Each Meeting will be at 12 pm Eastern time. There are two possible dates for the meetings each month.
Hosted by: Kari A. Simonsen
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I am a Pediatric Nephrologist at the University of California Davis, and a former clerkship director. Currently I serve as the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department (and as part of that role, I direct the Mentoring Program for junior faculty), and the Chair of the Competency Council for the School of Medicine. Outside of work, I love to hang out with my 4 legged son (Luigi!) and friends, cook, enjoy good wine and run (not all at the same time!).
Joan Connell grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she returned after earning degrees in pharmacy and medicine, with a masters degree in biomedical research and completing her Pediatrics residency at University of Colorado. Upon returning to Bismarck in 2002, Joan served as an associate clerkship director for pediatrics as well as having a private pediatrics practice. She transitioned from private practice to seeing patients at University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine in 2009. In 2015, she transitioned from clerkship director to the North Dakota Department of Health, where she worked as field medical officer until 2021. Currently, she serves as Associate Professor in the Family Medicine Department, medical director of North Dakota's Special Health Services and Newborn Screening Program, as well as an Associate Editor for Aquifer Pediatric cases. Formerly the president of the North Dakota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she currently enjoys working with the North Dakota Medical Association as a councilor as well as president of district VI and lead physicians for the Physician Advisory Group. Her favorite things are spending time with her family, bunny, and basset hounds, especially watching her kids play soccer.
Attended Miami University and graduated with a BS in Zoology in 2003. Then attended the University of Cincinnati for Medical School and completed Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan. My clinical role is as a Primary Care Pediatrician at the University of Michigan. I'm an assistant clerkship director and also co-direct the Peds Residency Prep course for 4th year students. I also mentor students interested in Primary Care through the Patients and Populations Branch. I'm a resident continuity clinic preceptor, interview residency applicants and also mentor 3-4 residents per year. I'm excited about the COACH program so that I can learn to be a better mentor/Coach to our awesome students and residents!
People development has been my passion throughout my career. I worked with people from diverse backgrounds through coaching and also ran many other training programs for leaders with a holistic approach. Since I relocated to Qatar in 2010, I shifted my career from corporate to higher education by joining Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q). I am currently working at WCM-Q as Director for the Office of Clinical & Faculty Affairs and Assistant Professor of Psychology Teaching in Medicine. My educational background is in health psychology and organizational psychology, and I used to work as a life coach for executives.
Amal Khidir, MBBS, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, is the Vice Chair of IRB and Pediatric Clerkship Director joined Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar in 2006. She is an American Board-certified pediatrician, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP), the Section on Global Health (SOGH), and the Section on International Medical Graduates (SOIMG). She practices pediatrics in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medicine. She is a co-leader of the Research and Scholarship Collaborative (2017-2022) and the co-chair of the Annual Meeting Committee (2022) for the Council of Medical Students Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP).
Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Khartoum University, Sudan. She completed her pediatric residency training at Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., later joined the faculty and became the pediatric clerkship director. Her passion for faculty development rapidly evolved after completing the Program for Educators in Healthcare Professions at Harvard Macy Institution in 2007.
She is the co-founder of the Professionalism program at HMC where >3000 faculty, trainees, nurses, and pharmacists participated. She led and participated in > 30 peer-reviewed regional and international professional education workshops. She received several teaching awards and recently the COMSEP 2021 Research and Scholarship Award. Areas of interest: professionalism, remediation, professional development, assessment, and cultural competency
Awarded several grants example: National Priorities Research Program equivalent to R01 grant titled "Providing Culturally Appropriate Health Care Services in Qatar: Development of a Multilingual Patient Cultural Assessment of Quality Instrument." and “Impact of Perceived Generational Differences on Learning Project: A Multicenter, Multiphase Collaborative Study millennial learners, a multi-institutional study”. She supervised medical students in several clinical studies.
Lisa Leggio is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director for Pediatric Student Education at the Medical College of Georgia. Her clinical work is in the general pediatric clinic supervising clerkship students and residents. She has been the Director of Pediatric Student Education since 2005 and has attended most COMSEP Annual Meetings since 2004. Her other significant roles are Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Longitudinal Career Advisor for medical students. The favorite parts of her job involve advising and counseling all levels of learners from pre-clerkship through mid-level faculty applying for promotion. She discovered an interest in coaching and completed a 15-hour Healthcare Peer Coaching Fundamentals course through the Physician Coaching Institute in fall 2021. She is exploring opportunities to incorporate more coaching into her current roles and into the next phase of her career.
Kyra Len, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics who works with the office of medical education. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist medicine and practices as a pediatric hospitalist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. She serves as the director of medical student education for pediatrics and is the learning community co-director and longitudinal clerkship director for the office of medical education. Her favorite role in medical education is
being a mentor to pediatric residents, medical students in her learning community and medical students seeking a career in pediatrics.
I am a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine, at UCSF. I received my medical degree from Vanderbilt, completed residency at UCSD, and I have practiced as a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital San Diego, Stanford, UC Davis, and UCSF.
My academic/scholarly areas of interest focus on resident and student education, and I have published and presented nationally on a variety of medical education topics, many through COMSEP! I am the UCSF Co-Director of Pediatric Student Career Advising, and the UCSF Director of the Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC) program, a longitudinal competency-based pediatric training program that spans medical school and residency. I am a graduate of the APA Educational Scholars Program. In 2016, I was inducted into UCSF’s Academy of Medical Educators, and I was the 2017 recipient of the APA Teaching Award for Mid-Career Faculty and the 2018 recipient of the UCSF Fellowship Faculty Mentor Award. I am co-creator of the PHM Advancing Pediatric Educator eXcellence (APEX) teacher training program, serving as faculty for the program and as a member of the steering committee. Beyond my love of pediatrics and working with learners, I enjoy traveling and spending time with close friends and COMSEPers.
Glen Medellin, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM currently serves as Professor of Pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio, where he began teaching in 2004. Dr. Medellin is passionate about caring for children with complex chronic conditions. He holds the Greehey Distinguished Chair in Palliative Care for Children at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is the Interim Division Chief of Complex and Palliative Pediatrics. He directs Pediatric Palliative Care at University Health System where he leads a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive coordinated palliative care to children in the hospital, clinic and community. Dr. Medellin is also a Medical Director for VITAS Healthcare where is responsible for overseeing the end-of-life medical care and treatment of pediatric patients in their homes. Dr. Medellin previously served as Clerkship Director for pediatrics, and he is currently a faculty mentor for medical students in the Veritas advisory program. He serves as the Pediatric track fellowship director for the palliative care fellowship program. Dr. Medellin is the Academic Lead for Assessment at Aquifer.
I am a pediatric infectious disease physician and have been at UC Davis Medical School for the last 9 years. I have been a course director for Medical Microbiology for 4 years, and am now doing coaching with the third year medical students as they rotate through pediatrics.
Nicola Orlov is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the section of pediadtric hospital medicine, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program and Director for Clinical Coaching in the Pediatric Clerkship at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently stayed at the institution where completed her Residency Training and Chief Resident year. She completed an MPH at Columbia University and graduated from The Medical Education Research Innovation Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship from the University of Chicago. She currently serves as the Chapter Advisor at the PSOM for the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Dr. Orlov is board-certified in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She is an exemplar educator and mentor who is recognized repeatedly for her teaching and mentorship. Her clinical research over the past 7 years has been focused on improving the sleep and health of hospitalized children. Dr. Orlov also has a strong interest in faculty development around feedback, mentorship, and coaching. She is currently running a pilot program at the medical school where she is implementing a virtual coaching program for all medical students.
Jean Petershack, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio. She is a Neonatologist. She is Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics which includes the role of Clerkship Director. Jean is passionate about all aspects of medical student education. She loves working with students, residents, fellows and faculty, helping them develop greater skills in both the clinical and educational realms. She is a founding member and Co-Curricular Chair for her local Academy of Educational Scholars. She is an active member in COMSEP. She was accepted into the first cohort of the Educational Scholars Program of the APA and has served multiple roles in this incredible program; she is currently a faculty advisor and mentor.
|Michael (Mike) Potts
I am a primary care pediatrician and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois. My residency was at Milwaukee Children's Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin. My academic career began when I worked for 7 years in the rural upper peninsula for Michigan State University as the only pediatrician in a 50 mile radius. I came to Rockford, Illinois in 1993 and joined COMSEP then. I have been the clerkship director for 29 years, director of the clinical curriculum for the last 3 since stopping practice, and I'm very active in helping support our rural medical education program, where my very patient wife also works. When my sons were small I used to write children's plays for their school to perform, and support them in their musical and dramatic endeavors. Like me, all 3 were in the University of Illinois Men's Glee Club. In my spare time these days I help my wife downsize the house and drive us to see our 4 grandchildren in Illinois and Ohio, and our multiple grand-dogs & cats in Indiana.
I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I am an associate program director for our program focusing on improving the didactic and educational components of the fellowship. Additionally, I work as am mentor for fellows, residents, and medical students. I have an interest in individual development at the GME and faculty levels, and I my research focuses on medical educator identity formation for medical educators completing a masters program in medical education.
Aaron J. Samide, MD received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kentucky before completing his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. He remained at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for an additional year as Chief Resident and then for his Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship, of which he is currently completing his second and final year. His primary area of interest is resident education, particularly in relation to coaching and mentorship. He has conducted research regarding the impact of virtual inpatient rounds on the resident experience and is currently collecting data on the use of virtual vs. in-person direct observation of real patient encounters for trainee coaching.
I have been the director of pediatric student education at the University of Michigan for the past 10 years. In my clinical role, I am a pediatric hospitalist.
I am a pediatric critical care physician at UC Davis, where I have been on faculty since graduating fellowship in 2016. I live in Sacramento with my partner, 2 kids (ages 9 and 6), and dog. In addition to clinical care, my passion lies in medical education, and I am lucky to be involved in undergraduate, graduate, and interprofessional education at UC Davis. I have been a member of our "Team Coach" program for 3 years, coaching medical students during their pediatric clerkships, and am excited to expand my coaching skillset and knowledge base. In addition to this coaching role, I co-created our PICU fellowship program in 2019, now in its 3rd year. I also created and serve as the medical director of our PICU/PCICU Nurse Practitioner program. I always feel invigorated and inspired after interacting with like-minded medical educators at workshops and conferences, so am looking forward to being a member of the COMSEP Coach Program.
I am originally from southern California. I attended medical school at Brown University and completed residency and fellowship training at Stanford. I earned a Masters degree in Medical Education from the University of Southern California in 2001.
At Stanford, I have served as director of the core clerkship in pediatrics since 2003. I held the position of Director/Assistant Dean for Clerkship Education from 2007-2015 and Associate Residency Program Director for Continuity Clinic from 2011-2022.
My clinical work involves supervising residents and students at the Gardner-Packard Children’s Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center. (I'm also the Medical Director there.) My academic interests include cross-cultural communication, clinical reasoning, performance assessment, and faculty development in clinical teaching.
Success for me - both personally and professionally - means that each person I interact with feels a little more capable, a little more confident, and a little less anxious than before we crossed paths.
Dr. Anna Suessman is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) physician at Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans. Dr. Suessman also plays an integral part in education. She is the Medical Director of PEM Education as well as University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School's Pediatric Clerkship Director. Dr. Suessman received her medical degree from UMDNJ-SOM (now Rowan University) in Stratford, NJ. Following this, she completed her internship and residency at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, CT. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine located in Houston, TX.
After fellowship, she obtained a Masters of Education from University of Houston. Dr. Suessman board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both PEM and General Pediatrics. Dr. Suessman's expertise is in pediatric emergencies including resuscitation and trauma as well as medical education.
Rebecca Tenney-Soeiro, MD, MSEd is a pediatric hospitalist with a clinical interest in the care of medically complex children. Dr. Tenney-Soeiro grew up on the East Coast of the United States, mainly in Delaware and North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and then graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program, where she was a chief resident. She earned a Master’s of Medical Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tenney-Soeiro was a co-director of the Pediatric Clerkship for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for nine years before transitioning to the role of an Advisory Dean six years ago. She is Section Chief of Education for the Division of General Pediatrics and founded the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship, of which she is now Program Director. She is a peer reviewer for multiple national educational conferences and for several pediatric and educational journals. Her favorite conference, even 14 years later,U is COMSEP!
Rebecca's educational interests include the changing landscape of autonomy across the spectrum of learners, providing feedback, and her new found interest in coaching. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with her husband, Damon, and their 4 children, Jamison, Devon, Lea, and Landon, and 2 crazy dogs, Molly and Hershey.
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.
Sherilyn trained as a pediatric infectious disease physician and provided care to families and children with complex medical problems. Her career has included all aspects of academic medicine, including basic science and medical education research, providing clinical care of in a tertiary care children’s hospital, and educational program development and administration for all levels of undergraduate and graduate medical trainees. She held multiple leadership positions at the University of Washington, where she is Professor Emeritus. Sherilyn also has served in national leadership positions in several medical education organizations in pediatrics (including COMSEP!) and as the chief academic officer for an educational nonprofit (Aquifer). Becoming a coach is the next step in her personal journey of living her core values of caring and making a difference.
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.