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James J. Brokaw, PhD, MPH
Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology
James J. Brokaw received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1975 and 1978, respectively, and received his Ph.D. degree in anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1983. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, he joined the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1987, where he currently holds the title of Professor. In 2000, Dr. Brokaw was awarded the M.P.H. degree from Saint Louis University. Dr. Brokaw has served in several educational leadership roles since joining the faculty, including Histology Course Director (1987-2002), Assistant to Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs (2002-2012), Associate Dean for Admissions (2009-2014), Director of the IU Center for Anatomical Sciences Education (2012-present), and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (2014-present). Dr. Brokaw has extensive experience in undergraduate medical education and is the recipient of 5 teaching awards. He directs a specialized Ph.D. program in anatomy and cell biology for students seeking careers in anatomical teaching and educational research.
Titles & Appointments
- Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
- Vice Chair for Education
There is a growing recognition that medical education should be evaluated with the same rigor as biomedical science if we are to produce better health care providers. Dr. Brokaw's current scholarly work is concentrated in two areas: The evaluation of curricular innovations in medical education and the development of graduate degree programs to train the next generation of anatomy teachers and educational researchers.
ANAT D502 Basic Histology (4 cr.)Course Number: ANAT D502
Type: Team-Based Learning and Laboratory
Lecture and laboratory instruction on the microscopic structure of the basic tissues and organs of the body. Previous exposure to gross anatomy principles and dissection encouraged.
ANAT D700 Educational Research Practicum (2 cr.)Course Number: ANAT D700
Semester: All terms
Type: Independent study
This course is designed to provide students with structured and supervised educational research experiences, as well as critical reviews of individual performance. May be repeated for credit.
ANAT D853 Human Developmental Anatomy (3 cr.)Course Number: ANAT D853
Type: Directed self-study
A correlative study of prenatal and neonatal form and function.
American Association of Clinical Anatomists
American Public Health Association
International Association of Medical Science Educators
New York Academy of Sciences
Team-Based Learning Collaborative
Central Group on Educational Affairs