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CFE Newsletters AY 2023-2024

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April 2023 Newsletter

March 2023 Newsletter

February 2023 Newsletter

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December 2022 Newsletter

November 2022 Newsletter

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July 2022 Newsletter

CFE Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Excellence in teaching & learning, scholarly endeavors, and leadership are all around us at SMHS. The Center for Faculty Excellence would like to Spotlight our faculty and staff contributions to SMHS, George Washington University, and beyond. Each month we spotlight faculty or staff from across the Academic Medical Enterprise. 

Each month the CFE will highlight faculty and/or staff members from across our GW Academic Medical Enterprise. If you (or a colleague) would like the CFE to Spotlight your contributions to SMHS, MFA, and Children's, or GW and beyond, please complete this brief form below to tell us more about it.

SMHS CFE Faculty & Staff Spotlight

June 2024 - Dr. Stephanie Sharps
Dr. Stephanie Sharps

Join the CFE as we highlight Stephanie Sharps, MD, FACP, who discusses the development of the GW Regional Medical Campus at LifeBridge Health (RMC) and future initiatives to provide increased opportunities to medical students. Dr. Sharps also discusses her role as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Regional Medical Campus, and the impact she hopes to have on trainees and the growth of the RMC. Read the full interview here. 

May 2024 - Tom Harrod
Tom Harrod, MLS, MS

Join the CFE as we highlight Tom Harrod, MLS, MS, Associate Director for Reference, Instruction, and Access at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. Tom shares his journey to GWU as a librarian and his many roles at GWSMHS, including serving as a librarian instructor (LI) for the preclinical Practice of Medicine (POM) courses.  He also shares his favorite resources for researchers including the Health Sciences Research Commons, an online scholarly repository. Read the full interview here.

April 2024 - Dr. Sarah Doerrer
Dr. Sarah Doerrer

Join the CFE as we highlight Sarah Doerrer, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT. In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month. Sarah will highlight the GW Occupational Therapy program and her journey within the field. Sarah also discusses her research interests, current initiatives to create communities of practice, and her commitment to developing thoughtful and empathetic occupational therapists. Read the full interview here.

March 2024 - Jalina Booker

March 2024 Staff Spotlight

Jalina Booker, BS, MS, Program Manager of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Join the CFE as we highlight Jalina Booker, BS, MS, who discusses her roles as the Diversity Officer and Program Manager of the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Jalina oversees many programs within the office, including the DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP) and the GW SMHS Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC). Jalina highlights the future of the office and the importance of investing in education in the future of the healthcare field. 
February 2024 - Dr. Andrew Choi
February 2024 Faculty Spotlight
Andrew Choi
Join the CFE as we highlight Andrew D. Choi, MD, FACC, MSCCT, who discusses his journey and role within the Division of Cardiology as the Co-Director of Multimodality Cardiac Imaging and clinical lead for the GW Lipid Program. Andrew highlights his recent panel discussion on Staying Heart Healthy and the future of the field of cardiology. 
January 2024 - Tayla Beckles
January 2024 Staff Spotlight
Tayla Beckles, CFE Program Associate
Join the CFE as we highlight Tayla Beckles, who discusses her role as the Program Associate of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Tayla is an integral part of all of the CFE’s operations and our four main pillars. Tayla is also one of the 2024 Academic Medical Enterprise Staff Excellence Award winners!
November 2023 - Dr. Simranjeet Sran
November 2023 Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Simran S. Sran, MD, MEd, CHSE, FAAP
Join the CFE as we highlight Simranjeet (Simran) S. Sran, MD, MEd, CHSE, FAAP, who discusses his journey within Neonatology and his role as a Co-Director within the Practices of Medicine (POM) course, his leadership as the Director of Education for the Simulation Program at Children’s National Hospital, and his research interest in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Interprofessional Education (IPE).
October 2023 - Dr. Aaron Henry, National Physician Assistant (PA) Week
October 2023 Faculty Spotlight - Aaron Henry, MSHS, PA-C
Aaron Henry, MSHS, PA-C
Join the CFE as we highlight Aaron Henry, MSHS, PA-C, in honor of National Physician Assistant (PA) Week. Aaron discusses his journey to academia and his coaching and research interest in men’s health, specifically black male health disparities. Throughout his efforts here at GW, Aaron embodies the meaning of National PA Week, PAs Go Beyond!
October 2023 - Dr. Erin Wentzell, National Physical Therapy (PT) Month
October 2023 Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Erin Wentzell
Erin Wentzell PT, DPT, DrPH

Join the CFE as we highlight Erin Wentzell PT, DPT, DrPH, In honor of the National Physical Therapy Month. Erin will highlight the “Value of PT” through her efforts at GWSMHS and her recently funded project, "Classroom Without Walls: Investigating learning in students, faculty, and participants during a community engaged mobility screening." Erin discusses her role as a pediatric physical therapist, her involvement within the GW Medical Enterprise community, and the impact she hopes her research will have on community public health and the development of students.

September 2024 - Dr. David Leitenberg
September 2023 Faculty Spotlight - Dr. David Leitenberg
Dr. David Leitenberg, MD, PhD

Join the CFE as we highlight David Leitenberg, MDPhD, who discusses his journey within Immunology and Clinical Pathology, and how he blends his teaching and research interests inside and outside the classroom. He details his role as the Director of Medical Student Research, where he advocates for students to pursue research broadly, and discusses funding mechanisms for scholarly activities.  He also outlines the structure of the Scholarly Concentrations and his role as Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Research concentration. 

2022-2023 Faculty Spotlights
October 2022 Faculty Spotlight
Maram Alkhatib, MD and Zareen Zaidi, MD, PhD October 2022 Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Maram Alkhatib and Dr. Zareen Zaidi American Medical Association funded project, “Unpacking the stranger: Xenophobic Experiences of Arab Women in Academic Medicine.” Maram and Zareen discuss their project, the importance of mentoring, and how they received the AMA Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women grant. Read the full interview here.

November 2022 Faculty Spotlight
Brandon Beattie, November 2022 Faculty Spotlight

Join the CFE as we highlight Brandon Beattie, who discusses his journey from US Army Medic to practicing Physician Assistant, and now Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Brandon shares his unique perspectives in teaching, training, and his passion for reducing barriers for fellow veterans and underrepresented minorities through holistic admissions procedures. Read the full interview here.

December 2022 Faculty Spotlight
Melissa Carroll, PhD MS, December Faculty Spotlight

Join the CFE as we highlight Dr. Melissa Carroll, who discusses her current projects and research that is both identifying the lack of representation and diversity in medical and health education, but also providing solutions and resources for diverse anatomical illustrations. Dr. Carroll discusses her evolution as an anatomist and advocate for inclusive teaching and practices. She is the recipient of two major funding initiatives from the American Association of Anatomy (AAA) - Portfolios of People: Advancing Anatomical Representation Together (POP AART) and the Global Neuroanatomy Network (GNN). Read our full interview with Dr. Carroll here.

January 2023 Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Lisa Schwartz, January 2023 Faculty Spotlight, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences

Join the CFE as we highlight Dr. Lisa Schwartz who discusses her professional journey from clinical work in Genetic Counseling to teaching in higher education and involvement in education research. Lisa shares her upcoming initiatives within GW and SMHS and provides insight into her Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), for a grant titled “An Exploration of Genetic Counselors’ Professional Identity." Read our full interview with Dr. Schwartz here.

February 2023 Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Priti Bhansali, MD,  Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Join the CFE as we highlight Dr. Priti Bhansali, who discusses her journey to working as a Pediatric Hospitalist and insight into the groups she leads that provide support and resources around teaching, learning, and scholarship. Dr. Bhansali provides insight into the field of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and her role as the Director of the Children's Academy of Pediatric Educators (CAPE) and how this group supports the scholarship of Pediatric faculty. Read our full interview with Dr. Bhansali here.

March 2023 Faculty Spotlight
 Dr. Raymond Pla, MD an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Join the CFE as we highlight Dr. Raymond Pla, MD an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, who discusses his academic and professional journey to Anesthesia. Raymond grounds his clinical service, and approaches to teaching learners through the lens of the principlism model of bioethics. He details the importance of ethical principles in being an advocate for patients and communities through roles on the Hospital Ethics Committee and his excitement in the new partnership between the hospital and SMHS over in Southeast DC. Read the full interview here.

May 2023 Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Marie Borum, MD, EdD, MPH, MACP, FACG, AGAF, FRCP, Professor of Medicine and Director of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases

Join the CFE as we highlight Marie Borum, MD, EdD, MPH, who discusses her professional and academic journey to her current position as Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Director of the Gastroenterology fellowship, and Professor of Medicine. She details her outlook on the future of advances of the division as well as the foundational elements for providing excellent clinical service, training future physicians, and developing faculty. Read the full interview here.

June 2023 Faculty Spotlight - Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt

Join the CFE as we highlight LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, MPH, who discusses her role as Senior Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity and the Executive Director of the Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity (CPHSHE) and her work within the GW and DC communities. Dr. Nesbitt discusses her journey and future goals for incorporating discussions of population health and health equities to understand better the communities we serve and train future medical leaders. She also discusses the importance of mentoring in her own career and leadership development. Read the full interview here.

June 2023 Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Julie Bauman
Dr. Julie Bauman

Join the CFE as we highlight Julie Bauman, MD, MPH, who discusses her role as the Director of the GW Cancer Center and her journey within Medical Oncology, academic medicine, and leadership. Dr. Bauman also discusses her goals for the future of the center and gives advice to others who are interested in developing as leaders. Read the full interview here.

June 2023 Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Anisha Abraham
Dr. Anisha Abraham

Join the CFE as we highlight Anisha Abraham, MD, MPH, who discusses her global career journey and current roles as Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Director of the Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abraham also speaks about prevalent issues facing the health and wellness of young people and her Division's continued partnerships with the broader community to navigate these challenges. Read the full interview here.