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 Folberg

Robert Folberg, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Founding Dean, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, William Beaumont Hospital

Dr. Robert Folberg became Founding Dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in September, 2008. He came to the School of Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he was the Frances B. Geever Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology. He was also a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at UIC.

Dr. Folberg is a clinician scientist who was funded for 20 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the biology of uveal melanoma. While head of pathology at UIC, he served as deputy director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center from 2003 to 2005. He has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters. He is recognized for innovation in medical education and continues to teach pathology of the eye to medical institutions within and outside the United States. He also continues his consultation practice of ophthalmic pathology at Beaumont Health where he is William Beaumont Hospital’s Chief Academic Officer.

Dr. Folberg received a BA degree from LaSalle College in Philadelphia (now LaSalle University) and his M.D. degree from Temple University. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Ophthalmology. He began his academic career at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1982, and moved in 1984 to the University of Iowa where he became the first Frederick C. Blodi Professor of Ophthalmology. He moved to UIC in 2000.

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.