Educating 21st Century Doctors

Michelle Daniel

Michelle Daniel, University of Michigan

Dr.  Michelle Daniel is the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. She completed her medical degree and residency at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a Masters in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and intends to pursue a PhD next. Dr. Daniel has a deep passion for medical education, and expertise in curriculum design and clinical reasoning. She serves as part of the team designing the new Medical School Curriculum, overseeing and collaborating with course directors, clerkship directors, faculty, staff, and students to ensure successful implementation of all curricular elements. Nationally, Dr. Daniel is known for her work in the area of clinical skills education, and she has served on the executive board of the Directors of Clinical Skills Course (DOCS) for 5 years, and as President in 2015-16. Internationally, she is on the Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME) board, an organization dedicated to conducting systematic reviews to improve teaching and learning in medicine. Her current research interests include the optimal timing of USMLE Step 1,  clinical reasoning assessment tools, and co-teaching.

Robert Noiva, Ph.D., Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Associate Dean for Preclinical Education and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Dr. Noiva’s primary role at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is to oversee the preclinical curriculum and training of medical students, including medical school admissions, student financial aid, course planning, academic scheduling, managing educational resources, curriculum evaluation, and student and faculty assessment. Dr. Noiva received his B.S in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Creighton University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Noiva spent 18 years in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine where he served as Course Director for Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

His scholarly interests focus on cellular mechanisms of protein folding and degradation. Dr. Noiva’s teaching expertise includes all areas of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, emphasizing the interface between basic science, clinical diagnosis and treatment. He is committed to providing educational outreach programs for K-12 students and co-curricular activities for medical students to encourage them to develop skills for positively impacting the health of our under-served community members. 

In addition to his administrative roles at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Dr. Noiva serves on the Board of the Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education (SEMCME) and was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the State of Michigan Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Committee of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Laurie Richlin

Laurie Richlin, Wayne State University

Founding Director, Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Learning and Teaching

Dr. Laurie Richlin is Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences and founding Director of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Learning and Teaching, an innovative office combining student services (learn-to-learn, test preparation, remediation) and faculty development.  In that capacity, she has led development of medical student learning communities using the faculty learning community model, as well as developed programs for students and faculty members.

Previously, she was Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Medical Education at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine from 2012 to December 31, 2015.  Dr. Richlin designed, developed, implemented, and coordinated the WMed Interprofessional Education program with faculty from the Western Michigan University College of Human Services and Ferris State University.

She has been the executive editor of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching since 1990 and of the Learning Communities Journal since its inception in 2005.  Her list of publications includes the best-selling book, Blueprint for Learning: Constructing Courses to Facilitate, Assess, and Document Learning, a volume in the New Directions in Teaching in Learning series, several chapters in books on the scholarship of teaching, and Evaluating College/University Teaching: Designing a Workable System.

Dr Richlin received her doctorate in higher education from the Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation research on alternative doctoral scholarship received the national Gratzke award from the American Association of University Administrators.