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COURSE DIRECTORS

​Katharyn Meredith Atkins, MD 

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Dr. Atkins is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and educator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She is the Associate Dean for Curriculum at HMS and the Associate Director of the Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research at BIDMC.  She teaches in all levels of Harvard Medical School’s curriculum.  In addition, she teaches residents in the Resident-as-Teacher Program at BIDMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency. Dr. Atkins is a 2011 graduate of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics’ Scholars and Leaders Program and a 2013 graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Academy Fellowship for Medical Education.

​Margaret “Molly” Hayes, MD, ATSF

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Dr. Hayes is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the director of the Medical Intensive Care Units at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical (BIDMC) Center, the co-chair of the Critical Care Executive Committee at BIDMC and the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Humanizing the ICU at BIDMC. She obtained her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and then completed Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She also served as Assistant Chief of Service (Chief Resident) for one year at Johns Hopkins. During that year she realized her passion for medical education and since then has taught in numerous CME courses. She also directs two highly rated Harvard Medical School CME courses.  She is an active member of the American Thoracic Society, where she serves multiple educational roles. She is a deputy editor of CHEST Critical Care where she oversees invited content and medical education submissions.  Dr. Hayes enjoys teaching learners of all levels and has won numerous local and national educator awards. Dr. Hayes has advanced training in medical education research and is passionate about critical thinking, adult learning theory and high stakes communication specifically around end of life in the intensive care unit. She is an ardent advocate for humanizing the ICU experience for patients, visitors, and staff. She has numerous publications on teaching communication skills as well as the importance of critical thinking in medicine. She is also interested in international education as the Director for External Education at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and has travelled extensively teaching medical education.
 

​David H. Roberts, MD

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Dr. Roberts is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Dean for External Education at HMS.  Dr. Roberts is also the Director of International Programs at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Roberts is a leader in medical education across the learning continuum and he has led faculty development programs in the US, Europe and the Mideast. He has also been responsible for the teaching of medical students across the four years of HMS training and most recently was the course director for the 3rd year longitudinal Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) at BIDMC.  Dr. Roberts also teaches residents, fellows and other physicians in practice, and he is a graduate of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and Harvard-Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions.  

Dr. Roberts’ education research interests include studying learners’ curiosity and critical thinking skills. Dr. Roberts serves on several national education committees for the American Thoracic Society.  He also co-directs the annual Harvard CME course “Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing your Teaching Skills.” 

Dr. Roberts has won many teaching awards including the HMS Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2006), the S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2007), and the American Thoracic Society Annual Educator Award (2014). 

​Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD 

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Dr. Schwartzstein is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, is Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at BIDMC.  

After earning his AB in politics from Princeton, Dr. Schwartzstein received his MD degree from Harvard, followed by clinical training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schwartzstein has been an active clinical educator and researcher since he came to the HMS faculty over 30 years ago. He completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, for which he was named the Kay Senior Fellow, and developed a program in clinical education for the BIDMC’s Department of Medicine that employed a core faculty teaching model. He was course director of Integrated Human Physiology in the first year New Pathway curriculum, and he developed the Principal Clinical Experience program at BIDMC for third-year students.  More recently, Dr. Schwartzstein chaired the Steering Committee that developed the Pathways curriculum at HMS, which entered its first class in 2015 and employs case-based collaborative learning, a new flipped classroom model that resulted from a randomized controlled trial performed at HMS under his direction. Educational leadership roles include serving as the Executive Director of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, and as Vice President for Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2004. He led the HMS Academy for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation in from 2009-2018.

In addition to many awards and honors for his teaching at HMS and BIDMC, he has received prestigious national teaching awards, including the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Outstanding Educator Award from the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Schwartzstein, along with Rabkin Fellowship graduate Dr. Michael Parker, co-authored a textbook of respiratory physiology, which received the 2006 Frank Netter Award for Special Contributions to Medical Education; two additional books in this series (cardiovascular and renal physiology), for which Dr. Schwartzstein is the editor, have also been published. Drs. Schwartzstein and Parker served as series editors for “Interactive Physiology Grand Rounds” for Chest, the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.

COURSE FACULTY

Jonathan Berry, MD 

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Dr. Berry is an attending physician in the division of hematology and hematologic malignancies at Beth Israel. He is a graduate of the Internal Medicine Residency Clinical Educator Track and the Fellowship Clinical Educator Track at BIDMC as well as a graduate of the American Society of Hematology Medical Educator Institute. Clinically, he practices as a classical hematologist with a focus on splanchnic thrombosis and pregnancy-associated hematologic disorders. His educational work focuses on facilitating incorporation of cognitive learning theory at the GME level and on use of digital education in GME teaching.

Quinn Capers, IV, MD 

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Dr. Capers is an Interventional Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine, and transformational leader in academic medicine. He has been widely decorated as an educator, clinician, and champion of diversity enhancement in medicine.

From 2009-2019 he served as the Associate Dean of Admissions at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and led the school to have one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation while keeping the class average MCAT score above the 90th percentile. He was inducted into OSU’s Society of Master Clinicians, was voted the “Professor of the Year” by the class of 2019, and was inducted into university’s Diversity and Inclusion “Hall of Fame” in 2022. Nationally, he is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Laennec Clinician-Educator Award, the Association of American Medical Colleges Exemplary Leadership Award in Diversity and Inclusion, the American College of Cardiology’s Distinguished Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and he is a member of the Association of University Cardiologists, a national honorary of America’s leading academic cardiologists. Physician peers named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” 11 years in a row, and his patient satisfaction scores placed in the 90th percentile nationally for six straight years. 

An in-demand speaker on topics of diversity, healthcare disparities, and racism and bias in medicine, Capers has published extensively on these topics. His manuscript in Academic Medicine in 2017 was first to identify the presence and extent of implicit racial bias in medical school admissions. The paper has been cited 300 times and has influenced bias reduction in candidate selection in medical schools throughout the US and abroad. He has been an invited speaker at more than 65 major academic medical centers in the US and has trained more than 3,000 physicians in strategies to reduce the impact of implicit racial bias in patient care and candidate selection. 

Capers is a graduate of Howard University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and trained in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology at Emory University. In 2024, he joined the faculty at the Howard University College of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Laurie Fishman, MD 

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Dr. Fishman completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and her fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Boston Children's Hospital. She joined the faculty in 1995, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.  

Dr. Fishman completed the Rabkin fellowship in Medical Education in 2003. She has been on the board of the Academy at Boston Children's Hospital since 2008, and joined the Harvard Academy of Teaching and Learning in 2010. She was chair of the Professional Education committee for the national pediatric GI society (NASPGHAN), directed the Post Graduate course for the national meetings. She was one of the few pediatrician members of the AGA Education and Training committee and became a member of the AGA Education Academy.  She is currently a member of the GI Subboard of the American Board of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Fishman taught in Harvard Medical School GI Pathophysiology course for 17 years. She ran faculty development sessions for tutors, participated in peer observation, served as an OSCE examiner and co-chaired the Pediatric Interest group.  At Boston Children’s Hospital she reorganized the GI Fellowship Orientation for 3 years, was a member of the Fellowship Steering committee, became director of Medical Education for Gastroenterology in 2008, and revitalized and led the GI Grand Round series. 

Dr. Fishman has a particular interest in teaching the skills for leading a discussion. She has created pedagogical cases and has taught in a variety of settings, including Boston Children’s Hospital Academy, BCH departments of Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Medicine, national pediatric GI fellows conferences and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Academy.   She has led workshops in this subject at the Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing your Teaching Skills CME course since 2011.  
 

Charles Hatem, MD 

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Dr. Hatem is the Harold Amos Distinguished Academy Professor and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Past Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Hatem received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (’66) and completed his internship and residency on the Harvard Medical Service (II & IV) at Boston City Hospital. He practiced as a primary care physician at Mt. Auburn for 35 years along with his educational responsibilities. Dr. Hatem has had a long interest in the application of educational theory to medical training, including the development of a primary care residency training program at Mount Auburn as well as establishing faculty fellowships in Medical Education within the Harvard medical system. He has developed many successful CME and staff courses in ambulatory and primary care medicine, and is actively engaged in teaching at all levels. The recipient of many awards for excellence in teaching, Dr. Hatem has also served as an international consultant in medical education. He was selected by the Harvard Medical School Class of 1998 to receive the first NBI Healthcare Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, and was a past recipient of the American College of Physicians Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award, given to an outstanding practitioner of internal medicine who has devoted their career to the care of patients.

Grace C. Huang, MD 

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Dr. Huang is Dean for Faculty Affairs, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of MedEdPORTAL, an online open access journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges and is on the editorial board of Academic Medicine. Her expertise is in educational scholarship, faculty development, procedural training, and critical thinking.

​​Ted A. James, MD, MHCM, FACS 

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Dr. James is the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for Surgery, and Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was a Macy Faculty Scholar and has held a number of leadership roles in medical education. Dr. James believes in improving the quality in health care delivery by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Dr. James serves as faculty for professional and executive leadership development programs at Harvard Medical School and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He enjoys partnering with other health care professionals to develop practical solutions to modern health care challenges.

Kerri Palamara, MD 

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Dr. Palamara is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She completed her medical degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and now practices as a primary care general internist at MGH. After 8 years as an Associate Program Director and Primary Care Program Director at MGH, Dr. Palamara was asked to lead the Center for Physician Well-being for the Department of Medicine at MGH as the inaugural director. Her academic work focuses on physician coaching, clinician well-being, and faculty development. Dr. Palamara leads the American College of Physicians “Physician Coach Training Program”, which focuses on training physicians to integrate coaching techniques into their quality improvement and well-being initiatives. For her work, Dr. Palamara has won teaching awards at MGH, Partners Healthcare, Harvard Medical School, MassGeneral Brigham, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American College of Physicians; and has been awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Palamara was a leader in several aspects of Massachusetts General Hospital’s response, including the hospital’s response for staff well-being and clinically as co-director of MGH’s first Respiratory Illness Clinic and co-medical director of the Boston Hope field hospital at the Boston Convention & Expo Center. 

Jeremy Richards, MD

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Dr. Richards is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician. He has served in a variety of medical education leadership roles at HMS and HMS-affiliated hospitals, including serving as the Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Mount Auburn Hospital (MAH). His clinical focus is on Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with an emphasis on care of critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit. With regard to undergraduate medical education (UME), he is a Co-Director of the Educational Longitudinal Elective, a year-long and very well-reviewed elective ‘student-as-teacher’ course for post-clerkship students at Harvard Medical School (HMS). With regard to graduate medical education (GME), he has served as the Designated Institutional Officer for MAH, and he was an Associate Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program during his time at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2015-2017. With regard to faculty development / continuing professional education, he leads several highly rated certificate courses for international learners through the Office of External Education at HMS. These certificate courses involve both online, distance-based learning, as well as in-person workshops and conferences with learners from around the world. With regard to medical education research, his interests include curiosity in medical learners, critical thinking, cognitive biases, and clinical reasoning, and he has designed, implemented, and published numerous medical education research studies on these topics, including several highly-cited randomized controlled trials of innovative, active teaching strategies. He is co-author on over 80 pubmed-indexed manuscripts and his H-index is 21.

​​C. Christopher Smith, MD 

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Dr. Smith is a general internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University and his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  He trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  After serving as Chief Medical Resident, Dr. Smith completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education through Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and later served as the Director of the Rabkin Fellowship.  He is the Director of the Internal Medical Residency Program at BIDMC, Director of the Clinician Educator Track for the medical residency program and Vice-Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine.  He has won numerous teaching awards including the Herrman L. Blumgart Faculty Award, the Robert Moellering Award for excellence in teaching, research and clinical care, the Society of General Internal Medicine National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education, and the S. Robert Stone Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School.

​​Morgan Soffler, MD

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Dr. Soffler is an Assistant Professor at New York Medical College in Westchester NY.  She is an intensivist and sleep specialist with expertise in medical education.  Dr. Soffler obtained her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine training at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.  During her time at Yale she realized her love for teaching and spent a year as a Chief Medical Resident.  She completed her pulmonary and critical training at the combined Harvard program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, including a year of training with a medical education research focus with the Shapiro Center for Education. In addition to her clinical work, she completed a two-year fellowship in the Harvard Academy fellowship for medical education research. Dr. Soffler’s research focuses on simulation-based medical education and simulation-based evaluation. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Westchester Medical Center Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship after serving in this role at the Harvard program.  Dr. Soffler has served as faculty for a number of CME courses and is an active member of the American Thoracic Society’s Training Committee as well the ATS Section on Medical Education.

Carrie Tibbles, MD

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Dr. Tibbles is an Emergency Physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Gordon College and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She then joined the department of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she assumed the role of the Associate Residency Director of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. She has been awarded an American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Award and was named the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Speaker of the Year. She currently serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

As a Rabkin Fellow, Dr. Tibbles was named the Kay Senior Fellow in Medical Education and concentrated on developing a team training curriculum for the emergency department staff. This curriculum is based on communication techniques and team skills used by high performance teams in aviation and the military to reduce performance errors and was recently employed in a multicenter study.

Shreya Trivedi, MD

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Dr. Trivedi is a General Internist and co-director of iMED, innovations in Media and Education Delivery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She finished a Medical Education Fellowship at NYU as well as Masters in Health Professionals in Education with Maastricht University.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of Core IM as well as lead correspondent of the Curbsiders Podcast. She regularly coaches national medical societies, leaders and medical educators on mission-based use of multimedia platforms.

Tisha Wang, MD

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Dr. Wang is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she serves as the Senior Clinical Vice Chair for the Department of Medicine (DOM). She is board-certified in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. In addition to providing clinical care in the ICU and pulmonary clinic, Dr. Wang was the UCLA pulmonary/ critical care fellowship program director for 10 years until 2021 and also served as clinical chief of the UCLA Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Allergy and Immunology until early 2023, overseeing a large faculty practice that spent much of the last three years battling the pandemic. In those leadership positions she had the privilege of mentoring hundreds of residents, fellows, staff, and junior/mid-level faculty. 

 

Dr. Wang catalyzed the formation of the UCLA DOM Wellness Committee in 2021 to focus on physician well-being and retention, after noticing the effects of the pandemic on an already burned-out workforce. In 2020, she was honored as the recipient of the UCLA Sherman Melinkoff Award, which recognizes the “finest in doctor-patient relationships and medical education” and is considered to be the highest honor of the UCLA DGSOM. Dr. Wang has also been the recipient of multiple awards, both locally and nationally and was chosen as the California Thoracic Society “Woman of the Year” in 2022. 

 

In addition to her clinical work and leadership responsibilities, Dr. Wang conducts research on pulmonary complications of liver disease and a rare lung disease called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). She is the Clinical Director and Vice President of the patient-based PAP Foundation. Dr. Wang also serves as Chair of the Education Committee for the American Thoracic Society and is President-Elect of the California Thoracic Society. In addition to championing the well-being of physicians, her greatest joys in medicine have been focused on advocacy for women in medicine, medical educators, and patients with rare lung disease.

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