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Rachel Bonnema, MD
UT Southwestern School of Medicine

Rachel Bonnema, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is also Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Bonnema earned her medical degree at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine (women’s health track) and also received advanced training through an internal medicine fellowship with a focus in women’s health at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Bonnema has a master’s degree in medical education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has delivered scores of presentations, contributed to the book Textbook for Internal Medicine Education Programs, and published several academic articles. Her academic work is focused on women’s health, behavioral health, and communication skills. In 2015, she earned the LeeRoy Meyer Teaching Award from the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

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Dominique Cosco, MD
Washington University in St Louis

Dominique Cosco, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Cosco is the Program Director for the Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital Internal Medicine Residency program. In addition, Dr. Cosco is the Director of Teacher Development for the Academy of Educators at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Cosco is an active member of both the Society of General Internal Medicine serving on the Education Committee as well as the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine where she serves as the Vice Chair for the Program Planning Committee. Dr. Cosco is the current director of the SGIM TEACH faculty development program.

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Danielle Jones, MD
Emory School of Medicine

Danielle Jones, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She serves as an attending physician for both the inpatient teaching services and the Primary Care Center and is the Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal Procedure Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital. Additionally, she is an Associate Program Director for Emory's Internal Medicine Residency program with a primary focus on ambulatory education. Dr. Jones is a member of Emory’s Academy of Medical Educators and also directs Emory’s Primary Care Consortium. Teaching trainees at multiple levels, Dr. Jones is a huge proponent of mentorship and sponsorships, continually mentoring students, residents, and faculty at Emory and beyond. Dr. Jones has won numerous awards as an educator, including multiple learner-nominated awards, the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine Clinician Educator of the Year Award (2014), the Emory Department of Medicine’s Silver Pear Mentorship Award (2018), and most recently, the Emory School of Medicine Mentoring Award (2019). Dr. Jones is an active member of both the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and SGIM, serving as co-chair of the SGIM Education Committee.

Ryan Laponis, MD
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Ryan Laponis is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and serves as Program Director the the Primary Care/General Intenral Medicine Residency. He is a graduate of the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program and is a memer of the Academy of Medical Educators. Dr. Laponis has a particular interest and experience in teaching communication skills. He is a core faculty member in UCSF's Center for Faculty Education and is a certified Relationship-Centered Communication facilitator for UCSF's Center for Enhancement of Communication in Healthcare teaching learners across the UCSF Campus. Nationally, he is a Fellow in the Academy of Communication in Healthcare.

Ryan Nall, MD
University of Florida

Ryan Nall, MD is an associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine at the University of Florida. He completed medical school at the University of Florida and his residency and chief residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. At the University of Florida he is the Clerkship Director for the 3rd year internal medicine clerkship and is Associate Director for the H. James Free MD, Center for Primary Care Education and Innovation. Dr. Nall was recognized with the Hippocratic Award by the College of Medicine in 2018 and 2022 and the Leonard Tow Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award by the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2019.


Eva Rimler, MD
Emory University School of Medicine

Eva Rimler, MD is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics and clerkship director of the ambulatory care block at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Rimler completed her undergraduate training in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her medical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine and joined Emory’s faculty at Grady Memorial Hospital in 2010. She serves as an inpatient ward attending as well as an outpatient preceptor for the Grady Memorial Hospital Primary Care Center’s resident continuity clinics, musculoskeletal procedure clinic, and heart failure clinic.


Bernice Ruo, MD
University of California, San Diego

I am a fellowship trained academic general internist. I started my academic career at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine after completing my Masters in clinical research and General Internal Medicine fellowship at UCSF. Currently, I am a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD, where I co-direct the primary care clerkship for third year medical students. Over the past 16 years, I have been involved in research, teaching, and university service in addition to direct patient care in the outpatient primary care setting.

I enjoy each facet of my job for its unique aspects. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, partnering with them to take care of their health, and providing them comprehensive evidence-based care. I am inspired by my students and residents to teach and share my enthusiasm for primary care and scholarly activities. I am thrilled to have been able to use my skills in clinical research, study design and measurement to conduct research projects. Also, by teaching an Introduction to Clinical Research summer course that is open to students, residents, fellows, and faculty, I enjoy sharing with the future generation of clinical researchers how to rigorously design projects to answer their research questions.

Katherine Twist, MD

University of Kentucky 

Katie Twist, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She is the UK College of Medicine Director for Classroom Teaching Faculty Development, directs two pre-clinical courses, and is the past internal medicine clerkship director. She completed her undergraduate and medical training at the University of Kentucky and now practices outpatient women's health and directs the Internal Medicine Residency Women's Health Track. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the UK Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Medical Education Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.  Her academic interests include curriculum development and faculty development. 

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Sarita Warrier, MD
Brown University

Sarita Warrier, MD, is an Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Sciences at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she completed her undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), and trained at the Brown Internal Medicine Residency program. As an academic general internist on the teaching faculty at Rhode Island Hospital since 2008, she trains residents and students in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Her medical school responsibilities include directing the pathophysiology systems-based courses for second year medical students, a transition-to-clerkship-year course, the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, and an Internship Prep Course. Dr. Warrier's academic interests include curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation in undergraduate and graduate medical education