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Meet the Editors

Medical Education Section Editorial Team


Section Editor

Kadriye O. Lewis, EdD

Dr. Kadriye O. Lewis is the Director of Evaluation and Program Development in the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Children's Mercy Hospital. She is also Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis received both her MEd and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with the emphasis on Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She did her postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics in Edinburgh Moray House College, Scotland. Her MA is in English as a Second Language from Eskisehir Teacher College, Turkey. Dr. Lewis is a well-established medical educator with extensive experience in online program development, e-learning course development, instructional design, program implementation and measuring its impact on learners’ achievement. In 2019, she was honored by receiving the OLC Fellows Award because of her outstanding work and dedication to advancing online learning for health professions and medical education. Her research interests are focused on e-learning design, implementation of innovative technologies for curriculum delivery at many levels in healthcare education, including performance-based assessment, the construction of new assessment tools as well as the improvement and validation of existing tools and methods. Dr. Lewis presents extensively at many professional meetings and conferences and has been a keynote/an invited speaker at many international and national universities.

Associate Editor

Timo Siepmann, PD Dr. med. Habil

Dr. Timo Siepmann is an attending physician at the Dresden University Stroke Center, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, Germany. He is the Director of the Master’s Program in Clinical Research at Dresden International University and Site Director of the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Program provided by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also Project Director of the Model Medical Degree Program at Technical University Dresden. Dr. Siepmann completed his medical education and training in clinical neurology and neurological research both in international universities in Europe and the United States. His professional passion is tied to his commitment to patient care, advancing clinical and basic neuroscience with a focus on the development of novel techniques to diagnose and treat neurovascular disorders as well as disorders of the autonomic nervous system. He is active in the discovery and international collaboration in research to elucidate new insights in neuroscience and connect neuroscience with complementary disciplines in an international collaborative approach. Dr. Siepmann is dedicated to developing new ways of medical and research education integrating collaborative and digital learning strategies. He extensively published his scholarly work and received multiple research grants and international science awards.

Associate Editor

Traci Wolbrink, MD MPH

Dr. Traci Wolbrink is a pediatric intensivist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Her academic interests are developing and evaluating innovative online educational strategies. She is Co-Director of OPENPediatrics (www.openpediatrics.org), an open access social learning platform designed to allow nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals to share best practices and knowledge about the care of sick children through academically rigorous, peer-reviewed educational resources including videos, protocols, medical calculators, and virtual simulators developed by international experts. She is serves as a Course Director for the Harvard Macy Institute Transform your Teaching for the Virtual Environment Course. She is also the Education Chair for the Academic Pediatric Association and serves on the Executive Board of the Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Aims and Scope

The Medical Education Section aims to publish original research papers, reviews, perspectives on contemporary issues and novel teaching techniques applied to medical education that will advance knowledge, skills, and promote educational innovations in a wide range of medical disciplines. This section has a special focus on curriculum development, curricular innovations, evidence-based educational practices, e-learning in medical education, innovative technologies, teaching approaches, competencies in medical education, assessment, and evaluation in the context of training physicians and other healthcare professionals at all levels.

Annals of Medicine

Q1 Impact Factor Best Quartile

Two-Year Impact Factor 4.709
Five-Year Impact Factor 4.554

CiteScore 7.2

PubMed Central® and MEDLINE® Indexed

Editorial Board Members

Cheryll A. Albold, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Administrator, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN, USA

Dr. Cheryll Albold is an assistant professor of medical education in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (MCCMS). Dr. Albold received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies focused on Higher Education along with a minor certificate in Education Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her MS degree is in Counseling and Student Personnel Services, from Fordham University, New York. Dr. Albold currently serves as the Operations Administrator and Designated Institutional Administrator (DIA) for the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education (MCSGME), one of Mayo Clinic’s five accredited schools and among the nation’s largest Sponsoring Institutions of graduate medical education programs. MCSGME sponsors over 300 physician training programs and enrolls more than 1900 residents and fellows, across Mayo Clinic’s national campuses located in Minnesota, Arizona, Florida, and the Mayo Clinic Health System (Wisconsin).  Dr. Albold serves as a member of the steering committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Resident Affairs (GRA) and is elected to the combined Board of Trustees for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education Research (FAIMER). Dr. Albold’s primary research and scholarship areas focus on topics impacting the higher education experiences of diverse learners.

Jessica Barlinn, M.Sc. PD Dr.med.

Head of Telemedical Stroke Network SOS-NET

Department of Neurology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, Germany

Dr. Jessica Barlinn is an attending physician at the Dresden University Stroke Center, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, Germany. She is the Head of the Telemedical Stroke Network in the Region of East-Saxony, Germany. She is also the Head of the post-stroke care case management program. She is dedicated to improving treatment for stroke patients in a comprehensive intersectoral approach and initiates projects and programs from prehospital to post-acute settings with a special focus on quality assurance. She published her scientific work extensively. She accompanies curriculum development of the medical faculty program at the Hospital Chemnitz within the Model Medical Degree Program Campus Chemnitz at Technical University Dresden. Dr. Barlinn completed her medical education in Neurology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, Germany. She serves as a member of the Ethical Committee of the Medical Faculty of the Technical University Dresden. She is also a scientific speaker of the German Stroke society Telestroke committee as well as a member of the European Stroke society Telestroke committee.

Irem Budakoglu, MD, MMEd

Professor, Head of Department of Medical Education and Informatics

Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Irem Budakoğlu is Professor of Medical Education at Gazi University School of Medicine (GU SOM), Ankara, Turkey. She is also the Chairperson for the Department of Medical Education and Informatics at GU SOM. Dr. Budakoğlu received her MD degree at GU SOM and completed her master’s degree in medical education at Ankara University. She practiced medicine as a general practitioner in the primary care services with public health as a subspecialty. Dr. Budakoğlu worked with European Union, the Ministry of Health of Turkish Republic, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), and Non-Governmental Organizations to collaborate on various research projects. Her research interests are focused on problem-based learning, clinical communication skills, faculty development, and leadership in medicine. Dr. Budakoğlu presents at professional meetings and conferences. Finally, she is the editor of the Journal of the World of Medical Education (Tıp Eğitimi Dünyası).

Jeremy R. Garrett, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy

Research Faculty, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center

Children's Mercy Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, USA

Jeremy R. Garrett, Ph.D., is Research Faculty in Bioethics at Children's Mercy Kansas City and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Garrett received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rice University where he served for several years as Managing Editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. His areas of research interest include pediatric bioethics, genetic and genomic ethics, and the historical, methodological, and philosophical foundations of bioethics. Dr. Garrett has published more than 45 journal articles and book chapters and has edited books on the ethics of animal research and the historical development of bioethics in the United States. Within his roles at Children Mercy Kansas City, he serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and organizes the hospital’s monthly Ethics Brown Bag Workshop Series. Outside the hospital, Dr. Garrett is a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the Prevention of Pediatric Asthma, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Advisory Board for “Healthy Volunteers as Model Organisms: Comparative Research Ethics and Policy for Phase I Trials,” and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. His roles in medical education include teaching and mentoring pediatric healthcare professionals across many disciplines and stages of training in the Children’s Mercy Graduate Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics, as well as teaching medical students enrolled in the dual-degree D.O./M.A. in Bioethics program at Kansas City University.

Christian Güldner, Prof. Dr. med. habil.

Associate Professor for Otorhinolaryngology

Faculty of Medicine “Carl Gustav Carus“ at the Technical University Dresden

Department of ORL, Head and Neck Surgery, Municipal Hospital Chemnitz, Germany

Dr. Christian Güldner is an ENT surgeon and the deputy chief of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the Municipal Hospital Chemnitz, Germany, and Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus, Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Currently, he accompanies the medical faculty program of the Hospital Chemnitz and he is responsible for the curriculum development of the Model Medical Degree Program Campus Chemnitz at Technical University Dresden. Dr. Güldner completed his medical education and training in clinical Otorhinolaryngology and Otorhinolaryngological research in Dresden, Magdeburg, and Marburg, Germany. His main research foci were imaging, robotic surgery, and new treatment methods in Otorhinolaryngology. Since 2019, he takes part in a part-time master's program focusing on medical education. Influenced by this, besides the daily patient care, his research and work were supplemented by aspects of faculty development (topic: academic staff qualification), curriculum development, and general teaching in Otorhinolaryngology.

Susan Hathaway, PhD

Associate Professor

Vice Chair/Administrative Director

Children's Mercy Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, USA

Dr. Susan Hathaway is the Vice-Chair/Administrative Director of Graduate Medical Education at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and is Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri.  She oversees all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, faculty development, and library services at CMH. She is Chair of the Education Steering Committee at CMH that includes serving task force with administrative and academic work for the Children’s Mercy Berry Institute. Dr. Hathaway completed her BA and MEd at UMKC and received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Hathaway’s current teaching responsibilities include student electives, resident rotations, and lectures throughout the medical education continuum as well as regional and national conference presentations. In addition, she has been teaching leadership studies at UMKC since 2003.

Ross E. Newman, DO, MHPE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

Children's Mercy Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, USA

Dr. Ross Newman is a pediatrician in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and pediatrics residency at CMH. He has an interest in evidence-based medicine and worked with the CMH Office of Evidence-Based Medicine helping develop clinical practice guidelines and serving as the resident educational lead for teaching evidence-based medicine. His main focus includes resident education, and he joined the Department of Graduate Medical Education as an Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program in 2012 before taking on his current role of Program Director in 2016.  During this time, he earned his Masters in Health Professions Education from UMKC.

Murat Ozer, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

School of Information Technology & School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Dr. Murat Ozer is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Technology and the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Ozer received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati. He completed his MS degree in public administration at Turkey and Middle East Public Administration Institute (TODAIE) in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Ozer developed predictive data analytics for law enforcement agencies. By merging criminal justice experience with information technology, he designed a predictive analytical system that effectively predicts both hot spots of crime locations and vulnerable individuals that are prone to be victimized or being suspect of a crime. His research interests are primarily focused on the management of big data sources to generate predictive data analytics for various public health problems, including gun violence, gang-related crimes, and street violence. He has extensive experience in co-offending analysis, database management, statistical analyses, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer programming with various languages.

Ericka Sanner-Stiehr, PhD, RN, COI

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Kansas, School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS, USA

Ericka Sanner-Stiehr, Ph.D., RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Educator Emphasis area programs at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Dr. Sanner-Stiehr earned her Ph.D. in Nursing and BSN from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. She also earned her Certified Online Instructor designation recently. Dr. Sanner-Stiehr practiced clinically as a nurse aide and subsequently an Emergency Nurse prior to entering academia. Dr. Sanner-Stiehr’s early research on communication patterns to prevent turnover of newly licensed nurses has expanded to explore generational perceptions of nursing work and aspects of job satisfaction among nurses in multiple countries. Most recently, her research explored the impact of working in Covid-19 on the well-being of nurses and intent to stay or leave their positions. She serves as an academic peer reviewer for multiple nursing journals and presents at conferences both regionally and internationally. Dr. Sanner-Stiehr teaches across multiple levels of academic programs, from pre-licensure baccalaureate students to doctoral programs. She is particularly interested in the further development of interprofessional education and academic-practice partnerships.

Ivan Sisa, MD, MPH, MS

Professor of Medicine, IRB Chair

College of Health Sciences, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador

Dr. Ivan Sisa is Professor of Medicine at College of Health Sciences, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador. He is also the Chairperson for the Institutional Review Board at USFQ. Dr. Sisa received his MD from USFQ. He also completed two master´s degrees: one in Public Health from USFQ, and the other in Clinical and Translational Research from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. Dr. Sisa spends his time practicing academic medicine at undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of Public Health and Epidemiology. His research interests are in the areas of cardiovascular risk, nutritional epidemiology, bibliometric analysis, and medical education.

Adrian D. Zurca, MD, MEd

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care, Hershey, PA, USA

Dr. Adrian Zurca is a pediatric intensivist at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, then completed a pediatrics residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by a pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also holds a Master’s of Education from George Washington University. His academic interests include medical simulation, procedural competence, and intra-team as well as patient-physician communication. He is the director of the pediatric critical care fellowship at Penn State and is an active member of the Education in Pediatric Intensive Care Investigator group. He also serves as Vice-Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Pediatrics.

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