COMSEP COACH Certificate Program 2023
September 27 – 29, 2023 | Location: JW Marriott Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
The program will begin Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 7pm and conclude on Friday, Sept. 29th at 12pm. (All times eastern)
In my professional life, I am a general pediatrician and a clinician educator. I am also the Lead Faculty Coach within the Pediatric Residency Coaching Program at OHSU. I have been the beneficiary of coaching during my own residency training and have been lucky enough to continue coaching now as an attending.
In my personal life, I am a mother, a wife, an avid baker, and an every other weekend runner. I am a native Californian, but currently reside in Portland, OR.
Luke Finck is the Associate Director of the Office of Medical Student Research and Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is responsible for the development of program goals, objectives, and success criteria, including assessment creation, development, implementation and oversight of the Inquiry Program. In addition to course evaluation and improvement, faculty development and administrative supervision of the Office, he is the course director for three courses (Discovery, Research Immersion, Research Special Study). He also serves as a case-based learning small group facilitator, is a member of the admissions committee, and is the PI for the Kern National Network Grant focusing on integrating caring, character, practical wisdom and flourishing within the profession of medicine.
|Laz Gordon De Groff
Laz Gordon De Groff received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Italian from Florida International University and a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Miami.
After working as an interpreter and translator in Milan, Italy, she settled back in Miami and raised a family while volunteering at UM’s Lowe Art Museum as a docent, the Junior League, Girl Power, Team Footworks as a running coach, and others.
Laz began her career at UHealth--University of Miami Health System, where she rose to the position of Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for the Latin American and Caribbean markets before switching careers to pre-med academic advising—she has never looked back.
She has advised and taught at Florida International University and Miami Dade College then moved to Colorado, where she works at Rocky Vista University as an educational learning specialist.
Heather E. Harrell, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medical Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is a general internist who earned her BA, BS, and MD with honors from the University of Florida. She trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and completed the Master Educators of Medical Education Program at the University of Florida. She maintains an active clinical practice and was recognized as a Master Clinician by the Department of Medicine. She is on the board of the Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Society and is the Alpha Omega Alpha Councilor at UF.
Dr. Harrell has substantial experience in curriculum design, implementation, and assessment both at the local and national level. She is a College of Medicine exemplary teacher, member of the Society of Teaching Scholars, and honored with a departmental Lifetime Mentor Award. She was internal medicine clerkship director for 15 years. In that role, she initiated one of the first programs in the country to successfully incorporate portfolios into clinical education and served as president of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine. Recently she became Editor-in-Chief of the Aquifer Clinical Excellence course.
Dr. Joseph A. Jackson, Jr. is Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Student Affairs and Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at Duke School of Medicine. He was raised in Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Medical Degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA. He completed his Pediatric training at Duke University and started his faculty appointment at Duke in 2007. Dr. Jackson is an exceptional education leader working with learners across the Health Professions Programs at Duke. He brings a track record of excellence focused on innovative longitudinal learning curricula. He served as founding Associate Director for the Primary Care Leadership Track program helping to establish Duke’s first Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship for students interested in Primary Care. Dr. Jackson’s scholarly interests are focused on Professional Identity Formation across the health professions training continuum. He is actively engaged in research related to Belonging, Shame and Identity Formation among learners aspiring to and traversing the health professions. He is a strong advocate for his patients and serves as mentor and advisor for learners and colleagues. Described in the Herald Sun Newspaper as a “Father of Five (now six) and Pediatrician of Many,” Dr. Jackson’s greatest passions are stirred as he interacts with his family, his patients, his learners, and colleagues.
Marta King, MD, MEd is passionate about advancing medical education through innovation, program development, process improvement, mentoring, and scholarship. A nationally recognized leader in medical education, Dr. King is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics, the Pediatrics in Review editorial board, and faculty in the Academic Pediatric Association Educational Scholars Program. Two of her first author manuscripts have been recognized among top ten publications of the year in medical education and in pediatric hospital medicine. A firm believer in life-long learning and continuous personal and professional growth, Dr. King completed her medical degree, pediatric residency, masters in medical education, quality improvement science training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
I have worked as a pediatrician for Nationwide Children's Hospital's Primary Care Network for 35 years. For the past 11 years, I have directed our Portfolio and Coaching Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. My interest is in faculty development pertaining to coaching of medical students. We have published a couple of articles on this topic.
I am a pediatric hospitalist at Lurie Children's/Northwestern University. I also serve as the Pediatric 4th year medical student director where I oversee the pediatric sub-internship, pediatric electives, visiting students, pediatric career advising, and exit coaching for students entering pediatric residency. I completed my Masters in Medical Education through the University of Cincinatti and also recently completed the Educational Scholars Program through the APA where my main project was a qualitative study investigating student perspectives in career choice. I am very interested in coaching and learning more about how I can use these skills in my current (and potentially future) roles with both medical students and residents.
Dr. Sonia Malhotra is the Director of Palliative Medicine at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO)/Tulane School of Medicine (SOM). She trained in Adult and Pediatric Palliative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a Masters degree in Medical Education after completing Med-Peds residency at Tulane SOM. She is expanding Palliative Medicine services through the LCMC Health System and will be an Associate Section Chief for GIM/Geriatrics/Palliative Medicine at Tulane SOM in September, 2023.
She currently serves as an Associate Program Director for the Tulane Med-Peds Residency Program where her primary focus is on scholarship and quality improvement. As a Med-Peds APD, Dr. Malhotra has been working on innovative curricula for the residents including the intersection of humanism with Medicine and bringing empathy and listening skills to the residency curriculum. She is a certified Listener Poet for The Good Listening Project where she is working on emotional exhaustion in Med-Peds residents. She is a graduate of the Tulane Anti-Racism Leadership Institute and has training in Coaching for Equity.
She is active nationally in Palliative Medicine and Justice/Equity/Diversity/Inclusion work. She loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling when able to, dancing and attending Mardi Gras (and any other parades) in New Orleans.
Bev Nazarian is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is a primary care pediatrician at UMass Chan and precepts medical students at all levels, as well as pediatric residents for their continuity clinic. For over 9 years, Bev directed the community-based continuity clinic for pediatric residency, as well as resident advocacy experiences. She has been active in medical student and resident education and advising throughout her career.
Two years ago Bev became a Learning Community mentor at UMass Chan, working with medical students longitudinally over their 4 years of medical school in a role that encompasses teaching, advising, and mentoring. Now that the Learning Community mentor role is starting to formally incorporate coaching, Bev is excited for this opportunity to learn more.
In addition to medical education, Bev’s primary academic interests are advocacy, children with special health care needs, pediatric mental and behavioral health, and school health.
My training is combined internal medicine and pediatrics. I started off as a pediatric clerkship director and director of UME for the pediatric department. I have also directed the internal medicine clerkship. Currently I am the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine and serve as the Course Director for our medical school's clinical skills course. My entire career has been at the University of Minnesota and I am interested in developing the coaching capacity for our department for 2 reason's. First is to provide coaching to faculty related to their role as a teacher (when they may be doing things that are getting in the way of their success as a teacher) and second to provide coaching for our residents.
I am married and have 2 boys who are in college. I enjoy biking, taking international trips with my family and cooking (special occasions more than every day).
|Erin Pete Devon
Erin Pete Devon is a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Pete Devon grew up in central Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Drexel University College of Medicine, she completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has been practicing ever since. She has been involved in many roles in undergraduate medical student education and is currently one of the Pediatric Clerkship Co-Directors. Recently a student herself, she completed a Medical Education master's program at Penn. She loves to travel, eat good food and binge-watch a new show. She currently lives in West Philadelphia with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.
I am a Pediatric Rheumatologist at Dell Children's Medical Group in Austin, Texas, and Assistant Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency at Dell Medical School, UT Austin. I completed medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern, pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, and pediatric rheumatology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia prior to joining the Dell Children's crew in August 2020. As an early career faculty member with a focus in medical education and trainee mentorship, I am enthusiastic about receiving training in coaching and learning from others who have stablishing coaching programs at their institutions. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending every possible moment adventuring and making memories with my husband and two young children, Zoe and Brodie.
I was the President of the Monitoring 3 Committee and Medicine 3-4 Committee in my UPR School of Medicine from 2016-2018 and at present I am the Pediatrics Clerkship Director since 2017. I have been mentoring students in their careers and when facing educational difficulties. We are facing a declining number of our students interested in pursuing Pediatrics as a career-a trend that appears to be sustaining for the next years.
I'm a general pediatrician who trained at UC Davis for residency and did a chief year after that. It was during that year when I realized my passion for academics with a focus on wellbeing. I thoroughly enjoy working with medical students and residents and finding ways to incorporate wellbeing pearls that hopefully they carry with them. As the years have passed, I have accumulated several different roles and responsibilities. One is being the medical director for pediatrics at one of our FQHCs that we are contracted to work at. We have medical students rotate through for their clerkship, and this is where the majority of residents have their continuity clinic. This past year I stepped into the role of pediatric specialty advisor for the UCD SOM where I've had the chance to advise pre-clerkship students on their career paths as well as students who are applying to pediatrics. Lastly, I was promoted to an APD position this past year with a focus on wellbeing, which one of my big tasks is to oversee the coaching program that we started for our residents last year. I'm excited to learn more and take back anything with me to help make the program the best it could be for our residents.
I'm a Med-Peds-trained academic hospitalist at Tulane University School of Medicine. I am the Medical Director for Simulation at the Tulane Advanced Center for Teamwork Training and Simulation, and I am the Course Director for Clinical Diagnosis. Finally, I serve as a Core Faculty Member for the Tulane Med-Peds residency program.
Kristy Smith, MD, attended the University of Florida School of Medicine for medical school and stayed to complete her family medicine residency. Smith joined the University of Florida faculty in 2012 as an outpatient primary care physician. Dr. Smith is very involved in the education of students at every level. She has an active role in teaching students at the pre-clinical and clinical levels as well as participates on multiple medical education committees. She is the collaborative learning groups director since 2017. She is a member of AOA and the Gold Humanism Society and has been awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award the past 5 years. She currently mentors students and leads multiple faculty development workshops related to medical education and hopes to incorporate more coaching principles.
I am an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After a number of years as an associate program director for the pediatric residency, I have transitioned to a broader role of Director of Pediatric GME Curricular Innovation & Assessment, which involves leading the pediatric hospital medicine fellowship, overseeing pediatric fellowships and leading accreditation for GME office. My academic interests include individualized curriculum, impacts of scheduling, and competency based evaluation.
My husband and I have a 10 year old daughter and we enjoy keeping up with all of her activities and interests.
Sports and coaching have been very influential in my life so I am looking forward to applying coaching principles to my academic work.
I am a General Pediatrician, having worked at CHEO (the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) for the past 22 years. I am the Director of Clerkship, Anglophone Stream for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. I completed medical school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and did a four year Pediatrics residency at the University of Calgary. I am married to a Pediatrician who works in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Child Maltreatment. We have three daughters and one dog.
|Kari A. Simonsen, MD, MBA
Kari A. Simonsen, MD is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Pediatrician-in-Chief of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. She is a tenured Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and served for over a decade as division chief of Pediatric ID at UNMC. She also served as Hospital Epidemiologist of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE from 2013-2020 and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs at UNMC from 2018-19.
Dr. Simonsen received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her MBA at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She completed pediatric residency at Indiana University, and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Brown University. Her research interests include pediatric infection prevention, hospital preparedness, and pediatric clinical trials in antimicrobial drug discovery and vaccines.
Dr. Simonsen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
She is a certified executive coach from the Center for Executive Coaching, a Gallup certified Strengths Coach, and certified in the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmark Series of 360 Assessment tools. She is an internal coach for career development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE and a faculty member of the IDSA Leadership Institute.
|Jennifer G. Christner, MD, FAAP
Dr. Christner received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her medical degree from the University of Toledo. She completed her pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Michigan. Early in her career, she was selected to become a National Faculty Development Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association and completed advanced training in teaching and educational methods. She has since completed two additional training programs in Medical Education as well as a Certification in Research.
Dr. Christner has served in a variety of roles in her 20+ years as an education leader. Currently, she is the Senior Dean of the Schools of Medicine and Health Professions at Baylor College of Medicine. In this role she oversees the continuum of medical education – Medical Students/Dual Degree Programs, Residents/Fellows and Continuing Professional Development for physicians, as well as the Health Professions Programs—DNP (Nurse Anesthesia), Physician Assistant, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Genetic Counseling. She successfully led the LCME visit that resulted in the School of Medicine being taken off probation, is overseeing a major curricular reform effort and is opening Baylor’s first regional medical school campus in Temple, TX. The GME program is one of the largest in the country with well over 100 ACGME accredited programs and over 70 Texas Medical Board programs.
Her research interests focus on medical education and she has been the recipient of several medical education grants and has published widely. Dr. Christner has held a variety of national education leadership positions with organizations such as the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, the Alliance for Clinical Education, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the American Association of Medical Colleges. She is also the recipient of several teaching awards.
In 2020, Dr. Christner founded Christner Strategies. Consultative services focus on: 1) Executive coaching (Life Coach School Certification) – specializing in midcareer professionals who feel stuck in their professional/personal lives reach higher heights 2) Providing LCME consultations (she has been recruited to remove 2 schools from LCME probation and served on the LCME committee), and 3) Event Speaking -Engaging and motivating audiences on topics such as No one Promotes You Like You: Creating Your Personal Brand, How A Life Coach can Change Your Life, and Utilizing Improv to Improve Communication and Teamwork in the Workplace.
|Amy Fleming, MD
Amy Fleming was raised in Portland, Oregon and attended the University of Virginia for college and medical school.
After graduation, she was commissioned as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and trained in a military pediatric residency in San Antonio, Texas, which presented many unique clinical and non-medical leadership opportunities. She was appointed the chief resident and served an additional year in Texas followed by a 3-year posting in general pediatrics at the United States Air Force Academy. These experiences and her work with residents and medical students as a pediatrician led her to pursue a career in academic medicine. Amy separated from the Air Force in 2004 as a Major and moved to the University of Michigan where she practiced as a pediatric hospitalist and continued to build skills in medical education. In 2007, she relocated to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was selected to serve as the director of one of the four Medical Student Colleges.
She held many additional teaching responsibilities including directing the Pediatric Clerkship and sub-internships, one-on-one clinical instruction as a Master Clinical Teacher, and teaching medical humanities across all 4 years of medical school. She had a prominent role in the implementation of Curriculum 2.0 – Vanderbilt’s innovative medical education program where she was responsible for founding and implementing the portfolio coaching program.
Her scholarly work is focused on medical education and mentoring, and Amy has over 40 peer-reviewed publications to date and over 100 workshops and presentations at international, national and regional meetings. She has won numerous awards for teaching and mentoring of medical students including awards for clinical teaching, small group facilitation, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Shovel Award, Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s highest teaching honor. In 2014 she took on the role of Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs where she now oversees The Vanderbilt Colleges, the Wellness program, and the Careers-in-Medicine program. She holds leadership roles in a number of national medical education organizations, she is a regular faculty member in the Harvard Macy Institute Health Profession Education courses, and a past-chair of the international Learning Communities Institute. She completed her Master of Science in Health Professions Education through the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2016.
|Dan Richards, MD
Dan Richards is a general hospitalist pediatrician with interests in medical education and professional development. He currently serves as the Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, and he is an Associate Professor in Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. A member of COMSEP for over ten years, Dan is a facilitator for the COACH Certificate Program.
|Sherilyn Smith, MD
Sherilyn is a retired academic pediatrician and an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with over 30 years of experience in academic medicine in the U.S. Her deep knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of academic faculty informs her coaching focus and approach. Sherilyn’s areas of coaching expertise include developing leadership skills, optimizing scholarly productivity, program development, navigating the promotion process, transitioning to retirement, increasing satisfaction with clinical responsibilities, enhancing teaching abilities and developing long-term career goals.
|Susan Bannister, MD, FRCPC, M.Ed
Susan Bannister, a Professor of Pediatrics and a clerkship director at the University of Calgary, is thrilled to be part of the COMSEP COACH certificate program. She has been a COMSEP member since 2003 and attending the annual meeting is the highlight of her academic year. She is looking forward to working with the participants to help them grow in their roles as coaches.
|Uma Padhye Phatak, MD
Uma Padhye Phatak was raised in India and attended college and medical school in Mumbai, India. After graduation, she immigrated to the USA to complete her Pediatric training at Morristown Memorial Hospital and then a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Yale School of Medicine. Since completion of fellowship, she has been a faculty member at Yale in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Her expertise in GI lies within the field of inflammatory bowel disease. Her special interest and passion is in medical education. She completed her fellowship in medical education and received a master’s degree in medical education at Yale. Early on in her career, she was selected to be a clinical assessment coach for Yale medical students. Following this position, she has held several roles within undergraduate and graduate medical education at Yale. She has served on several educational committees nationally. Presently she serves as the clerkship director of Pediatrics and the director of the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship program at Yale.
|Sandra M. Sanguino, MD, MPH
Sandra M. Sanguino, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education and is the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the Division of Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care. Dr. Sanguino has been at Feinberg more than 25 years, starting with her medical degree, and followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She was named Associate Dean for Student Affairs in 2009 and served in that role until 2020 when she was named Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.
There are two possible dates and times for the meetings each month.
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