professional development of senior medical students. Dan has a passion for medical education and is regarded among the residents for his bedside teaching.
Audrey Herbert, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine with the Department of Emergency Medicine. She holds a leadership position on our clerkship team as Assistant Clerkship Director, and is heavily involved in our ultrasound division in emergency medicine including facilitating the Clinical Ultrasound Elective that averages 20 students per year. Additionally, she has spearheaded the development of the new four-year ultrasound curriculum within the IU School of Medicine. Audrey has an amazing ability to connect with the students and residents that she is comes into contact with. Whenever there is a student issue in the clerkship she is always giving her unbiased, heartfelt opinion on how to move forward so that it’s best for them in the long run.
Jeffrey Kline, MD, serves as the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine and also holds the title of the Eskenazi Health Foundation Professor of Emergency Medicine. As Vice Chair of Research, Jeff spearheads the department’s research initiative by leading the Kline Lab, located on the IU School of Medicine-IUPUI campus. This lab performs clinical and applied laboratory research intended to improve the therapeutic index of all steps of venous thromboembolism diagnosis and treatment. He also helps to further medical education through his work as Editor-In-Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training.
Megan Palmer, PhD, is the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, and also serves as the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the Department of Emergency Medicine. As Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Megan oversees department communications, new faculty orientation, EM JAMs, the visiting professor series, and continuing medical education. Megan is also an associate professor of higher education in the IU School of Education. Her research focuses on college teaching, medical education, faculty development, and the experience of faculty. Dr. Palmer has dedicated her career to advancing student learning, ensuring diversity in selection and evaluation processes, while taking a hands on approach to her student’s growth and development.
Nash Whitaker, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and Statewide Clerkship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine. As the clerkship director, Nash works with the clerkship team, departmental leadership, Student Affairs, and Competency Directors to lead initiatives and ensure the best educational experience possible for student learners. He has contributed substantially by recognizing unmet opportunities and diligently advocating to improve every aspect of the learner experience, from the classroom to the bedside, ensuring the appropriate support for learner success. His primary scholarly focus is on medical education, both UME and GEM, and he uses his findings to better promote the education and development of the learners rotating through our programs.