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TLC Leadership

Director

  • Director

    Thank you for your interest in Yale School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). The Center was established in 2012 to promote and support excellence in medical education. We recognize that our teaching faculty are the critical foundation of medical education at Yale. Our mission is to enhance the work of our faculty in their teaching, curriculum development, assessment, scholarship and medical education research. 

    The Teaching and Learning Center has expertise in numerous areas of medical education including: research, scholarship, educator development, assessment (student, faculty and curriculum) and learning technology. You are welcome to attend our events, conferences and educator development programs, many of which are described on our website. We are available to help you in many ways including developing a new program, enhancing your teaching skills or assessment skills, designing a medical education research project and developing your scholarship or mentoring, to name a few. Private meetings are available to provide feedback and consultation to explore how to meet your educational and learning goals. We want to be as helpful to you as possible. Please let us know about your work in medical education and how we can be of service to you. We look forward to working with you.

Leadership

  • Associate Director for Curriculum and Educator Assessment

    As Associate Director for Curriculum and Educator Assessment, I work closely with medical education leadership and committees in designing and implementing a plan to assess and evaluate the medical school curriculum and quality of teaching. I am a resource for departments and faculty in:

    • Identifying, tailoring and implementing the best, most appropriate methods and instruments for curriculum and educator assessment.
    • Training faculty in the application of these methods and instruments.
    • Analyzing and synthesizing assessment and evaluation information for stakeholders of medical education.
    • Liaising with outside experts and resources around curriculum and educator assessment and providing the Yale medical community with state-of-the-art information.

    I will enjoy the opportunity to talk with you. Please feel free to email or call me.

  • Associate Director for Student Assessment

    I oversee assessment of students’ clinical competence throughout the medical school curriculum. In particular, my role includes:

    • Developing a programmatic assessment system that tracks students’ development within a competency framework, provides meaningful information for learning and improvement and certifies students’ readiness for graduation and residency training.
    • Ensuring that students receive timely, longitudinal and meaningful formative feedback and support in guided self-assessment and reflection.
    • Supporting curriculum leaders in their development, implementation and evaluation of  assessment strategies and interpretation of assessment data. 
    • Interpreting examination item analyses and revising or rejecting poorly performing questions. 
    • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting medical school-wide assessment data to guide curriculum evaluation and refinement.
    • Offering faculty development programs in assessment in medical education.
    • Providing individual consultation and mentorship to students, residents and faculty in their medical education scholarship. 
    • Chairing the Clinical Skills Assessment Committee, overseeing the pre-clerkship and clerkship OSCEs and remediating poorly performing students.
    • Leading YSM’s participation the American Association of Medical Colleges national Core Entrustable Professional Activity Pilot.
    • Representing Yale School of Medicine on matters of assessment to key local and national stakeholders and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

    If you would like to contact me, I am available by email or phone.

  • Associate Director for Technology Services

    As the Associate Director for Technology Services I look forward to providing consultation to YSM's learning community about a wide range of topics pertaining to digital technology as it applies to medical education.  My areas of expertise include: application development, mobile computing, e-learning systems, augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), survey design, data analysis and educational videos.

    I look forward to our discussions, contributing to the enhancement of the curriculum and your development as an educator by applying the latest technology where it is appropriate.

    Please email or call me anytime.

TLC Administrative Staff

  • Associate Director for Operations

    The Teaching and Learning Center is aptly abbreviated TLC because of the care we take to ensure that our educators receive the support they require to enhance their teaching and inspire their learners. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing educational expertise, programs and individual consultation in educator development, assessment (student, faculty and program) and educational technology. In my role as manager, I oversee all our programs and educational activities. I enjoy working with my colleagues to be certain excellence is in everything we bring to the medical education community.

    Please call or email me if you have any questions about how we may be able to help you. I am delighted to assist you.

  • Assessment Program Manager

    In my role as Assessment Program Manager, I work closely with TLC Associate Directors, Dr. John Encandela and Dr. Michael Green, in planning and implementing programs to assess students, educators, the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) curriculum and other school programs. Together we collaborate with YSM leadership, faculty and staff to develop new and innovative approaches to assessment for teaching and learning. 

    I also work with my TLC colleagues on other projects including:Collecting, analyzing and reporting assessment data for TLC programs such as our educator development sessions, etc.

    • Managing the Poster Session for Medical Education Day at Yale.
    • Managing the teaching awards given to educators at the Yale School of Medicine Commencement.

    Please feel free to contact me via phone or email and I will be happy to assist you.

  • Program Manager

    At the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) I am fortunate to work with talented and creative faculty and staff with a core mission dedicated to training and mentoring educators and having a direct impact on students’ learning outcomes. In my role as Program Manager at the TLC, I enjoy interacting with faculty from all areas of Yale Medical and Nursing schools developing interactive programs and contributing to student curriculum development. Primarily, I am responsible for the Standardized Patient (SP) Program, which utilizes actors to portray patients with various chief concerns and case scenarios in a standardized format. In these sessions trainees may practice interview techniques and communication skills in a safe teaching environment. I also manage the Teaching Summary Letter Program for senior faculty who are being presented for promotion. If you have specific questions or want more information about our SP program or the Teaching Summary Letter Program, please feel free to reach out so I may assist you. I would be delighted to help you.

  • Manager for Educator Development

    In my role as Manager for Educator Development, I oversee programs to enhance education for all of the departments at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) as well as a diverse range of Yale New Haven Hospital interprofessional health care providers. 

    I will highlight a few of these programs:

    • The Medical Education Fellowship, a year-long interactive course where participants have the opportunity to read educational literature, discuss principles of learning and create an educational project. Their work is presented at the Poster Session at Medical Education Day at Yale when they graduate as Fellows.
    • Clinical Teaching Educator Development Program, a series of small-group educational sessions for faculty and residents designed to develop their skills as teachers in clinical settings.
    • The Humanism in Teaching Interprofessional Education Program, a longitudinal program led by interprofessional facilitators to bring health care team professionals including Physicians, PAs, Nurses, Social Workers, etc. together to enhance their humanistic approach to patient care.
    • Educator Development Sessions on a wide variety of topics including clinical reasoning, observation and feedback, educational scholarship, effective teaching, lecturing and small group facilitation, to name a few. These sessions, which are designed constructed to meet the specific needs of the attendees, are often taught by TLC faculty as well as YSM leaders in medical education. They are CME accredited.

    I would be delighted to help you or answer any questions you might have about educator development programs either that we currently provide or one that you are interested in creating. Please email or call me at the contact information above.

TLC Faculty Associates