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Rheumatology Division for Professionals

HSS Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators

The aims of the Academy are:

  • To create a stimulating academic environment for educators that enhances the quality of teaching
  • To define a clear and effective structure for the development and management of education programs at HSS
  • To promote teaching excellence at all levels for every type of teacher and trainee
  • To elevate the status of medical educators in the HSS Division of Rheumatology


DirectorStephen Paget, MD, FACP, FACR

Associate Director: Jessica Berman, MD

Members of the HSS Rheumatology Education CouncilJuliet Aizer, MD, MPH; Anne R. Bass, MD; Edward J. Parrish, MD; Jane E. Salmon, MD

Education Division representativeLaura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW

These members are joined by representatives from Rheumatology and other collaborating HSS departments.

Scientific Advisory Committee
Michael Battistone, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine

Molly Cooke, M.D.
William G. Irwin Endowed Chair, Director of the Academy of Medical Educators Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Marc L. Dickstein, MD
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

Michael H. Pillinger, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Program Director, NYU Langone Medical Center/NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Specific Goals

The HSS Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators was established in order to:

Support career development for members of the division who commit their academic activities to the advancement of medical education, education research, and curriculum development:

  • Enhance the career development of clinician-scholar-educators.
  • Develop an atmosphere of scientific rigor and science directed at improving teaching effectiveness and curricula.
  • Fund innovative projects.

Elevate the teaching skills of ALL faculty members:

  • Create a standard skill set for all members of the department.
  • Offer direction and specific opportunities for self-improvement of teaching skills.
  • Foster collegiality and the sharing of ideas on teaching and education; stimulate the creation of innovative teaching enrichment programs and curricula.
  • Provide access to simulated and asynchronous learning opportunities.

Encourage ongoing, critical review of all divisional education programs:

  • Application of optimal metrics to all education activities
  • Prioritization of teaching activities and target learners
  • Evaluation of program effectiveness: retaining effective programs, improving others, or completely reorganizing unsuccessful programs

Fund grants for innovative teaching projects.