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Educational AffairsOffice of Educational Development


Mission Statement

The Office of Educational Development supports the School of Medicine's educational mission by:

  • designing and providing faculty development to improve teaching and learning;
  • curriculum development aimed at effective teaching and learning;
  • provides expertise to support effective learner assessment;
  • designs and provides curriculum and educational program evaluations to promote continually-improving teaching and learning;
  • conducts and collaborates on educational research grounded in sound theory and current practice;
  • collaborates with faculty colleagues to advance the scholarship of education.

Office of Educational Development Staff Directory

  • Director

  • Majka B. Woods, PhD

    Interim Associate Dean, Educational Affairs
    Assistant Dean, Educational Development
    Director, Office of Educational Development
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery

  • Staff

    Era Buck, PhD
    Senior Medical Educator
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

    Dr. Buck holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Houston. Her career in medical education includes experience in undergraduate and graduate medical education. She has developed and provided training for medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. Her work focuses on program evaluation, educational research and primary health care delivery and outcomes. She has published and presented at national and international meetings. She conducts workshops and consults with individuals and committees with regard to medical education issues.

  • Ni Zhang, MS

    Ni Zhang received her MS in Management Information Systems from the University of North Texas. Her present position is Biostatistician. Her major responsibilities include providing statistical analyses and data summaries for curriculum evaluation and research projects and managing data collection for the Office of Educational Development's longitudinal research project. She also provides backup support for the Standardized Patient Program.

  • Affiliates

  • Karen Szauter, MD
    Medical Director, Standardized Patient Program
    Professor of Department of Internal Medicine

    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 Senior Medical Educator in the Office of Educational Development and Medical Director of the Standardized Patient (SP) Center. 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 insure 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.

  • Office of Educational Development Organizational Chart (PDF)