Carol Hodgson, PhD, Associate Dean of Medical Curriculum and Evaluation, and Chair of the Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA), is involved in the oversight of a regional funding initiative for mentored research in medical education. Her own research centers on professionalism, professional burn-out, cancer curricula, and she is a national leader in medical school curricular reform.
Mark Earnest, MD, PhD, is co-Principal Investigator on the LEAD project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This is the first-of-its-kind program to develop and evaluate a leadership and advocacy curriculum for medical students. Selected students will receive didactic instruction and participate in an advocacy internship within a community-based organization that addresses the health needs of a specific population. Dr. Earnest also sustains an ongoing research program oriented around access to care and quality-of-life in chronic lung disease.
Brian Dwinnell, MD, Director of the Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum, concentrates on developing and evaluating new methods for teaching physical exam skills.
Ravi Gopal, MD, is carrying out a longitudinal study of burnout among medical residents before and after institution of the 80-hour work week. Related research efforts are centered on the effects of resident work hours on quality of care.
Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, Director of Hospital Medicine, has been developing a hospitalist training program for residents and is leading efforts to incorporate quality improvement and outcomes measurement as a key aspects of hospitalism.
Suzanne Brandenburg, MD, Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program is focused on residency education and on efforts to increase the presence of primary care physicians in rural settings.