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McMaster Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshops

Tutors 2017

If there is one reason above all to come to McMaster it is our tutors. Leading EBM from the beginning, the workshop has succeeded in attracting the best EBHC eduators in the world. They come back year after year because of the excitement and innovation they find at the McMaster workshop.

The workshop is offered as a one-week intensive course. Participants will be learning in small groups led by clinical epidemiologists and practitioners from McMaster and other institutions.

Each small group consists of two tutors, one tutor trainee, one research librarian, and up to eight learners.

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Dr. Thomas Agoritsas

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Dr. Thomas Agoritsas

Senior Clinical Associate at the Divisions of General Internal Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology,
University Hospitals of Geneva.
Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University.

Thomas Agoritsas, MD, PhD, is a hospital-based general internist and health research methodologist. His research focuses on real-life implementation of Evidence-Based Health Care. This involves methods for moving from evidence to recommendation, strategies to enhance clinicians’ evidence retrieval at the point of care, and using evidence for shared-decision making.

He is leading the SHARE-IT project within the MAGIC research and innovation program, which aims at creating a new generation of Decision Aids from evidence summaries and practice guidelines.

After a 4-year research fellowship with Gordon Guyatt and Brian Haynes at McMaster University, he now works as Senior Clinical & Research Associate at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland. He is also assistant professor (part-time) at McMaster University.

He joined the EBHC workshop since 2013 and is very much looking forward to this shared experience of learning and exploration.

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Dr. Eman Ansari

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Dr. Eman Ansari

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Eman Ansari is a Pediatric Pulmonologist and Critical Care Medicine physician. She is a faculty physician at Boston Children's Hospital, and in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ansari graduated from King Abdul-Aziz University Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, and received her post graduated training at Tufts-New England Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital.

During her medical training, she earned a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine has been a passion for Dr. Ansari since she first attended the EBCP workshop in 2005. Since being a participant she was selected as a Tutor for 6 different McMaster Workshops.

Her research area of interest is childhood pneumonia.

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Dr. Amiran Baduashvili

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Dr. Amiran Baduashvili

Assistant Professor
Department of General Internal Medicine
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical College

Amiran Baduashvili is originally from the republic of Georgia. He did his training at Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he now works as an academic hospitalist.

His special interests include evidence based medicine, and use of bedside ultrasound to augment physical exam and improve patient management.

He is a course director of evidence based medicine curriculum for the residency program, and serves as a journal club attending.

He is also a leader of EBM affinity group for the department of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell, where he is tasked with managing and conducting academic activities related to evidence based clinical practice with a group of interested medicine attendings.

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Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra

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Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra

Director
Center for Evidence Based Dentistry of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Alonso Carrasco is a dentist with special interest in evidence-based clinical practice and clinical research related to oral and maxillofacial surgery: perioperative health care studies, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformities, and obstructive sleep apnea.

He was part of the team that created the first unit of evidence-based dentistry in Chile, which teaches this tool to undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2010, he was awarded with two scholarships from the Chilean government to continue his academic education at McMaster University. Last April 2012, he obtained his Master degree in the Health Research Methodology program of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and he is currently a full-time PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Gordon Guyatt.

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Universidad de Chile
Sergio Livingstone Pohlhammer 943
Independencia
Santiago, Chile
E-mail alonsocarrascolabra@gmail.com

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Dr. Walter Dehority

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Dr. Walter Dehority

Department of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
The University of New Mexico

Dr. Dehority is a Pediatric Infectious Disease physician at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and subsequently completed post-graduate training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of New Mexico. This was followed by completion of a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California San Diego and a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of London/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Though active in clinical medicine and research, the most enjoyable part of his job is teaching evidence based medicine (EBM). He has led the EBM curriculum for the Pediatric residency program for the last 8 years, and has designed the EBM curriculum utilized by medical students in the Department. He is also actively involved with the EBM curriculum and teaching for first and second year medical students at the school of medicine.

His time at the McMasters workshops in various roles have been among the most useful and enjoyable educational experiences of his career. He enjoys distance running and spending time with his wife and three daughters in Albuquerque.

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Dr. Enas El Gouhary

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Dr. Enas El Gouhary

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology

Dr. Enas El Gouhary is a Neonatologist and a Pediatrician. She is a faculty physician at McMaster University, and in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Dr. El Gouhary graduated from Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University, and received her pediatrics Residency training at McMaster University and her Neonatal fellowship at University of Toronto.

Dr El Gouhary joined McMaster in 2013. She is currently working on Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Dr. El Gouhary’s research interests focus on advances in neonatal resuscitation, infection control and ventilation in premature infants. Dr. El Gouhary has designed and introduced new simulation workshops for teaching aseptic technique and PICC insertion in the NICU. She received recently the McMaster Education Grant for development of the first simulation vascular access workshop at McMaster.

Dr. El Gouhary is passionate about teaching Evidence-Based Medicine and Critical Appraisal. She designed and developed the curriculum for the annual Evidence Based Medicine course for subspecialty pediatric residents at McMaster (EBM-SPR). She is currently the organizer and supervisor of the Neonatal Journal Club and Neonatal Research in Progress.

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Dr. Alexandra Halalau

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Dr. Alexandra Halalau

Associate Program Director Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor & Co-Director MS2 EBM course
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Learning, teaching and practicing Evidence-Based Medicine has been my passion since June 2012 when I first participated in the McMaster EBCP course. Since, I started a wonderful EBM journey that made me return to McMaster every year.

I have been an outpatient internal medicine faculty at Beaumont Health System, Michigan for the last 9 years. I developed and implemented an entire EBM curriculum for the internal medicine residency for which I am an Associate Program Director. I have taught and co-directed the EBM course for the second year medical students. I have also been very involved in medical education related to innovative ways to teach EBM, and in clinical research related to diabetes, substance abuse, transition of care and quality improvement. I have trained in clinical research at Harvard Medical School through “Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” course.

This is my 5th year participating in the McMaster EBCP workshop. I am looking forward to learn from you all: fun, interactive and efficient ways of teaching EBM.

On a side note, I have 4 wonderful kids and a very supportive husband (this is why I could come to the workshop every year : )

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Dr. Benton Hunter

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Dr. Benton Hunter

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

I have lived in the Midwest US – Indiana to be exact, my whole life. Not very exciting, but for me, it is home.

I finished my residency training in emergency medicine in 2007 and have been a clinical teaching faculty since then. Shortly after becoming faculty, I was asked to “take over” our journal club, which had been struggling. While I had already been doing some EBM teaching in our medical school and had identified it as an area of interest, this opportunity is what really spurred my passion for teaching EBM.

On a personal note, I am (I think, despite a lack of high quality evidence) a pretty laid back dude. I enjoy spending time with my family (I have 2 daughters), running/fitness, fishing, camping, games of chance, and a good scotch. I have really enjoyed the chance to grow my skills in EBM and as a teacher while attending the McMaster workshop for the past few years, with this being my sixth year at the conference. It’s pretty humbling to spend the week surrounded by such amazing minds and teachers in the field, and awesome to be invited back again. I always have a great time and am repeatedly amazed by how much I learn here. Based on my experiences at McMaster so far, I know that I will learn from all of you.

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Dr. Sheri A. Keitz

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Dr. Sheri A. Keitz

Chief, General Internal Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine
UMass-Memorial Medical Center
University of Mass Medical School

Dr. Keitz currently serves as the Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In these roles she is an advocate for humanistic, evidence-based clinical care and is leading the department’s efforts to enhance access for the patients and populations of Central Massachusetts.

Clinically, she is an active general internist caring for patients in the ambulatory setting. In her academic roles, she runs nationally recognized teaching programs in evidence-based practice, chairs the VA’s National Committee on Education Evaluation and serves as an editor for JAMAevidence related to her work on JAMA’s series The Rational Clinical Examination. Dr. Keitz has been an advocate for equity and diversity in academic medicine throughout her career. Previously at University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, she worked to improve the processes for faculty promotion and tenure, launched an examination of salary equity for faculty members and created the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Keitz did her internal medicine training and fellowship in clinical epidemiology at Duke, has a PhD in Pharmacology and has research experience in basic science, health services research, and education innovation. She is a celebrated educator: the inaugural winner of Duke University’s Master Clinician-Teacher Award in 2004 and the 2001 winner of the Eugene Stead Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2006 she was elected to Duke’s Engel Society for dedication to medical education. In 2010 at the University of Miami, Dr. Keitz was awarded the “Montblanc” teaching award, which is given each year by the House staff program to the faculty member felt to be the best educator, and who consistently demonstrates excellence in medicine and medical education.

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Dr. Jonathan Kirschner

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Dr. Jonathan Kirschner

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Dept of Emergency Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

Jonathan is an emergency physician at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He serves as the Director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Evidence-Based Medicine and Biostatistics course.

He has participated in numerous EBM workshops, including the New York Academy of Medicine TEACH workshop and the McMaster University EBCP course.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rutgers University and an MD at New York University. He completed post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

He was voted clinical instructor of the year by the Indiana University Emergency Medicine residency in 2013.

Research interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education in Evidence-Based Medicine, and emergency imaging utilization.

He is a proud father and husband and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Dept of Emergency Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana
E-mail jmkirsch@iupui.edu

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Dr. Luz Letelier

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Dr. Luz Letelier

Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine,
Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Dr. Letelier achieved her undergraduate medical education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) in Santiago, Chile. She worked for 5 years as a general practitioner in a small southern town and returned to Santiago for her residency training in Internal Medicine at the PUC.

In 1995 she took a faculty position in the Department of Internal Medicine at PUC at the clinical teaching unit of a public hospital, Sotero del Rio, and worked as a general internist in internal medicine ward and in the ICU at the University Hospital.

Dr Letelier spent from 1999 to 2001 at McMaster University learning how to practice & how to teach EBHC.

Back in Chile, she has led the teaching and practice of EBCP at the PUC and other hospitals and universities in Chile as well as other Latin-Americans countries.

She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2002 and to Associate Professor in 2006 in the Department of Internal Medicine. In 2013 she became the head of the Internal Medicine Department.

Dr Letelier has been active in the How to Teach EBCP course at McMaster since 2004 when the initiative to have a Spanish-speaking group inside the workshop, first started.

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Dr. C. Eric McCoy

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Dr. C. Eric McCoy

Base Hospital Medical Director
Director of Emergency Medical Services
Director of Simulation Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine School of Medicine

Dr. Christopher “Eric” McCoy (aka McCoy, aka EMAC) graduated from UCSF with an area of concentration in medical education. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at UC Irvine and subsequently pursued fellowship training in Emergency Medical Services/Disaster medical sciences at UC Irvine while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management at UCLA. He is currently the director of Emergency Medical Services at UC Irvine Medical Center and Director of Simulation Education where he has created both a domestic and international medical simulation fellowship program.

His evidence-based medicine related roles include teaching the fundamentals of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics for UC Irvine School of Medicine and he is an active core faculty in journal club for the Emergency Medicine residency program. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience that span from physics, MCAT preparatory courses, pathophysiology, paramedic courses, ECG workshops, to building educational programs that include his current domestic and international medical simulation fellowships. He has also had the opportunity to design, direct, and deliver a prehospital EMS course overseas incorporating fully immersive simulation. He is excited to bring his experience in teaching to serve the students in the McMaster EBCP workshops.

“My goals for this workshop are to deepen my knowledge base and skill set in EBM, form cooperative-collaborative relationships with professionals who share similar interest, and continue the legacy of EBM and its founders by providing my students a growth environment that will allow them to deepen their understanding of Evidence-Based medicine. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as a tutor and I look forward to seeing you at the McMaster University Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshops!”

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Dr. Arnaud Merglen

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Dr. Arnaud Merglen

Scientist
Department of Pediatrics
University of Geneva

Dr. Arnaud Merglen, MD, MSc, is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. His research interests involve the development and practice of Evidence Based Medicine for prevalent diseases and health protective factors in children and adolescents.

Arnaud completed his Pediatric residency at the Universities of Geneva, and an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He then joined the Academic General Pediatric fellowship & Pediatric Outcome Research Team at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, to broaden his skills in pediatric research and hospital medicine. In 2015, he has a has received a career award and an appointment as scientist and attending pediatrician at the Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland.

Arnaud is actively involved in teaching EBM, skills for difficult conversations with families and decision making based on the best evidence at the bedside.

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Dr. Kameshwar Prasad

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Dr. Kameshwar Prasad

Chair, Department of Neurology &
Director, Clinical Epidemiology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Dr. Kameshwar Prasad is associated with Evidence-Based Medicine since 1992 when he was doing Master of Science (Medical sciences) - Clinical Epidemiology in McMaster University, Canada. He has been a faculty in Evidence-Based Medicine workshops not only in India but also Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Oxford. In addition, Dr. Prasad is a regular faculty in the world famous McMaster University’s “How to Teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice” workshop for last nearly 15 years.

Dr. Prasad has promoted Evidence-Based Medicine through his publications. These include six Cochrane reviews. In fact, Dr. Prasad has been associated with Cochrane collaboration since 1994. He has also published meta-analyses outside Cochrane, as well as editorials and commentaries. Attesting to their considerable clinical importance, a number of Dr. Prasad’s systematic reviews have been abstracted and highlighted by the American College of Physicians Journal Club, Evidence-Based Medicine, Year Book, and a number of specialty journals. Dr. Prasad has also written a textbook entitled Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Medicine. American Medical Journal’s independent reviewer considered this as the best recommended book in the field for practitioners.

Another major contribution to the worldwide advancement of Evidence-Based Medicine has been Dr. Prasad’s idea for what has become the International Society of Evidence-Based Healthcare (ISEHC). The organization is devoted to dissemination of Evidence-Based Medicine and the advancement of Evidence-Based Medicine education. Dr. Prasad developed the group’s constitution, recruited Evidence-Based Medicine leaders worldwide, and provided the impetus and inspiration that made the organization possible. Dr. Prasad and his colleagues in his Clinical Epidemiology Unit of AIIMS, New Delhi organized the Society’s first international conference in New Delhi, India attended by 200 Evidence-Based Medicine enthusiasts from around the world.

Dr. Prasad has been a leading figure in the development of Evidence-Based Medicine. Dr. Prasad has been successful in this regard, effectively utilizing workshops, publications, conference, media relations, work with regulatory bodies, and interactions with deans/directors/principals of institutes and medical colleges to raise the profile of Evidence-Based Medicine and gradually have it established as a fundamental principle of medical practice.

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Dr. Ravishankar Ramaswamy

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Dr. Ravishankar Ramaswamy

Assistant Professor,
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Co-director, Ambulatory Care - Geriatrics Clerkship Program,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Dr. Ravi Ramaswamy received his medical degree from B.J. Medical College, India. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Underwood-Memorial Hospital, NJ, and his Geriatric Medicine fellowship training in the 2-year clinician educator track at Mount Sinai Hospital.

He is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, and Medical Education.

Dr. Ramaswamy has been integrally involved in educating learners at all levels. He is the co-director of the Ambulatory Care – Geriatrics clerkship, a mandatory 6-week rotation for 3rd year medical students.

His clinical work is as a primary care provider at the Martha Stewart Center for Living.

His academic interests include evidence-based medicine, competency-based medical education and falls prevention in the elderly.

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Dr. Scott Richardson

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Dr. Scott Richardson

Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical Education
(Augusta University / University of Georgia Medical Partnership
AU/UGA Medical Partnership)

Dr. Scott Richardson is an academic general internist at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus, in Athens, Georgia, where he is Professor of Medicine and Campus Associate Dean for Medical Education.

His principal scholarly interests are in clinical epidemiology, evidence-based health care and medical education. He is a contributor to the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, 3/e, books and a co-editor/author of the Straus et al book, Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach It 4/e.

Dr. Richardson continues to work on the challenges of integrating evidence into clinical decisions, particularly in evidence-based clinical diagnosis. He is also working to incorporate evidence-based learning into the curriculum for all 4 years at his institution and in medical education at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing).

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Dr. Bill Ristevski

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Dr. Bill Ristevski

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Division of Orthopaedics
McMaster University

Bill Ristevski MD, MSc, FRCS(C) is an Orthopaedic surgeon and Assistant Professor at McMaster University, specializing in trauma and upper extremity reconstruction. He completed his medical training and Masters of Science degree at the University of Toronto.

He serves as the Clinical Teaching Unit Director of Orthopaedics for the medical students at the Hamilton General Hospital and is heavily involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows in the practice of Orthopaedic surgery.

His research interests focus on clinical Orthopaedics. Currently he is investigating via the DRIVSAFE project (Distractions on the Road: Injury eValuation in Surgery and FracturE clinics) orthopaedic injuries resulting from distracted driving.

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Dr. John Stites

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Dr. John Stites

Director of Community Clinics
Palmer College of Chiropractic

Dr. John Stites is a chiropractor and the Director of Community Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He oversees intern education and patient care in a number of clinics.

In addition, he sees patients in a Community Health Center, which provides medical and dental care for underserved populations.

For the past 9 years, he has worked on integrating EBCP concepts throughout the curriculum of his institution. He has developed EBCP programs for chiropractic faculty and practitioners. He is currently organizing the teaching track for a workshop for educators at Complementary and Integrative institutions. This is his eighth trip to McMaster.

Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine
100 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803
E-mail stites_j@palmer.edu

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Dr. Mark Wilson

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Dr. Mark Wilson

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Professor, Internal Medicine
University of Iowa

Mark C. Wilson, MD, MPH is a general internist who came to the University of Iowa in 2004 to direct their graduate medical education efforts, serving as Associate Dean and Associate Hospital Director for GME. He works to improve Program Director effectiveness and the programming and learning environments for 750 resident and fellow physicians by addressing issues that go beyond simply meeting accreditation standards.

His background includes a 3 year fellowship in academic generalism at Johns Hopkins and serving as the Internal Medicine Program Director at Wake Forest University for 11 years. He has been an active member of the international Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group over the past 25 years, making contributions to the popular Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature and the annual ‘How to Teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop’ at McMaster University. His teaching and scholarly contributions emphasize practical integration of EBM into busy clinical settings and overcrowded curricula.

Nationally, he has served on the Council of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, is a past Chair of the AAMC’s Group on Resident Affairs, and has chaired their Advisory Committee to the GME Leadership Development Program. He also recently served on AAMC’s Drafting Panel for Core EPAs to Enter Residency.

His path through academic medicine has been unconventional at times and he’s benefited from wonderful mentorship along the way. He is keen to continue giving back by fostering the growth of others. He maintains a visible presence in inpatient care, loves to teach and engage in clinical decision making at the bedside, and continues as an Associate Program Director because he’s fascinated by the challenges to educate better internists.