The MEHP newsletter highlights news and achievements of Johns Hopkins Master of Education in the Health Professions students and alumni.

MEHP Program Recruiting New Applicants

Remember the old commercial where a young woman said she told two friends about her shampoo, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on, until the word spread? Let’s make that happen with the MEHP program. Do you know someone who could benefit from the MEHP program? As a fellow, faculty, alumnus or friend, your experience with the program and as an educator puts you in a unique position to help us identify prospective new members of the MEHP community. In addition to the academic requirements for admission, candidates must have a passion for education, aspire to a career that incorporates clinical work with teaching, and be committed to educational research and scholarship.

Do you know two people in your circle of colleagues who meet this profile? If so, forward this message to them with a comment about your own experience in the MEHP program. The MEHP webpage has a wealth of information, and we can be contacted directly by e-mail ([email protected]). Tell them to be sure to mention your name so that we can thank you for your continued support of the MEHP’s ongoing growth and success!


MEHP Program Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

Instructors with the MEHP program understand the hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to students. Some are working longer hours and caring for patients affected by the virus, while others are home juggling work and family life 24/7. Therefore, administrators with the program are allowing extra flexibility to support our learners.

If you need more time on assignments or to take an incomplete and make up coursework later, contact your instructors. If you are having difficulties with your Capstone research, speak with your Capstone instructors and with Toni Ungaretti.

“We will do everything we can to help without sacrificing the quality of our educational programs,” Ungaretti says. “We want to make sure students have the outcomes they need, but we recognize there are different ways to get there.”

The program may offer courses this summer to make up for those normally taken during Spring II. In addition, there may be a possibility for Fellows to use experience gained during the COVID-19 pandemic toward their Capstone projects. The MEHP program also is putting together a study to capture what student and alumni experiences have been during this time and how the program helped them.

Happy 10th Birthday, MEHP!

The 2020–2021 academic year will mark the 10th anniversary for the MEHP program. Stay tuned for more details this fall.

MEHP Has New Web Address

The URL for the MEHP program has changed. Please find us now at Our old URL no longer works.

MEHP to Participate in Johns Hopkins Teaching Boot Camp

The MEHP program has been asked to prepare a workshop on assessment for a summer boot camp on teaching organized by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education.

Student Makeup Expands

A relationship between the MEHP program and the Johns Hopkins Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has resulted in the first Fellow coming to the MEHP program from that unit. Other new students include a resident from Johns Hopkins’ Department of Pediatrics and four students from the Master of Science in Anatomy Education program.

Haley Publishes Capstone Project

MEHP Fellow Colin Haley, DDS, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, published his Capstone project in Journal of Dental Education. The project compared third-year dental students’ satisfaction and level of learning in case-based learning versus team-based learning, and the resources required for those two methodologies. Overall, results found that students’ satisfaction was higher with case-based learning. Haley also is an assistant director of group facilitation at the UIC dental school, providing oversight of all group-learning activities that occur during the predoctoral curriculum.

Malinowski Named Section Editor for Resource Document

MEHP Fellow Michael Malinowski, MD, an associate professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was named one of 13 national section editors for an Association of Program Directors in Surgery Online Program Directory Resource dealing with national academic curriculums for all general surgery residency programs. He also was a contributing writer to VESAP 5, the primary Society of Vascular Surgery resource for content material for written and oral vascular surgery boards.

Peedin Presents Capstone Abstract at National Meeting

MEHP Fellow Lexie Peedin, MD, an assistant professor of pathology, anatomy, and cell biology at Thomas Jefferson University, is scheduled to present an abstract about her Capstone project at the Association of Pathology Chairs annual meeting in July in San Diego. The title is “A Pilot Communication Skills Curriculum for Pathology Residents Using Simulated Phone Calls.”

Procop Interviewed on NPR

MEHP Fellow Gary Procop, MD, MS, director of molecular virology, virology, mycology, and parasitology at the Cleveland Clinic, was interviewed by National Public Radio about a study he led investigating five of the most commonly used tests for coronavirus. Procop is medical director and co-chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Enterprise Laboratory Stewardship Committee. See the story here.

Sabir Receives Promotion

MEHP Fellow Riffat Sabir, MD, has been promoted to assistant program director in the internal medicine residency program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield. She previously was director of resident morning report.

Garibaldi Profiled in The Baltimore Sun

MEHP Fellow Brian Garibaldi, MD, MEHP, director of the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit, was one of six Baltimore-area health care workers treating COVID-19 patients profiled by The Baltimore Sun in a recent article. See the story here.

Rolls Publishes Capstone Project

Joanne Rolls, MPAS (MEHP ’19), a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor with the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, had her Capstone project published in Academic Medicine. Rolls, the 2019 recipient of the MEHP Fellow Excellence Award, created a Capstone project to investigate current curricular approaches to transgender health education in United States physician assistant programs. In doing so, she conducted the first comprehensive, nationwide survey of transgender health education among these programs. Rolls worked with several coinvestigators, including former MEHP faculty member John Davis, MD, PhD, associate dean for curriculum at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Wang Publishes Capstone Project

Peter Zhan Tao Wang, MD (MEHP ’19), a pediatric urologist and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Western Ontario and London Health Sciences Centre in Canada, had his Capstone project published in Journal of Surgical Education. The project compared guided video reflection versus self-regulated learning to teach knot tying to medical students. Students using guided video reflection were able to achieve competency and maintained their knot-tying skills to the same degree as those who used the self-regulated approach.

Salas Joins Honor Medical Society

Rachel Salas, MD, FAAN (MEHP ’18), an associate professor of neurology and nursing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was nominated to join the Johns Hopkins chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in the faculty category. Salas is director of the Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and a 2019–2021 Josiah Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar.