Personnel

Giulia Bonaminio, Ph.D., 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.

Teresa Beacham, M.B.A., Program Manager, Academy of Medical Educators and Faculty Affairs and Development
Teresa Beacham received a B.G.S. in Sociology from the University of Kansas and completed her MBA 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!

Benito A. Berardo, Program Manager, Phase II Curriculum
Benito Berardo earned a BA 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.

Shawnalee Criss, Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator
Shawnalee Criss recently received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a Research concentration from Avila University. While pursuing her degree, she participated in several study abroad programs and was a member of the Avila Cheer Team.  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 module exams for the Phase I curriculum.

Mark Eaton, Ph.D., Program Director for Medical Education Technology
Dr. Mark Eaton received his B.S. in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, his M.S. in Systems Management from St. Mary's University, and Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Eaton has worked with industry, government, and higher education in the field of instructional design & technology since 1994. He joined the University of Kansas in December 2014 and is responsible for supporting the School of Medicine and their educational technology needs.

Joseph D. Fontes, Ph.D., Foundational Science Director
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 an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and conducts research on gene transcription in the immune system. Dr. Fontes oversees foundational science education in the medical curriculum and is the Director of the Foundations of Medicine module. 

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, Senior Coordinator
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.

Christina Magnifico, M.L.S., Education Support Technologist
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. 

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., Director of 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 Manager, Phase I Curriculum
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.

Pam Shaw, M.D., Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Phase II Curriculum
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.  

NameTitleTelephone
Giulia A. Bonaminio, PhD 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
Benito Berardo, BA Program Manager, Phase II Curriculum (Years 3 and 4) (913) 588-7200
Sam Butler Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program (913) 588-3421
Shawnalee Criss, BA Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator (913) 588-9715
Gary Doolittle, MD Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Phase I Curriculum (913) 588-8220
Mark Eaton, Ph.D. Program Director for Medical Education Technology (913) 588-7206
Joseph Fontes, Ph.D. Foundational Science Director (913) 588-9848
Lois Ho  Senior Coordinator, Standardized Patient Program (913) 588-3426
Kathryn Istas, MPH Evaluation and Information Resource Specialist (913) 945-6682
 Trent Kelley Database Developer (913) 588-4847
Connie Kramer, BA Senior Coordinator (913) 588-8220
Julie Mack, MS  Director, Standardized Patient Program and Skills Laboratory (913) 588-2259
Christina Magnifico, MLS Education Support Technologist (913) 588-3410
Dorothea Paiva, MA Coordinator, Phase I (Years 1 and 2) (913) 945-6671
Anthony M. Paolo, PhD Director, Assessment & Evaluation (913) 588-7224
Melissa Quearry, MPA Program Manager, Phase I Curriculum (Years 1 and 2) (913) 588-7211
Pamela Shaw, MD Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Phase II Curriculum (913) 588-8220

Last modified: Aug 04, 2016
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