Programs and Resources for your Professional Development
Programs and Resources for your Professional Development
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   Programs and Resources for your Professional Development - December 2022

In This Issue of the CFE Newsletter

  1. Applications are open for the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program! Applications are due January 6th.

  2. Welcome our New Senior Instructional Designer, Teddy Hristov!

  3. December CFE Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Melissa Carroll, read our interview below.

  4. Congratulations, Master of Arts in Education and Human Development Graduate Dr. Nicole DeVaul!

  5. Akman Innovation Fund Grants
  6. The SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presents: The 7th Annual SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series "Advancing the Dream: Why We Can't Wait."
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Open Now: Applications for the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program!

Enhance your teaching skills, foster scholarship in education, and develop your leadership potential. Apply for the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP)! All full-time basic science, clinical science and health sciences SMHS faculty involved in teaching are welcome to apply
See what past graduates had to say about the MTLDP:
The opportunity to conduct guided inquiry into several aspects of medical education and training is unparalleled by any other program I have witnessed. Couple that with the opportunity to interrogate my own assumptions about my career trajectory, my educational principles, and my standing on social issues and it becomes clear why the MTLDP has been a transformative experience.”
-Tenagne Haile-Mariam, MD (Emergency Medicine)
The program made me knowledgeable enough to talk to educators, understanding core concepts that I had blindly trudged through previously. It strengthened my confidence and ability to design and implement educational and organizational projects.”
-Lamia Soghier, MD (Pediatrics - Neonatology)
The 22nd cohort will run from August 30th, 2023 - June 12th, 2024. Classes are every Wednesday from 12:30-5:00; in-person attendance to all classes is required. 
Applications will be accepted until January 6th, 2023. For more information on MTLDP, including application instructions and testimonials from graduates, visit our website: and email informing her of your intent to apply.
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Welcoming Teddy Hristov to the CFE Team!

We are pleased to introduce our new Senior Instructional Designer Teddy Hristov. She has previously fulfilled this role at the Office of Distance Education, Metropolitan College, Boston University as well as at Emmanuel College, Boston. There she designed and evaluated Blackboard and Canvas courses and assisted faculty in developing educational materials and technology-based instructional components that meet specific curricular needs. Teddy is an experienced learning designer and online teacher with excellent interpersonal and project management skills. She has provided expert consultation to faculty in course design and development, integration of educational technology, and best practices in the utilization of learning environments. Teddy has created workshops and instructional content to help teachers enhance their pedagogical practices. She looks forward to contributing to the improvement of the design, evaluation, and revision of teaching materials, and the application of technologically-enabled learning environments according to the best practices in instructional design for SMHS. Teddy’s office is in the CFE, Suite 103E. Her email address is
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CFE December 2022 Faculty Spotlight

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

Congratulations to Nicole DeVaul, PhD, for completing her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Fall 2022. She completed a research project titled "Medical Student Experience with Prework," advised by Dr. Ellen Goldman.
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Faculty Focused Resources

Akman Innovation Fund Grants
Award Period: Spring 2023 – Spring 2024
Application Deadline: January 6, 2023
The Akman Innovation Fund Grants were created to foster ideas, support mentorship and promote clinical innovation. The fund provides pilot grants to launch innovative student, resident, and faculty projects designed to transform ideas into vibrant programs through intergenerational collaboration. Proposals will be judged on the ability to effectively link the trainee with a senior faculty member to support the goals of the grant and provide strong mentoring. It is anticipated that the pilot grant will lead to follow-on funding.
Each year, the Akman Innovation Fund will award up to grants of ~ $10K to support projects in priority thematic areas. In spring 2023, two (2) Akman Innovation Fund Grants will be awarded in the areas of: 
- Development of novel therapeutics or biomarkers for critical health conditions that differentially affect underserved populations
  • The principal investigator must be a current SMHS student or resident working with a physician at the GW Medical Faculty Associates or a GW-employed SMHS faculty member. 
  • All studies must be conducted using GW facilities.
  • Grants will be awarded for 1 year with the potential for a no cost extension into a second year.
  • Applications should include:
    • Study aims and project description (2 pages max)
    • Brief biosketch of the applicant (1 page)
    • Brief biosketch of the primary mentor (1 page)
    • Budget justification, i.e. how will the funds be used
    • No support will be provided for previously funded ongoing projects.
    • A short progress report is required after 6 months and a final report is required within 1 month of completion. 
Submit your application by January 6, 2023 to Sara VanDommelen at slv15@gwu.eduAwards will commence on January 30, 2023.
The SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presents:The 7th Annual SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series "Advancing the Dream: Why We Can't Wait."
The SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presents:The 7th Annual SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
"Confronting U.S. History: We Must End RACISM to End Health Disparities"
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist, Racial Scholar, and Creator of the 1619 Project 
12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST 
Zoom - Virtual
Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
"Confronting Structural Racism: Building the Courage for Change"
Dr. Wendy Ellis, DrPH, MPH
12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST 
Ross Hall - In Person
The George Washington University
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