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2018-2019 Dean's Teaching Fellows

Beau Abar, PhD

Paul F. Griner Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2017 - 2019

Project: Improving Communication with Patients in Primary Care Regarding Depression and Suicide

Beau AbarBeau Abar, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and Public Health Sciences. He received his doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in emergency medicine and quantitative health sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He joined the URMC faculty in September, 2013.

He works primarily as a research professor in emergency medicine, with a focus on issues surrounding access to care for behavioral health treatment. He is also the instructor for the introductory quantitative methods course in the MPH program and for the advanced quantitative modeling course offered through Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology. Dr. Abar is also the chair of the Emergency Medicine Research Committee and the Educational Fellowship Grant subcommittee chair for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Abar’s project parallels his research interests, focusing on ways to improve communication with patients in primary care about sensitive mental health concerns like depression and covert suicidality. His primary mentor on his project is Dr. Ronald Epstein.

Ronald Bossert, MD

Marshall Lichtman Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2018-2020

Project: Surgical Sport: Improving Surgical Education Through Task-Specific Skill Acquisition and Coaching

Ronald P. Bossert, M.D.

Dr. Ronald P. Bossert, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bossert received his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and remained there for his plastic surgery residency training. He then went on to complete a fellowship in body contouring following weight loss at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2012.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Bossert serves as the Program Director for the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Rochester. He is also the Director of the Life After Weight Loss Program, one of less than a dozen such program nationally. Ronnie has personal and professional interest in plastic surgery following weight loss as well as delineation of surgical competency in plastic surgery residency training. His project is entitled  “Surgical Sport: Improving Surgical Education Through Task-Specific Skill Acquisition and Coaching” and will focus on utilizing a surgical mentorship model with focused intra-operative evaluation to streamline and enhance surgical competency.

Linda M. Callahan, PhD

Lawrence E. Young Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2017 - 2019

Project:  Development and assessment of an On-line Tool to assist first-year medical students learning Histology

Linda CallahanLinda M. Callahan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.  She obtained her PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and joined the UR Faculty in 1996.  She directed the URMC Light Microscopy Resources for 11 years and recently joined the Human Structure-Function Faculty teaching anatomy and histology. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Callahan is also the newly appointed Histology Resources Curator, responsible for assembling and maintaining the histological resources significant for medical education and for developing tools that keep histology medical education curriculum current.

Dr. Callahan will be working on the development and assessment of an online tool aimed towards enabling first year medical students to quickly check their understanding of Histology after each lab exercise.  The overall goal of the project is to support each student’s learning such that the student learns pattern recognition and diagnostic skills necessary to master histology at their own pace of learning.   Dr. Callahan’s goal is to develop digital histology on-line learning tools for medical and graduate students. 

Dr. Callahan’s research interests include neurodegenerative disease processes, especially of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in understanding how to assess learning tools to determine their impact on a learner’s ability to learn.   She is also interested in the history of microscopy and histology, particularly in terms of their impact on current medical practice.

Laura Cardella, MD

John Romano Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2018-2020

Project: Developing and Testing a “Residents as Teachers” Curriculum

Laura Henrichs Cardella, M.D.Dr. Laura Cardella is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she received Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Dr. Cardella completed her psychiatry residency training at Brown University and returned to the University of Rochester to pursue a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship. She joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2009.

Dr. Cardella serves as the Medical Director of the UR Medicine: Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness outpatient clinic, where she sees patients.  In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Cardella serves as the Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Director of the Psychiatry clerkship, and teaches in undergraduate medication education.

Dr. Cardella’s interest in teaching has led her to pursue the Dean’s Teaching fellowship in order to improve the system of feedback between residents and medical students.  Through the use of videotaped feedback sessions, she will teach and assess psychiatric residents’ feedback to medical students on their psychiatric interviewing and mental status examination skills.

Catherine Gracey, MD, MS

George W. Corner Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2018-2020

Project: Development of a Medical Resident Educator Pathway

Catherine Gracey, MD, MSDr. Catherine Gracey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine.  She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and did her residency training in the University of Rochester Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine.  After residency, she had a variety of clinical experiences, including working in the Emergency Department in an urban hospital, an outpatient practice in rural Texas, University Health in Rochester, and an academic general internal medicine practice in Syracuse.  She joined the General Medicine Division at URMC in 2000 and practices and teaches in the outpatient resident practice.  Dr. Gracey received her Masters degree in Health Professions Education at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in 2016.

In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Gracey is Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency Program and directs the residency’s Primary Care Program and Medical Educator Pathway.  She also directs the ambulatory curriculum and resident evaluation and assessment.  Her academic interests are medical education and teaching communication skills.

Dr. Gracey’s project is to advance the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Medical Educator Pathway in order to facilitate the growth and development of future extraordinary medical educators. 

Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, MD

Jules Cohen Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2017-2019

Project: Development of a Self-Reflection Tool for Teaching in Transgender Medicine

Katherine GreenbergDr. Katherine Greenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, with a secondary appointment in the Division of General Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester after completing her undergraduate training in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.  She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies’ and Children’s Hospital-Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the University of Rochester.  While in her fellowship, she also completed the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive health, a year-long intensive advocacy training for physicians involved in sexual and reproductive health care.  She joined the faculty in 2014.

Dr. Greenberg’s clinical work includes directing the adolescent medicine Gender Health Services program, which provides hormonal treatment for transgender and gender expansive youth from puberty through age 25 as well as referrals for mental health services, surgical services, and other transition-related care.  She is a member of the national Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program (ARSHEP) faculty through Physicians for Reproductive health, and is a local, regional, and nationally recognized educator in care for transgender youth and young adults.  Her other main area of both clinical work and educational advocacy is on adolescent sexual and reproductive health care, particularly long acting reversible contraception (LARC) for unintended pregnancy prevention.  Since 2014 she has served as the assistant director for the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative, a grant-funded educational initiative to teach adults who work with youth about the safety, efficacy, and availability of LARC in Rochester.

Dr. Greenberg’s educational responsibilities include directing the medical student and resident elective rotation in adolescent medicine, for which she developed a guided self-reflection exercise during her fellowship.   She also co-led the creation of a national curriculum for pediatric residents in adolescent medicine for the Education Committee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, which was published in August 2017.  Her educational scholarship has centered on unpacking the hidden curriculum and implicit biases around vulnerable patient populations, and her Dean’s Teaching Fellowship project will involve applying these same principles to teaching and learning in transgender health.

Marybeth Jones, MD, MS

Lowell A. Glasgow Dean’s Teaching Fellow, 2018-2020

Project: A novel curriculum for medical students: Using systems-based proactive approaches to facilitate health care transitions for adolescents with chronic conditions.

Marybeth R. Jones, M.D., M.S.Dr. Marybeth R. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she participated in the Pediatric CORE (Community Oriented Resident Education) Track. Dr. Jones completed an academic pediatric fellowship at the University of Rochester, where she also received a Master's degree in Health Professions Education. She joined the faculty in the Division of General Pediatrics in 2017, and she practices in primary care at the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Practice and Culver Medical Group.

Dr. Jones is interested in providing health care for pediatric patients with chronic illnesses across their lifespan. She hopes to focus on educating providers, patients and their families about the importance of planning for transition throughout childhood, as well as on identifying barriers to the delivery of quality care during times of transition to adult care models. In addition to her clinical and academic interests, she is an Assistant Director in the Primary Care Clerkship for medical students. Her DTF project will use patient-centered immersion experiences to explore health care transitions for youth with chronic illness, in order to help early medical students build a basic understanding of health systems science and systems based practice concepts.

Jessica C. Shand, MD

George L. Engel Dean's Teaching Fellow, 2017-2019

Project: A Web-Based Curriculum to Promote Resilience and Positive Identity during Pediatric Residency Training.

Jessica ShandDr. Jessica C. Shand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, and is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she spent a year at the National Cancer Institute as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow studying cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Shand completed her residency training at the University of Rochester, with a Distinction in Research, and her fellowship training in pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. She joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2013, where she practices pediatric hematology-oncology at the Golisano Children’s Hospital while maintaining a leukemia research laboratory as a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Research Scholar.

Dr. Shand believes that the care of sick children provides resident physicians with a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on larger issues that impact their professional identity. Her Dean’s Teaching Fellowship project will develop and implement a novel technology platform to help residents build and maintain habits, based on individual needs, to reinforce a positive identity during training. The project will build upon Dr. Shand’s current activities with the Pediatric Residency Program, in which she works with residents during difficult case debriefings and wellness presentations.

Dr. Shand is passionate about exploring how intersections between science, philosophy and spirituality can change the way medicine is practiced in our current context of rapid cultural and technological shifts. In addition to her clinical and research activities, she studies and teaches courses on spirituality and medicine in the Division of Medical Humanities and as a Faculty Associate Professor at the Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School.