2018 Regional Meeting




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Dr. Peter J. Ward  

Dr. Peter Ward grew up in Casper, Wyoming before attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Biology. In 1998, he began graduate school at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. During his M.S. and Ph.D. years, Dr. Ward served as a graduate teaching assistant in human gross anatomy, medical histology, medical neuroscience, veterinary anatomy, veterinary histology and veterinary neuroscience. He was recognized as the department’s outstanding teaching assistant, received the Purdue University distinguished teaching assistant award, the Purdue graduate school excellence in teaching award, and was inducted into the Purdue Teaching Academy as an associate fellow. Dr. Ward’s doctoral research investigated the approaches to study used by students in a veterinary anatomy class, and how those approaches affected their academic success and recall.

In 2005, Dr. Ward graduated and accepted a position as assistant professor of anatomy at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. At WVSOM, Dr. Ward has contributed to teaching gross anatomy, histology, embryology, neuroscience, history of medicine, and musculoskeletal courses. He also developed a 4th year anatomy elective that allows students to return to the anatomy laboratory and conduct a focused research project prior to starting their residency. Dr. Ward also served as course director for gross anatomy before the school moved to a longitudinal, presentation-based curriculum in 2012. From 2011-2017, he was chair of the WVSOM curriculum committee, which oversaw the transition to the new curriculum. At WVSOM he has received the Atlas Club Golden Key Award, the Osteopathic Principles and Practices Integration Faculty Teaching Award, and the President’s Award of Faculty Excellence. Dr. Ward also teaches anatomy to Physician Assistant students at the University of Charleston and was selected as the University of Charleston PA program adjunct faculty member of the year four times. In 2016, Dr. Ward was selected as the winner of the Basmajian award from our sister society, the American Association of Anatomists. In 2017, Dr. Ward had the honor of being selected as one of the five finalists for the West Virginia Professor of the Year.

Dr. Ward’s educational research program uses qualitative and quantitative methods to characterize how student approaches to study affect their achievement and recall of basic science course material. He has published his findings in Clinical Anatomy, Anatomical Sciences Education, and other journals dedicated to anatomy and education. Dr. Ward also mentors students in developing and researching topics related to clinical anatomy, leading to publications in the Journal of Anatomy, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and Clinical Anatomy. He recently contributed anatomy, histology, embryology, and neuroanatomy content to the three volumes of The Netter Collection: The Digestive System, 2nd Ed.

In addition to service on institutional committees at WVSOM, Dr. Ward coordinates dissection-based anatomy retreats for faculty and students from Japanese Osteopathic schools, and is the director of the WVSOM plastination laboratory. Dr. Ward has also served the AACA as an at-large member of the AACA council, chair and member of the Educational Affairs Committee, member of the Brand Promotion and Outreach committee, chair of the ad hoc strategic planning committee, and is currently AACA association secretary.

Outside of work, Dr. Ward is extremely lucky to be the husband of Sarah Koressel, D.V.M. and the father of two wonderful but exhausting 5-year-old sons.

Dr. Kirsten Brown 

Dr. Kirsten Brown (@DrKirtyBrown) is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Regenerative Biology and has been a faculty member since 2011.  She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2011, and her MEd from the George Washington School of Medicine in 2018.  Kirsten is the Director of Gross Anatomy, overseeing all of the anatomy-related educational programs for various student populations at the medical school.  She is medical education researcher and collaborates on projects that involve analyzing student performance and learning in the anatomical sciences.  She has published on a variety of anatomy education-focused topics, including several meta-analyses on anatomy pedagogies and on anatomy knowledge retention.  In the past few years, Kirsten has become a strong advocate for social media use as a means to promoting one’s academic brand an engage with students. She serves as one of the Social Media Representatives for the AAA meetings and is a regular contributor to the @AskAnatomist Twitter chat. She's currently exploring the efficacy of social media-based instructional approaches in medical gross anatomy.  In addition to her research interests, she teaches in the anatomical sciences, including human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. She is the co-block director for the Musculoskeletal (MSK) block of the GWSMHS medical curriculum. She also oversees the longitudinal incorporation of gross anatomy through the other premedical blocks, and serves as the anatomy content lead for several other blocks.  Her passion for medical education and efforts for anatomy have not gone unnoticed by peers, colleagues, and students, as she is the past recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award and two Golden Apple Teaching Awards. 

Dr. Carrie Chen 

As associate dean for assessment and educational scholarship, Carrie Chen, MD, PhD, is working to ensure that students have had a positive experience during their time at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Inspired by her experiences in medical education, Carrie Chen, MD, PhD, has studied learning experiences and the assessment of learning. As associate dean for assessment and educational scholarship, Chen is helping the School of Medicine continue developing a medical school experience that both supports and educates students.

As a medical student, Chen sought a residency program known for its teaching. After becoming chief resident, one of the things that Chen was able to influence was the absence policy. Recalling an incident where a fellow resident was told that she couldn’t take a day off to be with her husband when he was having surgery, “my co-chief residents and I decided that is not who we want to be and that is not how medicine should be,” she said. Chen and the other co-chief residents created a coverage system with a cushion in case residents needed time off.

One of the reasons Chen came to Georgetown was the opportunity to support the growth of medical education research among students and faculty. Medical students who are interested in learning more about academic medicine can pursue the Medical Education Research Scholar track, which exposes them to the scholarship of teaching and learning in a medical/clinical setting.

In her medical education research, Chen has studied entrustable professional activities (EPAs), which are one way to assess medical trainees’ ability to integrate the different skills and knowledge. Under an EPA framework, those assessing learners focus on what tasks a learner should be able to do and whether they would entrust a learner to accomplish those tasks.

The new School of Medicine curriculum supports medical students through their professional identity formation, something very few medical schools are doing, Chen said.

Part of professional identity formation involves helping medical students become more comfortable making mistakes and asking questions, which can be very difficult for medical students, many of whom are high achievers, Chen said.

Dr. Aaron Saguil 

Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH, FAAFP serves as the Associate Dean for Recruitment and Admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine - America’s Medical School - in Bethesda, Maryland.  Dr. Saguil is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and is on the faculty of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He is the Vice Chair of the AAMC’s MCAT Validity Committee, a contributing editor to the American Family Physician, and immediate past chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Continuing Professional Development.

Dr. Saguil received his BA in Chemistry from Duke University, his MD from the University of Florida College Of Medicine, and his MPH from the University of Washington. He has deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Chief of Primary Care for the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan; his actions in theater were recognized with the Bronze Star and the Canadian Chief of Defense Staff Commendation.  His other awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Army Commendation Medal with OLC, and the Army Achievement Medal with 4 OLC.