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Our Summer 2016 graduating class included 10 from the master's program and 2 from the certificate program. Congratulations to everyone!



  • David Nguyen - Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Lindsay Porta - Providence St. Peter Family Medicine


Project titles link to abstracts.

We now have 148 graduates from the Master's program and 78 graduates from the Certificate program!

Three Years and 15,500 km to Graduation

This well-coordinated group includes Liz Dodd (middle) with Lea Alaee (left) and Nicole Snyder (right).
Liz Dodd visited with us when she traveled with her husband from Australia to participate in the summer graduation. She said that she had promised herself a holiday in the United States if she finished the Masters degree. "Coming to Cincinnati was a really interesting end to the course. Through online introductions and some tasks completed by fellow students in courses like Qualitative Research, I had pictures of various places in my mind. Fountain Square was smaller than I had imagined, and we knew to try buying breakfast at Panera as well."

Liz chose the Cincinnati Children's Medical Education program because it could be completed entirely online, and contained a Statistics course. Her final project on the experiences of immigrant doctors in Australia has been accepted as a poster presentation at the upcoming Rural Medicine Australia conference, to held in October in Canberra, ACT, Australia.


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Tell us about yourself

As a 4th generation native from New York City, I have traveled around the country to become a Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgeon. I am a full-time Trauma Surgeon in Phoenix, AZ who also teaches at our local medical school and works with our general surgery residency program. My passion is in medical education and women in surgery. I founded the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons in order to mentor other women in surgery and who are pursuing surgery. I have a wonderful husband, Nachum, and a 3-year old son, Idan! They help me stay balanced!

How is the program helping you professionally?

Since I began with the program at UC, my career has gone to the next level! I recently became the Chair of Surgery and Anesthesia at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ! This is a huge accomplishment for me since the number of women Chairs of Surgery is very small. My education at UC has enabled me to help develop and run the faculty development program at our hospital system and to be active in my Associate Program Director and Clerkship Director positions, where I am developing curricula and chairing the Program Evaluation Committee. I am grateful for the amazing opportunities that I have been able to obtain in medical education as a result of the education I am receiving at UC. This program is very feasible even for a busy full-time surgeon with all of the academic positions I hold.

What are some research projects that you are working on?

I am involved in several research projects that are based in medical education. These research projects were started during the courses I have attended at UC. One project involves the use of self-directed learning contracts (SDLC) for medical students in their surgical clerkship. This project came to fruition when I was in the human learning course. The use of contracts for surgery medical students is not well described in the United States. Another project I am obtaining IRB approval for involves attitude change in 3rd year medical students entering their surgical clerkship. These projects are needed in the surgical education literature. I have always struggled with coming up with research ideas. During my education at UC, however, I am coming up with so many ideas for research projects!

What do you see as a challenge for medical education today?

The biggest challenge today is getting faculty on board with teaching the Millennials in a different way than we were taught. Understanding the Millennials and their needs is easy. Convincing older surgeons to teach differently is another. Surgery is changing. There are more women in surgery and the way we teach is changing for the better using the principles I am learning at UC. Furthermore, the apprenticeship model has disappeared and the proficiency model is being utilized. The problem lies in hour restrictions under the new model. It requires more time! So, we may need to increase surgery residency to 6 years. I am currently involved in the faculty development program development at my institution and am looking forward to educating the surgeons! My transition from the Certificate to the Master’s was a natural one because I saw the progress I was making with my career and with my students from the moment I started with UC.

Welcome Melanie Bauer

We'd like to welcome Melanie Bauer as an instructor for CI7083 Instructional Design and Technology in Medical Education class starting Spring 2017.

As a senior instructional designer at the UC College of Nursing, Melanie is responsible for partnering with faculty to design and develop courses in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and post-graduate certificate online programs.

As part of the college’s iPad Initiative, she also collaborates with faculty in the on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs to redesign course content for delivery via iTunes U and multi-touch books developed with iBooks Author, as well as to plan app-based learning activities and assignments. She also works closely with the Center for Academic Technologies and Educational Resources (CATER) to provide faculty professional development on leveraging technology to integrate active learning in the classroom.

Melanie holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a focus in instructional design and technology, a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a professional certificate in business French, all from the University of Cincinnati. In 2015, she was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator and a UC eLearning Champion.

In addition to teaching in our program, Melanie teaches a course on instructional technology for learning-centered teaching in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program. She is also pursing a second master’s degree in health education and promotion, with a focus in exercise and fitness.

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Ashlee Jaffee, who just graduated summer 2016, has already had her final project, "Quality Improvement Curriculum for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents: A Needs Assessment," published in the American Journal of Medical Quality, September 21, 2016. Congratulations Ashlee!

Melissa Klein and Steve Warrick have published "Change in Residents' Experience in Continuity Clinic After Patient-Focused Primary Care Redesign" Academic Pediatrics: Sep-2016 (Volume 16, Issue 7).


Application Deadline Changes

Good news! Due to the efficiency of the current application system, we can extend our application deadlines by a month! Our new application deadlines are

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1

The Graduate School is moving to another new application system beginning with Fall 2017 applications, but from what we've seen so far, this new application system will be even better than the current one, and we expect to be able to keep these new deadlines.

English Proficiency Requirement for Applicants

In the past, we have been able to waive the English proficiency test requirement for applicants who demonstrated sufficient English reading and writing skills through other means. However and unfortunately, the Graduate School will no longer allow us to waive this requirement, and the USMLE is not currently an accepted test. Applicants who are required to provide TOEFL or other test scores will see this requirement in their application.

Upcoming Dates


October 28: Last day to withdraw from fall course

November 1: Spring application deadline

December 11: Fall semester ends

December 14: Fall final grades due to registrar

December 23-January 2: University closed (estimated dates)

January 9: Spring semester starts

January 24: Last day to drop a spring course with 100% refund

March 1: Summer application deadline

March 17: Last day to withdraw from a spring course

April 28: Masters and Doctoral Hooding Graduation Ceremony

April 29: Spring semester ends

May 3: Spring final grades due to registrar

May 8: Summer semester starts

May 23: Last day to drop a summer course with 100% refund

July 1: Fall application deadline

July 14: Last day to withdraw from a summer course

August 6: Summer semester ends

August 24: Fall semester begins

Spread the Knowledge

According to numerous surveys of our students and alumni, referrals are the number one way in which applicants hear about us. If you had a good experience with the program, please share that with your colleagues.

If what you learned in the certificate or masters has led to a successful educational program, initative, or other outcome within your institution that you would be willing to share, we'd love to Spotlight you in a future edition of the newsletter.

Finally, if there is an opportunity for us to present information about the program and do a Q&A with others in your institution, we would love to do that. Depending on the location, we can travel to present in person, or we can present by web conference.

Alumni Opportunties

If you are looking for a way to reconnect with the program and stay involved, consider being a primary project mentor or a second reader on a student's final project, or being a guest lecturer in a course. If you are interested in teaching for us, or know someone who would be, let us know!

About Us

We offer an online 30-credit hour Master of Education and an online 15-credit hour Certificate in Medical Education for physicians and health care providers involved with or interested in medical education or medical education research and scholarship. The programs are offered through a collaboration between the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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