Education Scholars Program

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October 6th, 2020 to June 15th, 2021

Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Classes will be virtual until further notice.

Applications for Fall 2020 Currently Closed

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The Education Scholars Program (ESP) is a one-year certificate program providing faculty development in education scholarship.

Distinctive features include:

  • A selective process that identifies promising medical educators and education leaders who wish build career paths significantly dedicated to scholarship in health professions education.
  • Participation in a community of practice that supports longitudinal learning for each individual, and opportunities for networking and mentorship.
  • A focus on developing a foundation in education theory and methods, and dedicated time to apply content to design, implement, and disseminate education scholarship projects.

Instructional approach

Expect to engage in learning through small and large group sessions, flipped classroom and asynchronous activities, and mentored time for applying educational concepts to current projects.

Submit the following materials no later than midnight on April 30, 2020:

  1. Current CV
  2. Letter of interest outlining current teaching responsibilities and activities, areas of interest in teaching, educational leadership, and education scholarship, career goals in the next 3-5 years, and how this program will help the candidate attain these goals.
  3. Letter of support from the candidate’s direct supervisor highlighting the candidate’s strengths and potential for contributions to the OHSU community of educators. The letter must indicate how the Department or Unit will assure the scholar will be free from other routine commitments on Tuesday afternoons between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and indicate commitment to covering tuition for non-School of Medicine applicants ($2500 per scholar).

NOTE: Participants must have some regular clinical teaching responsibilities for application of newly learned concepts and strategies.

Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning May 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified via email regarding final decisions no later than June 1, 2020

Selection criteria:  Applications will be scored based on the candidate’s: expressed interest in education scholarship; description of how ESP will help them achieve their career goals; future vision for their careers as education scholars; the strength of the supervisor’s letter of support; their scholarly potential; and prior experience and accomplishments in education scholarship.

Time commitment

October 6th, 2020 to June 15th, 2021

Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Matriculated scholars should also anticipate one hour of preparation and one hour of application of learning to teaching settings each week.


Scholars will learn principles of curriculum design, and concepts of time-based versus competency-based models.


Principles of feedback and learner assessment will be covered, including how to develop a program of assessment. 

Instructional strategies

Scholars will attain skills in leading discussions, large group teaching, one-on-one teaching, feedback, workplace-based teaching and assessment, and simulation.

Diagnostic reasoning

Building knowledge structures, diagnosing learners, and coaching strategies will be included.

Education scholarship

Scholars will learn strategies for building an academic career upon the scholarship of teaching and education research.  Skills taught will include academic writing, peer review principles, writing up innovations and quality improvement projects for publication, and education research methods.

Individuals with clinical teaching responsibilities who anticipate career paths significantly dedicated to teaching, leadership, and scholarship in health professions education are welcome to apply. The program is open to physician chief residents, fellows and faculty, and educators with clinical teaching responsibilities from the professions of dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and physician assistants. Interested classroom educators may also apply and should contact the course directors directly.

Course faculty

Erin Bonura, M.D., M.C.R.

Erin Bonura, MD, MCR

Dr. Bonura received her medical degree from Georgetown University in 2006. Following medical school, she completed her internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University where she became board certified in Internal Medicine and was also named Chief Resident. Subsequently, Dr. Bonura completed her Infectious Diseases Fellowship as well as the Education Scholars Program at Oregon Health & Science University.

Given her passion for medical education she completed a second fellowship at OHSU in General Internal Medicine and her Master's degree in Clinical Research with a focus on medical education methods and outcomes in the undergraduate and graduate settings. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Bonura has taken on a number of education leadership roles at OHSU including Prematriculation Block Director, Thread Director of Microbiology & Immunology for Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is also one of the founding members of the Educators' Collaborative which brings together individuals dedicated to education and furthering this mission at OHSU. 

Lainie Yarris, M.D., M.C.R.

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Dr. Yarris is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a graduate of a two-year fellowship in education research. She is Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Co-Director of the Emergency Medicine Education Scholarship Fellowship, and Education Section Director. She is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, and decision editor for Academic Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training. Her academic interests include faculty development in education, academic physician wellness, feedback in medical education, and medical education research methods. She has extensive experience teaching multidisciplinary learners in a variety of medical settings.

Advisory board

Jared Austin, M.D.

Andrea Cedfeldt, M.D.

Dawn Dillman, M.D.

Ben Hoffman, M.D.

Leslie Kahl, M.D.

Amy Miller Juve, Ed.D., M.Ed.

Constance Tucker, Ph.D.

Mackenzie Cook, M.D.

Mackenzie Cook, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery

Holly Villamagna, M.D.

Holly Villamagna, M.D.
Fellow, Infectious Disease

Leila Zuo, M.D.

Leila Zuo, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Graduates have assumed leadership roles in the OHSU School of Medicine and national organizations. Many report increased career satisfaction as educators and some have become education researchers.


We are excited to announce those who have applied and been accepted into the Fall 2020 Cohort for ESP. There was a lot of interest and excitement for the new year, and these applicants were found to strongly embrace the core values and unique opportunities that ESP has to offer.

Hayley Baines, MD, MCR

Hayley Baines, M.D., M.C.R.
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

Bradley Buchheit, MD, MS

Bradley Buchheit, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

Joel Burnett, MD

Joel Burnett, M.D.
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Emily Carter, MD, MPH

Emily Carter, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Antwon Chavis, MD

Antwon Chavis, M.D.
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics

Grace Chen, MD, MPU

Grace Chen, M.D., M.P.U.
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Pain Management

Andrew Corcoran, MD

Andrew Corcoran, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Adult Anesthesiology

Jordan Graeme, DC, MS, DCN

Jordan Graeme, D.C., M.S., D.C.N.
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Emily Janetos, MD

Emily Janetos, M.D.
Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Kaleb Keyserling, MD

Kaleb Keyserling, M.D.
Assistant Professor at OHSU and Clinician Educator at the VA

James Kornfield, MD, MA

James Kornfield, M.D., M.A.
Internal Medicine Ultrasound Fellow

Amy Kwon, MD

Amy Kwon, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Alan Labrum, OD

Alan Labrum, O.D.
Assistant Director of Optics Course for Residents

Rand Ladkany, MD

Rand Ladkany, M.D.
Assistant Director OHSU Tuality Hospitalist Service

Christine Luo, MD

Christine Luo, M.D.
Medical Education Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine

Edward Maldonado, MD

Edward Maldonado, M.D.
Chief Resident, 
Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Kelsi Manley, MD

Kelsi Manley, M.D.
Chief Resident, 
Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Marin McCutcheon, MD, MPHTM

Marin McCutcheon, M.D., MPHTM
Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Matthew O'Donnell, DO

Matthew O'Donnell, D.O.
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Brook Pittenger, MD

Brook Pittenger, M.D.
Resident, Internal Medicine (VA)

Hind Rahmouni, MD

Hind Rahmouni, M.D.
Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Director

Kristen Schultz, MD

Kristen Schultz, M.D.
General Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery


John Thompson, M.D., M.S.
Adjunct Instructor, Emergency Medicine

Samuel Torres Landa, MD

Samuel Torres Landa, M.D.
General Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery

Keenan Yanit, MD

Keenan Yanit, M.D.
Clinical Experience Director, OBGYN

Jane Babiarz, MD

Jane Babiarz, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Capstone Project Description: Create a set of interactive clinical problem-solving modules for training residents to care for people living with HIV. The goals are to teach core primary care skills for managing HIV, promote self-directed learning, and have a replicable program that can be evaluated, shared interdepartmentally, and published.

Shahana Baig-Lewis, MD

Shahana Baig-Lewis, M.D.
Chief Resident, Department of Internal Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Design a structured ambulatory report curriculum aimed at standardizing the process between clinic sites with ultimate goal of teaching evidence based approach to outpatient medicine.

Adam Blumenberg, MD

Adam Blumenberg, M.D.
Fellow, Medical Toxicology

Capstone Project Description: Develop an original and useful sim case.

Alanna Braun, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Alanna Braun, M.D., F.A.A.P
Clinical Skills Lab Facilitator, School of Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Pediatric ECHO for community pediatricians, partnering with psychologists and rotating specialists.

Alia Broman, M.D.

Alia Broman, M.D.
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care, Doernbecher

Chesteen, Kimberly E

Kimberly Chesteen, M.D.
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Improve online IMRESPDX educational documents for the residency program—Collate up to date landmark articles for topics of internal medicine to update our IMRESPDX.COM educational documents.

Mackenzie Cook, M.D.

Mackenzie Cook, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery

Capstone Project Description: Build a didactic curriculum for interns (general surgery / orthopedics / EM) rotating on the trauma ward service to supplement the clinical teaching.

Lindy Craft, D.O.

Lindy Craft, D.O.
Fellow, Critical Care Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Write a grant (Medic 1 grant) for funding for research in neurologic prognostication after cardiac arrest. Having a community standard for post cardiac arrest prognostication we can help residents explain to family member the process and what to expect after a loved one has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Daniel Crowder, M.D.

Daniel Crowder, M.D.
Residency in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Capstone Project Description: Complete a research project reviewing information availability from child neurology and NDD training program websites and submit to a journal for publication.

Seunggu Han, M.D.

Seunggu Han, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery

Kathy Jorda, M.D.

Kathy Jorda, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Capstone Project Description: I want to publish education scholarship after teaching trauma-informed care principles to medical students during their ob/gyn clerkship. Medical students often feel uncomfortable and unprepared to obtain a sexual history, particularly for female veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. I’m planning a 1hr session introducing trauma-informed care principles to medical students at the beginning of their ob/gyn rotation. I’d like to administer a pre- and post-intervention survey, as well as at the end of their rotation to see if they used or observed trauma-informed care principles in the clinical setting. I will also collect qualitative data on medical students' perceived barriers to obtaining a sexual history and use that data to incorporate new educational content as appropriate. Eventually I'd like to incorporate standardized patients as well as a panel of survivors to speak to the group and study which intervention is more useful for medical students during their clerkship.

Jonathan Karademos, M.D.

Jonathan Karademos, M.D.
Fellow, Education, Department of Emergency Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Produce a faculty development e-learning curriculum covering resident teaching and feedback.

Jeremy Kim, M.D.

Jeremy Kim, M.D.
Chief Medical Resident, Legacy Emanual and Good Samaritan Hospitals

Capstone Project Description: Create a 2 week clinical ethics elective curriculum for internal medicine residents that potentially includes implicit bias training and time with ethics consultants.

Patricia Liu, M.D.

Patricia Liu, M.D.
Chief Medical Resident, Internal Medicine

Capstone Project Description: (With Riana Wurzburger) Create a 2-week IMPACT resident elective with an accompanying self-directed learning curriculum. In regards to evaluation and feedback, we plan on creating a pre- and post- survey to assess knowledge, and perceived knowledge and comfort.

Matthew Miller, M.D.

Matthew Miller, M.D.
Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Michael Northrop, M.D.

Michael Northrop, M.D.
Fellow, Point of Care Ultrasound and Clinical Instructor, Department of General Internal Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Publish an US curriculum that encompasses one year for rural track PAs.

Patricio Riquelme, M.D., Ph.D.

Patricio Riquelme, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Implement a coaching program where residents are mentees and faculty are mentors, with the latter using positive psychology techniques to help prevent resident burnout.

Lauren Sigman, M.D.

Lauren Sigman, M.D.
Fellow, Emergency Medicine Education

Capstone Project Description: Revise and expand upon the curricula for the medical student sub-I rotation and the teach resident rotations in the department of emergency medicine.

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Robin Tittle, M.D., M.S.
Hospital Medicine Attending, Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine, Portland VA Medical Center

Capstone Project Description: Publishing on the curriculum designed for the HEAL Initiative global health fellowship.

Mandy VanSandt, D.O.

Mandy VanSandt, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Capstone Project Description: Build a didactic curriculum for pathology residents in coagulation testing.

Holly Villamagna, M.D.

Holly Villamagna, M.D.
Fellow, Infectious Disease

Capstone Project Description: Developing online modules that cover the content currently taught in an education intersession simulation lab for medical students. Medical students will be divided into groups - sim lab versus online modules - and I will be comparing how the two different educational interventions affect their invention prevention/PPE practices as well as their long-term infection control/PPE knowledge. 

Laura Waagmeester, M.D.

Laura Waagmeester, M.D.
Fellow, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Riana Wurzburger, M.D., M.P.H.

Riana Wurzburger, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Resident, Internal Medicine

Capstone Project Description: (With Patricia Liu) Create a 2-week IMPACT resident elective with an accompanying self-directed learning curriculum. In regards to evaluation and feedback, we plan on creating a pre- and post- survey to assess knowledge, and perceived knowledge and comfort.

Leila Zuo, M.D.

Leila Zuo, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Capstone Project Description: Study the feasibility of using the Anesthesia Toolbox to deploy a "standardized curriculum" across a few participating institutions, and analyzing resident/faculty satisfaction.

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