The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. We select up to five faculty leaders each year.

Macy Faculty Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years to implement an educational change project in their institution. Scholars also receive mentoring and career advice from our National Advisory Committee.


Richard Greene, MD, MHPE, FACP

New York University School of Medicine

Richard E. Greene is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Health Disparities Education at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine through the Office of Diversity Affairs. In addition, he is an Associate Program Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In these roles, Dr. Greene participates in the development and inclusion of innovative curriculum on bias, diversity, health disparities, and LGBTQ topics into the curriculum and culture at NYU.  

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Greene will develop curriculum at the intersection of health disparities, clinician bias, and structural competence across the UME and GME spectrum and develop an assessment model to evaluate the development of knowledge and skills in these areas in learners.

David T. Stern, MD, PhD, FACP, Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Internal Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, serves as Dr. Greene's mentor.


Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN

Creighton University College of Nursing

Amanda J. Kirkpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University College of Nursing (CUCON). She is Chair of CUCON’s Undergraduate Curriculum and Assessment Committee, President of the Iota Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, and a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar (2016–2018, Villanova University). Dr. Kirkpatrick has received recognition for excellence in teaching, innovation, and research in the areas of interprofessional education, simulation, and palliative care. She aspires to be a national leader in health science education by promoting interprofessional competence development and relationship-based caring among students and clinicians through Virtual Interprofessional Simulations (VISion). 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Kirkpatrick plans to evaluate and disseminate VISion as a new clinical model, providing widespread access to established and standardized VISion guidelines, validated and diversified VISion scenarios, and expanded interprofessional palliative care course enrollment.

Gail M. Jensen, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FNAP, Dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies and Vice Provost for Learning and Assessment at Creighton University, serves as Dr. Kirkpatrick's mentor.


Barret Michalec, PhD

University of Delaware College of Health Sciences

Barret Michalec, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Interprofessional Education in the University of Delaware's (UD) College of Health Sciences, which includes the UD School of Nursing, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Michalec also holds an Adjunct Research appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.  His teaching and research explore socialization and professionalization processes and mechanisms nested within health professions education, disparities in health and healthcare, and processes of prosocial behavior.    

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Michalec will spotlight the value of teaching empathy in an interprofessional education setting through his program, Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect, & Mindfulness (I-TEAM).  With I-TEAM, Dr. Michalec introduces the notion of developmentally progressive "workouts" to stretch and strengthen health profession students' empathy "muscles" as well as enhance communication skills, self- and other-awareness, and potentially promote "empathic resilience."   

Christine Arenson, MD, Alumni Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Immediate Past Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, serves as Dr. Michalec's mentor.


Rachel Marie Salas, MD, MEdHP, FAAN

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Rachel Salas is an Associate Professor in Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the School of Nursing. She is the Director of the Neurology Clerkship and the Director for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPCP) for the School of Medicine, and she is a faculty advisor for the Master of Education in the Health Professions program at Johns Hopkins School of Education. Dr. Salas is Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Consortium of Clerkship Directors and a Co-Director for Interprofessional Teaming for the High Value Practice Academic Alliance. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Salas will create and implement The Interprofessional Exemplar Program: A Certificate Program to Recognize, Develop, and Nurture Faculty as IPCP Role Models. The program aims to foster the development of skills needed to be a successful IPCP role model, cultivate an educational environment that facilitates excitement and innovation around IPCP and professional identity, and develop an educational environment that promotes recognition and encourages the joy of medicine for IPCP teaching faculty across disciplines.

Antoinette S. Ungaretti, PhD, Director of the Master of Education in the Health Professions program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, serves as Dr. Salas's mentor.


Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA

University of Minnesota Medical School

Michael Westerhaus is an Assistant Professor of Global Medicine at the University of Minnesota. In this role, he utilizes experiential and action-based methods to teach social medicine that elevates the critical consciousness of health professionals. As a primary care clinician at the Center for International Health, he bears witness to and supports refugee efforts to draw on social and cultural assets to seek health. As co-founder of the Social Medicine Consortium, Dr. Westerhaus leads efforts with a global community of educators who merge transformative pedagogy with strategic community organizing to mobilize power for advancing health equity. He aims to understand and respond to structural forces that create social conditions leading to health inequities. 

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Westerhaus will design, implement, institutionalize, and evaluate an experiential social medicine curriculum on the structural determination of health and how to lead social change for University of Minnesota learners who aspire to be health workers.  

Joia S. Mukherjee, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health and Associate Professor in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, serves as Dr. Westerhaus's mentor.


Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

University of Chicago Pritzker School of 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

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

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

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

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.

Our Advisory Committee

Our National Advisory Committee guides the Macy Faculty Scholars Program and provides Scholars with career advice.

David M. Irby, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (HON), FAAN

Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, Emerita, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Professor, Emerita, UCSF School of Nursing

Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD

George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Christine A. Tanner, RN, PhD, FAAN

AB Younmans-Spaulding Distinguished Professor, Emerita, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing

Samuel O. Thier, MD

Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy, Emeritus, Harvard University Medical School