Academy for Excellence in Medical Education
The partnership is premised on leveraging different but complementary expertise from each of the schools for the purposes of enhancements and innovations in medical education. DGSOM brings unparalleled expertise in medicine and Ed&IS brings renowned expertise in pedagogy and educational research. And in view of the two schools’ shared values of social justice and service to community, this collaboration affords unparalleled opportunities to further equity, inclusion and diversity in all areas of medical education. Finally, the Academy is an opportunity for DGSOM and SE&IS communities to create a shared dialogue in the field of medical education, informed by personal experience, research, and professional practice.
The Academy is led by co-directors Dr. Clarence Braddock, Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education, DGSOM and Christina (Tina) Christie, Wasserman Dean, Ed&IS and UCLA Professor of Education.
Amy Waterman, Ph.D., professor-in-residence, DGSOM;
Dr. Gerardo Moreno, intermin chair and associate professor of Family Medicine and Director of UCLA PRIME-LA (Program in Medical Education), DGSOM;
Professor Anne Gilliland, professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies;
Professor Noreen Webb, vice chair, UCLA Department of Education; and
Professor Michael Seltzer, UCLA Department of Education.
About The Academy
The Academy for Excellence in Medical Education and its current programs is a precursor to a future collaboration between DGSOM and Ed&IS to create an Institute of Medical Education, with goals that include conducting foundational research at the forefront of medical education; enhancing the teaching and mentoring of medical faculty in the classroom as well as in the clinic; recommending effective evaluation and assessment procedures for DGSOM’s educational goals; expanding and enhancing the effectiveness of health education in schools and communities; and creating and fostering a community of scholars and practitioners in the field of medical education for the creation, dissemination and sharing of research and exemplary practices.
“Medical education is changing, with a renewed need to infuse the science of teaching and learning into all aspects of training future physicians. We must move away from old-fashioned notions such as ‘see one – do one – teach one’ to concepts such as deliberate practice, embodied in simulation-based education, as vital steps to improving the quality and safety of patient care. Through this partnership between two renowned schools, we will pair leading scholars in teaching and learning with a strong spirit of innovation and creativity that is growing in our medical school faculty.”
- DR. BRADDOCK
“Through the partnership between the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies and the David Geffen School of Medicine, we seek to inspire innovative pedagogies and educational research that will positively inform teaching and learning in medical contexts. Uppermost in our minds is that medical education is engaged, it is interactive, and it is dynamic, whether conducted in the classroom or the bedside.
We hope to achieve these ideals by thinking afresh a physician’s role as a student, as a learner, and as a community-engaged partner in Los Angeles. Central to our work is also the ethic of social justice and how medical education research and pedagogy may alleviate long-standing health disparities in the communities we serve. We believe that our efforts in this partnership will also help us think through promising educational practices in nursing, dentistry and other allied health professions.”
- DEAN CHRISTIE