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Giulia Bonaminio, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Director, Office of Medical Education
Dr. Giulia Bonaminio received her B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Bonaminio is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She has responsibility for oversight of the curriculum, the standardized patient program, the evaluation of courses and the curriculum, and medical education research. Dr. Bonaminio has conducted faculty development workshops locally and nationally on topics including curriculum design, small group teaching and evaluation.

Suzy Austin, Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program
Suzy Austin recruits, hires and trains standardized patients, as well as coordinates Standardized Patient programs for 1st, 2nd, 3rd year students and residents. Ms. Austin joined KUMC in July 2005 and comes with an extensive background in developing and executing training programs for adult learners. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina, and is a member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators.

Teresa Beacham, M.B.A., Program Manager, Academy of Medical Educators and Educational Research and Scholarship
Teresa Beacham received a B.G.S. in Sociology from the University of Kansas and completed her M.B.A with a concentration in Healthcare Administration with Baker University. Her previous experience is in Graduate Medical Education. Currently, she is responsible for managing the Academy of Medical Educators and is the Program Manager for Faculty Affairs and Development. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys reading and attempting to paint!

Keiran Beadnell, M.Ed., Education Support Technologist

Benito A. Berardo, Program Director for Clinical Experiences
Benito Berardo earned a B.A. degree in History from The University of Florida and has been with The University of Kansas since 1996 first supporting the Assistant Dean of Fine Arts on the main campus in Lawrence before becoming the clerkship administrator for Pediatrics at The University of Kansas Medical Center in 2000. Mr. Berardo joined the Department of Medical Education in 2007 and assists the Phase II Curriculum Director, supporting, reviewing, and making recommendations for revising 3rd and 4th year clerkship curriculum components to aid in course development and implementation. He is also responsible for managing and supporting medical student electronic evaluation and patient encounter logging systems as well as coordinates the 3rd year course ICM 900, Issues in Clinical Medicine.

Sam Butler, Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program
Sam Butler has worked with the Standardized Patient (SP) Program since its inception in 1997. From performing roles as standardized patients, to serving as a program monitor, he ultimately become an SP trainer. Mr. Butler used his extensive background in feedback training to help develop guidelines for the SP's post encounter discussion. He has written training protocol and trainer checklists.  Mr. Butler worked with the physician preceptors to revise the Physical Examination Teaching Assistant (PETA) training guidelines by integrating aspects of the Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking.

Ralph Corse, Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program

Shawnalee Criss, M.A., Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator
Shawnalee Criss received her B.A. in Psychology from Avila University and her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joined the University of Kansas Medical Center, Office of Medical Education in the Fall of 2014. She is responsible for developing and collecting curriculum evaluations and the creation of block exams for the Phase I curriculum.

Gary Doolittle, M.D., Assistant Dean for Foundational Sciences

Nick Edwards, eLearning Specialist

Joseph D. Fontes, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Foundational Sciences
Dr. Joseph D. Fontes received his B.S. degree from  the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship studying the biochemistry and molecular biology of gene transcription at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Fontes is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and conducts research on gene transcription in the immune system. Dr. Fontes oversees foundational science content and operations of the Phase I blocks in the ACE curriculum and is the Director of the Molecular and Cellular Medicine block.

Kathryn Istas, M.P.H., Evaluation and Information Resource Specialist
Kathryn Istas earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Kansas and Master of Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Prior to joining the University of Kansas Medical Center, Office of Medical Education, Ms. Istas worked in medical education curriculum evaluation and curriculum assessment for three years.  Ms. Istas is responsible for component evaluation and evaluation reporting.  She also consults on evaluation tools and methodology.

Connie Kramer, Executive Assistant
Connie Kramer supports the education committees for the School of Medicine (Phase I Committee, Phase II Committee, and Education Council) and any related subcommittees. Prior to joining the Office of Medical Education in 2006, Ms. Kramer was the Residency Senior Coordinator, and Student Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine. She received a B.A. in English and Mathematics from Valparaiso University.

Julie Mack, M.S., Director, Standardized Patient Program and Neis Clinical Skills Laboratory
Julie Mack is the Director of the Standardized Patient Program and the Neis Clinical Skills Lab at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. in Music Business from Quincy University and a M.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration/Arts Administration from Western Illinois University. Ms. Mack became Director in 2008 and is responsible for supervising the Neis Clinical Skills Lab Staff in providing nearly 9,000 student/standardized patient encounters for medical and nursing students annually.

Christina Magnifico, M.L.S., Program Director, Medical Education Technology
Christina Magnifico earned a B.S. in General Studies (emphasis Biochemistry) from Columbia College, and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. She has been a Public Librarian, Assistant Medical Librarian at Dykes Library, and a Research and Learning Specialist at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Christina came to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2012, and began working with the Office of Medical Education in 2014. Christina is responsible for supporting the School of Medicine by collaborating with the Program Manager for Medical Education Technology.

Emma Nguyen, Ed.D., Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Emma Nguyen received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, her M.S. from Avila University, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.   Dr. Nguyen is responsible for the oversight of assessment and evaluation in undergraduate medical education, including course-based evaluations, longitudinal feedback and institutional evaluations.   In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running and doing Krav Maga.  

Dorothea Paiva, M.A., Coordinator of Phase I Curriculum
As a Phase 1 Coordinator, Dorothea Paiva supports a variety of Phase I curriculum activities, including the recruitment of community-based physician volunteers who serve as mentors to first and second year students in the preceptor program. Additionally, she organizes the Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) cases and schedules PBL facilitators. Ms. Paiva received a B.S. in Agriculture from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's degree in German Literature from the University of Kansas. She taught German at William Jewell College and the University of Kansas, and taught a high-school class for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her biggest accomplishment has been to raise three outstanding children.

Anthony M. Paolo, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation
Dr. Anthony Paolo received his BA in Psychology from Iowa State University, his MA in Educational Psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.  He is a Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Director of Assessment and Evaluation in the Office of Medical Education. Dr. Paolo is responsible for the program evaluation of the School of Medicine's curriculum. In consultation with the curriculum committees, he designed and implemented the system and continues to enhance and modify it as the curriculum evolves. He is a prolific researcher with over 200 publications and presentations. In his spare time he enjoys watching the Kansas City Chiefs, playing backgammon, and working on his 40 acre ranch.

Melissa Quearry, M.P.A., Program Director, Medical Education
Melissa Quearry received a B.A. in History and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Quearry has been at KU Medical Center since 2004. She managed a faculty development grant in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division before joining the Office of Medical Education in 2006. Prior to coming to KU Medical Center, she worked as a Marketing and Program Director in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education.

Heather Rafferty, Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program
Heather Rafferty earned a B.A. in Film and Media from the University of Kansas. From web design and html coding at 12, to voice over, acting, and simulation operating, Heather went on to become a Standardized Patient for multiple SP programs throughout Kansas and Missouri. Her experience in film, media and the arts, led to her becoming KUMC's Neis Clinical Skills Lab Program Coordinator in 2018. She is currently responsible for preparing and monitoring the lab and its daily activities. She assists with the setting up of exam rooms, management of the control room as well as flow of learners, standardized patients and timed encounters. Other duties include assisting the Program Manager and Senior Coordinator with the planning and coordination of BLS classes and certain recurring M3 programs as well as updating and maintaining the NCSL webpage.

Pam Shaw, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Experiences
Dr. Pam Shaw is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her undergraduate degree was in Human Biology at the University of Kansas.  She attended medical school and did her pediatric residency at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas.  After experiencing private practice, Dr. Shaw returned to the University of Kansas in 1990 where she has been involved in the teaching and practice of general pediatrics and clinical skills since then.  She is the Assistant Dean for clinical sciences and the Medical Director of the Neis Clinical Skills lab. Her duties include Vice-Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics.  She is the past president of the Kansas Chapter of the AAP and is currently the District Chair for District VI of the AAP. 

Name

Title

Telephone

 Giulia A. Bonaminio, PhD

  Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and
  Director, Office of Medical Education

 (913) 588-8220

 Suzy Austin, BA

  Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program

 (913) 588-3425, -3430

 Teresa Beacham, MBA

  Program Manager, Academy of Medical Educators
  and Faculty Affairs and Development 

 (913) 588-7304

 Keiran Beadnell, MEd

  Education Support Technologist

 (913) 588-8978

 Benito Berardo, BA

  Program Director for Clinical Experiences

 (913) 588-7200

 Sam Butler

  Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program

 (913) 588-3421

 Shawnalee Criss, MA

  Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator

 (913) 588-9715

 Ralph Corse

  Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program

 (913) 588-3426

 Gary Doolittle, MD

  Assistant Dean for Foundational Sciences

 (913) 588-8220

 Nick Edwards, BS

  eLearning Specialist

 (913) 588-3410

 Joseph Fontes, Ph.D.

  Assistant Dean for Foundational Sciences

 (913) 588-9848

 Kathryn Istas, MPH

  Evaluation and Information Resource Specialist

 (913) 945-6682

 Connie Kramer, BA

  Executive Assistant

 (913) 588-8220

 Julie Mack, MS 

  Director, Standardized Patient Program and Skills Laboratory

 (913) 588-2259

 Christina Magnifico, MLS

  Program Director, Medical Education Technology

 (913) 588-3410

 Emma Nguyen, EdD

  Director, Assessment and Evaluation

 (913) 588-7303

 Dorothea Paiva, MA

  Coordinator, Phase I (Years 1 and 2)

 (913) 945-6671

 Anthony M. Paolo, PhD

  Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation

 (913) 588-7224

 Melissa Quearry, MPA

  Program Director, Medical Education

 (913) 588-7211

 Heather Rafferty, BA

  Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program

 (913) 574-0168

 Pamela Shaw, MD

  Assistant Dean for Clinical Experiences

 (913) 588-8220

  

   

Last modified: Jul 08, 2019
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