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Irene Alexandraki, MD, MPH
Florida State University

Irene Alexandraki, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine where she teaches in the Doctoring Continuum and at the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is an internist with a background in infectious diseases. She has completed an MPH at the University of North Florida and a fellowship in Medical Education at the University of Florida. Her areas of interest include curriculum development and evaluation, faculty development and scholarship in medical education. She has been a mentor for students, residents and faculty and has received institutional awards for her excellence in teaching. She is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and serves on the Education, Membership and Planning Committees. She also serves on the CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee.


Preetha Basaviah, MD
Stanford University

Preetha Basaviah, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University where she serves as Director of the Practice of Medicine Course for Stanford medical students, an Educator for CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, Advocacy), and as inpatient and outpatient attending.  For over a decade, Dr. Basaviah has led doctoring courses and developed clinical skills curricula for medical students to introduce them to hospital and outpatient clinical setting culture and experiences. In addition, she teaches and mentors residents in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has written articles and book chapters in these areas of medical education (hospital medicine, bedside medicine, cultural competency, cardiac auscultation curricula, feedback, information literacy, discharge process, and communicating professionalism).  She has served as Harvard Macy Scholar, UCSF Teaching Scholar, Stanford Faculty Development Center scholar and Stanford Faculty Fellow. She has won numerous awards as an educator, most recently the 2011 SGIM National Award for Medical Education Scholarship. She serves on the board of her alma mater, Brown University Medical School.

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Dominique Cosco, MD
Emory School of Medicine

 Dominique Cosco, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Cosco serves as an attending physician for the inpatient teaching services at Grady Memorial Hospital as well as serving as a supervising attending in the Primary Care Center.  In addition, Dr. Cosco is one of the Associate Program Directors for Emory's Internal Medicine Residency program, and she serves as the chair for the Residency Clinical Competency Committee for internal medicine. Dr. Cosco is also the Director of the Global Health Distinctions Program for the Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Cosco is an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine serving on the Education Committee as well as being one of the current TEACH faculty members.

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Christopher Knight, MD
University of Washington

Christopher Knight, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington where he also completed his MD degree and internal medicine residency. He spent a year as the Chief Resident for Ambulatory Care at University of Washington Medical Center, followed by a teaching position as a primary care internist. Dr. Knight has turned his passion for teaching and primary care into a bewildering array of roles: He is an associate director with both the student and residency programs in internal medicine, and coordinates rural internal medicine teaching programs throughout the five-state WWAMI region served by the University of Washington. Other than hiking, cycling, and skiing, his primary interest is in integrating new science into clinical practice, and he enjoys talking with anyone interested, from first-year students to physicians long in practice.


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Margaret Lo, MD
University of Florida

Dr. Lo is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine and an Ambulatory Care Staff Physician at the Malcolm Randall VAMC. In addition to her role as an Associate Program Director, Dr. Lo currently serves as Director for the UF Internal Medicine Primary Care Track and Program Co-Director for the VA Chief Resident of Quality Safety.  As a faculty in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Lo champions for curricular innovation in residency ambulatory education and residents’ interest in internal medicine. Her career focuses on optimizing the quality of ambulatory residency education and faculty development, an area where she has developed a national recognition as a clinician educator. She currently serves on the AAIM Education Committee as well as the APDIM and the SGIM Program Planning Committee. She also chairs the SGIM Career Development Workgroup as well as the AAIM Primary Care/Ambulatory Care Subcommittee. In these roles, Dr. Lo continues to advocate for residents’ scholarly pursuits in internal medicine, resident mentoring in internal medicine, and faculty development in teaching skills and competency-based medical education.  Dr. Lo has received numerous teaching awards, including the ACLGIM/SGIM 2017 Frederick L. Brancati Mentorship and Leadership Award and the 2013 Clinician Educator of the Year Award by the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine.

Kerri Palamara, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital 

Kerri Palamara, MD is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She completed her medical school degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital.   After graduation, she served as the Ambulatory Chief Resident at MGH and then joined the MGH Residency Training Program as an Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Training.  Her academic work focuses on innovating ambulatory education, professional development coaching of residents, faculty development training, and most recently, directing the MGH Primary Care Residency Training Program.  Dr. Palamara created, directs and participates in the Professional Development Coaching Program for Internal Medicine residents at MGH, which was designed to improve resident awareness of their growth and development, reduce burnout, encourage residents to become lifelong learners, and improve their confidence in their self-assessment and self-directed learning.  Dr. Palamara is engaged in qualitative and quantitative research of the coaching program and has developed and runs faculty development workshops nationally on this topic.  She is a member of the AAIM and SGIM Education Committees and has won teaching awards at MGH and the David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Workshop Award through SGIM.  

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Jeremy Smith, MD

University of Wisconsin

Jeremy Smith received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1997, where he also completed medical residency in 2000.  He was chief medical resident at Cook County Hospital.  He spent several years on staff at Northwestern, where he took time to be trained at the Stanford Faculty Development Center, and then spent 3 years in the National Health Service Corps before arriving at the University of Wisconsin in 2009.  His academic interest lies in medical education and faculty development.  He currently runs a course training faculty in advanced teaching skills (Teaching Masters course), which has trained over 85 UW clinicians.  He also engages in one-on-one coaching of fellow faculty to enhance their teaching, and leads the Faculty Competency Subcommittee in the Department of Medicine.  He is a member of the SGIM Education Committee, and runs the SGIM Faculty Development Interest Group.  



Abby Spencer, MD, MS
Cleveland Clinic

Abby L. Spencer, MD, MS is Director of the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program and Vice Chair for Education, Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute. In addition to administrating, teaching, and mentoring within the residency program, Dr. Spencer is chair of the curriculum committee and served as vice chair of the institutional GME education and evaluation committee, vice-chair of the institutional CLER committee at Allegheny General Hospital until 2014 and served as Allegheny General Hospital's director of patient safety education until 2014.  She developed the residency’s patient safety rotation as well as curricula in transitions of care and teaching/leadership skills.  She has presented over two dozen educational workshops and precourses and has won teaching awards for several of them.  She also serves on the steering committee for the Quality and Safety Educators Academy. 

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University of California San Francisco

Maria Wamsley, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Wamsley is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and has expertise in faculty development. Along with a team of faculty, she developed the Teaching Observation Program, the peer observation and feedback program at UCSF. She is co-director for the PISCES Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship and co-director for the Health Professions Education Pathway, which provides additional training for undergraduate and graduate health professional learners interested in pursuing careers as educators. She co-leads the School of Medicine’s collaborations with the UCSF Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education and Practice (CIIPE) and co-chairs the UCSF IPE Curriculum Development Committee. She has expertise in the use of standardized patients for formative and assessment purposes with nationally disseminated teaching cases.