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TLC Leadership

Director

  • Janet Hafler

    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

  • John Encandela

    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.

  • Michael Green

    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

  • Dorothy DeBernardo

    Manager

    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.

  • 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.

  • Linda Sarro

    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

  • Dana Dunne

    TLC Associate for Educator Development

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); GME Director, Educator Development, Department of Medicine; Associate, Teaching and Learning Center; Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship, Internal Medicine Clerkship; Associate Chair for Education and Academic Affairs, Internal Medicine

    Dana was certified by the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers in 2014 and began her role as a TLC Associate for Clinical Teaching Educator Development. Her focus is working with clinical educators in the non-surgical specialties. The course she leads is offered in five to seven modules which include topics such as learning climate, communication of goals, promotion of understanding and retention, feedback, etc. Faculty interested in attending or receiving more information may contact Dana directly.

  • Viji Kurup

    TLC Associate for Clinical Teaching Educator Development

    Professor; Vice Chair for Medical Education, Anesthesiology; Division Chief, Medical Education

    Viji was certified by the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers in 2018 and began her role as a TLC Associate for Clinical Teaching Educator Development. Her focus is working with clinical educators in the surgical specialties. The course she leads is offered in five to seven modules which include topics such as learning climate, communication of goals, promotion of understanding and retention, feedback, etc. Faculty interested in attending or receiving more information may contact Viji directly. 

  • Rachel Liu

    Associate for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Educator Development

    Associate Professor Term; Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education for YSM

    In 2019 Rachel Liu joined the TLC as our Associate for Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Educator Development. Rachel brings her expertise in Point-of-Care Ultrasound education to medical educators at Yale. She focuses on designing curricula and implementing the use of ultrasound in basic, physical and clinical science teaching to medical students. Rachel is offering courses on Point-of-Care Ultrasound for faculty with the goal of introducing educators to teaching trainees using POCUS. If you are interested in attending a POCUS course with Rachel or want more information, please contact her directly.

  • Andrés S Martin

    Director of the Standardized Patient Program

    Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital; Director, Standardized Patient Program, Teaching and Learning Center; Director of Medical Studies, Yale Child Study Center, Child Study Center

    As Director of the Standardized Patient Program, Andrés oversees the work of standardized patients (SPs) in the teaching of Yale Medical, Nursing and PA students as well as resident and other YNHH programs. He works with faculty to write cases for SP scenarios, working and overseeing the training and development of the actors in the Program. He works closely with Barbara Hildebrand, who manages the SP Program. Together with her exceptional knowledge and expertise in working with faculty from all areas of the Medical and Nursing schools they develop interactive programs and contribute to student curriculum development.

  • Peter Takizawa

    TLC Associate for Educator Development

    Assistant Professor of Cell Biology; Director, Medical Studies

    In his role as TLC Associate for Educator Development, Pete primarily assists faculty in enhancing their lectures, creating exciting new lectures and converting existing content from lecture into interactive pedagogies. One such interactive pedagogy on which he works closely with educators is team based learning (TBL). This format requires developing content specifically created for TBL learning, understanding the various ways to present learning in this format and practice in how to facilitate the session. When YSM redesigned their curriculum, one outcome was to greatly increase the use of TBL and interactive learning in medical student education. He consults with faculty to work together to create and deliver effective and inspiring interactive education experiences for our students. Pete is available to consult or answer any questions at the contact information above.

  • Thilan Wijesekera

    TLC Associate for Clinical Reasoning Educator Development

    Assistant Professor; Director of Clinical Reasoning, Yale School of Medicine; Section Leader of Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience, Yale School of Medicine

    In 2019, Thilan accepted the role of TLC Associate for Clinical Reasoning Educator Development. His focus is working with YSM educators in enhancing their skills in teaching clinical reasoning to all levels of trainees. From observations to workshops to curricula, Thilan works closely with leaders in medical education to design educator development programs to meet the specific needs of the department and trainees. If you are interested in connecting with Thilan, email him at the contact information above.