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Irene Alexandraki, MD, MPH
Florida State University

Irene Alexandraki, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine where she serves as the M2 Clinical Skills Director and as a supervising attending 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 and Membership Committees. She also serves on the AAIM Research Committee and 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, she 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 the director of Emory's Professional Coaching Program for the internal medicine residents. 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 on the Program Planning Committee. In 2018, Dr. Cosco was also selected as President-Elect for the Southern region of SGIM.

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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. Dr. Jones serves as an attending physician for both the inpatient teaching services and the Primary Care Center and is the Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal Injection Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital. In addition, she an Associate Program Director for Emory's Internal Medicine Residency program with a primary focus on ambulatory education. Dr. Jones is also the Associate Division Director for Primary Care Faculty Development in The Emory Clinic and chairs her section’s Faculty Review Committee centering on the facilitation of senior promotion for the faculty. Dr. Jones teaches trainees at multiple levels and was inducted into Emory’s Academy of Medical Educators in 2014. She directs Emory’s mentorship program for Internal Medicine-bound students and continually mentors students, residents, and faculty. 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), and most recently a Department “Hidden Gem” Award (2017). Dr. Jones is an active member of both the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and SGIM serving on the Education Committee as well as the chair of the Education Awards Committee.

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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 and serves as an Residency Associate Program Director and Director of the Primary Care Track at the University of Florida College of Medicine and Malcolm Randall VAMC. Her career focuses on developing curricular innovation in residency ambulatory education, faculty development and retention in ambulatory education, and mentorship of learners in general medicine careers. She serves on several SGIM and AAIM committees related to these passions. She has won several teaching awards, including the ACLGIM/SGIM 2017 Frederick L. Brancati Mentorship and Leadership Award.

Kerri Palamara, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital 

Kerri Palamara, MD is an Assistant Professor 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, where she now directs the Primary Care Residency Training Program. Her academic work focuses on professional development coaching of physicians, faculty development, physician well-being, and innovations in ambulatory education. Dr. Palamara has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic and contributes to the dialogue on physician well-being nationally as a member of CHARM (Collaboration for Healing and Renewal in Medicine) and the ACP Physician Well-being Task Force.

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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 local faculty in advanced teaching skills (Teaching Masters course), which has trained over 100 UW clinicians, and has presented dozens of workshops and seminars in the area of clinical teaching. He also engages in one-on-one coaching of fellow faculty to enhance their teaching and presentation skills, developed a peer observation program at the University of Wisconsin, and leads the Educator Development Committee in the Department of Medicine. He has published in the area of direct observation. 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.

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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 academic interests include curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation in undergraduate and graduate medical education.