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Module and Author

This module was initially created as one of a series of modules on education for community faculty teaching for the University of Texas Medical Branch. The roots of this professionalism module are from a professionalism curriculum development project, funded by the UTMB Office of the President, granted to Dr. Niebuhr and her colleagues Dr. Josť Gonzalez, Dr. John Luk, and Dr. Neera Khilnani. The authors were awarded the 2007 John Stobo Professionalism Award for their curriculum efforts.

Virginia Niebuhr PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at UTMB, is a pediatric psychologist and medical educator with interests in faculty development, educational technology, and inter-professional health science education. She is an inaugural member in the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers and has received the designation of Distinguished Teaching Professor by the UT System. She has served on the Professionalism Theme Committee for the School of Medicine's integrated curriculum, and she manages the Professionalism curriculum for the UTMB Pediatric Residency program .

Dr. Niebuhr has been a member of the UTMB Community-Based Education Committee since it's beginnings in 1992. She is also on the steering committee for the Ambulatory Community Selective Course, a required course in which 4th-year medical students learn about community-based practice, community agencies, and community volunteering while spending a month in a Texas community. She is co-director for the pediatric option of the ACS, a course run in distance education format. She teaches for the Neurosciences and Human Behavior course.

Dr. Niebuhr is co-editor of Core Concepts of Pediatrics, a set of web-based modules for Pediatric students and interns. She is author and manager of the web-based Health & Development curriculum for the UTMB Pediatric Residency Program. She has taught a distance education course for physical and occupational therapist students preparing to work with infants and their families.