It is with great excitement that I announce some changes in our Phase 1 curriculum leadership in Medical Student Education!
First, I want to thank Jennelle Richardson, PhD, for her tremendous efforts and passion in delivering our new curriculum as our assistant dean for Phase 1 over the past two years. Dr. Richardson’s experience in teaching pharmacology and integration of that content material across our curriculum has been amazing. She has garnered several teaching awards and also championed the area of improved student feedback via course evaluations. Thankfully we will continue to have Dr. Richardson’s expertise in the area of pharmacology as a resource in our course delivery going forward. She is assuming the role of vice chair for education in the department of pharmacology.
I am pleased to announce that we have created two new director positions to fill Dr. Richardson’s large shoes.
As of August 1:
Margaret Bauer, PhD, associate professor from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, assumed the role of director for foundational science integration, Phase 1 curriculum. Dr. Bauer has a long and exemplary teaching record and has been heavily involved in organizing our Foundational Component Committee (FCC) and serves as the competency director for medical knowledge at IU School of Medicine. We look forward to Dr. Bauer’s contributions to continuous improvement in the content and delivery of Phase 1, in order to build a solid base of foundational sciences for our students.
Jean Mensz, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and primary care provider at Eskenazi Health, assumed the role of director of clinical integration, Phase 1 curriculum. Dr. Mensz has extensive experience and ongoing interest in both women’s and global health delivery. Her role will oversee the introduction of basic clinical skills through our Foundations of Clinical Practice (FCP) courses in the first and second year of Phase 1, in addition to assisting other Phase 1 courses to bring clinical correlation to foundational concepts that are important to building the proper knowledge and critical reasoning framework for students as they enter clinical rotations. Dr. Mensz will also serve as the new competency director for systems-based practice.
Please join me in congratulating Drs. Bauer and Mensz in their new roles and for the ongoing contributions of Dr. Richardson. Their collective efforts will contribute to our ongoing drive to move the IU School of Medicine educational mission to national preeminence.
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