AACA Election Candidates

AACA Election Candidates

 

The 2021 AACA Election Candidates and their Statements are available for review. Please review the candidate roster before May 1, 2021.

The AACA Election Ballot will be sent out via e-mail on Saturday, May 1st to all active members (Affiliate, Honored, Regular, and Senior). The subject line of the email will say "AACA Election Ballot Open - Voting will end on May 21st at 11:45 PM Eastern." This communication will contain a link to the ballot and each member will be provided with a unique code to enter in prior to voting. If you do not receive the ballot on May 1, 2021, or if you have questions, please contact AACA HQ for assistance. 

President (you may vote for one)
 
Councilor-at-Large (you may vote for two)
Mary Bee
Kathleen Bubb
Yasmin Carter
Erin Fillmore
Joe Iwanaga

Program Secretary (you may vote for one)
Jennifer Burgoon

Proposed Bylaws Updates (you may vote yes, no, or to abstain)

 

President (you may vote for one)

Eustathia Lela Giannaris (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Biography: Lela Giannaris, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Translational Anatomy in the Department of Radiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Dr. Giannaris earned a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. She previously worked at the Belfer Gene Therapy Core Facility at Weill Medical College of Cornell University performing preclinical testing of viral vectors for the treatment of Batten’s Disease. She earned a BA degree in Biology, with a concentration of Neurobiology and Behavior, from Cornell University.

Dr. Giannaris currently serves as Director of Anatomy and Course Co-Leader of the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course, as well as core faculty for the Clinical Neuroanatomy course. The DSF course is the largest foundational course for first-year medical students at UMMS and integrates the disciplines of anatomy, embryology, histology, radiology and physiology. In this educational leadership role, she has been focused on effecting several changes to improve the quality of the student experience, increase integration among disciplines, and emphasize clinically relevant anatomy. Within the Department of Radiology, Dr. Giannaris has worked closely with colleagues to integrate teaching of clinical anatomy with diagnostic radiology. As part of the DSF leadership team, she was lauded with the Educational Achievement (Star) Award in 2019 for work in transforming this major foundational course into an engaging vertically and horizontally integrated learning experience for UMMS medical students. Dr. Giannaris has also been recognized by students for excellence in teaching with Outstanding Basic Science Medical Educator Awards in 2015 and 2020.  Furthermore, her skills in leadership, communication, feedback and collaboration were recognized as she was appointed Chair of the first year Foundations of Medicine (FOM1) curriculum committee in 2019. She is currently overseeing the development and implementation of a longitudinal anatomy curriculum as part of the UMMS curriculum revolution efforts, a major collaborative effort with basic scientists and clinicians across the institution.

In addition, Dr. Giannaris directs the Summer Prosection Program for rising second-year medical students who are interested in receiving further training in anatomy and developing educational materials to enhance the anatomy curriculum.  Each year she also engages students in the Summer Curriculum Development Program and has produced innovative curricular resources in collaboration with them. She incorporates feedback and carefully evaluates each resource and curricular element with an eye on both content and the student experience.

Dr. Giannaris’ research interests include curriculum development, implementation and assessment for gross anatomy and neuroanatomy in undergraduate medical education. She also has a strong interest in the hidden curriculum that the anatomy dissection experience offers. She works to promote humanism in her teaching and has implemented special ceremonies for students both at the start and end of the anatomy course, in addition to well-established annual anatomical gift donor memorial service.  She had the privilege of sharing her team’s work on the “Donor Rose Ceremony: Providing Closure and Promoting Humanism in the Anatomy Lab” as a platform presentation at the AACA annual meeting in 2019.  

Dr. Giannaris has been, and continues to be, a very active member of the AACA. In October 2020, she co-hosted the AACA-HAPS Virtual Northeast Regional meeting. She currently serves as the Presidential Appointee to the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) and was previously an elected member and Chair of EAC (2017-2019). As part of the EAC, she has worked with the team to organize a number of symposia. She has also served on the Meeting Organizing and Program Planning (MOPP) and Financial Affairs Committees. She has been a presenter, judge, session moderator, and abstract reviewer for AACA annual meetings. Dr. Giannaris was also an invited speaker at the Career Development Committee Symposium at the 2017 AACA annual meeting, where she discussed her “Journey through a Career in Anatomy: Glancing back and Moving Forward.”

Dr. Giannaris is also a graduate of the American Association of Medical College’s (AAMC) Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) year-long certificate program.  The program focused on four areas: 1) vision and setting direction; 2) developing people; 3) developing organizations; and 4) managing effectively. She is a passionate and dedicated medical educator and leader who strives to make learners and colleagues feel engaged, empowered and valued.

Statement: I am extremely humbled and honored to be nominated to serve as President of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. From the first AACA meeting I attended, I have been struck by the welcoming nature of our members, the unwavering support and invaluable mentorship I have received, and the great opportunities to share and learn from one another’s work. The AACA fosters a strong feeling of belonging to a close-knit community and I am proud to call our association my professional home. I look forward to reconnecting with colleagues and meeting new ones each year at the annual meetings. I am grateful for the friends, collaborators, mentors, and mentees I have met through my involvement with the AACA thus far.

AACA has been especially meaningful in my professional development by providing me with opportunities to grow and give back. I feel very fortunate for the opportunities to serve our association in so many different capacities, particularly as Chair of the EAC and most recently as Regional Meeting Co-Host. This has allowed me to interface with Executive Council, Councilors-at-Large, the association management team and our members. These experiences have allowed me to both learn and contribute to the inner workings of the association and its future directions.

I am ready to take on the role as AACA President as I have developed the skills and training needed for this position. I have several years of experience in various leadership positions where I have been able to apply my skills in organization, collaboration, communication and feedback.  The AAMC’s LEAD program has equipped me with the skills to set a vision and direction, develop others, develop an organization and manage effectively.  These domains are all vital for the role of an association President.

I am excited at the opportunity to work hard to welcome and expand our association to build an even more diverse community of clinical anatomy educators, researchers, clinicians, anatomical services staff, health care professionals and learners. I will strive to promote various facets of clinical anatomy such as education, service, research, and diversity, whilst amplifying the voices of the membership. I encourage a culture of feedback, collaboration, and open communication in my interactions. I will continue to promote an inclusive, welcoming and positive environment to strengthen existing connections and build new ones among networks of anatomy colleagues near and far. I am enthusiastic and excited to take on a leadership role which can leverage my experience in bringing people together, effecting change and exploring new initiatives to enhance the impact of clinical anatomy.  It would be an immense honor and privilege to serve our AACA membership as President.

Thank you so much for your consideration! I look forward to seeing you all soon!

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Craig Goodmurphy (Sam Houston State University COM)

Biography: Dr. Goodmurphy is a Full Professor and Chair of the Clinical Anatomy Department at Sam Houston State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, a position he began in fall of 2020. Dr. Goodmurphy started his academic journey in 1988 as a first-generation university student, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, Canada in Kinesiology in 1992. Under the inspired teaching of Dr. Glynn Leyshon and Dr. Michelle Mottola, Dr. Goodmurphy first fell in love with anatomy. Rather than taking a position at Teachers College, he decided to pursue additional training in the field of anatomy by joining the Master of Science program in Anatomy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Medicine, and his interest in anatomy education developed. He began teaching at the UBC Medical School in 1995 as a lecturer under the mentoring of Dr. Wayne Vogl (Gray’s Anatomy for Students), Dr. William Ovalle (Netter’s Essential Histology), and Elizabeth Atkinson (Cranial Nerves). Upon completion of his MS, Dr. Goodmurphy then took a position at the University of Michigan Medical School in 1997, where he worked with Dr. William Burkel (Essentials of Human Anatomy) and Dr. Tom Guest (Grant’s Dissector). During his time in Michigan, Dr. Goodmurphy was invited to join the PhD program and began studying heat shock proteins. Dr. Goodmurphy was then recruited by St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGU) in 2000, where he finished his PhD while working full-time teaching anatomy and serving as Athletic Director. At SGU, Dr. Goodmurphy was able to work with, and learn from, mentors like Dr. Vid Persaud (The Developing Human), Dr. Peter Abrahams (McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy), Ann Gilroy (Atlas of Anatomy), and peers like Dr. Marios Loukas (Essential Ultrasound Anatomy). In 2006, Dr. Goodmurphy returned to the USA with his family to become the Director of Human Structure at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), where he grew the program for 14 years as Director of Anatomy, Director of Ultrasound, and Director of the Clinical Anatomy & Surgical Training Center. It was at EVMS that Dr. Goodmurphy established the globally free www.Anatomyguy.com website that has since seen millions of views and educated hundreds of thousands of people about anatomy for over 10 years. Dr. Goodmurphy also dove deeper into Ultrasound Education and was exposed to some of the world leaders in Ultrasound and Ultrasound Education, including Dr. Alfred Abuhamad (Fetal Maternal Medicine), Dr. Alexander Levitov (Bedside Ultrasound), and Dr. Barry Knapp (Emergency Ultrasound). Along his journey, Dr. Goodmurphy has been recognized with over 20 awards for his teaching and service, including The Fine Family Academy as a Master Educator, 4 Outstanding Educator Awards, Hampton Roads Healthcare Hero, Top 40 under 40, and multiple community service awards, as well as being inducted into the Pi Alpha and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Societies. He continues to be excited by his next steps as he was by his first, and remains just as passionate about anatomy, medical education, and serving the next generation of health professionals.

Statement: I am absolutely humbled to be nominated as President Elect of the AACA and I will dedicate myself to the service of the association and its members should you garner me the trust of your vote. For me this is not about prestige, power, or promotion but a chance to pay-it-forward in the service of the people of the AACA. I firmly believe that the people and relationships that make up the AACA are its most important assets. 

For those less familiar with me please allow me to share with you the core of who I strive to be as a listener and leader. I am the product of a small community in Mid-Western Ontario, Canada filled with teachers, parents and leaders that continually gave freely of themselves and their talents to help others grow. Those service attitudes have continued to guide me to this day.  I am proud to define myself as a servant leader. I feel it is my formula for living a good life that I should be an active participant and not simply a bystander in each of my communities. Be it global or locally, I am a success only when I am purposefully contributing as a neighbor, a colleague, a teacher, a father, or a husband. If elected I would continue to be purposeful at listening to the membership, setting strategic SMART goals for the Association, and ensuring its health while investing resources into the mission and the membership. I believe firmly that I owe who I am as an educator, anatomist, and leader to the people of the AACA and because of all of those that made investments in me. To explain this, I will share one of many stories of how a simple encounter of kindness from one of our esteemed members changed everything for me.

In 1996, as a master’s student, I was able to attend my first academic conference which was the AACA’s 13th annual meeting in Omaha Nebraska. I was astounded and energized by all the anatomical “giants” in attendance. I would not realize the impact that first event made on me, but it was none-the-less immediate and enduring. It was at this meeting that I was approached by Dr. Bob Acland who offered to listen to me practice my platform presentation of my research to help me with timing and feedback.  Another event sparked because of that interaction was that Bob and I would be paired up to create the first AACA’s Young Anatomist Event for the Lexington meeting 2 years later which has continued all these years and it has now morphed into the Career Development Committee. Because of that simple offer and his willingness to serve, the course of my life had shifted. Before the Lexington meeting Bob then invited me to his home and showed me an amazing video-rig he was using to make an Anatomy Atlas. It was his influence here that would later end up being both the source and the inspiration for my development of the free www.AnatomyGuy.com web dissections. Bob Acland’s Video Atlas was the gold standard “National Geographic” version of anatomy videos and I was looking to provide free web-based access to anyone more interested in the “process of dissection”. It was a way of providing global access to those with limited or no resources.   The AACA is a friendly, interactive, and welcoming group and it remains the Association that I call home. If elected I would work with a diverse and growth minded group to ensure that it continues to be a home for all the anatomical educators, clinicians, and students. And whether you are an established veteran or a brand-new student just starting out you will know we are about seeing you grow too. 

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Gregory Smith (St. Mary's College of California)

Biography: I am a Professor in the Biology Department at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA. I am the Director for two courses, a lower division Human Anatomy course for Allied Health Science majors and an upper division Advanced Anatomy course for Biology majors. The upper division course is a full dissection cadaver course that incorporates histology and embryology which I know is quite unusual for an undergraduate institution. I created these courses incorporating cadaveric dissection, a library of harvested anatomic specimens exhibiting anomalies and pathologies, full osteological material, imaging of unique cases and stereoscopic 3D viewing. I have done this with the goal that my students should receive an education that is unlike most undergraduate institutions that do not have an associated health professions school. My Advanced Anatomy students pursue medicine and dentistry and the Human Anatomy students pursue the other allied health programs. We have a very high acceptance rate into these programs and our students are regarded as being well prepared because of their comprehensive laboratory experiences. This commitment to such a unique learning environment has resulted in me receiving the Outstanding Teaching award for the College, twice.

I am regarded as the innovator in the department, incorporating digital anatomy and comparative anatomy into my human anatomy courses to help my students understand human variation and function. Most of my extracurricular work has been in the area of anatomy and computers. Over the years, I have served as a consultant for companies developing anatomical software. Because of my background, I was invited to be a Visiting Professor at the Warwick University School of Medicine (England) to participate in an innovative anatomy curriculum incorporating plastinated specimens with radiology and a clinical course for the first year students. This anatomy curriculum was so well received that it is being adopted at other United Kingdom medical schools. I also spent a second sabbatical at Warwick to learn about true stereoscopic video recording of anatomical specimens. All of this work has been incorporated into my courses. Administratively, I served as the Chairperson of the department twice, the second time on an interim basis due to an emergency. My colleagues have  asked me to serve again primarily because I am regarded as a problem solver. COVID spurred me to solve the problem of allowing students to work in the anatomy lab and yet keep them safe. You may have seen my message to the AACA members that included photos showing my plexiglass partitions for the lab benches and gurneys. Having the plexiglass barriers and an efficient ventilation system has convinced my administration that my course can be taught in-person this term. With the lab setup and student COVID testing, the course has proceeded safely so far.

For several years now, I have served on the California State Anatomical Advisory Board which oversees the Willed Body Programs for the University of California and the use of cadavers by other institutions around the state. As a member of this Board, I represent the undergraduate institutions in the state. I believe that I was asked to serve on this committee because of the extensive incorporation of cadaveric material into my courses and how I have organized my courses to respectfully use the cadaveric material.

I am honored to be nominated to serve as the President of the AACA. I have been a member of the Association since 1989 and have been actively involved throughout this time. I first served as a Counselor on the Council. I have served as Program Secretary/Meeting Manager several times (Moraga - 2004, Toronto - 2008, Columbus - 2011, San Francisco - 2016, Minneapolis - 2017, Oakland - 2019). I hosted the Moraga meeting at St. Mary’s College and co-hosted the meetings in San Francisco and Oakland.  Additionally, I have been a Platform and Poster presenter, manuscript reviewer for our journal and annual meeting abstract reviewer. As you can see, I do not shy away from responsibilities that require time, hard work and organization.

As I mentioned earlier, I am regarded as a problem solver. During my time as the Program Secretary/Meeting Manager, I initiated the process of greatly increasing the number of abstract reviewers which reduced the workload for the reviewers. This change also formalized an anonymous multiple-review process for each abstract. I purchased the timing lights for our presentations so that we can keep our presenters within their time window. And finally, I acquired the electronic switches that allow us to switch back and forth between the front stage podiums during our oral presentations. The timing lights and the electronic switches have allowed us to efficiently run our meetings and stay on schedule.

In summary, I would hope that the evidence I have presented will allow you to see I am a dedicated and committed member of the AACA.

Statement: As I look back on my involvement with the AACA, it is clear that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Association. The annual meetings have given me opportunities to expand my knowledge of the clinical application of anatomy and to share my scholarship with other attendees. My tenure and promotions were greatly enhanced by this participation and exposure. Given that, I believe that we need to expand our reach to the many anatomists who are not aware of the opportunities available with our Association. I have had many discussions with my former students about their experiences in their respective medical, dental, physical therapy, physicians assistant or other allied health programs. When I asked my students if their anatomy instructors had heard about the AACA, many did not know about our group. I believe we could do something as simple as asking each AACA member to email or call an anatomist at a nearby institution to inform them of the Association. If there is interest, we could forward information to promote the opportunities and benefits associated with an AACA membership. The opportunity for junior faculty members to present their scholarship at our annual meetings and to publish their research in our Clinical Anatomy journal is exactly what young faculty need to achieve tenure and promotion. We need to promote this more.

In addition to my call to reach out to other neighboring anatomists, I strongly believe we should make a concerted effort to reach out to clinicians who are dedicated to anatomical education. When I joined the Association, there was a significant number of clinician members. In fact, most of the Founding Members were clinicians. The anatomical anomalies and variations that clinicians see can expand our knowledge of anatomy. I would like to see if there is way similar to what I suggested about contacting local academic anatomists to increase the membership of clinicians. I am sure we can come up with creative ideas to reach out to clinicians who could be interested in becoming active members in the Association.

And finally regarding our memberships, I asked Caitlin Hyatt of ASG if anyone in our Association has been collecting data to track student attendees at our annual meeting. I wanted to know if attending a meeting led to joining the Association. Unfortunately, tracking has not been done. As I wrote previously, there are significant benefits to being a member of the AACA. Encouraging young and/or new attendees to join our Association would create an assembly of young anatomists and clinicians. To entice first time attendees who present at a meeting to join our Association, I would like to propose waiving the registration fee for the following year. Perhaps this show of good faith will result in our new attendees becoming career-long members.

When I hosted the AACA Annual Meeting in Moraga, I scheduled the events so that the attendees could mingle and sit together during the meals. This allowed new members to chat with veteran members. Many of the attendees in Moraga told me how much they valued having time to converse with each other. I was also told about collaborations that were created because of the sharing of ideas. I do not know if this is possible for future meetings, but I would look forward to discussing this with the members.

Lastly, we have had discussions about sharing images of anatomy. A database or repository has even been suggested, but I do not think we have proceeded beyond the discussion stage. I think COVID pushed the topic to the forefront. Pivoting to online instruction motivated me to contact fellow anatomists looking for images and videos to incorporate into my lab. The evolution of digital imaging is stunning and this has generated amazing photographs and videos. We could create a collection of anomalies, variations, rarities and more. Creating a database or repository that members could access would allow anatomical educators to incorporate unique images into their courses. I have some very unusual images that I could share with our members. But to be honest, I do not want to be inundated with emails asking me to send out the files. There must be a way to do this and I am sure we have some very bright members who could create something like a webpage or accessible database in the Members’ Area of the AACA website. Maybe, now is the time.

Again, I am honored to be nominated for the position of President, If I am elected, I will commit my time and energy to promote and enhance the AACA.

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Peter Ward (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Peter Ward graduated from high school in Casper, Wyoming and attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Biology. In 1998, he began graduate school in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2002, he earned a M.S. degree based on muscular dystrophy research and then switched to start a Ph.D. in anatomy education. During his M.S. and Ph.D. years, 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 contributes to teaching gross anatomy, histology, embryology, neuroscience, and the history of medicine. He 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 and also serves as the director of the WVSOM plastination facility. Dr. Ward also served as course director for gross anatomy before the school moved to a longitudinal, presentation-based curriculum in 2012. Thereafter he has been course director for the Respiratory and Musculoskeletal courses. Dr. Ward has received numerous teaching awards, including the WVSOM Golden Key Award, the Basmajian Award from the American Association of Anatomists, and has been a two-time finalist in the West Virginia Professor of the Year selection. 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 several times.

Dr. Ward’s educational research program employs qualitative and quantitative methods to characterize how student approaches to study affect their achievement and recall of basic science course material. Dr. Ward also mentors students in 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 has been an invited speaker on qualitative research methods in anatomy education research as well as the history of medicine and its relevance in medical education. Amongst his contributions to texts and book chapters, Dr. Ward was the Senior Associate Editor for the three volumes of The Netter Collection: The Digestive System, 2nd Ed., a contributor to Gray’s Anatomy 42nd Ed., a consulting editor for Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, 8th Ed., and is author of Clinical Anatomy Explained – Netter’s Musculoskeletal System, an Integrated Anatomical Text (publication in August 2021). In conjunction with Bone Clones, Inc., Dr. Ward has produced tactile models that mimic the feel of anatomical structures when intact and when ruptured during the physical examination. He created the YouTube channel, Clinical Anatomy Explained! and continues to pursue novel ways to present the anatomical sciences to the public.

At WVSOM, Dr. Ward has served on many committees, highlights include being chair of the faculty council from 2018-2020 and chair of the curriculum committee from 2011-2017, during which time he was intimately involved in the construction of a new curriculum. Since joining the American Association of Anatomists in 2004, Dr. Ward has served 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 ad hoc strategic planning and membership committees, a session moderator, and was Association Secretary from 2017-2020.

Outside of work, Dr. Ward is extremely lucky to be the husband of Captain Sarah Koressel, D.V.M. and the father of two wonderful 7-year-old sons.

Statement: It is a tremendous honor to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as president-elect. I have been fortunate to serve on the AACA council under several past presidents and have seen how their passion, intelligence, and perseverance have built our current, vibrant association. The AACA has been a source of constant support and encouragement to me since I joined in 2004 and I have endeavored to give back in whatever way I can. I have twice served on the council as a Councilor-at-large and most recently as Association Secretary from 2017-2020. During that time, I have seen the association shift from being run by volunteer members to engaging our professional management association, ASG, to enable our continued growth and the expansion of our efforts. To have an opportunity to continue this good work and have a hand in setting the priorities of the AACA is a challenge I would gladly embrace.

Entering the presidential cycle, my priorities would be to maintain our support for Clinical Anatomy and investigate novel ways to advance the professional development of our members in academia, medicine, and the anatomical services. I hope to build stronger bridges with other anatomical societies while maintaining our distinctive identity. The need for professionals trained in clinical anatomy has never been greater and our association can be a driving force in nurturing and supporting new anatomists as they expand the horizons of our discipline. Our strength is the breadth and diversity of our membership, which incorporates practicing clinicians, full-time academicians, researchers, teachers, anatomical service professionals, and students. I hope that the AACA can welcome new members personally, retain our existing members, and provide opportunities for the entirety of our membership to present their research and innovations to an engaged group of colleagues. Critique and spirited disagreement are essential to the progress of medical science, but we have shown that these important processes can (and must) be done in a way that respects the diversity of those within our profession. Rather than being a distraction from our scientific mission, consideration of topics like diversity and justice will help our association recognize and promote the worthy work of all our members in the awesome task of understanding the structure and function of the body.

Thank you for your consideration and I dearly hope to see all of you in person at an annual meeting in the near future!

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R. Shane Tubbs (Tulane University)

Biography: Shane Tubbs, MS, PA-C, PhD, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a clinical anatomist, author, editor, and researcher. He is Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Surgery, and Structural & Cellular Biology, Director of Surgical Anatomy at Tulane School of Medicine and Program Director of Anatomical Research in the Clinical Neuroscience Research Center at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana. He has honorary professorships/faculty positions at Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom, Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, St. George’s University, Grenada, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Department of Neurosurgery, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the National Skull Base Center of California. He has been a visiting professor at over 25 clinical and anatomical departments of national and international institutions and has chaired national courses on surgical anatomy (e.g., American Association of Neurosurgeons). Dr. Tubbs will be hosting the 2025 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) in Seattle, Washington where he ran the Seattle Science Foundation as its Chief Science Officer and Vice President. From 1994-2015 he served a variety of roles as anatomist, course director for medical/optometry/physical therapy/physician assistant/nurse anesthetist gross anatomy, course director for neuroanatomy, and director of the willed body program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Simultaneously, he was a surgical physician assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama where he assisted with thousands of neurosurgical procedures and saw 50-75 patients in clinic per week. He has served the AACA as Councilor-at-Large, Clinical Councilor, Committee Chair, Symposium Chair, Nominating Committee, Presidential Committee, Co-Editor, and Editor-in-Chief.

Dr. Tubbs’ research interests are centered around what has been termed “reverse translational anatomy research” where clinical/surgical problems are identified and solved/explained with anatomical studies. This investigative paradigm in anatomy has resulted in over 1,700 peer reviewed publications from his laboratory. Dr. Tubbs’ laboratory has made novel discoveries in human anatomy including a nerve branch to the skin of the lower eyelid, a space of the face, a transorbital approach to the lateral ventricle for emergent ventriculostomy, connections between the proximal parts of the sciatic nerve, ligaments of the craniocervical junction and lumbar spine, a cutaneous branch of the inferior gluteal nerve, and an anatomical etiology for the enigmatic postoperative C5 spinal nerve palsy. His h-index is 72 and in 2018, he was listed as a “hyperprolific author” in the journal Nature.

Moreover, many (to date, approximately 20%) anatomical feasibility studies from Dr. Tubbs’ laboratory have gone on to be used and published by surgeons from around the world and have thus resulted in new surgical/clinical procedures such as treating hydrocephalus by shunting cerebrospinal fluid into various bones (e.g., sternum), restoration of upper limb and diaphragm function in paralyzed patients with neurotization procedures using the contralateral spinal accessory nerve, and harvesting of the clavicle for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures in patients with cervical instability or degenerative spine disease.

Dr. Tubbs sits on the editorial board of over 10 anatomical journals and over 30 clinical journals and has reviewed for over 100 scientific journals. He has authored/edited over 50 books and over 80 book chapters primarily in anatomical and neurosurgical textbooks. His textbooks, include the first and second editions of The Chiari Malformations, Gray’s Anatomy Review editions 1-3, Gray’s Clinical Photographic Dissector of the Human Body editions 1-3, Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures, Anatomy for Plastic Surgery of the Face, Head, and Neck, Nerves and Nerve Injuries volumes I and II, Occult Spinal Dysraphism, An Illustrated Terminologia Neuroanatomica, Surgical Anatomy of the Lumbar Plexus, A History of Human Anatomy, A Guide to the Scientific Career, Kerr’s Brachial Plexus, Hamilton’s History of Medicine and Surgery, Surgical Anatomy of the Lateral Transpsoas Approach to the Lumbar Spine, Anatomy, Imaging, and Surgery of the Intracranial Dural Venous Sinuses, The Island of Reil (Insula) in the Human Brain, and Bergman’s Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation. He is an editor for the 41st and 42nd editions of the over 150-year-old Gray’s Anatomy, the 5th through 8th editions of Netter’s Atlas of Anatomy and is the editor-in-chief of our journal Clinical Anatomy which during his tenure has experienced a 90% increase in its impact factor. Upcoming texts include Surgical Anatomy of the Cervical Plexus, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of the Cerebrospinal Fluid, volumes I and II, Hollinshead’s Anatomy for Surgeons: Head and Neck, The Sutures of the Skull: Anatomy, Embryology, Imaging, and Surgery,  Anatomical Variations in Clinical Dentistry, The Corpus Callosum: Embryology, Neuroanatomy, Neuropathology, and Surgery, and Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Anatomy.

Lastly, Dr. Tubbs has served as Chair of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists’ (IFAA) Federative International Committee for Scientific Publications, is a member of the IFAA’s Federative International Committee for Research  and is a working group member for both Terminologia Anatomica and Terminologia Neuroanatomica. He was recently appointed Chair of the Federative International Programme on Anatomical Terminologies (FIPAT) and oversees six working groups dedicated to this topic. Under his leadership, the second edition of Terminologia Anatomica was just published.

Statement: The American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) was founded by giants in the field of clinical anatomy including Ralph Ger, Oliver Beahrs, and John Skandalakis. Four decades ago, these Founders planted the seeds of what the Association has grown into today. Together with other clinicians and anatomists, they established the AACA with the goal of  “a better forum for discussion between clinicians who practice the application of anatomy and those who study and teach anatomy.” The AACA has expanded significantly since its genesis and still has huge potential but must continue to be relevant, especially in a time when the discipline of anatomy is marginalized in many modern medical curricula.

I am always surprised at how few clinical/surgical/educational associations are aware of the AACA. We should strive to make ourselves more widely known to both the educational and clinical worlds. This could be easily done by creating a group of representatives with the goal of identifying other associations and societies with similar aims. These delegates could then meet with the leadership of other societies to arrange an exchange of representatives at each other’s annual meetings. Showcasing the uniqueness of the AACA and what it brings to the table will undoubtedly result in others wanting to join our group. With time and cross-pollination, the Association could grow to levels we have previously not witnessed.

Moreover, I am convinced that the science of clinical anatomy should be bolstered in our Association. As anatomy has been said to be the oldest child of mother medicine we must meld what makes us stand apart from other similar groups, the science of clinical anatomy, the application of clinical anatomy, and how best to teach clinical anatomy, in order to regain and maintain what makes us unique. Otherwise, we risk losing our identity and becoming just another “anatomy” group.

Additionally, for the continued well-being and prosperity of our Association, I believe that new methods of member retention e.g., increased member benefits should be explored and implemented. I also think that we should publicize our group more broadly to the international community and be proactive in this regard. For example, anatomical associations in Mexico, Central and South America should be made aware of the great things that the AACA does. This coupled with greater domestic outreach will certainly help grow our numbers and make us stronger as a result.

I have been an AACA member for approximately 20 years and consider this to be my most important professional affiliation. I pride myself on doing and not deliberating- acta non verba. Therefore, if elected as your President, it will be an honor and privilege to serve you in steering our Association into the new millennium where, I believe, brighter and more prosperous days await us.

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Special Councilor - Anatomical Services (you may vote for one)
James Coey (St. George's University)

Biography: Dr James Coey graduated with Honours from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1999 and Southampton University Medical School in 2004, prior to clinical placements in General Surgery, Acute Medicine and Paediatric Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

International clinical experience spans the; US (Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston), South Africa (Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town), Haiti (Hospital Bon Samaritan, Limbe), India (Raphael, Dehra Dun), and Thailand (Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok). James holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from Mahidol University, Thailand and Certificates in Medical Ultrasound from both Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, USA) and The Institute of Ultrasound Training (Delhi, India).

Academic positions include: Clinical Fellow (University of Warwick), Anatomy Demonstrator (Cambridge University & Trinity College Dublin), Associate Professor & Dean of Students (Trinity School of Medicine).

In 2014, James returned to the UK from the West Indies as Course Director, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in Anatomy at St. George’s University in partnership with Northumbria University. As an Associate Dean and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA), he continues to be actively involved in curriculum design and assessment along with the formulation and implementation of academic policies, procedure development, external accreditation processes and course management.

James is passionate about research as a means of delivering the knowledge, skills and behaviours paramount to students “evidence based medical education”. Over the past eight years, his student led research projects have culminated the acceptance of 50+ projects presented at meetings of the AACA, BACA, ASSA, ANZAC, EACA & IFAA. James co-founded a collaborative research group with Northumbria University with several areas of interest, including pedagogy, 3D-printing, ultrasound & procedural anatomy. Ongoing research projects range from, investigating the motives, attitudes influencing body vs organ donation through to surgical applications of 3D printing and human taphonomy.

James is a member of British (BACA), South African (ASSA), Australian and New Zealand Associations of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) and serves on the International Federation of Anatomical Associations (IFAA). He has been a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) since 2013 and has served in the Anatomical Services Committee since 2017. Prior experience of the scope of Anatomical Services spans from being responsible for the importation and use of cadavers and cadaveric material across medical schools in the Caribbean from 2008 to being a person designated by the Human Tissue Authority in the United Kingdom.

Statement: It is a particular honour to be once again nominated for the position of Special Councillor in Anatomical Services. My personal statement from 2018 reads as follows:

“An honour that perhaps does not obviously befit me having read the biographies of my fellow nominees. That said, I strongly believe that the ASC has roles not only guiding education and clinical practice but also providing a forum for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Since first attending an AACA conference in 2013, I have been impressed by the impact and scope of the Anatomical Services Committee within our association. As a Special Councillor I would like to further collaboration across our partner associations; BACA, ASSA, ANZACA; so as to provide consensus guidelines, protocol and publish the work of the committee. “

As I reflect towards the end of my current term, it was the support/friendship of the ASC that got through my initial “imposter syndrome” in being the physician across the pond as Special Councillor in Anatomical Services. I now well know that in addition to the stipulated  “promoting the activities of members who administer institutional willed body donor programs, sit on state anatomical boards and committees, and prepare cadaveric materials for education and research,” that the ASC continues to deliver above and beyond the following domains:

  • Guiding best practice e.g. image, media and technology guidelines for body donation programs.
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration e.g. body donation vs organ donation perceptions survey.
  • Impact and scope e.g. first patient symposia. 
  • Consensus guidelines, protocol to publish the work of the committee e.g. Donation Program Best Practices for COVID-19.

The examples above only touch the surface of what has been discussed and delivered by the ASC over the past 2 years. If successful I would continue to support/champion the work of the Anatomical Services Committee and hopefully build on my previous commitment to further collaborate with our partner associations.

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Amanda (Mandi) Collins (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Biography: Amanda Collins, MPH is the Director of Anatomical Services and an Instructor at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA, USA. Ms. Collins is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Gerontology at University of Massachusetts – Boston, focusing her research on grief, bereavement, and end-of-life care. Ms. Collins completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Vermont and her undergraduate studies in Mortuary Science and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. 

Following her undergraduate studies, Ms. Collins worked as a mortician, specializing in embalming and restorative art techniques. Her technical skills led her to a position at the University of Vermont as an anatomical embalmer. She joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2016 as the Director of Anatomical Services. As the Director, she oversees the operations of the Anatomical Gift Program and manages the Anatomy Resource Center. Her interests include preservation techniques, environmental health and safety in the anatomy labs, and improving educational efforts in the anatomy lab.  Her research efforts explore grief, healthy aging, and body donation ethics, all of which she strives to integrate into the lab experience.

Ms. Collins joined the faculty for the first-year medical anatomy education in 2018. Her educational interests include lecturing in embryology and instructing students in the anatomy labs.

Ms. Collins has been a member of the AACA since 2014 and has served on ad hoc committees for Anatomical Services and sits on the Diversity Equity and inclusion Committee and the Anatomical Services Committee. She has contributed to poster and symposia presentations, earning the Anatomical Services Award in 2021.

Statement: I am honored to be nominated as a Special Council of Anatomical Services. I have worked in Anatomical Services for 10 years, and previously I was a funeral director and embalmer.  In addition to my technical skills in embalming and dissection, I supervise and manage the anatomy labs and the Anatomical Gift Program. I have been able to mix my skills to ensure that families are cared for and donors have their wishes recognize. I work with my colleagues to ensure that our paperwork is inclusive and promotes the diversity of our donors and communities. The way in which anatomical donors are experienced in the anatomy lab are an extension on this diversity and inclusion. The hope is to promote patient representation in the anatomy lab, both demographically and through life experiences.

I have been a member of the AACA since 2014 and have been involved in various capacities. I joined, looking to find belonging among peers and mentors. I have not been disappointed. Throughout my time, I have both tapped resources and have become a resource for other members of the Anatomical Services group. I have served on ad hoc committees examining and recommending standards for Anatomical Gift Programs. I am currently a member of the Anatomical Services Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. I have presented or contributed to presentations which focus on memorialization efforts for anatomical donors and emphasizing humanization in the anatomy lab. In 2020, I won the Anatomical Services Award for a project examining body donation trends among veterans.

I believe that the mixture of my technical, preservation skills, successful lab safety initiatives, and my role as an anatomy educator allows me to provide a unique perspective for the AACA Council. I would be humbled to represent the Anatomical Services community and promote the voices of the anatomical donors, technical staff, and all those with an interest in body donation.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Eileen Kalmar (The Ohio State University)

Biography: Eileen Kalmar, PhD, earned her doctorate in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Rochester, NY in 1993. For the past 28 years, she has shared her knowledge of the biomedical sciences in traditional classroom and laboratory settings, invited talks, work with the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), and by translating her scientific passion into an array of community leadership roles. Currently, Dr. Kalmar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, College of Medicine at The Ohio State University.  While Dr. Kalmar teaches across both graduate and professional curricula, her primary role as Director Dental Anatomy Education includes 8 years in undergraduate and graduate dental education, as well as over 5 years directing continuing dental education programs.  Additionally, she served as the Director of the Body Donation Program, Director of Anatomical Services (Educational and Research), and Chair of the Body Donor Program Advisory Committee. Since 2014, Dr. Kalmar has been the Faculty advisor for the inter-professional Anatomy Memorial Service Student organization across three colleges, hosting an annual service for the families of our donors averaging over 500 attendees. 

Involvement in curricular/programming development, integration and innovation has been a consistent focus of Eileen’s career and remains a common thread at every level of her service commitment and research: Dr. Kalmar serves the College of Medicine as part of the College Council and Faculty Council, is the Chair of the Departmental Curriculum Committee, and she serves on the Curriculum Committee in the College of Dentistry. Dr. Kalmar also serves as Curriculum Consultant in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, as part of an NSF Award focused on discovery based learning in STEM education in under-represented minority populations.

Since 2015, Eileen has been active in the AACA, reviewing abstracts, judging and mentoring. In addition, she has served on the Career Development Committee and By Laws Committee. She received the AACA Clinical Anatomy Junior Faculty Research Award in 2019 for her work in advanced anatomy competencies in the medical curriculum. Currently, she serves on the Meeting Oversight and Program Planning Committee and as Academic Co-chair of the Anatomical Services Committee (ASC).

Statement: I am honored by the nomination for the position of Special Councilor – Anatomical Services and it would be my privilege to serve the AACA membership if elected. I believe my career path has prepared me well for this position, incorporating leadership roles in both technical and academic elements of Body Donation programs and Anatomical Services. My professional mission statement is grounded in the concept that anatomy represents an integration of education, research, and clinical applications. Education across all healthcare professions is based in the study of the human body. It is imperative, therefore, that we maintain ethical innovative programming with willed body donation. I pledge to be attentive to the needs and innovative ideas of the membership and look forward to the continued opportunity to serve the AACA membership.

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Councilor-at-Large (you may vote for two)
Mary Bee (University of Detroit Mercy)

Biography: Mary Tracy Bee, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anatomy at University of Detroit Mercy. She also teaches as an adjunct at Wayne State University School of Medicine and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Detroit Michigan, and Oakland University College of Health Sciences and Biology Department in Rochester, Michigan. She holds hospital appointments at Beaumont Hospital and Allegiance Hospital and has taught an extensive amount of continuing education courses. She teaches both anatomy and neuroanatomy to both graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of programs including: physician assistant, physical therapy, medical, and pre-medical sciences.

Over the past two decades of teaching, Mary has earned over a dozen awards including the Theima Teaching Award from Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, Faculty Excellence Award, Teaching Excellence Award, Educator of the Year, Excellence in Teaching Award, Most Outstanding Didactic Instructor, Best Research Poster Award, among others. She earned her B.S. from Mercy College of Detroit and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. She has published five books including: Human Anatomy: A Workbook Approach, Synapse: A Workbook Approach to Neuroanatomy, and Bare Bones: Advanced Human Anatomy, which she co-authored with her late father. She has authored several book chapters and numerous journal articles. Her current research involves engaging students in hybrid anatomy education and investigating anatomical variations in human skulls and neck vasculature.

Mary has been an active member of AACA since 2012, presenting her research at many of the annual meetings. She has served as a judge and mentor at both regional and annual meetings.  She served as a member of the Branding, Promotion, and Outreach Committee, where she helped in the design of the current AACA symbol.  As a member of the Member of AACA Building Bridges Task Force, she worked towards creating collaborative opportunities between AACA and the American Association of Anatomists. 

As a Canadian-native living in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan, Mary is a mother of three teenagers, Ironman triathlete, and avid yoga enthusiast.

Statement: Whether we are in an anatomical services role, administrative, research, and/or faculty position, we all rely on the AACA to impart us with guidance to enhance our knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This is one of the many roles of a professional organization. While working collaboratively with other members on the leadership team, my goal is to provide an environment of inclusivity and acceptance to all. 

With over 500 members in our organization, our needs change as we encounter different stages of our careers: early, mid, and near-retirement. Our needs also change due to our environment. Consider how our roles have changed significantly, for example: before Covid, during Covid, and how they will adjust after our lives settle into a new "normal". My goal is to enhance the services and resources offered by AACA, to aid us through these transitional times.

As an international organization, I would like to focus on creating more connections with our colleagues from other countries. We can learn much more from people with different experiences, backgrounds, and cultures. After serving in many leadership positions on my campus, I look forward to the opportunity to utilize my organizational and service skills to help make AACA an even better organization as a future Councilor at Large.

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Kathleen Bubb (Weill Cornell Medicine)

Biography: Kathleen Bubb is a physician-anatomist who graduated with honors from the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas Santiago de Cuba in 2006. She received her clinical training in Cuba and Grenada. During her medical training, she saw the importance of anatomy in safe medical practice which motivated her to join the team at St George’s University School of Medicine as a clinical tutor. In this role, she led flipped classroom-type small group activities across multiple disciplines including Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Histology, Cell biology, and Clinical Skills. Dr. Bubb was offered a position as an instructor within the Anatomy Department where she lectured to students in the School of Arts and Sciences as well as the School of Medicine. In this role, she also supervised facilitator and peer-led cadaver-based laboratory sessions and small group discussions in Anatomy, Histology, and Cell Biology. She completed her Master’s degree in Anatomy where her research focused on the valvular anatomy of systemic veins. Her current research interests include medical education and the use of cognitive theory in teaching and learning.

At St. George’s University, Dr. Bubb was significantly involved in education administration and curriculum development in Histology and Cell Biology as well as Gross, Developmental and Clinical anatomy. She was the Gross Anatomy Laboratory Director from 2011 to 2014. At that time, the student intake increased significantly. Dr. Bubb was actively involved in redesigning the cadaver lab experience to support the student volume and increase clinical integration across all anatomy laboratory courses. She was the Course Director for the Human Anatomy course in the final year of the premedical program for two years. During that period, she introduced innovative ideas to improve student engagement, foster early clinical exposure through cases and integrate histology and cell biology in the cadaver lab. As content manager for Histology and Cell Biology, she helped develop multidisciplinary integrated small group activities which were well received by students and peers. Dr. Bubb joined Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City in 2020 where she is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy, teaching in the Department of Radiology.

Currently, she is involved in teaching Human Gross Anatomy and Functional Neuroanatomy to students in the medical school and allied health care fields. In addition, her service to the various medical societies in Grenada and the St. George’s University community, Dr. Bubb has also been an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for many years and has contributed in many meaningful ways. For example, she has chaired the Bylaws Committee for the past three years and has led the team which completed the most recent revision of the Bylaws. She has also been a judge and moderator for presentations at our annual meetings.

Dr. Bubb is considered a nurturer and highly knowledgeable by both colleagues and students. At St. George’s University, she served as the primary advisor for at-risk freshmen students and was a director for a student wellness community. She mentored junior faculty in the initial stages of their careers as lecturers in the anatomical sciences. Her varied experiences as an international student and medical educator have solidified her belief that growing and nurturing professional habits and traits are necessary as students transition into our colleagues in the medical profession. Dr Bubb’s multifaceted background, passion and innovative ideas as demonstrated in her previous positions,will seek to cultivate dynamic medical education programs. It is her hope to promote reciprocal learning environments in which all members will benefit in the exchange of knowledge.

Statement: It would be an honor to serve as a member of the council in an association as prestigious as the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Current medical education trends encourage early clinical exposure in the basic sciences. This puts the association in a unique position to reinforce the importance of anatomy for safe clinical practice in an education environment with progressively decreasing time allotted to the anatomical sciences. Furthermore, every year fewer graduate students are entering into anatomy programs. One of the most important tasks of the council is to ensure continuity and growth of the discipline by attracting and mentoring the next generation of clinical anatomists. Council members must be innovative in educating colleagues, future anatomists, and the public about what the American Association of Clinical Anatomists has to offer. As a female physician-anatomist, it would be an honor to serve as a councilor-at-large to help identify challenges to our profession and develop ways to address them. Throughout my years of membership in the association, I have been mentored by colleagues, collaborated with celebrated scientists, and formed lifelong friendships. These experiences have allowed personal growth and have contributed significantly to my professional development as a medical educator and clinical anatomist. I look forward to continuing to serve the association wherever possible and to proudly represent the membership.

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Yasmin Carter (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Biography: Yasmin Carter Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Translational Anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Founding Director of the Innovations Lab @UMMS.  Dr. Carter completed her Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, her Master's at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and her undergraduate studies at the University of Bristol, England. She undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Canada.

Dr. Carter serves as a core anatomy faculty member in both the lab and lecture hall in the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course for first-year medical students.  Her interests focus on using anatomy as a keystone for teaching transgender healthcare content and best practices to medical students and professionals.  With a mission to advance health equity for gender minorities, Dr. Carter created a module introducing the basic concepts of sex and gender into anatomical curriculums which was implemented here at UMMS and shared internationally. Dr Carter has set a trajectory that has an influence on education and direct outcomes for patient care.

Her research includes projects on incorporation of LGBTQ+ competencies into the undergraduate medical education and the creation of educational materials for allied health professionals in the anatomy of gender affirmation interventions.

Dr Carter also runs the Translational Anatomy Innovations Lab @UMMS, a ‘maker-space’ dedicated to creative and out-of-the-box thinking in medical education. The lab focuses on using innovative and interactive instructional strategies and techniques to improve student engagement and learning outcomes that align with their professional goals. Through the use of virtual and augmented reality models, the goal is to teach anatomy in 4-dimensions more representative of live anatomy making it increasingly applicable to patients. An initiative focused on the creation of an anatomically accurate model of the deltoid for pediatric injection training was awarded a Remillard Family Community Service Fund in 2019.

In addition to her full-time appointment at UMMS, Dr. Carter is an adjunct faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) School of Optometry and is an anatomical consultant and course author for the Apple Design Award winning app “Complete Anatomy” by 3D4medical. Dr. Carter writes and conducts research in the fields of bone biology and human osteology.

Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as a Councilor-at-Large. I was introduced to the AACA just as I was entering the faculty workforce and have been an active member ever since.

The AACA is a unique society whose close-knit networks have allowed me to grow my knowledge, expertise, and experience in ways I would not have thought possible. I have long admired those who take on the council roles, their contentiousness, their time and effort expended for the benefit of us all in the association. I now welcome this opportunity to step up that role by serving my association on its board, and to repay the mentorship, guidance, and support of the members who have played such a vital role in my career.

Our society is an incredible forum to facilitate the communication of leading-edge teaching, research, and emerging technologies from a broad range of disciplines relevant to the anatomist’s career. Our society also fosters the development of a community of peers, without borders or bias; thereby I believe playing a vital in fighting prejudice and empowering science.

I am currently chair of the committee on diversity, equity, and inclusion and a meeting co-manager, and have previously served on the financial and career development committees. My experiences with diversity initiatives, LGBTQ healthcare and my diverse research background provide me with innumerable skills and points of possible mentorship. If elected – I would aim to use my position to serve the AACA by expanding our offerings and facilities to encourage a diverse membership and promote an inclusive environment for all members both within the society and at the annual meetings to continue to create a sense of belonging both professionally and socially. I will encourage the best use of our resources, our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, to and supporting a new generation of anatomists during these changing and challenging times.

Thank-you for your time and consideration.

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Erin Fillmore (Warwick Medical School)

Biography: Dr Erin Fillmore is an Associate Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Chair of the Medical Education Interest Group at Warwick Medical School, Coventry, England (UK).  She is passionate about medical education, and has won numerous teaching awards including recognition for teaching excellence and her work on developing novel online educational products.  She is driven to create innovative ways in which to teach clinically applied anatomy and has great interest in examining why passion and resilience are so important in the learning process. 

While at Warwick Medical School she has led on creating an original clinical anatomy curriculum across MBChB training which combines practical hands-on drawing and doing activities, with a novel medical imaging learning platform, small group learning, and continual formative assessment.  She has an interest in surface anatomy research, including the use of surface anatomy in emergency procedures and the varying procedural approaches used by clinicians.  Other research interests include formative assessment integration, implementation of learning theories into practice, and qualitative investigations into perceived levels of anatomical competence.

Erin has more than 10 years of clinical anatomical teaching experience in both the United States and the UK teaching medical, nursing, dental and physician assistant students as well as teaching qualified doctors in specialised procedural and applied anatomical content.

Statement: I am very honoured and humbled by this nomination for an AACA Councillor-at-Large position.  My interest in this position in part arises from my desire to share my experiences in promoting novel ways in which to teach clinically applied anatomy, and how this can be used to intentionally drive our learners’ journeys in medical training. 

Having spent many years working as a clinical anatomist and medical educator, I am well placed to assist in the strategic development of AACA.  It is my sincere desire to join the AACA council to support and contribute towards the organisational activities.  I feel a deep sense of gratitude to the AACA for the many opportunities that have been offered to me along my professional journey and personal development in my career.  It would be my honour to serve, contribute, collaborate and innovate with others on council.

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Joe Iwanaga (Tulane University School of Medicine)

Biography: I am a oromaxillofacial surgeon, dentist and anatomist from Japan and a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. I am a faculty member in the Department of Neurosurgery, Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Division of Clinical and Gross Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan. All of my teaching and research career has been devoted to clinical anatomy. I’ve mentored many clinical anatomy research fellows and my research, much of which has been funded, has resulted in over 350 peer-reviewed publication in the medical/scientific literature. I serve on multiple editorial boards and as an AACA Co-editor for our Journal, Clinical Anatomy. Additionally, I have authored more than ten textbooks on clinical anatomy both in Japanese and English and have authored a chapter for the 42nd edition of Gray’s Anatomy.

Statement: As a clinician and anatomist, guiding the future direction of an organization as prestigious as the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as a member of its Council would be a huge honor not to be taken lightly. As anatomy courses around the world continue to lose course hours and national funding sources become fewer and fewer, now is the time to reinforce the foundation upon which our organization stands. To this end, elected members to the Council must be innovative in their methods of educating both the teaching and research communities on what the American Association of Clinical Anatomists can offer. As a clinical anatomist, it would be my honor to serve as a member of our Council and help identify the challenges that face us as anatomists and strategies that would deal with these.

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Program Secretary (you may vote for one)
Jennifer Burgoon (The Ohio State University)

Biography: After graduating valedictorian from high school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jennifer Burgoon attended Baldwin-Wallace University (BWU) where she discovered her passion for human anatomy education.  She graduated from BWU summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 1996.  She then worked as a research technician (i.e., primarily as a histologist) at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation until she started graduate school at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 1997.  Dr. Burgoon earned her M.S. in Cell Biology and Anatomy in August 2001 and her Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis on educational psychology, measurement, and evaluation, in August 2008.  While in graduate school, Dr. Burgoon worked as a teaching assistant and tutor for the medical human gross anatomy course, a guest lecturer for the medical embryology course, a research assistant for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, and as a Project Coordinator for a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Grant.  She was very active in multiple student organizations including the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS), where she served as a Regional Coordinator and Ombuds Coordinator, as well as serving as Graduate Student Attorney General for the UNC-CH Student Judicial Office.  During the last three years of her Ph.D. program, Dr. Burgoon taught multiple undergraduate human anatomy courses (e.g., Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Histology) as an instructor during the regular school year for the Department of Biology at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, as well as taught a large-enrollment undergraduate human anatomy and physiology course as a visiting lecturer during the summers for the UNC-CH Department of Biology in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In August of 2008, Dr. Burgoon accepted a position as assistant professor within the Division of Anatomy at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio.  At that time, her primary role was to teach a large-enrollment undergraduate anatomy course with cadaveric prosection to 256 students during three quarters.  Since that time, she was named the Director of Undergraduate Education and that one undergraduate course has grown to upwards of 900+ students per semester.  Her teaching role expanded and now includes: 1.) a graduate-level human histology course; 2.) an undergraduate-level human histology course; 3.) select medical histology components; 4.) a post-baccalaureate human anatomy course for incoming medical students; 5.) an undergraduate-level human dissection course; and 6.) a graduate-level anatomy research seminar.  Dr. Burgoon plays a key role in the growth and improvement of courses within the Division of Anatomy and the College of Medicine at OSU.  She is actively involved in curricular revision and course expansion for the Division of Anatomy, including the development of several new undergraduate courses that are part of her proposed undergraduate human anatomy minor.  Additionally, she served as Co-Chair of the Evaluation and Assessment Team, a member of The Curriculum Implementation Team, and an Expert Educator during the development and initial implementation of the new curriculum [i.e., Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI)] at the OSU College of Medicine.

Dr. Burgoon’s established research focuses on anatomical self-efficacy and the development of teaching resources, as well as examining the role of undergraduate anatomy education in the preparation of students for professional programs.  In terms of teaching resources, she has developed a number of peer reviewed instructional tools published through the American Physiological Society (APS) on the Life Science Teaching Resource Community (LifeSciTRC.org), where her tools have received thousands of views and downloads.  Her scholarship has also included the recent release of the fifth edition of the Guy and Burgoon Learning Human Anatomy: A Laboratory Text and Workbook. During her tenure at OSU, she has participated in several activities that have pushed education forward through the incorporation of innovative technology into the classroom including her selection as a member of the first cohort of Digital Flagship Educators, which provided her with the training and opportunity to develop activities for undergraduate students to use iPads in the gross anatomy laboratory. 

Dr. Burgoon embodies the service mission of the university in her involvement on numerous local, state, and national/international committees and with businesses.  Her service activities on campus include serving as the Assistant Chair of the Division of Anatomy Graduate Studies Committee, as the faculty advisor to the Fellowship of Student Anatomists (FOSA), as a member of the Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy Curriculum Committee, as a member of the College of Medicine Academic Behavior Review Committee, and as a member of The Ohio State University Council on Academic Misconduct (COAM).  At the state level, she currently serves as a member of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Anatomy and Physiology TAG Writing Panel.  At the national/international level, she has worked extensively with organizations and companies such as American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), and Elsevier/3D4Medical.  Within the AACA, she has been an active member.  She currently serves as the Program Secretary, Chair of the Meeting Oversight and Program Planning (MOPP) Committee, and as a member of both the AACA Council and AACA Executive Committee.  She previously served the association through many activities, positions, and committees, including serving as the 2017 and 2018 Annual Meeting Co-Chair.  With HAPS, her service to the organization has included previously serving as Lead of the Anatomy & Physiology Testing Panel, which involved participating in team development of A&P and anatomy-only learning outcomes and the writing of exam questions for national standardized examinations, and she currently serves as the Chair of the Conference Committee.  She was also recently invited to and joined the Anatomy Advisory Board for Elsevier/3D4Medical, which produces the human anatomy application Complete Anatomy

Statement: It is truly an honor to be nominated to serve once again as the Program Secretary of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).  Since joining the AACA in 2002, it has been my pleasure to have served the association through several roles, including as an active member and chair of the Bylaws Committee and as an active member and chair of the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC). 

It was a tremendous opportunity to learn about the activities required to plan and execute the AACA’s Annual Scientific Meetings as the 2017 and 2018 Annual Meeting Co-Chair, under the direction of the former AACA Program Secretary David Porta, prior to my selection as Program Secretary in 2018.  I have also learned a great deal about the association’s inner workings and conference planning over the past three years as Program Secretary.  Besides working with the AACA’s Annual Scientific Meeting, I have also orchestrated a number of other local, regional, and national meetings.  For example, I planned and ran several regional and national meetings during graduate school for the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS).  I also served as the co-chair for the 2018 National Meeting of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and am currently serving on the committee planning the virtual 2021 HAPS Annual Meeting.  

All my training in conference planning has been vital to my activities as AACA Program Secretary, especially over the past year.  COVID-19 required us to forgo years of planning for the Weill Cornell New York meeting and instantaneously move the annual conference onto a virtual platform, which was no easy feat.  Lessons learned from the 2020 AACA virtual conference are being used to improve the 2021 AACA virtual conference – a meeting that looks to be incredibly informative and provide attendees with substantial opportunities for networking and socializing.  The practical experiences from the virtual meetings have provided us with the unique opportunity to now consider the integration of virtual aspects into our future in-person meetings, as well as remain connected to one another during the remainder of the year.  My work with the Meeting Oversight and Program Planning (MOPP) Committee and Brand Promotion and Outreach Committee (BPOC) during the summer of 2020 led to the development of the Clinical Anatomy Round Table (CART) sessions – which have provided opportunities to interact with one another outside of the annual conference and addressed many of the concerns attendees indicated on the post-conference survey. 

However, I feel as though my goals to further strengthen our association through highly organized conference planning and increased opportunities for networking among members and related organizations are not yet finished.  With the cancelation of two in-person meetings due to COVID-19, much of the in-person conference planning I am intricately involved with has not yet come to fruition.  Therefore, I am asking for your vote so that I will be able to continue planning the upcoming meetings in Fort Worth (June 2022) and Orlando (July 2023), as well as continue with my extensive work on the New York (TBD 2024) meeting.     

In summary, I wish to continue my service to this amazing and talented community of colleagues and friends in an effort to create the best AACA Annual Scientific Meetings possible, as well as develop opportunities for us to remain connected to one another during the rest of the year.  I know this position requires a substantial time commitment, but I am truly committed to this endeavor knowing the importance of the annual meetings and networking to the association. Finally, thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to seeing everyone virtually at the 2021 AACA Annual Scientific Meeting June 28 through July 2!          

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Proposed Bylaws Changes (you may vote yes, no, or to abstain)

AACA Members,

Please take a moment to review the proposed 2021 AACA Bylaws changes. All proposed changes have been highlighted in yellow, so that you are able to easily identify the proposed changes. To review the changes, please click on the image below. To see a current copy of the AACA Bylaws, click here