Boonshoft School of Medicine Wright State University
Smita Krishnamurthy, M.D. is an assistant professor of pathology and dermatology in the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. She is a practicing dermatopathologist, and teaches pathology to first and second year medical students, and dermatopathology to dermatology residents at Wright State University. She has revised, created, and co-facilitated TBL modules for preclinical medical students since 2012 integrating pathophysiologic concepts with clinical medicine. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Professions Education at Wright State University, and is interested in educational research involving active learning strategies for enhancing student engagement, knowledge retention, and transfer.
University of PIttsburgh, Child Welfare Resource Center
I use Team-Based Learning (TBL) in all my courses and serve on the Education Committee of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative. As a practitioner, educator, and trainer, I find TBL to be a wonderful way to improve teaching and learning quality and to facilitate the transition from individual classroom learner to ‘real world’ team contributor. As Academic Coordinator for the graduate social work arm of Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare educational partnership, I work with many other schools of social work. I have taught courses on addictions, traumatic stress, physical, psychological, and sexual maltreatment of children, human sexuality, and risk and resilience in children and families. My interests include professional workforce and practice skills development, clinician/provider stress and self-care, and the provision of appropriate services to people across all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
I earned my law degree from the University of Oxford and practiced commercial law for several years in England. After moving to the United States, I completed doctoral and master’s degrees in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Pitt’s faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2006, I provided program development and workforce training in the delivery of effective and culturally sensitive behavioral health and other human services. I enjoy sharing TBL both with academy-based educators and with trainers who are integrating TBL into training and continuing education.