LEAF Advisory Committee

Donald Brady

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Dr. Brady is the Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education for the School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His main interests are in medical education, doctor-patient communication, the learning environment, and physician wellbeing. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and for the Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine. He regularly presents nationally on a variety of topics, including aligning the values and needs of residents with institutional priorities and community needs, wellness, overcoming unconscious bias, and other topics in medical education. He is the Principal Investigator for VUMC’s 5-year, $1.8 million dollar “Reimagining Residency” grant from the American Medical Association, one of 8 recipients nationally.

Bill Cooper

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Dr. William Cooper’s work focuses on understanding the balance between professional accountability and individual and team performance in creating the optimal clinical learning environment. As Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, he chairs VUMC’s Professional Committee and oversees national and international operations of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy. Dr. Cooper also leads a multidisciplinary research collaborative investigating the impact of unprofessional behaviors on meaningful patient and team outcomes.

Bill Cutrer

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Dr. Cutrer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). He is actively involved in medical student education, curriculum development, and assessment where he serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and Co-Director of Learning Communities. Dr. Cutrer is very interested in understanding how students learn in the workplace and how to help them more effectively. He has published and presented widely on these topics. He co-leads the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative Master Adaptive Learner Working Group and is the leader of the Vanderbilt core team participating in the AAMC pilot project Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (Core EPAs). Dr. Cutrer is also part of the Kern National Network’s MedEdNext initiative to focus on Character and Caring within medical education.

Amy Fleming

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Amy Fleming, MD, MHPE is the Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs and has a long-time passion for mentoring wellbeing and professional identity formation. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2007 as a general pediatrician and one of the 8 College Mentors for the medical school. The Vanderbilt Colleges and Wellness program, focused on creating community and improving the learning environment, were integral in her decision to become a faculty member at the School of Medicine. She has been involved in the Curriculum 2.0 implementation and runs the advising, mentoring, and coaching programming for the medical students.

Betsy Kennedy

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Dr. Kennedy is Professor of Nursing, and Assistant Dean for Non-Tenure Track Faculty Affairs and Advancement at VUSN. With a clinical practice background in high risk and critical care obstetrics, she joined the faculty in 1993. She has taught numerous courses in the master's program and currently teaches the nursing education course series for doctoral students. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, and has served on the board of directors for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, and held leadership roles in other professional organizations. She was a Gold Humanism and Harvard Macy Scholar at the Institute for Health Professions Educators and has received multiple awards in the school of nursing for clinical teaching, classroom teaching, and contributions to student-faculty relations outside the classroom. She has twice received the Ingeborg Mauschk Award for excellence in faculty mentoring at the School of Nursing.

Bonnie Miller

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Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC currently serves as Vice President for Educational Affairs and Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this role, she promotes innovative approaches to continuing professional development and serves as an advisor for medical education across the continuum. Dr. Miller formerly served as Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Executive Vice-President for Educational Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). In these roles, she oversaw all programs related to physician education, from the medical school admissions process to continuing professional development. In addition, she oversaw administration of the ten other degrees offered by VUSM, as well as the certificate programs offered by VUMC’s Center for Programs in Allied Health. With academic interests in the moral and professional development of physicians, curriculum change, and continuous learning in medicine, Dr. Miller is recognized as a senior leader in medical education.

Cathy Pettepher

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Cathy Pettepher, PhD, is Assistant Dean for Assessment at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  Serving as co-director of the Foundations of Medical Knowledge or first Phase of C2.0 has provided her with the opportunity to design experiences and assessments that help students successfully transition into the rigors of the medical profession, and develop the necessary attributes required to become successful clinical practitioners. This requires having a safe learning environment that promotes the highest standards of learning and acquisition of important skill sets, yet encourages participation without the fear of being criticized when wrong or having failed at a task or responsibility. A crucial component of this environment, and her main interest in LEAF, is the establishment of meaningful relationships between teachers and students that foster trust and respect and allows for honest, fair and consistent treatment of all learners. When these are in place, the learning environment is most effective and demonstrates our commitment to the success of everyone on the team.

Anderson Spickard III

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Dr. Anderson Spickard, III, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Dean of Education Design and Informatics and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Spickard is a practicing internist and a Master Clinical Teacher at Vanderbilt. Dr. Spickard’s research interests include all aspects of medical education. His first randomized control trial concerned helping residents to create a positive learning environment on their teams. Spickard A III, Corbett EC, Schorling J. Improving residents’ teaching skills and attitudes towards teaching. J Gen Intern Med. 1996; 11: 475-80. Dr. Spickard strives to ensure that all team members are discovered, honored, participating, and assisted.

Kyla Terhune

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Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA, FACS, serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Vice President for Educational Affairs, and Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology. A general surgeon, she served as Program Director in Surgery at VUMC from 2015 until 2019 and was also the Chief of General Surgery at the VA Medical Center in Nashville. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master's degree in business from Vanderbilt University. She has received local and national awards for teaching and serves on the Board of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS).

Mavis Schorn

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Mavis Schorn, PhD, CNM, CNE, is currently a Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academics, and a nurse-midwife in the practice at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has received honorary distinctions as a fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American Academy of Nursing, and the National Academy of Practice. She serves as an advisory member of the Learning Assessment and Environment Feedback committee. Dr. Schorn is a leader in nursing and interprofessional education. The opportunity to collaborate with the school of medicine on evaluation of the learning environment blended both of these interests. She is hopeful that the findings will ultimately improve the learning environment with the goal of an inclusive and safe environment for nursing students. Her long-term goal is to develop and promote national benchmarking of the learning environment for all schools of nursing.