Academy of Master Teachers

Welcome to the Academy of Master Teachers

About Us

The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, established in 2007, 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 Education 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 inter-professional 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.


"So you want to join the Academy of Master Teachers?"

Presented by the AMT Advocacy Team
November 7, 2018
Research Building 6, Room 1.108
Noon - 1:00 pm
Lunch will be provided to registrants
Limited seating

At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  • To define "What is a Master Teacher"     Reference: On the AMT website, click "How to Apply" tab.
  • To explain what is looked for in an applicant to the AMT;
  • To describe the expectations for an AMT member;
  • To provide an understanding of the benefits (tangible and intangible) of being in the AMT

Register: Click here.

faculty development day
december 7, 2018
open gates

Julie G. Nyquist, PhD
Professor, Department of Medical Education
Director, Master of Academic Medicine Program
Keck School of Medicine of USC
"The 21st Century: Mindset, Grit and Wellness"

As leaders in medical education it is part of our job to establish a positive learning environment. Through  discussion and activities, this workshop will explore three core concepts to aid professional development in the 21st Century: Growth Mindset, Grit and Self-Compassion. Participants will be able to identify new ways to look at themselves, their work and their lives, using assessment instruments to evaluate their Mindset and Grit (passion + perseverance) and self-compassion. Extensive research on each of these modalities demonstrates improvement in productivity and well-being. In the workshop participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how to provide affirming, stretching and corrective feedback to others in a way that supports and encourages a growth mindset. 

 At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of growth mindset, fixed mindset, grit and self-compassion;
  • Report your current mindset and level of grit and use that information in your own professional development;
  • Discuss skills required to develop and maintain a growth mindset and potential challenges when we are in a fixed mindset;
  • Encourage well-being through use of an array of 21st century tools.

Two sessions - Morning 8:00 am - 11:30 am or Afternoon 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Registration fee $60

Lunch will be served at 11:30 am for all registrants.

Register: Click here.

Karen Ratcliff
Educator of the Month - September 2018

Karen Ratcliff, MS, OTR
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions

Congratulations to Ms. Ratcliff for being nominated as AMT Educator of the Month for September 2018. She shows great dedication and enthusiasm for teaching her students in the School of Health Professions.

"Professor Ratcliff is fair, kind and passionate as a teacher, mentor, and clinical instructor. Her passion for her career is evident throughout her lectures. She delivers information in a way that her students are eager to learn and apply to future clinical settings. Professor Ratcliff is currently my clinical instructor at The Children's Center, a foster home in Galveston and her expertise and compassion for these children is outstanding. She is extremely deserving of this recognition."

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Ratcliff for this well-deserved honor.


Rebecca Sealy Hospital
3.266 Route 0121
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX 77555-0121
Phone: (409) 747-0203

Bernard Karnath

Bernard Karnath, MD

D’Anne DeWitt
Academy Coordinator