Master of Education in the Health Professions Update Spring 2019

MEHP Fellows, faculty, and alumni take a picture at the August 2017 MEHP Conference

MEHP Fellows, faculty, and alumni at the August 2017 MEHP Conference in Baltimore, MD.

May 2019

MEHP Grad’s Software Wins ‘Shark Tank’ Education Competition

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R. Samuel Mayer, MD (MEHP, ’16)

A new software program in development by MEHP alumnus R. Samuel Mayer, MD (MEHP, ’16), and colleagues took top prize at a Johns Hopkins “Shark Tank”–style event and will soon be rolled out to medical education training programs across the country.

“One of the problems that really impacts medical education is that our learners repeatedly tell us they learn the most from clinics with patients,” says Mayer, vice chair of education for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “At the same time, in the patient care setting, things can be very chaotic, and it’s difficult to sit down and really review cases when you’re in a busy clinic or hospital unit.”

So Mayer joined forces with Krishnaj Gourab, MD, a physiatrist at the University of Maryland with subspecialty training in health information technology, and three physical medicine and rehabilitation senior residents at Johns Hopkins, Bernard Abrams, MD, Stephanie Van, MD, and Alexis Boslich, DO, to develop a plan to enhance bedside teaching. The result? A program called Learn Nexus.

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In the Spotlight: Marjorie Jenkins (MEHP ’15), MEHP Capstone Director

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Marjorie Jenkins (MEHP, ’15), MEHP Capstone Director

Marjorie Jenkins grew up impoverished and lacking access to health care in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. But inspired by her grandfather, who worked as a coal miner and then a janitor for a local hospital, and who often treated her ailments, she aspired to a career in medicine.

When a school guidance counselor told her she was too poor to go to medical school, she put herself through school at Tennessee Technological University, earning a chemical engineering degree cum laude. While working as a chemical engineer for Kodak Eastman in Tennessee, Jenkins learned of a relatively new medical school nearby at East Tennessee State University. She applied, was accepted, and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1995.

Today, Jenkins, a national thought leader in sex and gender research and its clinical application, wears many hats. She is director of medical initiatives and scientific engagement for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health; associate dean for women in health and science and a professor of internal medicine for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; and director and chief scientific officer for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech. She also directs the Johns Hopkins MEHP program’s capstone experience.

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Register Now for MEHP’s Second Biannual Conference

Registration is now open for MEHP’s second biennial conference in Baltimore. Fellows, alumni, faculty, and affiliates are invited to connect at the program, to be held July 24–26 at the Four Seasons Hotel. 

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Recruitment For New Faculty Member

We have started a search to identify a new full-time faculty member in health professions education to join the MEHP program. If you know of someone who would be interested in teaching in our program, supporting fellows and alumni, and conducting research in health professions education, please share her/his name and contact information with Toni immediately as the search is moving rapidly.

MEHP Director, Students Present at AERA Meeting

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Toni Ungaretti and Wilfredo Puentes Beltran at the 2019 AERA conference

Kudos to MEHP Director Toni Ungaretti, PhD, who chaired the Teaching and Learning Community Meeting for the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s annual meeting in Toronto. Ungaretti organized a symposium on scholarly approaches to evaluating health professions education advanced degree programs, featuring speakers from Kings College London, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Hong Kong, and the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland State University. She also presented on a formative evaluation of the MEHP program and lessons learned. Ungaretti also founded and leads the Health Professions Education Advanced Degree Program Research Group, which convened during the conference.

Two MEHP Fellows presented papers at the conference. Priyanka Dwivedi, MA, presented a paper on establishing a quality control for residency applicant scores. She is administrative director for medical education in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Michael Banks, MD, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins, presented a paper on assessing the attitudes and perceptions of postgraduate physicians on interprofessional education and collaboration.

MEHP Excellence Award Winners

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Joanne Rolls, MEHP Fellow winner, and colleague Richard Backman

Congratulations to Stephen Sozio, MD, MEHP ‘17, the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding MEHP Alumnus Award, and to Joanne Rolls, PA, MEHP Fellow, the 2019 recipient of the MEHP Fellow Excellence Award.

Sozio, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, started in the inaugural cohort of the MEHP program, has taught in the Adult Learning Course since 2013, and serves as a leader in multiple courses for medical students, advising programs, fellows and faculty. This is in addition to his national and international work within education, including leading the Students and Residents (STARS) program for the American Society of Nephrology and teaching in six other countries.

Sozio serves in multiple educational leadership roles at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, including serving as course co-director for the epidemiology course for first-year medical students, faculty leader in the Colleges Advisory Program, co-director of the Scholarly Concentration in Clinical Research Program, and associate program director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program.

Sozio has received several teaching awards at Johns Hopkins, including the W. Barry Wood Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018, awarded annually to the teachers voted by the students in the preclinical years to have been most inspirational and/or effective. He was nominated for the MEHP award by former student Rachel Salas, MD, MEHP ’18, an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins.

Rolls, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor with the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, created a Capstone project to investigate current curricular approaches to transgender health education in United States physician assistant programs. The research questions involve assessing program and faculty characteristics and comprehensively assessing the curriculum, hours dedicated, and barriers involved in training future physician assistants in transgender healthcare. These questions were selected from a national submission competition to be included on the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) annual program survey, sent to all 236 PA programs in the U.S. in 2018. For her work, Rolls earned the PAEA’s 2018 Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program award.

Rolls worked with several coinvestigators including former MEHP faculty member John Davis, MD, PhD, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. In addition, Rolls received an internal award of $5,000 for this project through the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

“Jo is an excellent example of how MEHP training can provide the necessary skills to progress health professionals’ education and allow them to become national leaders in education,” said Marjorie Jenkins, MD, MEHP ‘15, her Capstone advisor, who nominated her for the award. “In addition, her work ethic and commitment to excelling throughout the MEHP program has been unwavering.”

Salas Nominated for Macy Scholars Program

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine nominated MEHP alumna Rachel Salas, MD, MEHP ‘18, an associate professor of neurology, for the 2019 Macy Faculty Scholars Program. Macy Faculty Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years to implement an educational change project in their institutions. Scholars also receive mentoring and career advice. Salas’ project focuses on advancing interprofessional education among Johns Hopkins faculty so leaders in medicine, nursing and pharmacy can serve as collaborative practice teachers and role models to serve either prelicensure or postlicensure students.

AlFalasi Stars in Abu Dhabi Documentary

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MEHP Fellow Reem AlFalasi, MBBCh

MEHP Fellow Reem AlFalasi, MBBCh, a resident at UMMC and Abu Dhabi native, will be featured in the “Ayal Zayed-Children of Zayed” documentary for Abu Dhabi TV. The program will discuss the experience of Emirati scholarship students and researchers in America, their journey to benefit from the American experience, and how they will apply their work when they return home. AlFalasi was nominated by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C., for her work seeking to develop the scientific side of her country.

Le-Bucklin Garners Second AMA Grant, Presents at AAMC

Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin MD, MEHP ’19, vice dean of medical education and interim chair of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, got a research boost. After initially receiving a $10,000 grant from the American Medical Association for her Capstone project, to develop a curriculum aimed at preventing medical student mistreatment by supervising faculty, the association recently awarded her an additional $45,000 grant to bring her curriculum to a consortium of schools. Le-Bucklin also was asked to present her project at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Western Group on Educational Affairs meeting in March in Reno, Nev., and AAMC’s annual meeting this fall in Phoenix. Additionally, Le-Bucklin presented the work at the American Medical Association’s consortium meeting in April in Atlanta and will do so at AMA’s ChangeMedEd conference in September in Chicago.

Luan Receives ADEA Leadership Award

MEHP Fellow Kevin W. Luan, BDS, MS, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, was honored at the American Dental Education Association’s annual meeting with a scholarship to attend the ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders.

Fazzio Wins Award for Capstone Project

Pamela Fazzio, MD, MEHP ‘19, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, won an Excellence in Medical Education Oral Abstract Presentation Award from the Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA), a regional group of the Association of American Medical Colleges, for her Capstone project, “What Do You Want to Learn or Work on Today? Resident Self-identified Learning Goals in the Pediatric Emergency Department.” Fazzio also will present her project through posters and presentations at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Pediatric Academic Societies and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine meetings.

Tomobi Presents at Global Health Conference

MEHP Fellow Oluwakemi Tomobi, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, presented a poster on the “Use of Rapid-cycle Deliberate Practice vs. Standard Simulation in Training Anesthesia Providers on the Universal Anesthesia Machine Ventilator in Sierra Leone” at the recent Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University.

Hats Off to Our 2019 Graduates

The MEHP program congratulates all students who received their degrees during the 2018-2019 academic year. Following is a list of graduates and their capstone projects:

Michael AmendolahTalking About Ethical issues in Surgery – Results of a Novel Online Pilot Curriculum
Yuemi An-GroganDevelopment, Implementation and Evaluation of a Simulation-based Telemedicine Training Program
Michael BanksInterprofessional Education in the Burn ICU
Bruce BrennerAssessing Gaps in Surgical Oncology Training: Results of a Survey of General Surgery Residents
Nicole Chiota-
Building Resilience and Wisdom in Clinical and Translational Researchers: A Mixed Method Study of a Pilot Curricular Intervention
Simon ContiCrowd-sourced Assessment of Ureteroscopy with Laser Lithotripsy Videos Has a Negative Correlation with Trainee Experience
David Czuchlewski Application of Whole Slide Imaging to Pathology Resident “Unknowns” Slide Sessions
Saira Dar Saira Dar Cognitive Strategy, Knowledge Structures and Diagnostic Success: Do Different Assessment Methods Match Up?
Janeve Desy Improving Self-regulation of Learning Amongst Underperforming Medical Students: An Embedded Mixed Methods Study
Luba DumencoLong-term Outcomes of a Longitudinal Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Pamela Fazzio “What Do You Want to Learn or Work on Today?”: Should You Ask for Self-identified Learning Goals?
Gerardo Guiter Review of Medical and Health Professions Education Masters in the United States
Rebecca Hayes Development and Validation of the Reconciliation of Hospital Medications Survey (ROHMS) Instrument
Justin Jeffers Developing an Assessment Checklist for Infant Respiratory Distress Using an Integrative Approach: A Mixed Methods Study
Ihab KamelCognitive Learning Outcomes and Resident Perceptions of the Systematic Use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in a University Anesthesiology Residency Program: A Mixed Methods Analysis
Rose Kim Assessment of Faculty Development Needs and Faculty Vitality at a New Medical School
Rory MerrittDemographics and Career Intentions Related to Primary Care for Graduating Medical Students in Combined Baccalaureate-MD Programs 2010-2017: An Analysis of Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduation Questionnaire Data
Jessica Papillon-
Understanding Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Training in Canada: A National Survey of Recent Graduates
Linda Regan Learning to Learn: A Qualitative Study to Uncover Strategies Used by Master Adaptive Learners in the Planning of Learning
Joanne Rolls Curricular Approaches to Transgender Health in Physician Assistant Education
Jennifer Simmons Masters Programs in Health Professions and Medical Education in the United Kingdom and Europe, a Descriptive Survey
Aaron Spooner Evaluation of the Predictive Validity of a Cardiac Surgery Residency Program Which Utilizes Evidence-based Standardization Admissions Processes
Eric Steinberg Assessment of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Clinical Reasoning: Validation of a Script Concordance Test
Geoffrey Talmon The Quality of Evidence in Preclinical Medical Education: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Zhan Tao (Peter) WangA Comparison of Video Reflection Versus Self-Regulated Learning to Teach Knot Tying To Medical Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Karisa Walker Excellence Defined: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Identifying Constructs Relevant to Excellence in Anesthesiology Practice
Kaitlyn Watson Should Primary Care Providers Discuss Social Media Use with Patients? Maybe: A Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study


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Register Now for MEHP’s Second Biannual Conference

Registration is now open for MEHP’s second biennial conference in Baltimore. Fellows, alumni, faculty, and affiliates are invited to connect at the program, to be held July 24–26 at the Four Seasons Hotel. 

Meet Other MEHP Students/Alumni at Upcoming Conferences

Are you attending or presenting at any of the following conferences? Are there other conferences we are missing? Please let us know so that we can arrange to meet you there. Want to host a small gathering of MEHP community members at one of your professional meetings? Send an email to


  • Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Aug. 24-28, Vienna, Austria
  • Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME) Nov. 3, Austin, Texas
  • International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, Sept. 23-25, Ottawa, Canada
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