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

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 fellows. 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.

Please forward this message to others you think would be interested, along 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!

  • Updates to Johns Hopkins Tuition Reimbursement Program

    For employee affiliates of the Johns Hopkins University community interested in the MEHP program, note that the university has updated its tuition reimbursement policies. Employees can now receive up to $10,000 per year for tuition reimbursement for courses taken at Johns Hopkins, which is enough to cover tuition for the MEHP program.

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  • MEHP Makes Changes to Capstone Requirements

    The MEHP program has updated the capstone course requirement to three 1.5-credit courses (4.5 credits total), which will provide support before, during, and after the time fellows work on their projects. Previously, fellows took capstone course work only before and after working on their projects. This three-course sequence will begin with the class that entered in Fall 2022.

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Class Notes

Michael Banks, MD (MEHP ’19), has been appointed program director for the anesthesiology critical care fellowship program at Johns Hopkins starting in July. He is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; vice chair of diversity, equity, and inclusion for his department; and the assistant residency director and director of resident education in critical care.

MEHP Fellow Bryan Broderick, MD, a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Johns Hopkins, was awarded a $5,000 grant from Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Excellence in Education to develop his MEHP capstone project, “Web-Based Application to Teach Principles of Pulmonary Gas Exchange.”

Tom Caruso, MD (MEHP ’15), clinical professor of anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine at Stanford Medicine, received a doctorate in education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Deborah Dalmeida, MD (MEHP ’23), has been promoted to the role of co-chair of the Department of Pathophysiology at American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Earlier this year, she received her university’s Excellence in Teaching Basic Science Award for 2022.

MEHP Fellow Jessica Foulds, BSc, MD, an assistant professor in the Pediatrics Department with the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, was a recipient of the Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit Award for 2023.

Edith Gurewitsch Allen, MD (MEHP ’18), has been named interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists meetings this year and published the following papers in press based on work from a simulation research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Prescriptive and Proscriptive Lessons for Managing Shoulder Dystocia: A Technical and Videographical Tutorial” and “Self-Assessment and Modulation of Applied Force During Shoulder Dystocia Simulation Training.” She published “Comparing Objective and Subjective Assessments of Traction in Shoulder Dystocia Simulation Training” in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Katie Husk, MD (MEHP ’22), a urogynecologist with Albany Medical Center, has participated in the medical center’s Curriculum Assessment Team, which is charged with assessing components of the curriculum (different blocks and rotations) across all four years of the medical school. “I have really been enjoying the practical application of many of the key topics covered in the MEHP program,” she writes. “I have also started and currently run a two-week elective in urogynecology available to fourth-year medical students and serve as the associate program director for the urogynecology fellowship. Our first fellow is about to finish her first year!”

Edsel Ing, MD, PhD, FRCSC, DABO, MPH, MIAD, MBA (MEHP ’21), in August will assume the role of chair of Ophthalmology & Visual Science at the University of Alberta and the chief of ophthalmology for the Edmonton Division Zone for Alberta Health Services. He has published several papers, including “Hockey As an Advance Organizer For Oculoplastics Teaching” in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology; “A Technique for Excisional Optic Nerve Biopsy” in Orbit; and “The Use of an Analytic Hierarchy Process to Promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” in the Canadian Journal of Surgery.

Danya Khoujah, MBBS (MEHP ’20), a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, published her capstone research paper, “Exploring Teamwork Challenges Perceived by International Medical Graduates in Emergency Medicine Residency,” in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. The work was coauthored by MEHP faculty Ahmed Ibrahim, MSc, PhD.

Samuel Kohlenberg, PhD (MEHP ’22), was appointed assistant professor of psychophysiology within the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Science at Saybrook University. He published his capstone research paper, “Pilot: Does Clinical Hypnosis Training Impart the Confidence Needed to Use It?” in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. The work was coauthored by MEHP faculty Linda Gerson, PhD, RN. Kohlenberg also was awarded fellowship status by the Association for Applied Physiotherapy and Biofeedback.

Marian McDonald, MD, FACS (MEHP ’18), received an Excellence in Community Surgery award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons at its annual meeting in Montreal. She presented two talks at the meeting, on severe acute cholecystectomy and on the ethics of health care donations in low- and middle-income countries. McDonald also had a poster presentation on “Resident Perception of the Effect of the Pandemic on Surgical Education” at the Association for Surgical Education meeting in San Diego. She is chief of general surgery for the St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Allentown campus, medical director of the Surgical Simulation Lab, and clinical professor and clerkship site director for Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine.

Scott McLeod, MD (MEHP ’23), has been promoted to clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Gia Merlo, MD, MBA (MEHP ’22), published “Personal and Planetary Health – The Connection with Dietary Choices” in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Merlo is a clinical professor of nursing and psychiatry and a senior adviser on wellness at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Rory Merritt, MD (MEHP ’19), assistant dean of student affairs for the learning environment at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, launched the Program for a Healthy Learning Environment at the school. Merritt also was selected for Alpha Omega Alpha by students in addition to the MD Class of 2023 Senior Citation Award.

Sandra Mrad, MD (MEHP ’20), an emergency medicine physician, presented and moderated courses at the Middle East and North Africa Clinical Toxicology Association 2023 conference in Abu Dhabi in January and at the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine 2022 conference in Abu Dhabi last December.

Matt Newman, PharmD, BCOP (MEHP ’21), a clinical pharmacist practitioner and PGY-2 oncology pharmacy residency program director at Johns Hopkins, has been appointed as an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University, covering oncology pharmacotherapy lectures for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

MEHP Fellow Grace Park, MD, has been selected to be part of the board of directors for Aquifer Sciences Inc. in Lafayette, California, starting in July.

Ashley Rider, MD (MEHP ’21), assistant program director for emergency medicine residency at Stanford University, published her capstone paper, “A Mixed-Methods Needs Assessment to Identify Pharmacology Education Objectives for Emergency Medicine Residents,” in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open.

Joanne Rolls, MPAS, PA-C (MEHP ’19), has had three recent publications: “An Update on Expanding HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis” in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants; “PA Applicant U.S. Citizenship Status and the Likelihood of Program Matriculation” in BMC Medical Education; and “Promising Practices in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Curriculum Inclusion” in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

Rachel Salas, MD, FAAN (MEHP ’18), is the 2023 Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor for The Ohio State University. Salas is a professor of neurology and nursing at Johns Hopkins.

Aaron Spooner, MD, MMgt, FRCSC (MEHP ’19), is competency director for cardiac surgery training at the University of Manitoba and director of simulation for the program, running multiple live animal pig labs this year. “Our learners have performed multiple types of open-heart surgery on pigs, including valve replacement and cardiac transplantation,” he writes. “These high-fidelity settings are perfect for junior residents to learn the ropes in a setting where mistakes don’t have catastrophic results on potential human patients.”

Roy Strowd, MD (MEHP ’18), has been named interim vice dean for undergraduate medical education at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In this role, he will oversee all aspects of the medical education program.

Shireen Suliman, MBBS (MEHP ’16), has been appointed as associate director for graduate medical education at Hamad Medical Corp. in Qatar. She published “It Is Not About the Destination but the Journey: A Dive into Student-Staff Partnership Processes” in Medical Teacher.

Taylor Surles, MD (MEHP ’22), an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named associate director of a problem-based learning course in development. Surles also leads a course for residents about the oral boards and is a director for an elective in the emergency room. “I have joined a national group focusing on teaching better intubation skills to residents and medical students,” he writes.

Oluwakemi Tomobi, MD (MEHP ’19), accepted a new position in January as a clinical research scientist in anesthesiology at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She published “Implementing Pathways to Anesthesiology: Promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Success” in International Anesthesiology Clinics.

Eliabeth Topper, PhD (MEHP ’17), is director of Online Programs for Applied Learning at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Last fall, she became a course instructor for the MEHP capstone course.

Fatima Warraich, MD (MEHP ’21), graduated from internal medicine residency and is finishing a year as chief resident at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate Medical Center. She will be starting a gastroenterology fellowship at Rochester General Hospital in New York in July.

Steven Warrington, MD (MEHP ’17), chair and medical director at MercyOne Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa, is in the dissertation phase for a PhD in higher education administration, focusing on graduate medical education. He completed a master of science in biomedical informatics, received the Chancellor’s Award and became dual-boarded by passing the clinical informatics . Warrington also published a children’s maze book, “A-MAZE-ING Body: Travel Mazes ages 4-8,” and will soon finish a second similar book.

MEHP Fellow Eric Zwemer, MD, published “Implementation and Maturity of Clinical Learning Environment Components Across Pediatric Residency Programs” in Academic Pediatrics. He holds several educational roles in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, including associate program director for pediatrics residency, associate chair for faculty development in education for the Department of Pediatrics, and director of junior faculty development for the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

Hats Off to Our 2022-2023 Graduates

The MEHP program congratulates all students who completed the program during the past academic year. Following is a list of graduates and their capstone projects:

Khaled Abouelezz: Effect of Oral Feedback on Quality of Written Feedback

Amer Aldamouk: The Impact of Patient-Centered Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds on Medical Staff Satisfaction, Education, and Experience

Fahad Alroumi: The Impact of a Web-Based Pre-Intubation Preparation Module on the Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior of Critical Care Fellows

Caroline Astemborski: The Impact of a Learning Content Management System on an Emergency Medicine Residency

Max Berger: Current and Future Use of Telesimulation: National Survey of Emergency Medicine Residency Simulation Directors

Elizabeth Brigham: Improving Pediatric Trauma Care at a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center Through the Multi-Year Implementation of a Pediatric Trauma Boot Camp Curriculum

Cory Clugston: Effectiveness of Intentional Instruction on Cardiac Arrest Team Leadership Skills in Emergency Medicine Residents

Deborah Dalmeida: Untying the Gordian Knot: Scaffolding Using Software Tools as an Instructional Wand for the Educator Wizard

Amy Duhachek-Stapelman: Creation of a Competency-Based Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Training Program Utilizing Spaced Repetition and Longitudinal Assessment in an Anesthesiology Residency Program

Mark Garcia: Does Evidence-Based Teaching Improve Teaching Performance? An Evaluation of a Novel Virtual Faculty Development Course for Emergency Physicians

Claudia Hernandez: Steps to Improve the Teaching of Clinical Reasoning in Dermatology: A Scoping Review and Proposal

Ivy Huang: The Effect of Asynchronous Scoring of Mock Oral Examinations on the Assessment of General Surgery Resident Clinical Decision-Making

Katherine Husk: Higher Degree of Impostor Characteristics Relates to Lower Self-Perceived Teaching Ability and Emotional Intelligence

Erin Karl: Non-NCAT-EM Evaluations Positively Skew eSLOE Entrustability Scores

Natasha Khursigara-Slattery: Can a “Be” be a “Do”?: A Case for Integrating Professional Identity Formation to Address Gaps in EPA Competency-Based Frameworks and Enrich Entrustment Decisions

Laura Malmut: Near-Peer Teaching for Simulation-Based Learning of Urgent Neurologic Complications in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting

Miguel Martinez-Romo: Randomized Controlled Study of Telesimulation vs. Standard Simulation for Teaching NRP Skills

Scott McLeod: Culturally Informed Developmental Pediatric Care: A Qualitative Study

Gia Merlo: Professional Failure in Medical Education and Training: A Scoping Review

Courtney Moore: Culturally Informed Developmental Pediatric Care: A Qualitative Study

Alexandre Nehme: Successful Implementation of Medical Education Faculty Development Project at Saint George University of Beirut in the Immediate Post Trip Blow to Beirut

Oday Obaid: Virtual Reality in Medical Education: Carpal Bones Game Validity Study

Zainab Obaidi: “Teach the Teacher”: A Curriculum and a Mixed-Methods Assessment to Increase Effective Teaching Among Nephrology Fellows

Gary Procop: The Use of a Modified Ebel Method for Optimal Exam Construction: A Feasibility Pilot

Said Saab: Validity Study of an End-of-Clerkship Oral Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Christopher San Miguel: Just Send Me a Chat: A Scoping Review of Instant Messaging Communication in Healthcare

Ryan Sheehy: Medical Student Use of Practice Questions in Their Studies: A Qualitative Study

Emily-Rae Singh: Faculty Development to Integrate Interpretation of Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound into Clinical Practice and Resident Education in Family Medicine

Taylor Surles: Capstone Preparatory Course

Tina Yokota: Evaluation of a Coaching Program Implemented in the Vancouver Emergency Medicine Residency Program