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.
Jeremy Richards, MD
Director of Medical Education Research Laboratory, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Jeremy is an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and a Clinician Educator who is involved in both undergraduate (UME) and graduate (GME) medical education. Jeremy's primary academic interest is medical education research and is the Director of the Medical Education Research Laboratory at the Shapiro Institute. His specific research interests include curiosity in medical learners, critical thinking, cognitive biases, and clinical reasoning in medical education and clinical practice. He has designed, implemented, and published several studies involving these cognitive and perceptual aspects of learning and thinking about medical practice and clinical problems. Identifying ways to accurately measure attributes like curiosity and behaviors like critical thinking is a primary focus of his research. Among his formal roles in medical education, he serves as the Course Director for the Research in Medical Education course in the Masters of Medical Sciences in Education program at Harvard Medical School. He will also be a core faculty member in the first-year medical school curriculum, for a comprehensive course about fundamental basic science and clinical concepts in Pulmonary / Cardiology / Hematology / Nephrology. In addition, he enjoys working with and teaching Internal Medicine interns and residents in the MICU in the setting of actual patient care.
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 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.
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.
Christine Beltran, EdM
Research Manager, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research
Christine provides research support for several of the center’s projects, including the Education Strategic Plan and faculty development in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Christine graduated from Boston College with a degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology and a minor in Medical Humanities and completed a Masters of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Christine is skilled in conducting focus groups, creating surveys, creating beautiful materials for newsletters and study brochures, conducting observational data collection, and conducting analyses of qualitative data. She is excited about this opportunity as it will allow her to expand her experience, knowledge, and skills with research and help her pursue her future career goals.
Researchers at the Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research
K. Meredith Atkins, MD
Associate Director, Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education and the Principal Clinical Experience
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.
Daniel Jones, MD, MS, FACS
Co-Director of Simulation and Skills Center, Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research
Co-Director, Director of Surgical Programs
Professor, Department of Surgery
When Dan joined BIDMC from the University of Texas Southwestern faculty, he completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, and established a surgical skills task training suite for use in residency training. He later worked with Drs. David Feinstein and Richard Schwartzstein to establish the Carl J. Shapiro Simulation & Skills Center, the first center in the United States to receive Level 1 accreditation by the American College of Surgeons as an educational institute. The Center is a hospital-wide resource for learners of all levels and disciplines to acquire and practice skills, and to receive certification needed for clinical practice. As resident work hours shortened, simulators have become more commonplace in academic medical centers. Using mock operating endosuites, we are able to assess technical skills and measure nontechnical performance such as communication, leadership, teamwork skills, and decision-making. At BIDMC, Dan advanced Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) adoption, CRICO OR Team Training with Simulation, and OR Fire Drills. Dan is continuing research work with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on studies of advanced simulation in surgery in work sponsored for by the National Institutes of Health. He is currently President of the second largest surgical society and leader in education, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
Dan Ricotta, MD
Director of Simulation Faculty Development, Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research
Associate Director, Undergraduate Medical Education and the Principal Clinical Experience
Director of Medical Simulation, Department of Medicine
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
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.