Macy Foundation Selects James for Faculty Scholar Award
- By Jennifer Nachbur
University of Vermont Associate Professor of Surgery Ted James, M.D., has been selected as one of five 2012 Macy Faculty Scholars by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. More than 70 medical and nursing educators from across the country were nominated for the award, which is designed to identify and nurture the careers of educational innovators in medicine and nursing. James was recognized for his accomplishments to date and future promise as an educational leader and innovator.
The award, which becomes effective September 1, 2012, provides James with support to pursue a mentored educational innovation project, as well as engaging in other developmental activities. As a Macy Faculty Scholar, James will develop an innovative, longitudinal curriculum in patient safety and quality incorporating elements of inter-professional education and simulation. The project will help develop an infrastructure to support efforts of health care quality improvement at the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Launched in December 2010, the Macy Faculty Scholars program aims to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery. Under the program, the Foundation selects up to five faculty leaders annually. Scholars must be nominated by the dean of their institutions. Each school may nominate only one candidate each year, and is expected to provide a senior faculty member to mentor the scholar. Tania Bertsch, M.D., associate dean for clinical education, will serve as the senior faculty mentor on the project. James also received support from the department of surgery in his application for the Faculty Scholar award.
Through the Macy Faculty Scholars program the Macy Foundation supports educational change in each scholar’s institution and develops a national network for the scholars, who receive career advice from a national advisory committee and participate in an annual meeting for the program.
James, who was recently named clinical director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, is the co-recipient of a 2011 Frymoyer Scholarship and has served as director of the Surgery Clerkship and both the Surgery Senior Major and Surgery Scholarly Programs.