Welcome to AMT

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.


Congratulations to Dr. Era Buck
Buck, Era

Dr. Buck’s term as Director-Elect began on September 1, 2019 in anticipation of assuming the AMT Director position for a three year term beginning September, 1, 2020. I look forward to working with Dr. Buck over the coming year as she joins our AMT Executive Team.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award 
Mary O'Keefe

Mary O'Keefe, PhD, JD, RN
School of Nursing 

It is with great pleasure to announce the AMT's 2019 Lifetime Achievement recipient. 

Dr. O’Keefe is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing and has participated in nursing education for over 40 years. She has taught students at all levels in nursing: baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral. She has also taught medical students as part of an interdisciplinary court visitor program and internationally in a biomedical mediation course with Shantou University in China. Her elective course on legal and ethical issues of leadership was so highly regarded by students that became a required course. She has been innovative in her approach to teaching. She quickly adapted her courses to an online format when the School of Nursing moved all graduate programs online. Her outstanding teaching has been previously recognized by being selected as a member of the Academy of Master Teachers and the Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Sciences Education, and a recipient of the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. She has been described as an enthusiastic educator who is innovative, collaborative, and supportive of students and colleagues with a career devoted to education.

We will honor Dr. O'Keefe at the AMT's New Member Induction on October 15, 2019.

Educator of the Month - August 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Sunil Jain for being nominated as AMT Educator of the Month for August 2019.

Dr. Sunil Jain

"Dr. Jain is not only dedicated to taking care of his patients, he is also dedicated to teaching his staff and his students. I have learned more from him in 10 days that I have learned from any other faculty whom I’ve typically worked with for at least a month. He is not only knowledgeable about a lot of pathophysiology, but he knows how to accurately share this knowledge with others and make it applicable to everyone on the team which includes: nurse practitioners, residents, and students."

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jain for this well-deserved honor.


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Bernard Karnath

Bernard Karnath, MD