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Teaching Academy Retreat Events Focus on New Members, Awards, & Assessment

January 18, 2020 by Jennifer Nachbur

​The Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont held its annual Snow Season Education Retreat on January 15-16, 2020 in the College’s Medical Education Center and UVM Davis Center. Highlights included an Induction Ceremony for 2019 new members and advanced members, the presentation of the annual Teaching and Education Awards, and the first annual Snow Season Debate, moderated by Professor and Chair of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D.

Larner College of Medicine Dean Richard L. Page, M.D. (right), congratulates Elise Everett, M.D., at the Teaching Academy's Teaching and Education Awards event. (Photo: David Seaver)

The Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont held its annual Snow Season Education Retreat on January 15-16, 2020 in the College’s Medical Education Center and UVM Davis Center. Highlights included an Induction Ceremony for 2019 new members and advanced members, the presentation of the annual Teaching and Education Awards, and the first annual Snow Season Debate, moderated by Professor and Chair of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D.

The induction and awards event was led by Teaching Academy Director Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D., who announced that since its establishment in 2014, the Teaching Academy has grown to include 163 members, including 18 at the Distinguished Educator level, 42 at the Master Teacher level, 86 at the Member level, and 17 at the Protégé level. Presenters at the event included Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and Foundations director, Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., and UVM Health Network Medical Group President Claude Deschamps, M.D.

Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for public health and health policy, received the Frederick C. Morin Educational Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary and sustained record of service in educational leadership, committee service, and/or administration. Elise Everett, M.D., M.S., associate professor and clerkship director for obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, received both the Innovation in Curriculum Development or Pedagogy Award and the Educational Scholarship Award. William Raszka, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Attacks and Defenses course director, was recognized with the Learner Assessment Award. Garth Garrison, M.D., associate professor of medicine, received the Outstanding Contribution Award.

UVM Health Network Medical Group education award recipients were also recognized at the event. Dr. Deschamps presented the Education Grant to Adam Ulano, M.D., assistant professor of radiology as principal investigator (PI), and co-PIs Ryan Walsh, M.D., and Michael Bazylewicz, M.D., assistant professors of radiology; the Graduate Medical Education Educator of the Year to Joseph Winget, M.D., associate professor of medicine; and the Continuing Medical Education Educator of the Year to Cheung Wong, M.D., Berta Pi-Sunyer Williams Professor and director of gynecologic oncology in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences.

Following the debate on making the USMLE pass/fail, Snow Season Retreat attendees participated in sessions on the following topics: development of evaluation tools; assessment and program evaluation for interprofessional education; narrative assessment; teaching quality improvement; assessing learners at any level; writing inclusive cases; faculty resilience; teaching for health equity; and planning for continuous quality improvement.

A total of 40 faculty members were recognized during the induction ceremony, including:

Distinguished Educator
Douglas Johnson, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Amanda Kennedy, Pharm.D., Associate Professor, Medicine
Molly Rideout, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Master Teacher
Naiim All, M.D., Assistant Professor, Radiology
Richard Bounds, M.D.,
Associate Professor, Surgery
Keith Curtis, M.D.,
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Nathalie Feldman, M.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Peter Holoch, M.D.,
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Macaulay Onuigbo, M.D., Professor, Medicine
Mitchell Tsai, M.D., Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Bei Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Mark Bisanzo, M.D., Associate Professor, Surgery
Eike Blohm, M.D.,
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Carolyn Boscia, M.D.,
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Leigh-Anne Cioffredi, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Justin Deangelis, M.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Katherine Dobec, M.D., Assistant Professor, Surgery
Kelsey Donovan, Sc.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine
Eric Ganguly, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine
Emily Greenberger, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine
Rebecca Guy, Ph.D., Instructor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Emily Hadley Strout, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine
Victoria Hart, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Naomi Hodde, M.D, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Elizabeth Hunt, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Jennifer Kelly, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine
Benjamin King, M.D., Assistant Professor, Surgery
Erin Morris, M.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Katelin Morrissette, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine
Mirabelle Sajisevi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Surgery
Marie Sandoval, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine
Sarah Schlein, M.D., Assistant Professor, Surgery
Alissa Thomas, M.D., Assistant Professor, Neurological Sciences
Tina Thornton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine

Alison Brandeis Johnson, M.D., Clinical Instructor – Resident, Surgery
Sarah Kelso, M.D.,
Clinical Instructor – Resident, Surgery
Adrienne Pahl, M.D., Clinical Instructor –Fellow, Pediatrics
Elly Riser, M.D.,
Clinical Instructor – Resident, Medicine
Benjamin Sanofsky, M.D.,
Clinical Instructor – Resident, Anesthesiology
Elizabeth Wahlberg, M.D., Clinical Instructor – Resident, Medicine

Learn more about the Teaching Academy.


Department Highlights

2020-2021 Teaching Award This award is nominated for and voted by medical resdients for idividuals going above and beyond for resident education. Nominees this year: Dr. Agnes Balla, Dr. Kelly Butnor, Dr. Rebecca Wilcox and Dr. Bronwyn Bryant. The winner this year is Dr. Agnes Balla. (06/2021)

Dr. Joanna Conant has become a member of The Teaching Academy at Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. The Teaching Academy sustains and supports an interdisciplinary community of educators who value the scholarship of teaching and learning while facilitating educator development; improve the efficiency and quality of medical education through collaboration and scholarship; and promote an academic environment that increases the value and impact of educators locally, regionally, and nationally.Congrats to Jo on this achievement! (06/2021)

Congratulations to Dr. Arti Shukla on receiving the SAASCR 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award for her seminal contributions to the field of cancer research. Well done Arti!! (5/2021)

SAASCR award 2021

Congratulations!  To Pam Gibson, M.D. who has been awarded 2021 Gender Equity Champion Award which honors Larner College of Medicine community members (faculty, staff or students) who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the advancement of women and those with underrepresented gender identities beyond the scope of their job, area of research, or training. Also, to Joanna Conant, M.D. on her nomination for 2021 The Rising Star Emerging Professional Award which honors a Larner College of Medicine woman or gender minority faculty or staff member who is in the early stage of their career, and who demonstrates excellence in contributions to students, colleagues, and/or the institution in the areas of gender equity and inclusion through service, program development, teaching, research or beyond. (02/2021)

LCOM Foundations Awards: Congratulations to Ron Bryant, M.D. on receiving the Foundations Teaching Award which recognizes the faculty member who provided the most outstanding teaching activities within the foundations curriculum. Also, congratulations to award nominees: Pam Gibson, M.D. for both the Above and Beyond Award and the AMWA Gender Equity Award; Andrew Goodwin, M.D. and Christina Wojewoda, M.D. for the Silver Stethoscope Award and Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. for the Dean Warshaw Integration Award. (01/2021)

LCOM Teaching Academy Recognition for P&LM faculty: Deborah Cook, M.D. and Anne Stowman, M.D. were inducted as Master Teachers and Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. was inducted as a Distinguished Educator. (01/2021)

Mark Fung, M.D., Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been elected as a new Trustee of the American Board of Pathology. His 3-year term will begin January 2021. Read about it here. (12/2020)

Sarah A. Nowak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Larner College of Medicine was named the inaugural Blodwen S. Huber Early Career Green and Gold Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. (12/2020)

David J. Seward, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Larner College of Medicine was named the inaugural Elmer R. Huber Early Career Green and Gold Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. (12/2020)

Terri Messier, Research Analyst and Lab Manager of the Cunniff lab was recently awarded a Dean's Excellence in Research Award from the Larner College of Medicine. Terri has served the UVM community for over 25 years both as a scientist and steward of professionalism. Congratulations Terri!! (11/2020)

Congratulations to Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D. on her selection as a new Fellow of the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine (SfRBM) in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the field of redox biology and to SfRBM. (09/2020)

Congratulations to Dr. Joanna Conant, M.D. on her acceptance into the Teaching Academy's Medical Education Fellowship Program. Only 8-10 faculty from across the Larner College of Medicine are selected for participation in the program. Well done, Jo! (08/2020)

Associate Professor, Dr. Laura Greene, MD, has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions for the Larner College of Medicine. (08/2020)

Congratulations to Bei Zhang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, the newest graduate of the Medical Education Fellowship Program. The cohort style program is for Larner College of Medicine educators who seek additional preparation for teaching across the medical education continuum. (07/2020)

UVM Health Network’s Genomic Medicine Program is highlighted in the recent issue of Vermont Medicine Magazine, read it here. (05/2020)

Department efforts in COVID-19 research & testing are ongoing at UVM LCOM and the UVM Medical Center. The Rutland Herald/Times Argus ran the following story on these efforts. Teamwork & Testing (04/2020)


LCOM Gender Equity Awards Department Chair, Dr. Debra Leonard received the Polaris Award for Outstanding Mentorship. Additionally, Dr. Pam Gibson was nominated for the Gender Equity Champion Award; Dr. Rebecca Wilcox was nominated for the Gender Equity Outstanding Achievement in Medicine and Science Award and Dr. Christi Wojewoda was nominated for the Rising Star Emerging Professional Award. (03/2020)

Excellence in Education The department was well represented at the Class of 2022 Foundation Awards. Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. received the AWMA Gender Equity Award, the Above & Beyond Award, the Foundations Course Director Award and the Foundations Teaching Award. Well done, Dr. Wilcox. Additional department nominees were Dr. Pam Gibson and Dr. Christi Wojewoda for the AWMA Gender Equity Award and Dr. Pam Gibson and Dr. Rebecca Wilcox for the Dean Warshaw Integration Award. Congratulations to our outstanding faculty for nominations and awards! (1/2020)

Dr. Bei Zhang, Associate Professor on the Education Scholar Pathway has been inducted into the Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the Master Teacher level. Congratulations, Dr. Zhang! (1/2020)

Dr. Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph. D., our department chairand the Genomic Medicine Team announce the start of the Genomic Population Health Initiative. A pilot project offering Genomic DNA Testing is now underway within the University of Vermont Health Network. Read more here... (2019)

Dr. William Pendlebury, M.D., professor emeritus of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2019 Vermont Medical Society’s (VMS) Founders’ Award. The award recognizes Pendlebury’s leadership role and advocacy in “the fight for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia in Vermont for the past 35 years.” He will receive the award November 2 at the VMS 206th Annual Meeting in Stowe, Vt.(2019)

Yvone Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., Jos van der Velden, Ph.D. (both Pathology & Laboratory Medicine faculty) and senior author, Charles Irvin, Ph.D. (Medicine), published "The Effect of Flavored E-cigarettes on Murine Allergic Airways Disease" in Nature Scientific Reports. The study has been cited in stories by several news outlets: U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay; American Journal of Managed Care; Medical News Bulletin; and Medical Daily. (2019)

Dr. Mark Fung, M.D, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for Population Health, was recently named to the board of directors for the Project Santa Fe Foundation, which “focuses on demonstrating the power of longitudinal clinical laboratory data to proactively augment population health in a value-based healthcare environment.” (2019)

Dr. Bronwyn Bryant, M.D. was named a 2019 Frymoyer Scholar for her project, “Validating Entrustable Professional Activity-Based Assessment to Determine On-Call Competency in Pathology Residents”. (2019)

Dr. Rebecca Wilcox, M.DDr. Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. was selected, by the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019, to be the commencement keynote speaker. Read more... [Photo credit: Andy Duback 2019] (2019)

Please join Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger in congratulating Allison Manuel and Evan Elko

Dr. Allison Manuel is a post-doctoral fellow in our group.  Her abstract to be presented at the American Thoracic Society conference was chosen to receive an Abstract Scholarship . The scholarship includes a full In-Training Registration to the 2019 ATS International Conference in Dallas, Texas.  

Evan Elko is a PhD student. He just received notice that his F31 NIH application entitled: “Role of peroxiredoxin-4 in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis”  will be funded.

Congratulations to Evan and Allison.

Department alumni, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D. featured in Vermont Medicine Magazine. To read her story click on the photo below.




Dr's Leonard and HuberA Remarkable Gift from Dr. Sally Huber, Ph.D.

At the end of last week's Research Day, Dr. Leonard gave a surprise announcement: a very generous bequethment of $5 million by research faculty emerita, Dr. Sally Huber! The funds will go toward two endowed professorships for junior investigators in our department. The endowments will be named for her parents, Elmer R. Huber and Blodwen S. Huber, and will support junior research faculty for five years.(9/2018)

This amazing support will allow junior faculty time and funds to gain independence while pursuing the milestone achievement of being awarded their first R01 grant.

Heintz Awarded 2018 Distinguised Graduate Alumni Award

Dr. Nick Heintz, Ph.D. received the 2018 UVM Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award​, which is presented to Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical or applied research; education; industry; public service/humanitarianism; and/or outstanding commitment to the LCOM community.

He accepted his award at the college's Celebrating Research Excellence event at the end of October. (September 2018)

Kida Received Certificate of Commendation

Dr. Kida receives award from the State of more here. (August 2018)

Leonard and Committee Publish Through National Academies Press

Dr. Debra Leonard, along with a committee under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ​published "Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm" through The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2018 (Committee Member). (August 2018)


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