AMT Faculty Member

Misha Syed, MDAssociate Professor and Residency Program Director

Misha Syed, MD, MEHP is currently Residency Program Director in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is a holder of a Distinguished Teaching Professor title for the University of Texas Board of Regents. She also recently received the Class of 1947 School of Medicine Memorial Professorship for Excellence in Education from the Academy of Master Teachers.

Dr. Syed's educational background includes a BA with High Honors in Humanities and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MD from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Syed completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and then completed a fellowship in Glaucoma at the University of Texas – Houston (McGovern) Medical School. She recently completed a Master's degree in Education in the Health Professions through Johns Hopkins University focusing on the development of interactive teaching tools using online and digital technology.

Dr. Syed has been a faculty member at UTMB since 2006 and was chosen to be the Residency Program Director for Ophthalmology in 2011, a position which she holds currently. Dr. Syed serves on several national committees, including the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Match Oversight Committee and the ACGME Ophthalmology Milestones 2.0 Working Group. She is also a member of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) Education and Communication Subcommittee.

Dr. Syed's educational interests focus on graduate medical education, where she has a special interest in the surgical teaching of residents and maximizing use of surgical simulators, surgical videos, and other novel learning tools. She is also currently conducting research in the area of surgical simulation as part of an international collaboration, and has developed a blended curriculum for Ophthalmology residents using Blackboard.

Dr. Syed was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers in 2013.


Learner Types: JSSOM - Residency/Fellowships, JSSOM - Medical Students - Clinical Years, Faculty/Educator Development , Continuing Ed/Professional Development.

Assessment of Learners: Clinical Skills Assessment, Observed Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCE), Remediation , Debriefing Techniques.

Advancement/Promotion: CV Development, Educator Portfolio, Promotion/Tenure for Educators.

Curriculum: Curriculum Design, Objectives , Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Mapping.

Diversity Issues: Gender, Race/Ethnicity.

Educational Leadership: Education Administration , Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution.

Instructional Methods: Case Development, Case-Based Teaching, Clinical Teaching (Hospital or Clinic), Experiential Learning, Simulation-based Education, Workshop Development , Slide Development - best practices.

Scholarship - Ed Research or Curriculum Innovation: Manuscript Writing , Presentation Skills, Abstract Development, Poster Development.

Special Content: Faculty Development - Teaching Skills, Learners as Teachers, Surgical Education , Procedural Skills, Professionalism.