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

Faculty Development Day 2022

Date: Friday, December 2, 2022 - HYBRID
Time: Two repeat sessions offered, Morning 9AM-12Noon OR 1PM-4PM
Topic: "Learner and Physician Mistreatment - Realities and Perceptions"
Presenter: Kevin O'Brien, MD

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 - December 2022

Memrie D. Phillips, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions


Memrie D. Ferguson PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from LeTourneau University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Ferguson also did her Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency from the University of Texas Medical Branch and an Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship from the OPTIM Manual Therapy. 

In Addition to academic roles, Dr. Ferguson remains involved with advanced professional education through teaching and clinical mentorship within the UTMB Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and the OPTIM Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship.