Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr.Shara Brody, Dr. Mark O’Connell, Dr. Richard Tiberius

Dr. Shara Brody, D.O. is an assistant professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Health Informatics and a Fellow in the Educational Development Office.
She is currently working on projects exploring new applications of health information technology within medical education, as well as projects exploring students’ clinical, diagnostic, and teaching skills. She also collaborates in the design and implementation of online learning modules for faculty and residents to improve their teaching and interpersonal communication skills. Dr. Brody also enjoys dedicating time to helping medical students and residents formulate research questions and design new studies. Her scholarly work includes assessment of undergraduate and graduate educational initiatives, evaluation techniques, and student learning styles. She has conducted several analyses of evidence-based medicine and the implementation of practice-patterns. Her research has been presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Brody’s ultimate goal is to master development, implementation, and evaluation of curricula at the levels of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. To this end she is pursuing her Masters of Academic Medicine through the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

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.

Dr. Richard Tiberius has a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He earned a B.Sc. in General Science in 1964, an MA in Psychology in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology in 1975, all at the University of Toronto. He is the director of the Educational Development Office in the Department of Medical Education and holds the rank of professor in the department of medicine with a cross appointment to Psychiatry, at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He collaborates with medical faculty in designing and conducting educational research and faculty development activities. His scholarly work and consulting practice focus on the improvement of the teaching and learning process, especially the role of the teacher-student relationship in learning. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and books in US, Canadian, and U.K. journals, and has conducted workshops and lectured throughout North America and Europe.

His written work includes a third edition of his book on small group teaching Teaching and Learning Through Discussion: A Trouble-Shooting Guide published by New Forums Press (2010); several chapters in K. T. Brinko and R. J. Menges’ book Practically speaking: A sourcebook for instructional consultants in higher education (New Forums, 2011); and journal articles on various topics including the “Implications of the nature of “expertise” for teaching and faculty development,” (To Improve the Academy), “Metaphors underlying the improvement of teaching and learning” (The British Journal of Educational Technology) and “Alliances for change: A procedure for improving teaching through conversations with learners and partnerships with colleagues” (Journal of Staff, Program and Organization Development).