The Department of Medical Education (DME) at Quillen College of Medicine (QCOM) serves students within the pre-clinical and clinical phases of Quillen’s medical curriculum, graduate medical education programs, and the biomedical sciences graduate program. Established in 2021, the departmental faculty and staff are a collaborative group of educators and researchers who are devoted to delivering superior instruction inside and outside of the traditional classroom environment. Additionally, the professionalism, empathy, and dedication to the art of teaching shown by the DME faculty and staff provides a powerful positive example to students at all stages of their education. DME faculty have won many local and national awards for their teaching excellence; are active in educational, clinical, and biomedical sciences research; serve their discipline at the local, state, and national levels; and engage in continuous professional development.
The collective mission of the faculty and staff is to advance QCOM's educational programs and learning environment by:
- teaching in the pre-clinical and clinical phases of the undergraduate medical curriculum;
- teaching in the graduate medical education programs;
- teaching in the biomedical sciences graduate program;
- leading a continuous improvement process for curricular development and educational methods;
- promoting student, staff, and faculty mentoring and career development;
- driving the success of learning communities;
- participating in student recruitment, admissions, and community outreach;
- advancing the science of teaching;
- participating in other activities that support the education of QCOM students; and
- educating the next generation of physicians and scientists, who will provide quality health care to the southern Appalachian region and beyond.