– Assistant Dean for Students
– Assistant Professor of Pathology
– UCF College of Medicine
– 2 years at UCF COM (August 2010)
– MD – Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University
– Residency and Fellowship – University of Florida
– MEd – Virginia Tech
As a founding faculty member of UCF College of Medicine, I have had career opportunities that are unique. My work at UCF COM has allowed me to combine my scholarly and clinical interests in an atmosphere that encourages creative thinking. The emphasis on innovative teaching approaches has allowed me to conduct research on Team Based Learning outcomes. This critical thinking based, participatory approach is well suited to producing future physicians with an appreciation for the collaborative nature of medical practice.
Working as the Assistant Dean for Students has given me a chance to influence the lives and education of student doctors far beyond what I can do in the classroom or laboratory. When I am not teaching, much of my day is focused on strategies to make sure each student has the best chance to succeed in our challenging curriculum. Helping our students navigate medical education is a very rewarding challenge.
With the support of the College, I have established a research program in cooperation with a local therapeutic horseback riding program, Heavenly Hoofs, to investigate whether this type of therapy conveys mental health and physical benefits to military veterans with PTSD. Our pilot program, Horses and Heroes, began in the spring of 2012. Our first results have been strongly positive and we are continuing this work into the fall. Together with Osceola County, we hope to establish a purpose built facility near the Medical City that will serve as an international center for research in equine assisted therapy.