Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine

FAME Welcomes New Members

New inductee Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, associate dean for Faculty Development, mentors students at the annual Women Faculty Organization Spring Tea. 

The Center for Education in Medicine  recently announced the acceptance of 16 new members to the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME). The inductees will join the more than 50 current members who are recognized for their outstanding educational contributions to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“Our new members are among the most outstanding and engaged medical educators at Northwestern University,” said Jon Lomasney, MD, director of FAME and associate professor in Pathology and Pharmacology. “We are pleased that this recent cohort of FAME members represents a wide variety of departments and specialties, as well as a truly interdisciplinary cross-section of health professionals.”

Any person involved in teaching can apply to join the academy, including faculty, nurses, fellows, residents and staff.

This year, Aaron S. Kraut, MD, became the first resident accepted into FAME. He works in Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Aaron S. Kraut, MD, (far right), the first resident to become a member of FAME, teaches medical students during a splinting workshop. "The privilege of engaging the minds of eager young learners makes the practice of academic medicine incredibly rewarding for me, even at such an early stage as a clinical educator,” he said.

"The privilege of engaging the minds of eager young learners makes the practice of academic medicine incredibly rewarding for me, even at such an early stage as a clinical educator,” he said. “It is a great honor to be recognized as a member of FAME, and it represents a unique opportunity to identify potential collaborators to continue to innovate as a teacher and an academic scholar."

The FAME Membership Working Group evaluates the contributions of applicants in areas such as teaching, curricular development, mentoring and leadership. Those chosen as members have unique development, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, associate dean for Faculty Development and professor in Preventive Medicine, developed a unique clinical nutrition education training program for Feinberg medical students.

“Although I have had the privilege of teaching here for many years, I am so conscious of the many new, novel and innovative approaches that can enhance, improve and make more relevant the importance of nutrition in prevention and treatment of disease,” Van Horn said. “I look forward to taking part in the ongoing FAME educational activities and collaborating with other FSM colleagues in advancing this cause in new and better ways.”

Rukhsana G. Mirza, MD, GME’06, assistant professor in Ophthalmology, has been involved in all levels of teaching within the department, including developing the pre-clinical curriculum and clerkships for medical students, as well as serving as an advisor.

“I believe it is our role to make ophthalmology relevant to all students,” Dr. Mirza said. “I have always really enjoyed being part of the academic journey of bright minds. I'm honored to join FAME and to become part of an organization that values education and innovation in teaching. I look forward to connecting with faculty from other departments and becoming more involved with the medical school.”

Additional 2014 inductees include: