Pre-Conference Workshop Presenters

Tameka A Clemons
Tameka A Clemons
University of Houston
Clinical Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Tameka A. Clemons, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor of biochemistry in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. She has taught for more than 15 years with teaching experience at the high school level, college level, and medical school level, including Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, where she course-directed biomedical science courses. Dr. Clemons is an active member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and a participant in several NIH-funded fellowships such as PRIDE, Diversifying CNS, and BRAINS. Dr. Clemons’ research expertise includes cell signaling with a focus on the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Meharry Medical College.

Kimberly Dahlman
Kimberly Dahlman
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Dahlman is an educator and cancer biologist who has demonstrated leadership in curriculum and faculty development, foundational science integration, student assessment, and program evaluation. She earned her PhD in Cancer Biology from Vanderbilt University and completed her postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Currently, Dr. Dahlman is Co-Director of the Immersion Phase of Curriculum 2.0 at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She has been recognized for her outstanding educational contributions by election to the Vanderbilt Academy for Excellence in Education and as President-Elect to the Association of Biochemistry Educators. Recently she was awarded the Denis M. O’Day award for Team Implemented Curriculum from Vanderbilt and the Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation from the International Association of Medical Science Educators.

Bonny Dickinson
Bonny Dickinson
Mercer University School of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Dr. Dickinson is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Director of Medical Education Research, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Tulane University and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions and completed a master’s degree in health professions education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Prior to her appointment at Mercer, Dr. Dickinson served as vice-chair of the Department of Biomedical Science at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine where she was an inaugural faculty member. Dr. Dickinson is the immediate past president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. Her scholarship focuses on how the biomedical sciences are taught in the undergraduate medical curriculum, the application of biomedical science knowledge to patient care, and professional identity formation.

Martha Faner
Martha Faner
Michigan State University
Associate Professor
Martha Faner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a focus on teaching in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University (MSUCOM). Faner completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Wayne State University, Department of Chemistry under the direction of Andrew Feig and her undergraduate studies at Northern Michigan University. Her primary role is to create and deliver content in biochemistry, genetics, and physiology to pre-clerkship medical students as part of a teaching team. Additionally, she has an administrative appointment as the Director of Curriculum Integration. This position involves overseeing the integration of scientific knowledge with clinical medicine throughout the curriculum. She is based at the Detroit Medical Center, one of three sites of MSUCOM. At Michigan State University she serves on committees at the departmental, college, and university level. Nationally, she serves as the Biochemistry Division Chair at the NBOME, Secretary on the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE), and as Vice Chair on the 2024 IAMSE Program Committee. She also engages in pedagogical development and research. Her interests lie in developing and evaluating student centered learning sessions in a large class, multi-site learning environment. Her work was recently presented at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the ABE conferences and published in Medical Science Educator and BMC Medical Education.

Marina Diioia
Marina Diioia
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Director of Faculty Development and Associate Prof of Immunology
Marina Diioia has been in medical education for 10 years, and has recently taken on a new role as Director of Faculty Development at her institution, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Having always had an interest in new technologies, the explosion of artificial intelligence in educational settings has provided a dynamic pool of new information, teaching modalities, and also related ethical concerns to investigate. Dr. Diioia enjoys learning and teaching others about new and ethical ways of applying AI in medical education.

Matthew Laye
Matthew Laye
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Associate Professor of Physiology
Matthew Laye serves as Associate Professor of Physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Laye received his Ph.D. from the University of Columbia – Missouri in the department of Medical Physiology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Inflammation and Metabolism in the laboratory of Dr. Bente Pedersen in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying the molecular mechanisms by which exercise improves health. He then relocated back to the Bay Area where he completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Pankaj Kapahi at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, where he studied how dietary restriction alters the metabolome of fruit flies.

In 2015 Dr. Laye moved to Idaho taking a faculty position at The College of Idaho in the department of Health and Human Performance. He was the department chair from 2017 to 2022 and a member of the assessment committee. Dr. Laye taught anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, research methods, nutrition, and health and wellness. Dr. Laye’s current and recent past research projects include studies of how the timing of physical activity alters postprandial glucose control, whether exercise alters the microbiome, a general interest in improvements in human performance, and pedagogical research focused on the intrinsic motivation of faculty teaching capstones.

Launa Lynch
Launa Lynch
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Chair of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Dr. Launa Lynch serves as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Lynch comes to ICOM from South University School of Pharmacy where she was an Associate Professor. She received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in cancer pharmacology as well as her B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Idaho State University. Dr. Lynch completed postdoctoral work at Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota in lung cancer research. Her research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and her current research interest is in developing safe and effective step-down nicotine cartridges for use in electronic delivery devices for smoking cessation.

Born and raised in Pocatello, Dr. Lynch is excited to return to her home state of Idaho. She is proud to bring her nine years of experience in teaching pharmacology to pharmacy, anesthesiologist assistant, and nursing students to Idaho’s first medical school.

Youngjin Cho
Youngjin Cho
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Youngjin Cho is a medical educator who leads an integrated foundational science course in the pre-clerkship curriculum and oversees immunology discipline content delivery across the curriculum for medical students at Geisinger. She serves as a board member for Aquifer Science. She is experienced in active learning pedagogy implementation through a flipped classroom approach and case-based learning case construct and facilitation. Her scholarly interest includes education technologies, core concept-based education, and leadership requirements for an integrated medical curriculum.

Julie Kerry
Julie Kerry
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Professor and Chair
Dr. Kerry is a medical educator at Eastern Virginia Medical School and runs the Foundation of Disease course and directs the Proficiency Enhancement Program for struggling learners. She is a member of the Aquifer Sciences Board.

Kathryn Miller
Kathryn Miller
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Associate Professor

Khiet Ngo
Khiet Ngo
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Khiet has been helping teach applied basic sciences in the pre-clerkship setting for over 10 years. He has experience in crafting, and mentoring faculty in writing NBME style question. In addition, he works with students to improve NBME question analysis skills.

James Nixon
James Nixon
University of Minnesota
Vice Chair for Education
James Nixon, MD, MHPE, is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He serves as the director of Clinical Skills as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota. His interests include medical education, physical diagnosis and evidence based medicine.

Leah Sheridan
Leah Sheridan
Ohio University
Professor of Instruction
Dr. Leah Sheridan is a Professor of Instruction at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she teaches physiology and histology and serves in the design, development, and leadership of their innovative Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and postdoctoral training from the University of Colorado (CU)-Denver Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the CU-Denver Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Dr. Sheridan has extensive experience in teaching throughout the undergraduate and health professions continuum, having taught undergraduate, allied health (Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Pharmacy), and most recently, Osteopathic Medical students. She has received numerous awards for her learner-centered scholarly approach to teaching from universities and national organizations, and research funding for her efforts in both laboratory science and medical education. Her current research interests include curriculum design, assessment for learning, learner-centered teaching strategies such as team-based learning, and the cognitive integration of the sciences into clinical reasoning and practice.

Esther Dale
Esther Dale
University of Minnesota Medical School
Director of Assessment

Caroline Gundler
Caroline Gundler
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Assistant Professor

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David Harris
David Harris
University of Central Florida
Professor of Medical Education
I am a Professor of Medical Education and Director of Longitudinal Curriculum at the University of Central Florida. I am currently on the IAMSE Board of Directors and serve as the Editor-in-Chief of IAMSE's journal, Medical Science Educator.

Colleen Croniger
Colleen Croniger
Case Western Reserve University
Associate Professor
Dr. Colleen Croniger is a faculty member in the department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University. She is the Assistant Dean of Basic Science Education for CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Croniger has been actively involved in curriculum development for over 20 years. She co-leads Block 3 (nutrition, biochemistry, and gastroenterology) for the first-year medical students at CWRU. In addition, she teaches undergraduates and graduate student metabolism. Dr. Croniger has received several awards for teaching, The John S Diekhoff Award and The Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Croniger has participated in the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions, the AMA Health System Science Fellowship and the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Program. Dr. Croniger is currently in the IAMSE Fellowship Program and continues to work on curriculum development with CWRU faculty to enhance the current curriculum.

Amber Heck
Amber Heck
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Associate Professor
Dr. Amber J. Heck is a biomedical science educator with expertise in curriculum design and development for health professions education. She focuses her efforts on developing engaging and effective learning experiences, supported by neuroscience, cognitive theories, and evidence-based teaching practices. Over her career, Dr. Heck served as founding faculty within medical education programs at multiple intuitions, where she collaborated with interprofessional teams to develop innovative, flipped classroom, active learning curricula. She is skilled in a broad array of instructional methods, including team-based learning, case-based learning, and problem-based learning. In 2020, Dr. Heck was awarded the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation. She is active within the health professions education community and contributes to scholarship, faculty development, and peer mentorship, internationally. In her current role, Dr. Heck is involved in curriculum design and development for online, asynchronous biomedical science courses within the Bachelors of Science (BS) in Biomedical Sciences degree program at UNTHSC.

Tao Le
Tao Le
ScholarRx
Founder, CEO
Dr. Le is an internationally recognized medical educator and physician executive. He possesses deep experience in medical communications, health informatics, and medical practice management. Dr. Le earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He trained in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and completed an allergy and immunology fellowship and a masters in health sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Le has authored or edited over 40 textbooks including the First Aid for the Boards series. These books have been used by over 2 million physicians and medical students worldwide. He is also section chief of allergy and immunology in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine where he pursues his interests in asthma and medical education. He is currently Founder and Chief Education Officer of ScholarRx, a global platform for shared medical education, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Centre College of Kentucky.

Elisabeth Schlegel
Elisabeth Schlegel
Western Atlantic University School of Medicine
Faculty
Elisabeth FM Schlegel is a Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, and Vice-Chair, Research and IRB, at the new Western Atlantic University School of Medicine in Freeport, Bahamas. Inspired by interdisciplinarity and institutional innovation at all levels, she is curious about how basic sciences, education, and healthcare are intertwined. At WAUSM she collaboratively teaches microbiology with clinicians in team settings and is experienced in coaching science educators as well as students to try new teaching methodologies, and to evaluate and to disseminate them. Dr. Schlegel earned both a Master of Science and a PhD (Genetics and Microbiology/ Education) from the University of Salzburg, Austria, and conducted postdoctoral studies in herpes virology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She earned an MBA from The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University in 2012, and a Master of Science in Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership at Hofstra University in 2019. To serve and support her colleagues and students in the medical education continuum worldwide, she publishes the health professions education blog: http://elisabeth-fm-schlegel.weebly.com/elearning-bites.

Ennid Duran
Ennid Duran
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara AC
Director Of Faculty Development
Dr. Ennid Duran, Director of Faculty Development and Engagement is a strategic leader focused on enhancing the professional growth and effectiveness of academic faculty. Dr. Ennid Duran is an Occupational Health doctor and a Professor at the UAG International School of Medicine. With expertise in education and organizational development, she designs and implements programs to advance teaching skills, curriculum design, and faculty development. Dr. Duran possesses a strong leadership skillset, is capable of creating and developing cross-functional teams, excels in data analysis and fast decision-making, has a talent for problem-solving in resource management, and has a results-oriented approach. She plays a pivotal role in creating a supportive environment, facilitating ongoing learning opportunities, and ensuring that faculty members are equipped with the skills and resources needed for excellence in teaching, and academic leadership.

Alice Fornari
Alice Fornari
Zucker SOM at Hofstra Northwell
Associate Dean
Professor and Associate Dean of Educational Skills Development and Vice President of Faculty Development, Northwell Health Organization, Barbara & Donald Zucker School of Medicine (SOM) at Hofstra/Northwell, Uniondale, NY (2009-present)

Vice President of Faculty Development, Northwell Health (2009-present); Oversee professional development of residents, fellows and faculty across health professions (MD, DO, NP, PA) who deliver patient care across the 23 Northwell Health system hospitals and are connected to training for1800 trainees from 180 programs.

My research focus is medical education across the continuum of UME, GME and CME, with a focus on curriculum development/revision and the faculty development necessary to achieve both didactic and clinical curriculum innovations successfully. Due to the impact of Covid 19 my attention has shifted to the positive impact of technology on teaching and learning and the success it can support in our learning environments. Another research interest to foster and maintain the core values of medical education with learners: professionalism, humanism, compassion leading to patient-centered care. The implementation of curriculum and assessing the impact of the development of physicians as healers of illness is a focus I have pursued through numerous grants and interventions woven into existing clinical environments.
My scholarship history includes four funded HRSA grants (2004-2015) with a focus on primary care education, delivery, and ultimately patient care. All grants concluded with successful outcomes to meet the original grant proposal. Publications and numerous national presentations occurred from the grant funded projects.
My recent career focus is on mentoring and is supported by a recent publication of a professional Manual entitled Mentoring in Health professions Education: Evidence Informed Strategies Across the Continuum.
I am fortunate to be recognized by my peers with the following awards:
Gold Foundation, Inducation of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, June 2023.

Hofstra University, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing, IDEALS Program, Recognition of Dedication and Service to Mentoring of students and faculty in support of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Leadership and Success.

Northwell Health, Women in Healthcare BERG, 2023, Women Who Inspire Award, Mentor of the Year.

Association of American Medical Colleges/Northeast Group of Educational Affairs, NEGEA Innovation in Medical Education Award, April 2023.
Association of American Medical Colleges/Northeast Group of Educational Affairs, 2022 NEGEA Distinguished Educator Award, May 2022.
International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship, June 2021.

Poh-sun Goh
Poh-sun Goh
National University of Singapore
Associate Professor
Dr Poh-Sun Goh 吳 宝 山 MBBS(Melb), FRCR, FAMS, MHPE(Maastricht), FAMEE Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSOM), National University of Singapore (NUS) Senior Consultant, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National University Hospital (NUH), National University Health System (NUHS) Associate Member, Centre for Medical Education, YLLSOM, NUS Member, AMEE TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) Committee (since 2011). Poh Sun is a Clinical Radiologist at NUHS/YLLSOM@NUS and has worked at NUH since 1989. He is also a Medical Educator, with Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) from Maastricht University (2012); with deep passion for both eLearning/Technology enhanced Learning and Faculty Development - locally and internationally. Dr Goh is formally trained as, and is an in-house Coach at YLLSOM. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1531-2053 (for more information)

Charles Gullo
Charles Gullo
Gullo Consulting, LLC
Associate Professor
Charles Gullo has experience and interest in competence based education as well as training faculty to deliver active learning experiences that meet the needs of today's life-long learner.

Solomon Roberts-Lieb
Solomon Roberts-Lieb
Univeristy of Maryland, Baltimore
Faculty Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Sol is a Senior Health Professions Development Affairs Leader with demonstrated experience in medical education, student progress and promotion, unit organization and leadership, teaching and learning, planning, developing, and implementing innovative solutions to address the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Sol focuses on building community through scholarship and faculty development.

Elisabeth Schlegel
Elisabeth Schlegel
Western Atlantic University School of Medicine
Faculty
Elisabeth FM Schlegel is a Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, and Vice-Chair, Research and IRB, at the new Western Atlantic University School of Medicine in Freeport, Bahamas. Inspired by interdisciplinarity and institutional innovation at all levels, she is curious about how basic sciences, education, and healthcare are intertwined. At WAUSM she collaboratively teaches microbiology with clinicians in team settings and is experienced in coaching science educators as well as students to try new teaching methodologies, and to evaluate and to disseminate them. Dr. Schlegel earned both a Master of Science and a PhD (Genetics and Microbiology/ Education) from the University of Salzburg, Austria, and conducted postdoctoral studies in herpes virology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She earned an MBA from The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University in 2012, and a Master of Science in Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership at Hofstra University in 2019. To serve and support her colleagues and students in the medical education continuum worldwide, she publishes the health professions education blog: http://elisabeth-fm-schlegel.weebly.com/elearning-bites.