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Meet the Scholars

Each Macy Faculty Scholar engages in activities to enhance their career as an educator, as well as pursuing a mentored educational innovation project at their home institution.

2018 Scholars

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

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University of Chicago Medicine

Vineet Arora is Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery and Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at the University of Chicago. In the latter role, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to integrate residents and fellows into the quality, safety, and value missions of the institution.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Arora will aim to evaluate, sustain, and spread IGNITE (Improving GME Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences) to train residents, nurses, and other professionals to work in high-reliability teams aligned with institutional priorities to improve patient care and ultimately support the vision of interprofessional clinical learning environments (IPCLE).

Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at the University of Chicago Medicine, and Greg Horner, MA, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Vice President of Operational Excellence at the University of Chicago Medicine, serve as Dr. Arora’s mentors.

C. Jessica Dine, MD, MSHP

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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

C. Jessica Dine is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care and Director for Assessment and Evaluation for the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her education role focuses on the development of robust evaluation systems with a particular focus on measuring the competencies of communication, professionalism, and interprofessional collaboration.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Dine will design and develop the optimal assessment strategy for interprofessional collaboration in the clinical learning environment that could assess providers across the health care professions while providing clinical care in real time.

Judy A. Shea, PhD, Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, serves as Dr. Dine’s mentor.

Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF

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University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Cynthia Foronda is an Associate Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Foronda is a pediatric nurse who specializes in simulation, technology, cultural diversity, and vulnerable populations. An expert in evaluating educational interventions, she is focused on fostering breakthroughs in education through the use of technology and diverse teaching methods. Her work in simulation has resulted in several international awards, and she was voted President-Elect of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Foronda will apply simulation and telehealth technology to create longitudinal experiences that bridge health care education to patient and family outcomes. Focusing on empowering family caregivers of children with asthma, her project evaluates the impact of a simulation and telehealth intervention on student learning, the experience of family caregiving, child health outcomes, and costs.

Cindy L. Munro, RN, ANP-BC, PhD, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS, Dean and Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, serves as Dr. Foronda’s mentor.

Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN

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University of South Carolina College of Nursing

Coretta Jenerette is the incoming Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She is dedicated to educating future nurse scientists about the role of social determinants of health (SDH) on health outcomes. Currently, she is using her internationally recognized, patient-centered program of research in sickle cell disease to exemplify the importance of communication skills for vulnerable patient populations.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Jenerette will focus on enhancing PhD programs with simulations that expose PhD students to the social determinants of health (SDH) and interprofessional education (IP/IPE). Simulation experiences will enhance current PhD curricula offerings and allow future nurse scientists to be well-versed in community-engaged research with minority and underserved populations. Development of “Simulation in PhD Programs” (SiPP) will be designed to meet unmet needs of PhD nursing students, including SDH and IPE activities.

Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP, FAAN, ANEF, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, serves as Dr. Jenerette’s mentor.

Daniel J. Schumacher, MD, MEd

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University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Daniel J. Schumacher is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Schumacher is currently working to establish an education research unit, which he will co-direct, at CCHMC. Since transitioning from residency administration to focus on medical education research three years ago, he has been working on a PhD at Maastricht University and has led two national studies focused on: 1) decisions made by clinical competency committees (CCCs) and 2) assessment of entrustable professional activities.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Schumacher will extend lines of investigation from both of these studies, seeking to understand summative entrustment decision-making by CCCs. This work is well-aligned with Dr. Schumacher’s established career focus on the link between educational outcomes and patient care outcomes and builds upon his local, national, and international competency-based medical efforts over the past several years.

Carol Carraccio, MD, Vice-President for Competency-based Assessment at the American Board of Pediatrics, serves as Dr. Schumacher’s mentor.