Academy of Master Teachers

Welcome to the Academy of Master Teachers

About Us

The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers was established in 2007 and is an honorary service organization to recognize Master Teachers and to provide an array of faculty development opportunities for all UTMB Faculty, including an annual Faculty Development Day, annual educational symposium, education grand rounds, journal club, innovation grants, mentoring and consultations. Membership is by application and selection against a set of standards. Members serve five-year terms and may be honored with the designation as University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professors.

Mission Statement

The Academy of Master Teachers is an interprofessional community serving UTMB through the promotion of educational excellence.

Vision Statement

The Academy of Master Teachers will propel UTMB to a national and global reputation for excellence in biomedical and health professions education.


Levin Hall 5.518, Mail Route 1042, UTMB
Galveston, TX 77555-1042 
Phone: (409) 747-0203

Era Buck, PhD
Assistant Dean of Educational Development
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Academy of Master Teachers
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor

AMT Members Educational Scholarship/Success Submission Link

Welcome and Congratulations 2022 New Members

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia Fingerhut, PhD, OTR
Professor and Chair; Robert K. Bing Distinguished
Distinguished Teaching Professor 
School of Health Professions

Patricia Fingerhut, PhD, OTR is the Professor & Chair; Robert K. Bing Distinguished Professor; Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the UTMB School of Health Professions. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy from Texas Women's University.

Dr. Fingerhut is a member of the following organizations; UTMB Academy of Master Teacher, Alpha Eta Honor Society, Texas Occupational Therapy Association, America Occupational Therapy Association, and Phi Theta Epsilon Honor Society, NU chapter.

Previous to her work at UTMB, her practice and research were primarily in pediatrics both in the US and Canada. In 2005, she developed the Life Participation for Parents (LPP) to evaluate and measure outcomes in family-centered practice.



Educator of the Month - May 2023

 Zbigniew Gugala, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Josephina Santos Endowed Professor in Orthopaedics
Hiram P. Arnold, MD and Gloria Arnold Endowed Professors
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of Research
Department of Orthopaedic, Surgery & Rehabilitation
John Sealy School Medicine

Dr. Gugala joined UTMB faculty in 2005. He received his medical degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and his research degree from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

He is currently the Director of Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation. Despite numerous basic science interests which include molecular, cellular, and genetic aspects of orthopaedic conditions, his primary focus is on clinically driven research. He is also committed educator with an interest in establishing and validating the effectiveness of innovative didactic initiatives for orthopaedic residents and medical students. He runs several elective and selective courses for medical students and serves on the Orthopaedic Residency Research Committee, Vice Chair for the Academic Planning & Policy Committee, Bioskills and Surgery Simulation Committee.

He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Orthopaedic Journal - a vibrant platform, printed and online, for exchanging musculoskeletal basic science and clinical endeavors between scientist, clinicians, trainees, and public health professionals. His particular fascination is to harness modern technology such as 3D printing as well as augmented reality (AI),  artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) as effective educational modalities.