University of South Alabama


Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education - This course provides those involved in educating members of the health professions an asynchronous, interdisciplinary, and interactive way to obtain, expand, and improve their teaching skills. These skills can then be applied within their own professional context, with a variety of learners, extending across many stages.

January 10, 2014

USA College of Medicine

Jeanette Calli, M.S., Program Manager

Association of American Medical Colleges

Jeannette Calli is the Program Manager for Careers in Medicine at the AAMC. She is the primary contact for medical schools about the program, serving as a consultant to student affairs staff and medical school faculty. She serves as the trainer for the program presenting workshops about Careers in Medicine and advising skills, and is the editor of the Choices newsletter. She also has responsibility for development of the web site and the print publications for the program. Ms. Calli has a Master’s degree in higher education with a concentration in career development and counseling. She has worked in career development and student affairs for over 15 years.

The AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) program was developed to inform and assist medical students in career planning using a four-phase process of self-understanding, career exploration, specialty choice, and getting into residency. This session will provide faculty with a foundation for working with students on career and specialty decisions. We will present the philosophy of Careers in Medicine and introduce valuable resources and skills to assist faculty in providing sound career advice to students. We will also introduce the robust CiM web site, which allows interactive learning and provides extensive career and specialty information.

The workshop will entail a combination of didactic and experiential small group activities that focus on career planning in medical schools and advising students on their specialty choice.  Didactic presentations of the CiM program andcareer advising will lead into exercises focused on improving participants’ advising skills.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies of advising scenarios as well as provide feedback to each other on common student dilemmas.  Participants will also be able to share and explore some of their more difficult advising experiences as well as gain new resources to assist them with their advising responsibilities.

Medical Student Career Advising:  Helping Students Find their Fit

October 3, 2013
Dr. Marc Nivet, Chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
Presenting Two Lectures in October
Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: From Fairness to Excellence
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
USA Medical Center, Conference Center
8:00 am to 9:00 am
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion:  A Means to Excellence in Academia
Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series
USA, College of Medicine Auditorium (MSB, Main Campus)
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
In his role as chief diversity officer, Dr. Nivet is a source of strategic vision for all AAMC diversity activities. The initiatives undertaken by Dr. Nivet and the association’s diversity policy and programs department are crafted to increase diversity in medical education and advance health care equity. The AAMC also provide assistance to medical schools and teaching hospitals with their diversity goals. Dr. Nivet is an expert in promoting cultural competence and equity in higher education and in community-oriented public forums.  Dr. Nivet holds an Ed.D. degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and an M.S. degree in higher education and student development from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Dr. Nivet earned his B.A. degree in communications studies from Southern Connecticut State University.
June 28, 2013
The Division of Medical Education will be conducting a workshop on  Friday, June 28, 2013 in the Active Learning Center from 9:00 a.m. until  12:00 p.m.  The workshop will focus on curriculum integration with  faculty providing an overview on areas within the curriculum that have  and have not worked, as well as areas that need to be improved upon, during the 2012-2013 Academic Year.
October 10, 2012
USA College of Medicine, Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence
Presents Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Director of the Minority Faculty Development Program
Harvard University
Diversity Inclusion:  Building Capacity for ExcellenceAllie
Allied Health Auditorium (AHP 1012, Main Campus)
4 p.m. to 5 p.m
June 18, 2012
USA College of Medicine Welcomes AOA Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecturer
Presenting Two Lectures in June

Molly Cooke, M.D. FACP, Professor of Medicine, holds the William G. Irwin Endowed Chair as Director of The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cooke has been active in medical education program development throughout her career. An awardee of HRSA funding for the “Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum,” she served as the founding director of "Foundations of Patient Care,” an innovative six-quarter, preceptorship-based course for first- and second-year medical students.
Dr. Cooke has taught in the Parnassus Integrated Student Clinical Experiences (PISCES) since its inception and advises a research group that is studying longitudinal integrated clinical experiences at three sites nationally to replace the conventional third year of medical school. A distinguished teacher, Dr. Cooke has twice received the Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award as well as a UCSF Academic Senate Award for Distinction in Teaching. In 2006, she was awarded the AOA/Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and in 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award in Education from the Society for General Internal Medicine.
During her career, she has received numerous honors and awards for her work in medical education and medicine. As a Senior Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she co-directed a national study of medical education. This work culminated in the text, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, The book was co-authored with Drs. David Irby and Bridget O’Brien, and published in June 2010 by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.
Dr. Cooke has advised the AMA, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the AAMC on clinical care and ethical and policy issues in the HIV epidemic, and was a founding co-director of the AIDS Task Force of the Society for General Internal Medicine. She was a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 2004 and has been repeatedly selected by her peers as one of “America’s Best Doctors.” Governor of the Northern California chapter of the American College of Physicians from 2004 to 2009, she completed a term as Chair of the Board of Governors in April 2010 and currently serves as a Regent of the College.
Dr. Cooke received B.S. and M.D. degrees at Stanford University. She did a residency in internal medicine at University of California at San Francisco, and served as chief resident and a Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow. She is an active member of various professional organizations including Society for General Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians (Fellow 1986), HIV Medical Association, Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, Physicians for Human Rights, American Educational Research Association, and American Medical Education. In addition, she has served on the editorial board of Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, HIV Newsline, and Internal Medicine. Currently, she serves on the editorial board for MedScape medical student site, and has been an Ad Hoc Reviewer for several journals including Academic Medicine, AIDS, American Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Her two AOA Visiting Professorship lectures are scheduled on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: “The Physicians of 2030: We Are Training Them Now, Are We Doing It Right?” and “The New Professionalism,” from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. in the USAMC Richards Room.
All COM faculty members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Susan LeDoux, Associate Dean for Medical Education in the College of Medicine at 460-6762 or or visit the College of Medicine website:
February 28 & 29, 2012

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine will host two workshops featuring representatives from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Both workshops will be held at the College of Medicine Learning Center adjacent to the Baugh Biomedical Library.
The first workshop, titled "MedEdPORTAL: Advancing Learning Through Educational Scholarship," took place Feb. 28, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The workshop provided an overview of the educational scholarship framework that supports MedEdPORTAL, a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for medical and oral health teaching materials. In addition, the workshop provided a walk through of the author submission experience and a website demonstration.
The second workshop, titled "Preparing Materials for Submission," took place Feb. 29, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The workshop guided participants through the process of preparing their materials for the MedEdPORTAL copyright/patient privacy screening and peer review process.
The workshops were presented by Emily Novinskie, managing editor of MedEdPORTAL, and Matt Matarozza, staff editor of MedEdPORTAL.
Novinskie joined AAMC in 2008 as the quality control specialist for MedEdPORTAL. As the quality control specialist, she was responsible for screening MedEdPORTAL submissions for potential copyright and patient privacy violations.Currently, Novinskie serves as the managing editor and works closely with the MedEdPORTAL director, editor-in-chief and peer review staff to ensure the goals for the online publication service are met. She oversees the peer review process and manages 30 associate editors and over 800 peer reviewers.Prior to joining the MedEdPORTAL team, Novinskie received her B.S. degree in biology from Villanova University and earned her M.P.H. degree in healthcare management and policy from Drexel University.
Matarozza is responsible for the entire life cycle of a publication, conducting the copyright screening, ferrying it through peer review, and publishing the resource online. Before joining the MedEdPORTAL team, Matarozza spent several years as a professional journalist, serving as editor on trade publications and online newsletters.
MedEdPORTAL is an open educational resource and publication service provided by AAMC in partnership with the American Dental Education Association. MedEdPORTAL's mission is to promote educational scholarship and collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of high quality, peer reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources.
November 2011

Brenda C. Litchfield, PhD
is Professor of the Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She graduated from Florida State University with a PhD in Instructional Systems. She taught science and grades K - 12 for 11 years and currently teaches educational psychology, project coordination, instructional learning theories, and design and development of training courseware at the graduate level. She received her BS in Elementary Education from The University of Florida, her MS in science education from the University of North Florida. She is active in environmental education and has directed the development of several activity projects for the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and state environmental organizations. She was instrumental in establishing the faculty development program at her university and continues to conduct seminars and training sessions for university and public school teachers. In 2006 she received the College of Education’s award Excellence in Teaching as well as the University of South Alabama’s Teaching Award. In 2010, she received the College of Education’s award for Innovation in Teaching. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar and is teaching at the University of Macau, China. Her areas of interest and research are teacher training, motivation, and environmental education.
October 2011

Dr. Dean Parmelee
is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, USA.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed residencies in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  For the past decade, he has been devoted to improving medical education and has conducted over 60 workshops at US and international medical schools on curriculum design and Team-Based Learning.
Dr. Parmelee has edited four textbooks, authored or co-authored over thirty peer-reviewed articles on child and adolescent psychiatry, psychoanalysis, medical ethics, pediatrics, and medical education, including “Professional Formation:Extending Medicine’s Lineage of Service Into the Next Century” in the Flexner Centenary Issue of Academic Medicine in 2010. 
In addition to being a Life Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, he has been a visiting professor/scholar in medical education at the Duke/NUS, Singapore, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, American University of Beirut, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Sharjah, UAE, and the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.  He has also served as Plenary Speaker for faculty development at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. 
Dr. Parmalee’s workshops entitled, “Team-Based Learning 101” and “How to Create an Effective TBL Module”, were held on October 19th and 20th, 2011.
July 2011

Franklin Trimm, III, MD
, is Professor, Vice Chair and Residency Program Director in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Trimm received a B.A. degree in religion from Southern Missionary College. He earned the M.D. degree and completed his residency at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
Medical education has been a primary practical and scholarly activity for Dr. Trimm for the past 25 years. He has presented more than 25 workshops nationally on medical education. Among his current professional activities, he chairs the Education Committee for the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Task Force for Learning Technologies for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. He is co-editor of PREP DBPeds, the national Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Review and Education Program. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for Academic Medicine, and Journal of the Academic Pediatric Association.  He is a member of the Pediatric Review Committee of the ACGME and serves on the Project Team of the Educational Guidelines for Pediatric Residency Education, a curriculum system used by more than 90% of pediatric residencies in the US and co-author of two related publications in Academic Medicine.

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