Grand Rounds : Archive, 2013-2014

Drs. Hilit Mechaber, Ana Campo, Alex Mechaber

Dr. Hilit Mechaber is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). She received her BS (1992) and MD (1995) degrees from the University of Miami, and was a member of the Honors Program in Medicine. Dr. Mechaber completed her post-graduate training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1998, and returned to her alma mater to join the faculty at UMMSM in 1998. She holds appointments in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health. She has been a core member of the teaching faculty of the Generalist Education in Medicine programs, and continues to teach medical students in their multidisciplinary ambulatory care clerkship, as well as the physical diagnosis programs.

Dr. Mechaber’s professional niche is in the area of career development and work-life balance. In addition to practicing academic general internal medicine, in 2008, she was appointed as dean for student services. In this capacity, she directs the Office of Professional Development and Career Guidance, and creates and oversees programs and resources available for medical student support. She and her team assist students in their development as future physicians, selection of medical specialties, and provide mentoring throughout multiple transitions in school and beyond. Dr. Mechaber has been actively involved in the national dialogue promoting personal-professional balance and flexible career options for physicians with a focus on the academic medicine workforce. She has had several national leadership roles, and currently serves as the Chair of the Southern Region Group on Student Affairs.

Dr. Mechaber values her role as a medical educator, continues to teach and mentor medical students and junior faculty, and has been recognized by her students and faculty alike with several teaching and community awards for her efforts. She is the proud mother of two daughters and married to a fellow academic general internist and dean of medical education. In her “spare” time, she loves to sing, bake, and watch TV home design shows with her kids.

Dr. Ana Campo completed the majority of her medical education at the University of El Salvador and received her MD from CETEC University in the Dominican Republic. She completed her residency in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center. Dr. Campo is professor of clinical psychiatry and holds the position of Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry and as such she helps coordinate and teaches in the Neurosciences Module to first year medical students, the Behavioral Aspects of Special Population to the second year medical students, psychiatry clerkships for third year students and psychiatry electives for fourth year medical students. She has worked in the department of medical education as the Assistant Dean of Student Services for 3 years, assistant dean for student affairs from 2008 to 2011 and in 2011 became the associate dean for student affairs.

Dr. Alex Mechaber is the senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). After receiving his MD degree from the University of Miami in 1994, he completed his post-graduate training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1997; serving as Chief Medical Resident from 1997-1998. Dr. Mechaber joined the faculty of the UMMSM in 1998 and completed a General Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003.

Dr. Mechaber oversees all medical student programs, curriculum and competency assessments for medical students on both UMMSM campuses. Dr. Mechaber’s academic focus and research interests in undergraduate medical education include clinical skills education, competency based education, teaching procedural skills to medical students, medical student abuse, and the internal medicine subinternship. He has been honored with numerous teaching and community service awards. Dr. Mechaber is a recognized national leader in key organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine and the Society of General Internal Medicine.