Educational Leadership Educational Leadership Majka Woods, PhD Majka Woods, PhD Vice Dean Academic Affairs Associate Dean, Educational Affairs Dr. Woods joined UTMB in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice Dean, Academic Affairs and is the Associate Dean, Educational Affairs in the School of Medicine. Over the course of her UTMB tenure, she has helped expand and support faculty development efforts related to the high delivery of quality medical education and collaborated with other schools to develop robust and consistent education systems. Dr. Woods has multiple peer-reviewed publications and holds several professional memberships, including the Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education. In addition, she sits on the board of trustees for two schools and continues to donate her time and energy to multiple service organizations in Galveston. Dr. Woods earned her PhD in educational psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She also holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Baylor. Prior to entering the medical education arena, she had an active teaching career that spanned from public school to undergraduate education and graduate education. Dr. Woods began her medical education career at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she worked with the Office of Educational Development and the Graduate Medical Education programs. She later moved to the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she became the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Curriculum and Evaluation, and Director of Medical Educator Development and Scholarship. During that time she gained valuable experience in curriculum redesign, accreditation processes, grant preparation, educational research, interprofessional education and faculty development. Michael A. Ainsworth, MD Michael A. Ainsworth, MD Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance Michael Ainsworth, MD is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Educational Performance in the School of Medicine. In this role, he is integrally involved in the school’s student assessment and competency programs, especially as they relate to clinical and professional performance skills. A faculty member at UTMB for over 30 years, Dr. Ainsworth has served in a number of clinical, teaching and administrative roles, including Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, Assistant and Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. He has been a leader in developing new educational initiatives in the School of Medicine, including the Integrative Curriculum Evaluation Exercise (1990), a summative post-clerkship standardized patient-based assessment exercise; the problem-based Interactive Learning Track (1994); and the Transformation in Medical Education Initiative (2013). He has also served a leading role in developing the School’s community-based education components, including regional clinical campuses in Texas. Ruth E. Levine, MD Ruth E. Levine, MD Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Admissions Dr. Levine grew up in Galveston, received her MD from UTMB, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine. She went on to Boston University where she completed a residency in Psychiatry and was also chief resident. She returned to UTMB in 1991 and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry where she is currently the Clarence Ross Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Levine has held many administrative responsibilities at UTMB including course and clerkship director, inaugural director of the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs, and Director of the Office of Clinical Education. Era Buck, PhD Era Buck, PhD Assistant Dean for Educational Development Assistant Dean for Educational Development Dr. Buck is director of the Office Educational Development and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UTMB. She completed a BS in Education at the University of Texas at Austin and received her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Houston. During twenty years in undergraduate and graduate medical education, her work has focused on faculty development, program evaluation, and educational research. She is a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor, a member of the Academy of Master Teachers and the Shine Academy of Health Science Education. She has been engaged in research in the areas of professional identity formation and humanism in medical education. At UTMB, she serves as chair of the Education Research Committee for the School of Medicine, Associate director of the Physician Healer Track and enjoys serving as director for the Scholars in Education program. Within the broader medical education community, she is as an associate editor for Medical Education Online and reviews for numerous conferences and journals in medical education. Lisa A. Elferink, PhD Lisa A. Elferink, PhD Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of Instruction Management Office Dr. Lisa Elferink received her PhD in Biochemistry from Adelaide University, Australia in 1988. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University in 1993, at which time she was recruited to Wayne State University, Michigan as an Assistant Professor. She joined the UTMB faculty in the now Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Anatomy in 2001, and assumed the role of Vice-Chair in 2008. She has significant teaching expertise with a wide range of learners including undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students. In 2015, she accepted the appointment of Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of the Instruction Management Office. She oversees years 1 and 2 of the medical school curriculum with interests in curriculum development and assessment. Norma A. Pérez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH Norma A. Pérez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, School of Medicine Dr. Pérez, a Houston native, with dual citizenship, received her medical degree from the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, and completed her residency training in PM&R at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, and began her clinical service in Monterrey, Mexico. She then returned to Houston to complete her doctorate in public health at the University of Texas, Houston, School of Public Health, Houston, before beginning her career in community-based participatory research. Dr. Pérez is the Assistant Dean, Student Affairs and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Geriatrics. She has served in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions for over ten years where she been active in several academic committees, recreated the Hispanic Center of Excellence, developed the Bilingual Health Track and its curriculum, and created several academic opportunities for medical students. She now serves as a student advocate. Dr. Pérez also serves nationally as the president of Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools. Dawnelle Schatte, MD Dawnelle Schatte, MD Assistant Dean of Clinical Education After earning her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Houston, Dr. Schatte went on to earn her MD from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in Child Psychiatry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Schatte previously served at University of Texas Medical School at Houston in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her clinical professional experience while there includes attending psychiatrist on the Juvenile Justice Unit and Residential Treatment Center at the Harris County Psychiatric Center, child and adolescent consult-liaison psychiatrist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and outpatient psychiatrist for the Child Abuse Resources and Education (CARE) team. She served as their Director of Educational Programs from 2011 to 2014. Since 2015, Dr. Schatte has held a faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at UTMB, where, in addition to her clinical responsibilities of collocated psychiatric practice in the Community Based Clinics, she served as the Director of Undergraduate Education for psychiatry. She has been pivotal in positively impacting medical student education through her years of service as a course director for our MD program, including in the co-creation of the Mindfully Evolving, Thriving, and Advocating (META) course, the Psychiatry Bootcamp elective, and the Mental Health Recovery elective. Her passion for medical student education is reflected in her many honors, including the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2019), the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award sponsored by the UTMB’s John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine (2019), and the Nancy C. A. Roeske, MD, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning (2020). She is a Distinguished Fellow of both the APA and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Karen Szauter, MD Karen Szauter, MD Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs Dr. Szauter received her MD degree from Case Western Reserve University, completed a residency in Internal Medicine, and fellowships in Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She is an assistant dean in Educational Affairs and the Medical Director of the Office of Clinical Simulation. She is also Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology and Co-director of the Internal Medicine year-3 Clerkship. Dr. Szauter works with the SP staff to ensure that medical aspects of the SP cases and portrayals are accurate. She also coordinates projects and research in the SP Center. Her areas of interest in addition to Standardized Patients include the teaching and evaluation of clinical skills, professionalism and professional development.