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Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship
The Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship is committed to creating and supporting a community of leaders in medical education research, supporting a culture of excellence in teaching and fostering the careers of educators in medicine.
Stephen Calderwood, MD is the Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship (CEIS) at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Chief Emeritus of the Mass General Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Morton N. Swartz, MD Academy Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Calderwood received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his M.D. from HMS. He completed medical residency training at Mass General, as well as a Clinical and Research Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a chief residency.
Dr. Calderwood’s research interests focus on immune responses to enteric infections, microbial pathogenesis, microbial host interactions, regulation of gene expression in the human host, and vaccine development. He has been Principal Investigator and Multiple Principal Investigator of an International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research grant focused on cholera with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Calderwood was elected as a Scholar in the Academy at HMS, and served as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at Mass General. He is the Chair of the Education Council in the Mass General Department of Medicine, which oversees education programs for students, residents, fellows and faculty. Dr. Calderwood is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), where he served on the Board and as the President, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Calderwood has served as Chair of the US Japan Panel on Cholera and Related Enteric Infections of the US-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program.
His clinical interests are in antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial resistance, gastrointestinal infections, endocarditis, and central nervous system infections. He has received multiple prestigious awards, including the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from HMS, the John T. Potts Jr MD, Faculty Mentoring Award from Mass General, the Outstanding Mentor Award from Partners Healthcare System, the Joseph B. Martin Dean’s Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women from HMS and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Walter Stamm Mentor Award from the IDSA.
Arabella Simpkin, MD, MMSc is the Associate Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship. Dr. Simpkin joined the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2016 to help develop and grow CEIS, which aims to promote medical education research for faculty.
She has formal training in cognitive and behavioral psychology, instructional design, and faculty development and is committed to designing and researching innovative approaches to the teaching of medicine particularly in diagnostic reasoning, medical decision-making, resilience, and embracing uncertainty. With this focus, Dr. Simpkin hopes to reduce burnout, increase engagement and satisfaction, and increase patient safety especially looking to reduce diagnostic errors.
Dr. Simpkin is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she studied medicine. She trained in adult medicine and pediatrics in the UK, and holds Membership to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Dr. Simpkin has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School, graduating in 2016 from the inaugural class. She was the Co-founder of a new curriculum for medical students at Imperial College, London - the Integrated Clinical Apprenticeship - and directed this program from pilot through to implementation.
Lisa graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003 with a B.S in Electronic Media, Arts & Communication and a minor in Psychology. Since joining Harvard Medical School in 2008, Lisa has been committed to, and passionate about, medical education. Her career at HMS began in Curriculum Services and in 2012 Lisa was awarded the Richard A. Gillis Award for Excellence in Medical Education. In 2015 Lisa joined the Department of Medicine at MGH as the Associate Program Administrator for Undergraduate Medical Education, where she oversees the HMS student’s clinical education at MGH in the Practice of Medicine, Principal Clinical Experience, Core Medicine Clerkship, Core Medicine Sub-Internship and Advanced Integrated Clinical Experience Programs. In 2016 and 2017 Lisa was awarded the PCE Administration Award. In addition to her work with students and faculty, Lisa has joined the Center for Education Innovation and Scholarship as the Program Administrator. In her spare time Lisa enjoys planning vacations for friends, baking cake pops for her new business, and cycling for charity.
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