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Eva Aagaard MD, FACP

Personal Mission Statement:

"I have a strong interest in assessing attainment of clinical competency and clinical care outcomes as they relate to educational initiatives.  I conduct research on teaching and medical education. I want to know what kinds of teaching methods and curricula result in better, more informed doctors, and how this impacts the care that patients receive. I am also very interested in how we assess competence in physicians and physicians in training have a special interest in the area of communication as a competence."

Clinical Activities

Attending Physician

-    Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic (UMD Lowry)

-    Acute Care for the Elderly Inpatient Service (UCH)

Areas of Research

Most recent publications can be found here (link to Pub med list)

Current Research Interests

-    Medical Education

-    Competency in physicians and physicians in training

-    Communication skills

-    Faculty development

Ongoing research projects

-    NECTAR: Development and assessment of a competency-based University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences; includes development and assessment of faculty development programs in addition to medical student and MMed Curricula

-    Impact of Duty hours Reform on Medical Student Education

-    Development and evaluation of faculty development programs for teaching, education, communication and leadership

-    Creation of competency-based assessment systems including milestones, competencies, EPAs, and use of various assessment methods including simulation



-    Gold Humanism Honor Society- progressive development of resident and fellow chapters (2013)

-    SGIM-Teaching Education Across the Continuum (TEACH) Certificate Development (2012)

-    SOM - Academy of Medical Educators (2010)

-    MEPI Programmatic Award for the establishment of the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) Program at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. (2010)


Past research projects

-    Palliative Care Faculty Development

-    Improvement in the Education of Residents and Fellows

-    Assess and Address Refugee Health Needs in Denver

-    Implementation and Evaluation of the Transitions in Care Curriculum

Teaching Activities

Areas of Expertise (topics taught within the past 5 years):

-    Faculty Development: TBL, feedback, competencies, clinical teaching, learner assessment, curriculum development

-    IPE Training

-    Integrated Clinician’s Course

-    IM career advising

-    Clinical teaching in the inpatient and outpatient setting


Audiences educated in the past 5 years:

-    Pre-medical students

-    Medical Students (pre-clinical and clinical)

-    Housestaff (Internal Medicine and other)

-    Fellows

-    Faculty


Curriculum Development

-    HEALZ: Health Education Advanced Leadership for Zimbabwe

-    TBL Curriculum for HIV training of Medical Students in Zimbabwe

-    Train the Trainer Faculty Development Program, Zimbabwe



-    MSA Project Mentoring

-    IM Career Advising

-    Lead Advisor for the resident and fellows chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Faculty mentoring locally, nationally and internationally in curriculum development, medical education research and career development

Administrative Activities

Committee and Service Responsibilities:


      -    Member, Society of General Internal Medicine and SGIM Education Committee

      -    Member, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine

      -    Fellow, ACP

      -    Member, AOA

      -    C-Chair, USMLE Step 3 Ambulatory Care Test Materials Development Committee

      -    Chair, Academies Collaborative Steering Committee

      -    Member, ABIM Subspecialty Board



      -    Co-Chair, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Cross Cutting Academic Committee

      -    Member, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Curriculum Committee, MCSP Committee

      -    Director, UZCHS HEALZ Program and Faculty Development Program



      -    Serve as primary contact for divisional educational activities, annual reviews for clinician educators, involvement in budget, leadership and research program committees.     

      -    Member, Excellence in Education Awards Committee, DGIM

      -    Member, GIM Practice Redesign Committee

      -    Member, Budget Committee



      -    Advisor, Internal Medicine Residency Program

      -    Career Advisor and Mentor, Department of Medicine, Medical Student Programs, UCD SOM

      -    Faculty mentor within division and department broadly

      -    Helped develop departmental mentoring program and refugee clinic program


School of Medicine

      -    Chair, Longitudinal Competency Committee

      -    Member, Curriculum Steering Committee

      -    Member, Professionalism Subcommittee and several offshoot committees including the coordinating committee

      -    Chair, Remediation Task Force

      -    Member, Clinical Branch Campus Planning Committee

      -    Member, SOM Budget Committee

      -    Member, Data Warehouse Committee

      -    Member, Advisory College Board

      -    Director, CAPE

      -    Director, Academy of Medical Educator

      -    Associate Dean for Educational Strategy

Institution (University or hospital)

      -    Member, UCH Service Excellence Committee

Volunteer Activities and Community Service

-    Teach and judge for the American Tae Kwon Do Association and ATA Family Martial Arts

      -    Co-leader for Troop 2716, a 7th grade Girl Scout Troop

      -    Gold Humanism Honor Society primary liaison to national Gold chapter and the student chapter

-  Advise on the development of educational activities at the refugee clinic