Five faculty members from the department of medicine have been selected to the UNC School of Medicine’s Academy of Educators.

Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCI, Edmund Allen Liles, MD, and Jennifer McEntee, MD, MPH
Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCI, Edmund Allen Liles, MD, and Jennifer McEntee, MD, MPH

UNC has a strong tradition of teaching the next generation of physicians while preparing them for the future of health care. Students gain from mentors and preceptors who give back to the profession and share the joys of their specialties. After all, there’s no better way to ensure the future of health care than to engage and inspire learners.

The UNC School of Medicine’s Academy of Educators (AOE) honors the contributions of these educators by recognizing and supporting excellence in the career paths of outstanding teachers. Dr. Amy Shaheen, AOE President and Professor of General Medicine says the goal is to build community for interdisciplinary educators, enhance faculty development, and build educational leadership capacity.

Alfredo Rivadeneira, MD, and Lisa Rose-Jones, MD
Alfredo Rivadeneira, MD, and Lisa Rose-Jones, MD

“Being a member of our AOE–one of the oldest, largest and most engaged in the country– means that you have a community of like-minded individuals who can help you become the best teacher and leader you can be, while building your skills in curriculum development, assessment, and scholarship.”

This year, five faculty physicians from the Department of Medicine were selected to UNC’s Academy of Educators. They include:

Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi — Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Division of General Medicine;
Edmund Allen Liles, MD — Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Med U Service Line Leader in the Division of Hospital Medicine;
Jennifer McEntee, MD, MPH — Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine;

Alfredo Rivadeneira, MD — Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology; and

Lisa Rose-Jones, MD — Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Associate Director of the Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease.

Membership fosters comradery and support through faculty development opportunities and financial and technical support for scholarly activities.

“This year, the AOE will hold over 50 faculty development opportunities with visiting professors and hands-on workshops” said Shaheen. “The AOE will also have grants available for educational scholarship and a forum for teachers to present their work at the spring AOE Evening of Scholarship.”

In addition to acknowledging UNC’s best teachers, the Academy strengthens the teaching mission of the school and enhances the quality of the student curriculum. It advises the Dean’s Office on important medical student and resident curricular issues and identifies additional resources to reward teaching.

Founded in 2006, the Academy of Educators is designed to emphasize teaching and support faculty development both in Chapel Hill and across the state. Today, AOE has grown to over 300 active faculty members and over 60 resident members. Faculty and residents represent a diverse population of educators in all medical and basic science fields within the school of medicine.