McCahan Education Day Highlights a Vibrant Community of Educators at BUMC

Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter presents the Faculty Recognition Award to Dr. Anita Gohel
Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter presents the Faculty Recognition Award to Dr. Anita Gohel

A vibrant community of educators was on display at the ninth annual John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day, held Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Hiebert Lounge. The event is an initiative of the Medical Education Committee, supported by Provost and Dean Karen H. Antman, as an opportunity for Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) educators and future educators to consider their teaching ideologies and connect with colleagues.

The day is named after Dr. John McCahan, former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1976–2006) and Acting Dean (2003–2005) at Boston University School of Medicine, who demonstrated a strong commitment to medical education over his 30 years of service at BUMC.

Many members of the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) community participated in the McCahan Day poster session, workshops, oral presentations, and networking opportunities.

During the presentation ceremony several awards were given to outstanding BUMC faculty and staff. Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter and Dr. Celeste Kong presented the Faculty Recognition Award for Innovations in Education to Dr. Anita Gohel, Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Director of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. The Award for Innovation in Education goes to the faculty member who best exemplifies the characteristics that make GSDM students excited about learning.

“Dr. Gohel has such passion for her specialty and she conveys this passion for Radiology to all her students,” said one staff member in her letter nominating Dr. Gohel for the award.

Dean Hutter said, “Dr. Gohel is very deserving of this recognition. I know that she is someone who is able to inspire and motivate her students to achieve competency in their subject matter while enhancing student learning.” He continued, “On behalf of the entire Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine community, thank you for your service as a leader in educational excellence.”

In another McCahan Education Day activity, Dr. Michelle Henshaw, Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Associate Dean for Global & Population Health, spoke about trends in education as a panel member in a discussion led by BUMC Academic Deans.

The themes for this year’s poster presentations were Education Technology, to demonstrate creative use of interactive technology to augment learning, and Education Innovation and Research, to showcase scholarship or ongoing research in education at BUMC.

Several GSDM students and faculty presented posters:

  • Dr. Paula K. Friedman, “The Use of Andragogy in Teaching Geriatrics and Gerontology”
  • Marc Horton DMD 14, Dr. Raul Garcia, and Dr. Michelle Henshaw, “2013–2014 ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP): A Fellow’s Exploration of Teaching, Research, and Faculty Development”
  • Matthew Mara DMD 16 and Dr. Michelle Henshaw, “The Current Role of Academic Based Service Learning in Dental School Curricula”
  • Dr. Annetty Soto, Emily Abrams, and Dr. Laura Kaufman, “An Exploration of Clinicians’ Attitudes and Practices in Oral Health for Older Adults”

Dr. Carole Pfeiffer, Professor of Medicine and Undergraduate Education Director at the University of Connecticut Health Center, delivered the keynote address, titled “The Art and Science of Giving Feedback.”

Learn more about John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day.

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