personal statement

I am the Academic Coordinator of Geriatric Medical Education for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill and for the Center for Aging and Health. My responsibilities in this role include mentoring the Geriatric Fellows and the UNC-CH medical students. With the T35 UNC-CH Summer Research Training in Aging for Medical Students, my role as Program Evaluator keeps me very involved with the MSTAR students, their research, and their relationships with their mentors.  My path has involved educational research in the areas of curriculum development, training and teaching students from many disciplines and levels, from undergraduate students to faculty. Over the past decade, I have mentored over one hundred medical students, fellows and faculty members as well as serving on doctoral dissertation committees.

I am trained as a health educator, graduating with my master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with my PhD in public health from the University of South Carolina, School of Public Health. I have been active in the field of geriatrics and gerontology for more than 30 years, focusing on geriatric/gerontology educational research, curriculum development, teaching, evaluation, and on both national and international dissemination of the curricula that I have helped to develop. I have served on the faculties of Dartmouth Medical School, the University of Miami School of Medicine, the University of Hawaii, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Columbia, Medical University of South Carolina, and presently the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. At most of these universities, the geriatric/ gerontology curricula that I have been responsible for developing have received national recognition.