Virtual Mentor. November 2009, Volume 11, Number 11: 923-926.
About the Contributors
Theme issue: Humanizing Physician Learning
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Nneka N. Ufere is a second-year medical student at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated with high honors in molecular and cellular biology and a minor in psychology from Harvard University. At Harvard, she served as a senior editor for the Harvard Health Policy Review. In addition to medical ethics, Ms. Ufere’s interests include medical sociology, medical journalism, and disparities in health care.
Douglas Brown, PhD, is an ethicist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Jordan J. Cohen, MD, is a professor of medicine and public health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and president emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Raymond G. De Vries, PhD, is a professor in the bioethics program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is the author of A Pleasing Birth: Midwifery and Maternity Care in the Netherlands and coeditor of The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences. In addition to his research on premedical education, Dr. De Vries is writing a critical social history of bioethics and is studying the regulation of science; international research ethics; the difficulties of informed consent; bioethics and the problem of suffering; and the social, ethical, and policy issues associated with non-medically indicated surgical birth.
Katrina S. Firlik, MD, is a neurosurgeon, author, and entrepreneur, focusing on innovation in health care. She practiced most recently at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, after completing her training at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside.
Jeffrey Gross is a first-year medical student at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
Julia Halsey is a third-year medical student at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, with a master’s degree in bioethics. She currently serves as the student representative to the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
Karen E. Hauer, MD, is a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH, is the Arnold P. Gold Professor of humanism and professionalism and an associate professor of medicine and surgery at New York University School of Medicine. She has a long-standing research interest in assessment of clinical competence and the relationship between medical education and patient outcomes. She has mentored three cohorts of NYU SOM Virtual Mentor student editors.
Mary E. Klingensmith, MD, is a professor of surgery and program director in surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.
John Kugler, MD, is a clinical instructor in general internal medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Holger Link, MD, is an assistant professor in pediatrics with board certification in sleep medicine and pediatric pulmonology. He is also the director for sleep education at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, where he provides education to residents, fellows, and faculty on the management of sleep deprivation and fatigue.
Bonnie M. Miller, MD, is the senior associate dean for health sciences education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.
Richard A. Ortoski, DO, is the chair of the Department of Primary Care Education and professor of family medicine/human sexuality at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is also the clinical director of the new Primary Care Scholars Pathway, an accelerated pathway into the specialties of family medicine and general internal medicine. Being part of LECOM since its beginning in 1993, Dr. Ortoski lectures and coordinates the college courses, emphasizing primary care medicine through physical diagnosis and topics involving human sexuality.
Bridget OíBrien, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Office of Medical Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.
Ann N. Poncelet, MD, is a professor of clinical neurology in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.
Richard M. Raymond, PhD, is a professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is course director in pathology and director of LECOMís Primary Care Scholars Pathway.
Paul Rockey, MD, MPH, directs the Division of Graduate Medical Education at the American Medical Association in Chicago. He provides leadership and liaison for the AMA in graduate medical education issues and supervises collection and dissemination of information about the more than 8,600 U.S. residency and fellowship programs.
Will Ross, MD, MPH, is associate dean for diversity and associate professor of medicine in the Renal Division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Robert Sack, MD, is professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, and the former medical director of the Sleep Disorders Medicine Program. He is interested in circadian rhythm sleep disorders.
Kristin E. Schleiter, JD, LLM, is a senior research associate for the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the American Medical Association in Chicago. She analyzes ethics policy and law and assists in the development and dissemination of ethics policy and related educational material. Ms. Schleiter received both her law degree and masters of law in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a contributing writer for the Annals of Health Law.
Ryan C. VanWoerkom is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, with plans to enter a career in internal medicine. He serves as the chair of the Committee on Bioethics and Humanities for the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section as well as being the Midwest representative to the American College of Physicians Council of Student Members.
Charles Vega, MD, is the residency program director and director of the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community. Dr. Vega attended Harvard University for his undergraduate training and completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin and residency in family medicine at the University of California, Irvine.
Abraham Verghese, MD, is the professor for the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, and senior associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. In 2009, Knopf published his novel, Cutting for Stone.
Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, is a resident physician at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham & Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital. A Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Wen has worked at the WHO and Brookings Institution and conducted research in the United Kingdom, Rwanda, South Africa, and China. She was selected by Nicholas Kristof to report for the New York Times in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Wen served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association.
Daniel Winship, MD, is secretary for the Council on Medical Education and associate director for the Division of Undergraduate Medical Education at the American Medical Association in Chicago. He was formerly the dean at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Nicholas Zorko is a fourth-year MD/PhD student at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He graduated from Ohio State with a bachelorís degree in biology in 2006, and is currently the vice chair for the Committee on Bioethics and Humanities for the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section.
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