Grand Rounds : Archive, 2014-2015

Dr. Mark O’Connell

Dr. O’Connell is the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Development and Senior Advisor to the Dean. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and graduated with the M.D. degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1978. He completed his training in internal medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, including a fellowship in general internal medicine, and joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty in 1981, where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine (with tenure). In addition to his responsibilities in education and administration, Dr. O’Connell continues to practice primary care general internal medicine in the faculty medical practice group. In 2007, he was the first recipient of the Bernard J. Fogel Endowed Chair in Medical Education.

Dr. O’Connell has had an important role in teaching, innovation, and improvement in medical education at the University of Miami for over 25 years. In 1999, Dr. O’Connell was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education. In this role, he led a major reform and revision of the medical curriculum which was implemented in 2001. He also played a primary role in the design and implementation of the problem-based learning components of the medical curriculum, including extensive faculty development programs for this new teaching methodology. Dr. O’Connell also led the design and implementation, in 2002, of the University of Miami’s regional medical campus in Boca Raton, Florida and its four-year medical curriculum, a separate educational track from the Miami campus curriculum. He also directed the design of a new MD/MBA program in 2008 and led the design, accreditation, and implementation of the four-year MD/MPH program June 2011.

Dr. O’Connell has received numerous awards for teaching, including the first annual “Teacher of the Year” award from the medical school faculty in 1996 and the University of Miami’s “Outstanding Faculty Teacher” award from the University Faculty Senate in 2008. In November 2011, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the AAMC Annual Meeting. He received the AAMC and Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative “Humanism in Medicine Award” in 2007. He has published and presented his scholarly work in medical education and has been recognized among the Best Doctors in America for his clinical work since 1996.

In April 2010, Dr. O’Connell was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Educational Development and is responsible for establishing new educational and professional development programs. This includes curriculum development and faculty development and the creation of an Academy of Educators to support and promote faculty educators. His scholarly work focuses on the use of information technology in medical education. In his role as Senior Advisor to the Dean, Dr. O’Connell will work on collaborations with other international institutions to share and disseminate the best practices in medical education.