Office of Faculty Development Awards:

Due to a generous legacy faculty development grant in 2016 from Kaiser Permanente, the Office of Faculty Development is now able to send 1-2 faculty per year to the residential Harvard-Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions

Advances in the science of learning require health care educators to develop and practice new teaching skills consistent with the current knowledge of experiential learning theory. The goal of this Harvard Macy Institute Program is to provide a select group of participants with the knowledge base and skills to enhance their expertise in both conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the educational activities at their institutions. Offered Annually in Boston, MA Next Course: January 7-17 and May 14-18, 2018 Application Deadline: September 8, 2017.

Harvard-Macy Award 2019 Recipients:

Krishnan Narasimhan, M.D.

Krishnan Narasimhan M.D. is an Associate Professor at the Howard University Department of Community and Family Medicine with a focus in graduate and undergraduate medical education, health policy, health systems, expanding access, and building primary care capacity.  Current roles include core residency faculty, clerkship director, predoctoral faculty, family medicine interest group advisor, Chair of the W. Montague Cobb Lecture Committee, President-Elect of the DC Academy of Family Physicians, and Board of Directors for Doctors for America. He was selected to be an Association of Department of Family Medicine LEADS Fellow. He led multi-state physician coalitions to move the policy debate on health reform and to advance primary care infrastructure. His research on the economic impacts of family physician at the state level has been extensively used by AAFP and Health Landscape. As advisor, he guided the interest group to a National Top Overall award and has received multiple teaching awards. He completed medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, residency at University of Connecticut, and a Primary Care Health Policy fellowship at Georgetown University and the Robert Graham Center.

Sharon Dowell, M.D.

Dr. Dowell earned her medical degree from the University of the West Indies and completed her residency at the University of Connecticut, followed by a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Maryland. She is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Howard University and participates in clinical research trials in systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.  She is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. She is committed to teaching and to medical education, and is the Course Director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course for 2nd year medical students. She has also been instrumental in introducing patient centered education in her clinics and is currently researching the relationship of patient education to medication compliance and health outcomes. 


Danielle Hairston, M.D.

Dr. Danielle Hairston was raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  She attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate education, and earned a degree in Biological Sciences. She earned her medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Hairston was Chief Resident for the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University Hospital, where she completed her general psychiatry residency. She went on to become faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in Baltimore, MD, where she also completed Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship. In 2018, Dr. Hairston returned to Howard University College of Medicine as faculty and was recently appointed as the Psychiatry Residency Training Director. She is also a member of the department’s newly formed Curriculum Task Force.

Dr. Hairston has served as the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) Scientific Program Chair since 2016. She is also the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Black Caucus’ Early Career Representative. Dr. Hairston has also had the opportunity to speak nationally and internationally about the impact of racial trauma and culture on mental health. She is a contributing author to the recently published book, Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions. Her interests include consultation-liaison psychiatry, resident education, minority mental health, cultural psychiatry, and collaborative care. 

Morgan Medlock, M.D.

As a recent graduate of the Clinician Educator Program of MGH/McLean psychiatry residency, Dr. Medlock is an enthusiastic educator of medical students and residents. During residency, she received the psychiatry clerkship teaching award (nominated by Harvard medical school students). She also conceived the first race equity curriculum at MGH/McLean, where over 60 trainees were engaged in didactics covering structural racism and mental health access, racial bias in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, and minority mental health policy. In the new book, Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions (Medlock et al, eds.), topics from the previously developed curriculum are expanded upon for implementation at medical schools and residency programs across the country. In July 2018, after completing the Harvard/Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Heath Policy, she joined the faculty at Howard University College of Medicine, where she is currently developing new curricular content around structural competency and mental health policy.

Dea Sloan, M.D.

Dr. Dea Jini Sloan is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician practicing in Washington, DC. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. She received her medical degree and completed her residency training at University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She earned a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with foci in maternal/child health and health administration. She is passionate about full scope family medicine, including obstetrical care, and desires to implement programmatic changes that improve infant and maternal mortality in our population.


Harvard-Macy Award 2017 Recipients:

Dexter L. Lee, Ph.D., FAHA
Associate Professor and
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Howard University College of Medicine
Martha I. Dávila-García, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pharmacology
Howard University College of Medicine

Harvard-Macy Award 2016 Recipients:

Martha Davila-Garcia, Ph.D.
Howard University College of Medicine
Department of Pharmacology
Lekidelu Taddesse-Heath, M.D.
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Assistant Professor, Director of Hematology Lab and Surgical Pathologist

Starting in 2016 the Dean of the College of Medicine supports one annual Office of Faculty Development TRAVEL AWARD to promote educational research and foster scholarship in graduate and /or clinical medical education. Faculty may apply for a Travel Award for up to $2,500 to support innovations in teaching and learning activities that will lead to improvement in the delivery of graduate and/or clinical medical education.

 Offered annually by the OFD for travel anywhere within the contiguous USA; next application cycle will be the spring of 2018.

Travel Winners:

2016 Winner: Ghulam Abbas, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine

Attended Pain management Meeting, FL. Currently implementing pain management curriculum and simulation center workshop on injections for pain relief for medical students and residents.

2017 Winner: W. Malcolm Byrnes Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Attended the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE) meeting FL. Currently implementing new Team-Based Learning (TBL) exercises for the biochemistry portion of the Molecules and Cells Unit for the COM.

Congratulations to Dr. Janine Ziermann for winning the HUCOM Office of Faculty Development Travel Award.  She used the award to attend the 2018 Anatomage™ User Workshop and will use the knowledge she gained to incorporate the Anatomage™ table in her instruction of anatomy.  Dr. Ziermann is an Assistant Professor at the Howard University College of Medicine. She received her PhD in Germany studying the evolution and development of head muscles in larval amphibians.