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Office of Educational Research

Our Team


Amy Sullivan, EdD

Director of Education Research, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Amy is a research psychologist with expertise in qualitative and quantitative medical education research. As Director for Education Research at the Shapiro Institute, she oversees research efforts in the Shapiro Institute and mentors many students, residents, fellows and faculty in their education research. Amy is currently leading research related to clinical teaching in critical thinking, high-value care, and health care equity; she has studies underway related to improving resident-family communication; and has a long-standing interest in improving education in end-of-life care. As a member of the faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Amy also leads ongoing quality improvement efforts in the Division to enhance faculty teaching of residents in the ICU setting.

Ling Hsiao, Ed.D., Ed.M.

Manager of Medical Education Research

Ling is a senior researcher at the Shapiro Institute where she manages evaluation studies and analytical plans for new faculty development programs in medical education. She is currently designing a methods curriculum for the Medical Education Scholarship Program at BIDMC. Ling graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a doctorate in developmental psychology and a master’s in educational technology. Previously, she was a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying computational modeling environments and developed training programs at museums and simulation centers.

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Rich Schwartzstein, MD

Director, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research

Vice President for Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Harvard Medical School Professor, Department of Medicine

Rich is Executive Director of the Shapiro Institute. His career embodies his own commitment to lifelong learning and to reinforcing the importance of education, along with patient care and research, in academic medicine. “At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we know that education is at the heart of patient care. I am inspired by the passion, curiosity and dedication of our faculty, trainees, and students. They care about being the best doctors possible, and I am motivated to do everything in my power to support their efforts in teaching and learning. Rich has initiated many programs to engage learners from multiple disciplines and learning levels. As a senior faculty member and educator, he also led a major curriculum reform at Harvard Medical School, implemented in 2015. As Director for Education Scholarship and Innovation at HMS, Rich leads efforts to evaluate and improve the new curriculum, enhance the learning environment in course and clerkship settings, and assist course and clerkship directors in conceiving and carrying out innovations and quality improvement projects. Rich’s current educational interests focus on the development of critical thinking and self-directed learning.  

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Margaret "Molly" Hayes, MD

Director of External Education, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Molly is a medical intensivist in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and a medical education specialist in the Shapiro Institute. Molly’s clinical and research interests include end-of-life care in the ICU, end-of-life communication, advanced communication for residents in the ICU, and many others. She is a graduate of the HMS Academy Fellowship in Medical Education Research where she developed skills in rigorous qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Molly is an active mentor for a number of medical students, residents, and fellows. She leads research efforts in resident communication education, improving the educational quality of rounds in the ICU, and examining how critical thinking is taught at HMS and other Harvard graduate programs.

Researchers at the Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research

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K. Meredith Atkins, MD

Associate Director, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Meredith has long been interested in the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate through graduate and continuing medical education. In addition to her administrative leadership roles at the Shapiro Institute, she conducts education research and mentors students and residents in education research. Meredith is leading a follow-up study to the Strategic Plan Project to enhance teaching in high value care, health care equity, and critical thinking. Her research has also included work on the Resident as Teacher program and a Delphi study to determine core competencies for a Student as Teacher curriculum. Meredith is a leader in the current Millennium Conference series, and is leading research being carried out by working groups from this conference. Meredith is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and the Obstetrics/Gynecology program at BIDMC.

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Camie Petri, MD

Instructor for Interprofesional Education

Dr. Camille Petri is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Associate Program Director for the Harvard Combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, and Instructor for Interprofesional Education at the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. Dr. Petri‘s primary research interest is in enhancing interprofessional teamwork and collaboration, using education as a vehicle. Her primary research focus has been investigating the impact that multiprofessional team members have on trainee education in the intensive care unit.

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Dan Ricotta, MD

Director, Shapiro Simulation & Skills Center Faculty Development, Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research

Instructor, Department of Medicine

Dan is an academic hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at BIDMC where he was a member of the Clinician Educator Track and completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, where he implemented a “resident as leader” curriculum. Dan is Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Associate Director of the Principal Clinical Experience for Harvard Medical School where he implemented a Student-as-Teacher elective and co-directs the Integration Track, aimed at improving medical students’ critical thinking skills through use of simulation. He is also Director of Medical Simulation for the Department of Medicine at BIDMC and Director of Simulation Faculty Development for the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. Nationally, he serves as course director for “Physiology on the Fly,” a faculty development program held at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories in Maine. Dan’s research focuses on resident leadership development, simulation based training, and team-work communication.

Carrie Tibbles, MD

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Director and Designated Institute Official, Graduate Medical Education

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Carrie came to BIDMC with the vision of preparing future leaders in medicine. Through her leadership roles—not only in the Emergency Department and the Harvard Combined Emergency Medicine Residency program—bust also in her work supporting graduate medical education throughout BIDMC, she has seen that vision become a reality. Working with the Shapiro Institute, Carrie has led sessions on curriculum development and competency evaluation in residency training; hidden curriculum and professionalism for the CME course Maximizing Your Teaching Skills; and has participated as faculty in three Millennium Conferences. She is currently working on implementation of the newly adopted education strategic plan.

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