Ballot

2020 AACA BALLOT

 

Councilor-at-Large (you may vote for two)
Yasmin Carter
Frank Daly

Jon Jackson
Eileen Kalmar
Sarah Keim-Janssen
Soo Kim
Natalie Langley
Vaughan Lee
Kazzara Raeburn
Association Secretary (you may vote for one)
Quentin Fogg

 

Special Councilor - Allied Health (you may vote for one)
Philip Fabrizio (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia)

Biography: Dr. Fabrizio has been teaching and doing clinical work in Health Sciences since 1987 after receiving a Master of Science Degree in Instruction and Learning with concentration in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as an Exercise Leader in a Phase III cardiac rehabilitation program, consulted on exercise and wellness programming, and taught wellness courses at the Allegheny County Community College in Pittsburgh.  In an an effort to strengthen his understanding of the musculoskeletal clinical continuum of care, he went back to school and received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University. He worked in a variety of outpatient clinical settings while continuing to teach in the Physical Therapy Program at Duquesne University. His passion has always been teaching and to further that passion, he recently completed his Doctor of Education degree at the University of St. Augustine for the Health Sciences where he received the Excellence in Scholarship Award. Dr. Fabrizio currently has an appointment as an Associate Professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine(PCOM) Georgia where he teaches courses in clinical anatomy, advanced topics in anatomy, neuroanatomy, clinical exercise science, and integrative dry needling.  He was awarded Innovative Teacher of the Year in 2019 at PCOM. He is currently developing  a research agenda centered around motivation and learning in anatomy and the health sciences while continuing to promote anatomical research with his students.

Dr. Fabrizio’s clinical practice has centered around musculoskeletal care and pain management through physical therapy interventions which include corrective exercise, ergonomics, muscle energy techniques, manual techniques, and integrative dry needling. He has worked in a number of health care settings and has been licensed to practice physical therapy in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and Georgia. He continues to practice in Physical Therapy part-time with a select musculoskeletal pain case-load.

Statement: Physical therapy has opened many doors for me including that of training and teaching in the anatomy laboratory and developing my role as a teacher.  My career has always been a split-role of clinician and academician. In addition to being a clinical preceptor, I taught courses in gross anatomy, advanced topics anatomy, clinical exercise science, pathophysiology, ergonomics, and functional anatomy to physical therapy students and coordinated a series of post-graduate anatomy and clinical education courses for practicing physical therapists. Serving on several consulting teams for new physical therapy programs has also helped me to reinforce the importance of clinical anatomy in allied health.

During my previous terms serving as the Allied Health Councilor, I began to see the AACA more as a “support group” for everyone connected to clinical anatomy, including health science professions. The strength of our organization lies in the people, the membership. And the diversity of the memberships multiplies the Association’s strength. Members come from all walks of life, from all health science experiences, and bring forward a diverse set of skills, strengths and perspectives. However, we are all united by our singular passion of clinical anatomy. Members are actively engaged in teaching and research in numerous settings including Allied Health and Health Science programs. In the future I would like to see the AACA continue to grow and continue to reach out to include those professionals teaching in all allied health curricula. There is untapped membership potential within the health science programs. In my travels, I am always astounded that so many of the anatomy teachers in health science schools are unaware of the benefits and camaraderie offered by the AACA. I would like to propose a greater effort to include more allied health anatomy teachers and researchers by actively promoting the AACA to the allied health programs. Continuing to improve our visibility will go a long way toward improving our membership and will also make us a stronger more comprehensive association. I am eager to play a role in furthering the presence of an organization that has given me so much.

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Gilbert Willett - (Creighton University)

Biography: Gilbert “Gib” Willett is an Associate Professor at Creighton University. He received his B.S. in physical therapy (1987), M.S. in Anatomy (1994), and Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy (2006) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  He has taught orthopedic physical therapy and clinical anatomy courses to a variety of health care professionals for over 28 years and currently teaches anatomy in the CU dental school and clinical P.T. courses in the CU physical therapy school. He has practiced clinically for over 30 years. He has been and continues to be active in professional associations, for example: 1) AACA current Allied Health Councilor, previous CDC member, 2) APTA – Nebraska State Chapter Manual Therapy Task Force, and 3) APTA House of Delegates – elected NE state delegate.

Gib has been an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in orthopedic P.T. for over 25 years. He is a member of the APTA, the Orthopedic Academy of the APTA, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (>20 years in each).   

Dr. Willett’s research interests have focused on the areas of orthopedic physical therapy practice and the scholarship of teaching.  Recent publications include: 1) Willett GM, TF Walker, NS Norton. Stylohyoid Syndrome. JOSPT. 2019; 49(8):621, 2) Becker BJ, H Sayles, M Woehler, T Rost, GM Willett. An Investigation of Professional Networks and Scholarly Productivity of Early Career Physical Therapy Faculty. JOPTE. 2019; 33(2):94-102, 4) Webster TL, GM Willett. Educational Intervention Aimed at Teaching Critical Thinking: A Mixed Methods Investigation. Rad Sci & Ed. 2019; 24(1):17-27, and 5) Barth M, GM Willett, K Oliphant. Heterotrophic Ossification Following Hip Arthroscopy. JOSPT. 2018; 48(4):344.

Statement: I have been a member of the AACA since 1999 and it has been a great honor serve as an AACA Allied Health Special Councilor for the past several years. I would like to continue contributing to the AACA as an allied health special councilor with a focus on reaching out to allied health care professionals, including instructors, students, and clinicians. I believe my experience has been an asset for addressing allied health professions related issues. I am a team player and will continue to work in whatever capacity the organization feels would be most useful for progressing and promoting its mission and goals. Thank you for considering me as the AACA Allied Health Special Councilor.

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Councilor-at-Large (you may vote for two)
Yasmin Carter (University of Massachusetts Medical Scool)

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 in the Department of Radiology.

Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Carter attended the University of Bristol, England, graduating with a BA(Hons) First Class degree in Biological Anthropology with a focus on Human Osteology in 2005. Subsequently she earned a Master of Arts degree based on quantitative imaging and analysis of the auditory ossicular chain from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2009, in the lab of Dr. Robert Hoppa. Dr. Carter’s doctoral research completed under Dr. David Cooper, at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 2015, investigated the cellular spaces of human bone using ultra-high-resolution x-rays, and how accumulations in those spaces may negatively impact the healthy aging of bone. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical Imaging, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Canada.

Dr. Carter has teaching and curriculum development experience in gross human anatomy; bone histology; human osteology; sex and gender medicine; medical imaging; physical/biological anthropology; and, innovative teaching methods and technology implementation. She currently serves as a core anatomy faculty member in both the anatomy lab and lecture hall in the Development, Structure, and Function (DSF) course for first-year medical students at UMASS Medical School.

Her educational research interests focus on using anatomy as a ‘keystone’ for teaching sex- and gender-based healthcare content and ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ best practices to medical students and professionals. More specifically, her work is largely focused on reducing prejudice and increasing access to healthcare for transgender people/patients. Since 2018, she has served as the Director of the Innovations Lab at UMASS Medical School, a ‘maker-space’ dedicated to creative and out-of-the-box thinking in medical pedagogy utilizing: 3d printing; silicon modelling; app development; virtual and augmented reality; and simulation. Dr. Carter has mentored undergraduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows in the US and abroad, resulting in a number of awards, grants and collaborative publications. Additionally, Dr. Carter continues to conduct grant-funded research in the fields of bone biology and human osteology.

Dr Carter is an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists; American Association of Anatomists; and, the Radiological Society of North America. For the AACA, she currently serves as a Meeting Manager, and previously served as a member of the Career Development Committee, and twice on the Financial Affairs Committee. Dr. Carter has received numerous awards. In 2015 she was recognized by the AACA with the Tapan K. Banerji Doctoral Award in Clinical Anatomy for her research on anatomical education through medical imaging.

Outside of work, she lives with her giant Alaskan Malamute, in the Victorian home she is currently renovating - one YouTube video at a time. You can find her on twitter at @DrYasminCarter.

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. Now I 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.

My experiences with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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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Frank Daly (University of New England in Maine)

Biography: Dr. Frank Daly is an Associate Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He serves as the Director of the Anatomical Board for State of Maine and teaches gross anatomy, embryology, & histology to medical and dental students in an integrated curriculum. Previously, Dr. Daly taught in Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs within a prosection-based curricula in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England.

Dr. Daly is a graduate of Stonehill College (1991) where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. He received his doctorate in Anatomy & Neurobiology from Boston University (1997) and completed a post-doctoral research program in retinal cell biology with Dr. Richard Masland, Ph.D. at Howard Hughes Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (1999).

Dr. Daly’s scholarship focuses on anatomy education pedagogy, including integrating basic science courses into clinical curricula and ensuring students remain well prepared for their clinical experiences. In the medical and dental courses at the University of New England, students learn from discipline experts in courses that have blended basic science content with clinical content, taught by practicing physicians and dentists. All anatomy courses at the University of New England are based upon body donor dissections.

Dr. Daly has been a member of the American Association for Anatomy and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists since 2005 and has served on the AACA Bylaws committee (2015-2017).

Statement: I would appreciate the opportunity to serve as Councilor-at-Large for my anatomy peers. The AACA has been instrumental in my education, offering networking opportunities, well-managed and active list-serves and annual conferences that address many of the issues that we all face as anatomists. For me, having access to the wealth of knowledge and experiences of the Association’s members has made my work more effective. I hope that the expertise that I can provide will help others in their positions, whether it is managing laboratory resources, basic science content balance in an integrated curricula, or how to ensure that students are getting the high-quality education that comes from dissection-based clinical anatomy courses.

I believe that medical, dental and other health professions training will remain at the forefront of graduate education. As long as there are students interested in pursuing these careers, it is going to be critical to ensure that anatomical donation and cadaveric dissection courses remain within the foundational courses. Anatomy faculty will continue to take on more of a post-graduate focus as clinicians and surgeons prepare for more complex procedures. New tools and techniques require practice on anatomical specimens that our institutions can provide. It is through networking with these clinicians that the bond between anatomy and health care providers will be strengthened.

If elected as Councilor-at-Large, it will be an honor and privilege for me to assist in steering our Association in this continually evolving discipline. 

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Jon Jackson (Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Jon Jackson was reared by musically-proficient, nomadic health care administrators. After 11 schools in 12 years –none were reform schools, contrary to rumor/urban legend)– he graduated from high school in Minnesota one year, and from the gymnasium in Göteborg, Sweden the next year (as an exchange student). He earned B.A. degrees in Chemistry & Biology from Luther College (Decorah, IA), and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Anatomy & Cell Biology. While in grad school, Dr. Jackson served as a graduate teaching assistant in medical gross anatomy, gross anatomy for PT and OT, medical embryology and histology, undergraduate anatomy & physiology, and medical neuroanatomy. His PhD research was on changes in cell proliferation brought on by dis-regulation of the extracellular matrix in diabetes mellitus.

Following a post-doc in the Cell Biology department at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Jackson joined the Otolaryngology faculty there as a research assistant professor. There he mentored surgical residents and med students in research, and held head-and-neck dissection reviews with them. Having failed to secure any “R” funding whatsoever while at Vanderbilt, Dr. Jackson left academia and moved to the Bay Area, where he worked in medical publishing and marketing start-ups, and met his future wife singing in an a cappella group.  He was recruited back to the University of North Dakota in the years following the devastating Red River Flood of ’97, to help lead the rebuilding of both gross anatomy labs and the Deeded Body Program.  During the next 16 years, Dr. Jackson revitalized the Deeded Body Program, taught human anatomy at all levels of the curriculum, ran a popular writing and seminar course for all first-year basic science graduate students, directed the 4th-year anatomy elective, and in the process served on and/or chaired many of the University’s committees, including two terms on the State Board of Higher Education, elected by the faculty of all 11 different state institutions as their representative.

In late June 2014, his contract was not renewed (thanks for the 10-day notice, yo!). He spent the next two years teaching as a Visiting Professor of Anatomy at St. George’s University (Grenada) and the Ohio State University, respectively, before joining the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, NM, as a founding faculty member and the Director of Gross Anatomy Laboratories.  At BCOM, he has led the introduction and integration of cadaver-based gross anatomy labs into the medical curriculum, building on existing faculty expertise in radiological and ultrasound imaging. He teaches embryology & gross anatomy, directs the dissection electives, and pursues his interests (and speaking opportunities) in the areas of history of medicine (particularly women and minorities) and dissection.

At BCOM, he serves on a number of institutional and ad hoc committees, and is past-chair of the Faculty Council.  Jackson’s past service to the AACA includes two terms each on the By-Laws and Anatomical Services Committees, and one on the Nominating Committee. He’s held similar committee and leadership positions in the American Association for Anatomy, and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, the latter group awarding him the Presidential Award for Service in 2019.

Most recently, Dr. Jackson has received the Silver Medallion from Delta Airlines, in recognition of his many trips back and forth between his teaching home in New Mexico and his family home in North Dakota, where his daughter is a college sophomore, his son a high school freshman, and his wife, whom he lured to North Dakota in the first place, remains on the UND faculty as the Kenneth & Frances Swenson Professor of Law.

Statement: It’s a real pleasure and honor to be nominated to serve the AACA as a member of the Council.  The association has been a source of mentorship and help for me since a surgeon from Fargo named Mark Jensen brought the AACA to my attention in 2001. In 2006, I attended my first conference. The session in Milwaukee on the humanities in medical education and their utilization in the realm of dissection and professionalism is something I reference and use to this very day.  As a part of the Council, the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues to promote our discipline and offer opportunities for students and trainees is something I believe we all value as a society — working to futher our association’s mission and future course so all our member-colleagues maximize their value and membership returns is something I hope you will put on my “to do” list through your support and vote.

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Eileen Kalmar (The Ohio State University)

Biography: Eileen Kalmar earned her PhD in Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester, New York in 1993 where she was awarded a National Institutes of Health F31 pre-doctoral fellowship for her thesis work involving in vitro paradigms aimed at enhancing peripheral nerve regeneration. During her tenure as a student she served as a graduate teaching assistant in human gross anatomy, histology, and neuroscience. Her first post-doctorate training position was at the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, further focusing on in vitro paradigms of regeneration, more specifically enhancing spinal cord regeneration and understanding the detailed initial cellular events following partial spinal cord transection. During her second post-doctorate training position at the University of Rochester she was awarded a grant from the Rochester Eye and Human Parts Bank, New York to investigate in vitro paradigms to enhance retinal regeneration. Eileen accepted her first faculty position as an Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College, New York where she taught courses in anatomy and physiology. She maintained her connection with the University of Rochester as an adjunct with continued teaching in the medical anatomy curriculum.

In 1999, Dr. Kalmar’s family moved to Columbus, Ohio and she stepped out of academics to raise a family. During her 10-year hiatus from academics, she remained dedicated to education infusing her passion for learning and teaching into an array of community leadership roles. Additionally, she wrote and obtained two community grants to assist in innovative educational programs associated with the YMCA, Powell, Ohio.

Currently, Dr. Kalmar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. She is the Director of Dental Anatomical Education and the Associate Director of the Body Donation Program and Anatomical Services. In addition, Eileen serves as Chair of the Department Curriculum Committee and serves on the College of Medicine Executive Curriculum Committee, as well as on The Ohio State College of Dentistry Curriculum Committee. Eileen’s focus is on graduate, professional (Dental and Medical), and post-graduate education in anatomy. She directs the first-year integrated dental human anatomy courses and helps integrate the professional schools’ dissections that work on shared cadaveric specimens. She administers advanced longitudinal anatomy experiences for the medical and dental programs. Dr. Kalmar utilizes a variety of modalities to reinforce anatomy education in the clinical environment, including imaging and ultrasound. In addition, she has organized and directed 6 consecutive annual continuing dental education courses in Translational Head and Neck Anatomy Review at The Ohio State University and has expanded these offerings to other institutes of higher education in the United States. Dr. Kalmar has recently begun work as the Curriculum Consultant on a National Science Foundation Award entitled “Enhancing Discovery Based Learning in STEM Education by Integrating Augmented Technology and Culture Based Pedagogy” in a collaboration with the University of Hawaii, West O’Ahu Campus.

Reaching people where they are and supporting their educational progress has become the corner stone of Dr. Kalmar’s personal and professional mission statement and has led to the diversity of her academic programming and service experiences.

Statement: I gratefully accept the nomination to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as an At-Large Council member. A member of the AACA since 2015, I am proud to have served on the Career Development Committee, ByLaws Committee, and currently as the Co-Chair of the Anatomical Services Committee. Through my work with these committees and my interactions with the AACA membership, I have witnessed the tremendous support for students and colleagues alike from both the organization and its individual members. Our Association continues to further the integration of anatomy education and research across academic and translational fields at every level. This work is foundational for each of us to develop and succeed. I look forward to furthering this work and representing the input of our membership as an AACA At-Large Council member. Thank you for this opportunity.

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Sarah Keim-Janssen (Kansas City University)

Biography: I received my B.S. in Medical Technology in 2001 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and started practicing as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.  During that time I held an adjunct position at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE where I taught two courses every spring and I fell in love with teaching.  I decided then to return to school to pursue my doctoral degree so I could teach at the college level.  In 2003, I was accepted into graduate school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE and began work on my Ph.D.  I learned quickly that I loved interacting with students as a teaching assistant and later as a tutor for first-year medical students in the gross anatomy course.  After completion of the Ph.D. in 2008, I became an Instructor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at UNMC and later was promoted to Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.  My teaching responsibilities included gross anatomy, embryology and neuroanatomy for first-year medical, physician assistant and physical therapy students and neuromuscular physical therapy to first-year physical therapy students.  In 2016 I took a new job at Kansas City University where I teach anatomy, embryology and neuroscience to first-year osteopathic medical students.

I am an active member in several professional organizations including AACA, AAA and MERLOT.  In the past I have served on the Career Development Committee and as a Councilor-At-Large for AACA, and I am an editor on the MERLOT Biology Editorial Board. I have a diverse range of scholarly activities.  My recent educational research has focus on utilizing and promoting the use of lightly-embalmed cadavers as a model for clinical procedures.  I have also been investigating educational technology and its impact on teaching and student learning.

Statement: It is a great honor to be nominated to run for Councilor-at-Large for the AACA.  I have been a member of AACA since 2008. The organization has thoroughly welcomed me and provided resources and collaborations to support my career, both as an anatomist and as a professional educator.  For this, I am truly grateful to the AACA.  If elected to the AACA Council, I would like to create more opportunities and/or settings where clinicians, anatomists and students can interact and learn from each other.  Interprofessionalism is a term used today that generates a lot of buzz and is sought after in a number of clinical and educational settings. Fostering collaborative relationships among clinicians, anatomists and students provides benefits for all involved.  For example, interactions create mentoring opportunities to students and excitement for them to continue to pursue anatomic education and research.  Anatomists benefit from clinical tips and anatomical emphasis for anatomical problems, and clinicians gain teaching/research opportunities.  To this end, I would also like to enhance membership to include more practitioners from all areas and try to recruit more students to become involved.

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Soo Kim (University of Saskatchewan)

Biography: Dr. Soo Kim is an Associate Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan (U of S). She received her B.Sc. degree in Physical Therapy in 1998 from the University of Toronto.  During her years as a clinician, she developed expertise in sports medicine and a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation.   In 2008, she earned her PhD from the University of Toronto based on research investing the detailed muscle and tendon architecture of the supraspinatus muscle and developed of an ultrasound imaging protocol to quantify architectural changes with rotator cuff pathology. 

As a faculty member and clinical anatomist at the U of S, Dr. Kim has an active research program investigating muscle architecture and function in response to pathology, surgery, radiation and rehabilitation.  Her research methods span from detailed cadaveric dissections and 3D computer modeling to patient orientated clinical investigations using medical imaging, electromyography and 3D motion capture. Her current PhD student is looking at muscle and function changes of the shoulder girdle in breast cancer survivors.

At the School of Rehabilitation Science, Dr. Kim teaches in the Masters of Physical Therapy program.  Dr. Kim serves as the chair of the Curriculum Committee.  She has been involved in extensively revising and developing the applied anatomy and orthopedic assessment courses for the School. Given her expertise in medical imaging, Dr. Kim is also responsibility of overseeing and teaching the medical imaging content in the curriculum. She is part of team developing new self-directed on-line learning tools for medical imaging.  Recently, through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grant, Dr. Kim has developed new teaching and assessment methods using the Anatomage Table and VR technology. Funded through media and teaching grant, Dr. Kim developed an instructional video series demonstrating musculoskeletal assessment skills which is being used in all musculoskeletal courses in the program.  Dr. Kim’s commitment to teaching has been recognized through numerous teaching awards. She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award (presented by students) six times (in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, 2019), the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Medicine in 2014 (nominated by colleagues) and the Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching in 2016 (nominated by colleagues and students).

Outside of her service to the U of S, Dr. Kim has been an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for over eleven years, being on the Membership, Career Development and Branding and Promotion Committees.  In 2014, Dr. Kim chaired the Career Development Committee, and for 2020-2022 she will chair the Branding and Promotion Committee.  She is has also been the provincial chair for the Clinical Test Development Group of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators since 2014.

Statement: I am honored to receive this nomination for the Councilor-at-Large position.  The American Association of Clinical Anatomists has been my “home” association ever since I was a graduate student.  I know firsthand how vital the AACA can be to the success of a clinical anatomist and I am so grateful for the support and advice I have received from members of the association over the years.  The memories and relationships built throughout the years from different meetings has been truly tremendous!

To date, I have had the honor of serving on the Membership (2008-2009), Career Development (2012-2013) and Branding and Promotion Committees (2018-present).  In 2014, I was given the opportunity to chair the Career Development Committee and as of this summer, I have the privilege of serving as the chair for the Branding and Promotion Committee. The experiences I gained have been invaluable in growing professionally.

If elected, I would be committed to use my experiences to help steer the association to meet the needs of the future generation of clinical anatomists.  I will work diligently with the other council members to ensure the AACA continues to have an international impact through the promotion of clinically oriented anatomy research and teaching and by supporting exchange of knowledge on curricular matters.

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Natalie Langley (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science)

Biography: Natalie Langley, PhD, D-ABFA, is Associate Professor of Anatomy and Director of Assessment in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is a board-certified Forensic Anthropologist trained in anatomy and forensic anthropology. Dr. Langley received a B.A. in Anthropology and German from Louisiana State University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She received an M.A. in Anthropology from Louisiana State University and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (summa cum laude).

Dr. Langley currently directs the gross anatomy and histology courses at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as cadaveric-based CME and resident education courses. She has nearly 15 years of teaching and curriculum development experience in courses at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Dr. Langley was the founding director of several anatomy educational programs, including a Master of Anatomical Sciences program, Clinical Anatomy doctoral program, Anatomy Fellowship, and a pre-matriculation Anatomy Boot Camp. She has mentored students and postdoctoral fellows in the US and internationally on research and development in forensic anthropology, clinical anatomy, and medical education.

Dr. Langley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and she sits on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA). She serves on committees and participates in the abstract review and award judging processes for the AAFS, AACA, and American Association for Anatomy. She is also an item writer for the ABFA board examination, and she serves on the ABFA Examination Validation Committee and Examination Development Committee. Dr. Langley lectures nationally and internationally and has published numerous articles, book chapters, three textbooks, and a laboratory manual. She conducts research in forensic anthropology and clinical anatomy and has received funding from the National Institute of Justice for her forensic research. Dr. Langley has been recognized for excellence in teaching and received the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award for her research in skeletal maturation.

Statement: I would be honored to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Councilor-at-Large. I value the collaborators, mentors, and friends I have met through the AACA and bring new members to our meetings annually to share the experience. I currently serve on the Career Development Committee, and I appreciate working with other AACA members to promote the association’s goals to maintain high professional standards in the teaching of anatomy and dissemination of clinical anatomy research. I have pursued other opportunities to serve the Association, including judging and moderating at meetings. On a personal note, the AACA meetings and the society’s membership have served a meaningful role in my professional development as an anatomist.

My experiences as an educator, mentor, researcher, and administrator provide me with diverse skills for service positions, including leadership, organization, communication, and teamwork. My service experience in professional associations includes abstract review committees, award committees, ad hoc investigative committees, examination writing and validation committees, and career development committees. I welcome this opportunity to become further involved in the AACA and return the favor of the members who welcomed me and continue to play a vital role in my personal and professional development. If elected, I would ensure that this spirit of community is maintained among our membership while promoting all aspects of clinical anatomy—research, education, and training.

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Vaughan Lee (University of South Alabama College of Medicine)

Biography: Vaughan H. Lee, Ph.D., is currently a professor in the Division of Medical Education at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine (USACOM) in Mobile, AL. He teaches anatomy in the dissection based, integrated module for the Musculoskeletal System. He serves as Co-Module Director and coordinates all ultrasound activities in the undergraduate medical education curriculum. He also serves as Director of the Anatomical Gifts Program and is a member of several school committees.

Prior to joining USACOM in May of 2018, Dr. Lee served as professor of medical education and assistant dean for the basic science curriculum at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC, 2013-2018). He was also the Dr. Bernell Dalley Endowed Professor of Medical Education at the TTUHSC School of Medicine (2012-2018). Dr. Lee was Director of Clinically Oriented Anatomy from 2003 to 2018, Chair of the Educational Operations Committee from 2008-2018, Assistant Dean for the Basic Science Curriculum from 2013 – 2018, and Graduate Medical Sciences Concentration Faculty Advisor from 2012-2018. His teaching awards over the years at TTUHSC included the President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2008), Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (2015), and University Distinguished Professor Award (2017). 

Dr. Lee originally earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from USA in 1984, a bachelor’s degree in basic medical sciences (1986) and a doctoral degree (1989) in basic medical sciences: anatomy from the USACOM. He completed his post-doctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and then moved to TTUHSC in 1994 where he remained there until 2018.

Since returning to USACOM in 2018 his scholarship has focused on developing and assessing resources designed to promote independent learning for medical students. Two aspects of his educational work include developing and implementing online resources to help students independently learn anatomy by utilizing self-assessments for metacognition and establishing an ultrasound curriculum for undergraduate medical education at USACOM. His goal is to continue exploring new approaches for promoting various aspects of learning and development for students in medical and healthcare related educational programs.

Statement: I am extremely honored to be nominated to serve American Association of Clinical Anatomists as an At-large Councilor. I have been a member of AACA since 2014 and admired the hard work provided by the leadership. The society has provided engaging meetings and excellent resources that serve the membership well. Most impressive is comradery and closeness it promotes at the meetings. I have served on the Educational Affairs Committee for five years, three as an elected member and a most recent term as the appointed member. I served as chair for 2015-2017, and trust that the topics presented in the EAC symposia and breakfast meetings were valuable to the society. We were also closely involved in the developing discussions to establish a certification program for clinical anatomist led by past president Dr. Marios Loukas. As I look toward the end of my service on EAC in 2020, I would find the opportunity to serve as an At-large Councilor to be a new level for my service to the AACA. Thank you for considering me for this position and I look forward to seeing everyone in New York.   

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Kazzara Raeburn (St. George's University)

Biography: Kazzara Raeburn is a physician-anatomist who graduated cum laude from St. George's University in 2008. Her clinical training occurred in the United Kingdom and Grenada. As a clinical tutor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at St. George’s University she discovered a love for anatomy and medical education. During this time, she oversaw teaching for undergraduate and medical students in anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience. Dr. Raeburn was offered a position as clinical instructor within the Department and was involved in lecturing in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine. In this capacity, she has taught undergraduate and medical students, developing and supervising facilitator and peer-led small group and cadaver dissection laboratory sessions. She was granted a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in anatomy where her research focused on ultrasonography. Her current research interests include medical education and the use of cognitive theory in teaching and learning.

Dr. Raeburn has significant experience in curriculum development in gross and clinical anatomy, histology, physiology, and medical imaging. In 2016, St. George’s University underwent drastic reform moving from a discipline-based to an integrated curriculum. Dr. Raeburn became the youngest course director of this integrated course. She was actively involved in the development of this new curriculum and was tasked with being the first course director to implement it with a pilot class of medical students. Over the next three years, Dr. Raeburn has not only directed this popular course but has also introduced innovative ideas that have increased the integration of clinical knowledge into the basic sciences. This included expansion of ultrasound and simulation labs, integrated small groups, and clinical cases within the course. 

As an active member of the committee for technology-based teaching and learning at St. George’s University, Dr Raeburn has also been involved in evaluating learning platforms and introducing novel methods of teaching including the implementation of various technologies. She is also a strong believer in growing and nurturing the professional habits and traits that are necessary as students transition into our colleagues in the medical profession.

As well as her service to St. George’s University, Dr. Raeburn has 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 been a student mentor, was chair of the Nominating Committee, and has been a judge for  presentations at our annual meetings. 

Dr. Raeburn is currently the director of the international clinical tutor fellowship program at St. George’s University. She continues to encourage professionalism and excellence among her students and colleagues. She brings her enthusiasm and philosophy of hard work and dedication to every aspect of her life and is always willing to go above and beyond in her service to the Association.

Statement: As a physician-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 colleagues and the public as to what the American Association of Clinical Anatomists can offer. As a female 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.

I would be honored to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Councilor-at-Large. I have been a member of the Association for many years and through the Association, I have found mentors, collaborators and friends. Being involved in the AACA has been an important part of my growth as an anatomist and educator and I look forward to the opportunity to be of further service to the organization. As a strong believer in innovation, integration and collaboration, I look forward to proudly representing the membership of the organization.

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Association Secretary (you may vote for one)
Quentin Fogg (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Biography: Quentin Fogg is an Associate Professor in Clinical Anatomy in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne, Australia.  He earned a degree in Anatomy, followed by a PhD in Clinical Anatomy, from The University of Adelaide, Australia. After starting his research/teaching career at Adelaide, he moved across town to Flinders University and started attending AACA meetings, with his first experience being the amazing joint meeting with the EACA in Graz, Austria. Not only did everyone try far too hard to convince him that there are no kangaroos in Austria, but he was blown away by the welcome he received, particularly from established AACA members. It was like being welcomed into a family and that feeling of inclusion has never diminished.

After returning the next year for the equally fantastic meeting in Moraga (from the which the debate still rages: was Greg Smith a better host than Diamond Dave was a singer?), he packed his bags and headed north. Really north (from Australia), ending up at the American University of the Caribbean on Sint Maarten. This life-changing experience opened many doors, including being more active with the AACA. He was able to contribute to the Postgraduate Course at the AACA/BACA meeting in New York, join the Anatomical Services Committee and start bringing students to present at the Annual Meetings. But the Caribbean wasn’t north enough, and a little too hot, so after just over three years Quentin accepted the William Hunter Lectureship at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland. In addition to teaching science, medical and allied health students, he has particular interest and expertise in specialist anatomy education for active clinicians. Glasgow allowed him to more deeply explore this passion, including to help establish the Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre. In 2013, his work in clinical anatomy was recognised by election to full Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In 2015, Quentin took the opportunity to return to Australia, joining the superb team at Monash University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education, in Melbourne. At Monash he continued to develop clinically-focused anatomy teaching and research, including redesigning the content and delivery of a full-body dissection programme. Being part of such a great team that empowered innovation was inspirational. In 2018, he moved across town to The University of Melbourne where he now runs the highly successful Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy and leads a research group that explores the detailed anatomy of the limbs (and other areas), with a particular penchant for the wrist. He is also involved in education research, particularly regarding innovations in anatomy education (technical and pedagogical), skill-development in anatomy, and the training of anatomy educators.  He is incredibly grateful that he and his group have received numerous awards for their research internationally, including from the AACA, and continues to advocate strongly for clinically-relevant anatomical research with the anatomist as a central figure.

Quentin has been featured on British television, including the two-part documentary series “Dissected” on BBC4 in 2014, a programme about Leonardo Da Vinci (BBC2, 2013) and another about the Hunter brothers (BBC4, 2014). Quentin is a strong supporter, and regular collaborator, of research and practice at the art/anatomy interface, including work with the Glasgow School of Art, MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) and a number of independent artists internationally. He is Chair of the Management Committee for the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at The University of Melbourne, and Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists. He is an Associate Editor for Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, as well as a regular reviewer for a broad variety of anatomical and clinical journals, including sitting on a number of editorial boards.

Quentin is married to his significantly better half and some-time meeting attendee, Kara. Being easily convinced of most things social, he loves AACA meetings for the opportunity to get to know some of the nicest people from all around the world. And to join them in many questionable decisions about what direction is best for food and fun after a long day of engaging science. Kara thinks you’re all lovely.   

Statement: I am deeply honoured by the nomination to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Secretary. I have been attending AACA meetings since 2003, only missing two, and am truly indebted to the Association for all the opportunities it has given me, and all the wonderful friendships it has facilitated. Throughout my time in the AACA I have contributed wherever possible: presenting from the platform and with posters, organising and attending PG courses, bringing students, and serving on committees (Anatomical Services and Membership). I have plenty of service experience elsewhere too, through the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (Council Member, current Vice-President), Institute of Anatomical Sciences (UK, Council Member, Regional Representative, Journal Editor, Meeting Host) and others. I’ve learnt so much from AACA members and want to share my experiences with as many people as possible. The Secretary position will not only allow me to serve the AACA in an important and impactful role but will allow me to connect with more of the membership. In doing so, I hope to more readily share how much the AACA means to me, how much it can do for you, and how its impact continues to be truly global.  

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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). She earned a BA degree in Biology, with a concentration of Neurobiology and Behavior, from Cornell University. She then 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. Dr. Giannaris earned a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Dr. Giannaris began her career in a hybrid role as a medical educator/bench researcher. She utilized her expertise in immunohistochemical labeling and cellular quantification techniques to conduct neuroscience research. In addition, she served as a core anatomy faculty member in both lecture and laboratory settings for the first- and second-year medical school courses in gross anatomy and clinical neuroanatomy at UMMS. Her teaching and leadership efforts increased in these courses over the years, until she pivoted her primary focus to medical education and curriculum development.

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 second year Clinical Neuroanatomy course. The DSF course is the largest foundational course for first-year medical students at UMMS and integrates the five 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. She and her colleagues on the DSF leadership team were lauded with the Educational Achievement (Star) Award in 2019 for their 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 the Outstanding Basic Science Medical Educator Award.  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. 

Dr. Giannaris also 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.  In addition, each year she 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, an active member of the AACA. She currently serves as the presidential appointee to the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC). She was previously an elected member and Chair of EAC (2017-2019) where she helped organize a symposium on Interprofessional Education in Anatomy. She has served on the Meeting Organizing and Progam 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 honored and humbled to be nominated to serve the American Association of Clinical Anatomists as Association Secretary. From the first AACA meeting I attended, I have been struck by the welcoming nature of the 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 old 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 so 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. This has allowed me to interface with the Councilors-at-Large, Executive Council, members and the association management team.  I have had a chance to learn and contribute to the inner workings of the association and its future directions. I am honored to be part of such an amazing organization with a rich legacy as I look back at those who have come before me, fellow colleagues, and those whom we will welcome into our AACA family in the future.

I feel ready to take on the role as Associated Secretary 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 AACA Association Secretary.

I welcome the opportunity to work closely with the AACA leadership and members to expand our diverse community of clinical anatomy educators, researchers, clinicians and anatomical services staff. I will work hard to continue to promote clinical anatomy education and research, engage young anatomists, and amplify the voice of the membership. I strive to promote a culture of feedback, collaboration, and open communication through my many interactions in service, teaching, and leadership positions. I will continue to promote a welcoming and positive environment to enhance connections among our diverse networks of colleagues near and far. I am enthusiastic and excited to take on this leadership role and 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 the AACA as Association Secretary to be able to give back to our association and the clinical anatomy community.

Thank you so much for your consideration! See you in New York!

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Sarah Greene (Morehouse School of Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Sarah Greene graduated from Johnson State College in Johnson, VT in 2003 with a B.S. in Health Science.  She then went onto attend the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, where she received a B.S. in Medical Biology in 2005.  She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in 2010. 

Dr. Greene returned to being a student in 2018 to pursue a life-long goal of formally studying American Sign Language (ASL), which she began learning as a child and continued to learn sporadically throughout her life.  She received her A.A. in the American Sign Language pathway from Georgia State University (GSU)-Perimeter in 2019 and is currently working on her B.A. in Sign Language Interpreting at GSU.  While at first glance, this might seem disconnected from anatomy, these are in fact quite intertwined.  Her goal is to work with the D/deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) communities to encourage interest in careers in science and health care, and to develop educational experiences for future health care professionals to improve access and communication with DHH patients, thereby working to address health care disparities in the DHH population.

Dr. Greene began her academic career as a lecturer and laboratory instructor in gross anatomy in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She accepted her first full time faculty position in 2010 as a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont (UVM).  Soon after beginning this position, she received the Rising Star Young Alumni Award from Johnson State College.  She later became an assistant professor in the new, merged Department of Neurological Sciences at UVM.  During her time at UVM, she taught in gross anatomy and neuroscience courses for physical therapy and medical students and developed and directed a Clinical Anatomy elective course for 4th year medical students.  She also served as the Director of the Anatomical Gift Program.   

In 2015, Dr. Greene accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and was promoted to her current position of Associate Professor in 2019. Here, she primarily teaches in the gross anatomy and embryology components of the Organ Systems 1, 2, and 3 courses for medical students, and she is the Course Director for Medical Gross Anatomy for the Physician Assistant program.  In 2017, she received the award for Best Academic Professor at the Faculty Appreciation Gala at MSM.  She serves on several institutional committees at MSM, including acting as a co-chair for the Pre-Clinical Course Review Subcommittee for the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee.  She is also the of Director of the Body Donor Program at MSM.   

Although Dr. Greene began her research in basic science, she transitioned to focus on educational research after graduate school.  Her recent research has focused on three main areas.  The first is evaluating student responses to dissection and finding the most appropriate and effective methods for assisting students with transitioning to working with anatomical body donors.  A portion of this work has included student responses to learning body donor identity and personal information, which was recently published in Clinical Anatomy.  She was a recipient of the Early Career Travel Award for her poster presentation on this topic at the 2019 annual AACA meeting.  She and her co-authors also published an article in Medical Science Educator relating to the importance of a donor memorial ceremony to the students and families of anatomical donors.  Her second area of focus is related to the development and evaluation of creating and implementing technology in the classroom, such as drawing screencasts and dissection videos, and this work has been published in Anatomical Sciences Education.  Her third and most recent area of focus bridges her interests in American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and Medical Education.

Outside of her service at MSM, Dr. Greene has also been active in the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for many years.  She has served for 7 years on the Career Development Committee, during which time she was a member (3 years) and Chair (4 years).  She was an interim member of the Educational Affairs Committee for one year.  She served as a Meeting Manager for the AACA for two years, and she was a meeting host for the annual AACA meeting in Atlanta in 2018.  Additionally, she served for three years on the Committee for Early Career Anatomists for the American Association of Anatomists.    

Statement: It is an incredible honor to receive the nomination to serve as Association Secretary for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.  I joined AACA many years ago as a graduate student, and being involved in the AACA has been imperative to my growth as an educator and researcher in education, and I am excited to have the opportunity to further serve in this association.  I have very much enjoyed chairing the Career Development Committee for the AACA, as it has provided me the opportunity to work with the Committee members to plan events that encourage networking and development of professionals in the early stages of their careers, and I myself have grown during this time.  I believe that my current and past experiences serving on committees for the AACA, as well as my time a meeting manager have provided me with the background, skills, and understanding of the time commitment necessary to serve as Association Secretary.   Thank you for your consideration for this position, and I look forward to seeing you in 2020!

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Lisa Lee (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

Biography: Dr. Lisa MJ Lee, PhD, PA(ASCP)CM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Lee describes her first encounter with a prosected cadaver, in her freshman anatomy course in college, as a singular life-altering event that started her path in anatomical sciences. Her 20-year journey to date begun as an undergraduate TA in the cadaver dissection lab, where she developed a passion for anatomy and teaching. Through her PhD training in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa, she was engaged in anatomical sciences education and acquired new sets of expertise in microscopy, histology, embryology, and pathology. Dr. Lee describes her first faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology at Creighton University as a time of “critical professional growth.” Daily, Dr. Lee was engaged in the application of her anatomical sciences expertise in the clinical practice of autopsy, surgical specimen grossing, pathology lab management, and graduate medical education. Through this experience, Dr. Lee gained new subject expertise in Pathology and honed her skills in the clinical approach to integrated anatomical sciences education. It was also during her time in the clinical world of Pathology that Dr. Lee acquired Board Certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant (PA(ASCP)CM) so that she would be better equipped as a physician extender and a more clinically oriented educator of anatomical sciences. At the Ohio State University College of Medicine, she began teaching clinically oriented histology, embryology, and gross anatomy to medical, dental, and graduate students.

In 2008, Dr. Lee joined AACA, and credits this moment as a “turning point” in her development as an educational researcher and a scholar.  Inspired and encouraged by the AACA resources and mentoring, Dr. Lee developed her first online virtual histology laboratory and investigated effective human-computer interaction protocols, processes, and platforms for the desired learning outcome. In 2012, Dr. Lee was recruited to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, her current academic home. Here, she continues to teach histology, embryology, and gross anatomy in a clinically oriented and integrated way to medical, dental, and graduate students. At CU, Dr. Lee developed a virtual histology laboratory with innovative instructor simulator tools such as annotations and game-based quizzes. Dr. Lee continues to engage in her educational research and scholarship endeavors to fulfill her overarching career goal of making anatomical sciences education accessible, impactful, and long-lasting.

In her journey thus far, Dr. Lee was recognized for her excellence in teaching with Chancellor’s Teaching Award (at CU), Excellence in Teaching Award (at OSU), and Award for Superior Achievement in Student Teaching (at U of Iowa).  She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications, authored a histology textbook, contributed in 5 other texts, created two virtual histology laboratories available for free access, over 70 peer-reviewed abstract publications, and 12 grants that funded much of her educational projects.  Dr. Lee has mentored and advised over 70 students in her career, many of whom attended and presented their work at AACA annual meetings and have gone on to pursue careers in health care, anatomical sciences, and education. 

Statement: Time flies when you are having fun! I have been a member of the AACA since 2008, and during that time, I have served on the Council as a Councilor-at-Large from 2015 to present; the financial affairs committee from 2011 to 2015 and; annual meeting local host committees in 2011 and 2013.

While counting back these years with the AACA and its Council inevitably renders one to feel “seasoned,” it also sparks a sense of awe and gratitude at the realization that AACA has been a consummate companion, a community of guides and mentors in the journey through the ups and downs in my career. It takes a village to raise an academic, so to speak, and I have been one of many beneficiaries of the village, that is AACA.

When called to be on the ballot for the Secretary position, initially, it gave me a pause.  Perhaps it’s imposter syndrome, or maybe it comes from knowing the critical role of the Secretary in the Council, but I questioned whether I was ready and equipped to be the bridge between the AACA’s executive leadership to the rest of the Council, and the entire membership. After talking to numerous mentors, and self-reflections on my time with AACA, I realized that I have the experience, institutional memory, working relations with the current and past members of the Council, and most importantly, the desire and enthusiasm to serve the village, which has given me so much!

We, the AACA, underwent an amazing transformation over the past decade!  From the changing of the association management group, to the financial stability established through signing the new contract with Wiley; together, we have overcome hurdles and shared in our collective successes. With the stabilized and growing financial status, we are committed to supporting the AACA community through thick and thin. These ongoing initiatives include increasing award programs to invest in our members and to build more bridges with our clinical colleagues and other professional communities. Further, we have incredible members who provide global leadership in anatomical services, and this strength of AACA should be fortified. While we look forward to the future of clinical anatomy, we do so, standing on the shoulders of our AACA founders and honored members who paved the way, and we must ensure that the legacy continues.

My priorities as the Secretary, should I earn your votes, would be to:

1) ensure the AACA’s evolving roles, its numerous initiatives, and decision-making processes continue to be guided and motivated by our members and their success;
2) serve as a seamless and transparent feedback loop between the Council and the membership;
3) ensure our collective voices are loud and clear on a global stage, such as the International Federation of Association of Anatomy and;
4) represent the increasingly diverse makeup of our community and our evolving roles as clinical anatomists who are prepared to take on the new era of clinical anatomy.

I am incredibly honored and humbled to share the nomination with fantastic colleagues. Whomever you choose, the AACA, the village, we will be in good hands. Thank you for your consideration!

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