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Three UNC Urology members were highlighted at the recent Alan W. Cross Evening of Scholarship, an event organized by the UNC School of Medicine’s Academy of Educators (AOE). This annual event celebrates excellence in medical education, highlighting the achievements of educators who demonstrate exceptional dedication to teaching, leadership, and innovation.

Congratulations Dr. Minh Pham, Dr. Brooke Spratte, and Dr. Wesley Pate for their achievements and contributions. Their recognition reflects the department’s ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of excellence in teaching, and academic leadership.

Timestamps: TAR HEEL Program (20:35), FLAGship Program (22:30), New Member Inductions (25:30)

Dr. Minh Pham: Newly Inducted AOE Member

Dr. Minh Pham was among the 65 newly inducted members of the AOE. The Academy, established in October 2006, plays a pivotal role in fostering educational excellence through research, scholarship, and the development of innovative teaching methods. Members of the AOE are recognized for their outstanding contributions to medical education and their leadership in curriculum development.

Dr. Pham, a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine (2017), returned to the university as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at the end of 2023. Recently, Dr. Pham was part of the inaugural interdisciplinary Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP) 2023-2024 cohort. Dr. Pham’s induction into the AOE underscores his dedication to advancing medical education.

Dr. Brooke Spratte: Completion of the TAR HEEL Program

Rising 3rd Year Urology Resident, Dr. Brooke Spratte, was recognized for her successful completion of the Teaching As a Resident: Highlighting the Evidence and Enthusiasm of Learning (TAR HEEL) program. The TAR HEEL program is designed to enhance the teaching skills of residents, promote cross-departmental collaboration, and increase scholarly activity.

Dr. Spratte’s involvement in the TAR HEEL program reflects her strong commitment to medical education and leadership. She has actively participated in various educational and leadership initiatives, including serving as a Resident Representative on the UNC School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee and being selected for the prestigious American Urological Association’s (AUA) Early Career Investigators Workshop. Dr. Spratte’s achievements highlight her enthusiasm for teaching and her potential as a future leader in medical education.

Dr. Wesley Pate: Completion of the FLAGship Program

Endourology Fellow, Dr. Wesley Pate, was recognized for completing the AOE’s FLAGship (Faculty/Fellow Leadership and Growth) Program. Launched in 2019, the FLAGship program provides fellows and faculty with a platform to enhance their leadership skills, engage in educational projects, and connect with mentors within the Academy community.

Participants in the FLAGship program commit to a nine-month journey of educational and leadership development, attending monthly sessions that include journal clubs, leadership workshops, and education-related discussions. Dr. Pate’s participation in the FLAGship program demonstrates his dedication to professional growth and his commitment to advancing educational practices in the field of urology.