Kurt Gilliland, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Dean of Curriculum
UNC-Chapel Hill

Education and Training

BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992
MS, North Carolina State University, 1995
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003

Teaching and Research

Dr. Gilliland teaches anatomy and directs cell biology and histology in the following courses for 1st-year and 2nd-year medical students: MTEC 101 (Medical Science 1: Principles of Medicine, Immunology, Hematology, and Cardiovascular); MTEC 102 (Medical Science 2: Respiratory, Urinary, Gastrointestinal, and Integumentary/Musculoskeletal); and MTEC 103 (Medical Science 3: Behavioral Health, Neuroscience, Endocrine, Reproductive, and Multi-organ Synthesis). He also directs OMED 152 (Introduction to Medical Education), OMED 153 (Educational Technology), and CBAM 403 (Clinical Anatomy for 4th-year medical students). His educational scholarship evaluates curriculum interventions, and his basic research focuses on the development of the lens of the eye and cataract development. 

Awards and Honors

Academy of Educators Educational Scholarship Award (2018)

Academy of Educators Foundation Phase Teaching Award (2017)

First-year Basic Science Course Award (2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Medical Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor (2009-2013)

School of Medicine Whitehead Lecturer (2010)

Academy of Educators Innovation in Teaching Award (2009)

Larry Keith Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)

“Honorary Coach of the Game” Faculty Award (2008)

First-year Basic Science Teaching Award (2007)

Recent Publications

Katz, L.M., A. Finch, A. Mohamed, T. McKinnish, K.O. Gilliland, S. Tolleson-Rinehart, and B.L. Marks. 2017. Teaching procedural skills to medical students: a pilot procedural skills lab. Education for Health.

Gilliland, K.O. 2017. The flipped classroom and learning analytics in histology. Medical Science Educator.

Gilliland, K.O. and E.T. Kernick. 2016. Team oral examinations in anatomy promote broader outcomes. Medical Science Educator.

Costello, M.J., L.A. Brennan, A. Mohamed, K.O. Gilliland, S. Johnsen, and M. Kantarow. 2016. Identification and ultrastructural characterization of a novel degradation complex in differentiating lens fibers cells. PLOS ONE. 11(8).

Street, S.E., Royal, K.D., Gilliland, K.O., and C. McNeil. 2015. The flipped classroom improved pre-clinical medical student performance and satisfaction in a basic science physiology course. Medical Science Educator. 25:35-43.

Gilliland, K.O. and E.T. Kernick. 2014. Team-based learning: cavernous sinus thrombosis. MedEdPORTAL. www.mededportal.org/publication/9887

Royal, K.D., Gilliland, K.O., and G.A. Dent. 2014. A student-led methodology for evaluating curricular redundancy. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation. 10(23):1-8.

Royal, K.D., Kernick, E.T., and K.O. Gilliland. 2014. Are repeat exam scores trustworthy? A note about measurement error and the need for genuine instructional intervention. Medical Science Educator. 24(1): 39-41.

Royal, K.D., Gilliland, K.O., and E.T. Kernick. 2014. Using Rasch measurement to score, evaluate, and improve examinations in an anatomy course. Anatomical Sciences Education. 7(6):450-460.


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