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Teaching Observership or Consultation

TEACH offers educational observation and consultation services for faculty of VTCSOM and Radford University Carilion. These experienced educators can provide objective and confidential feedback on your current teaching practices, offer educational resources for improving skills, and/or assist in measuring impact on learners.

Several highly qualified individuals have offered their assistance to TEACH to provide observation services to educators interested in improving their skills. Read about them below and sign up using the button to the right for an observation session.

Teaching Observation Guidelines and Training 

Multi-purpose Observation Rubrics

  • Teaching Observation Form [pdf]
  • Interprofessional Teaching Observation Form [pdf]

Didactics/Lecture

  • Academy at Harvard Medical School's Peer Observation of Case-Based Collaborative Learning Worksheet and Compendium [pdf]
  • Lecture Observation Form [pdf]
  • Small Group Observation Form [pdf]

Clinical Encounter

  • Peer Feedback for Clinical Teaching [pdf]
    • Guidance for utilizing Peer Feedback for Clinical Teaching Rubric [pdf]
  • Ambulatory Outpatient [pdf]
  • Inpatient Teaching Observation [pdf]
  • Bedside Teaching [pdf]
  • Operating Room Teaching [pdf]

Dr. Cleveland completed her B.S. in Biology, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University and is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  She is an assistant professor within the Department of Basic Science at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM).  Before joining VTCSOM, Dr. Cleveland was the owner and pharmacist in charge of an independent pharmacy providing patient care for over 15 years.  She began teaching clinical pharmacotherapeutics at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, now Radford University Carilion, to physician assistant students in 2011 and joined VTCSOM full time in 2017.  Within the medical school, Dr. Cleveland teaches pharmacology, facilitates problem-based learning sessions, engages with clinical science to further integrate pharmacology, and participates with the health systems science and interprofessional practice domain facilitating team action groups.

Dr. DeMott graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training in the Air Force at Wright Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, OH. Since residency while in the Air Force and here at Carilion, he has largely practiced in academic training programs. Currently he serves as an Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He has also been the site clerkship director for the Uniformed Services University students doing rotations at Wright Patterson.

Dr. DeMott has received numerous teaching awards here at Carilion as well as in the Air Force. He very much enjoys teaching in all venues but particularly enjoys teaching in clinical situations such as rounding with residents and students as well as in leading small group sessions. He is currently working on a project to improve residents as teachers, and he is also quite interested in the elusive goal of efficiently teaching in the midst of multiple daily demands.

Simulation Observation Only

Misty Flinchum, BS, RRT is the director of the Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke VA.  Misty currently serves as the membership director as well as the co-director of the South Western Region for the Virginia State Simulation Alliance.  Misty has approximately 10 years of simulation experience and has served in multiple positions within the department. She completed her Associates in Applied Science in 2000 and her bachelor’s degree in 2011 in Healthcare Management from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.  Misty has a clinical background as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and is responsible for the day to day operations of the CSRPS as well as collaborating with physicians and other medical professionals to effectively integrate simulation activities into curriculum as well as clinical practice.

Dr. Foroozesh graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. She then completed her Internal Medicine Residency followed by fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as well as Sleep Medicine at Tulane.  After five years of private practice, she joined Carilion Clinic in 2008, at which time she joined the faculty of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

During her stay at Carilion Clinic, she has served as teaching faculty, Associate Program Director, and now the Program Director for the Carilion Clinic–VTC School of Medicine Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

Simulation Observation Only

Dr. Fortuna joined the Carilion Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine in 2010, he relocated here with his wife and two children from SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. In 2014, Dr. Fortuna was selected to serve as the Medical Director for the Carilion Clinic Center for Simlation, Research, and Patient Safety, which was in development of the new 10,000 sq. ft. state of the art simulation lab addition for use by the entire institution.  For Dr. Fortuna, simulation is an essential piece of a medical education which shows in his focus and research of the use of simulation in the physician decision making process.

Dr. Johnson completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He did one year of Internal Medicine internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital before moving with his wife to the University of Kansas Medical School and Hospital.  There he did one year of obstetrics-gynecology residency before switching back to Internal Medicine.  After completing Internal Medicine residency, he did one year of General Internal Medicine fellowship.  He then joined the faculty at the University of Kansas eventually reaching the rank of Professor.  After many years at Kansas, he and his wife moved to University of Iowa, then to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and now at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

He has been a clerkship director at two schools, residency or fellowship director at three sites, division director of General Medicine in two programs, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at VTCSOM.  While at University of Iowa, he helped start a faculty development program for fellows in Internal Medicine specialties who were planning academic careers.  He continued doing similar faculty development work for fellows at East Carolina.  He has been involved in a number of teaching and faculty development projects at VTCSOM and has a wealth of experience teaching in the ambulatory setting.

Dr. Kablinger graduated from McMaster University with a B.S. in Biology and Psychology. She earned her medical degree from Finch University of Health Sciences/The  Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin SOM), and completed her residency in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Kablinger has received multiple teaching awards since becoming faculty including the First Annual Irma Bland Award for excellence in Teaching Residents via the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Psychiatry Teacher of The Year award from LSUHSC-S, and the First Annual Roberts Award presented by the Association of Academic Psychiatry for Inspiration and Mentoring in Psychiatric Education. Dr. Kablinger is currently Program Director for Carilion’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine residency training program.

Dr. Lollar is from Atlanta, GA, went to college in Vermont where he worked as an EMT and returned to the Medical College of Georgia. He completed general surgery training in Fresno, CA and received Trauma/ Acute Care Surgery fellowship training from the University of Colorado. He joined Carilion Clinic in 2015. Dr. Lollar is currently the clerkship director of the surgical critical care experience for the school of medicine and is the associate program director for the general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowships. He is interested in medical decision making and the role of simulation in surgery.

Dr. Toy received an MEd from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a PhD in Curriculum & Instructional Technology at Iowa State University. Dr. Toy is an assistant professor in the Department of Basic Science at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). Before joining VTCSOM, he held positions as Director of Evaluations and Program Development at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, as a research faculty at Kansas University School of Medicine – Wichita, and as faculty of learning sciences and performance improvement at Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Toy has a broad background in educational research, with specific training and expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, curriculum design, and educational assessment. His research includes simulation-based medical education, data mining techniques in education, and interactive online learning environments to promote decision-making and problem-solving skills. As co-investigator on several projects, he designed effective measures for assessing cognitive and procedural skills and questionnaires that tap into learner satisfaction, attitudes, and beliefs in various subjects relevant to each project.

Dr. Shari Whicker (EdD, MEd) is Senior Director for the Carilion Clinic Office of Continuing Professional Development and Assistant Dean for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics as well as Director of our teaching academy, Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare (TEACH).

Dr. Whicker oversees professional development throughout Carilion Clinic and VTCSOM as well as all faculty development efforts related to teaching throughout the medical school, providing opportunities to guide our faculty to excellence in teaching, learning, and educational scholarship.

Throughout her career, Dr. Whicker has fostered a passion for medical education, teaching, learning, and education research in educator and educational leadership roles in the Wake Forest, Duke University, Carilion Clinic, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Her roles in medical education have spanned the continuum of medical education to include medical students, graduate trainees, and physician faculty as well as staff and learners from affiliated health professions. Within these roles, her primary focus has been and continues to be on the development of faculty/health care professionals and trainees as lifelong learners, teachers, and medical education researchers.

Dr. Whicker completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro), her Master of Education degree (MEd) in 2005 and her Doctorate in Adult Learning (EdD) in 2012, both at North Carolina State University.

Sarah M. Harendt received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in addition to a Ph.D. Certificate in Nonprofit & Nongovernmental Organizational Management from Virginia Tech. Dr. Harendt is currently the Manager for Education and Faculty Development in the Office of Continuing Professional Development and the Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare (TEACH) at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Harendt is dedicated to advancing faculty development and supporting her colleagues’ growth aspirations.  She is also committed to serving her colleagues as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine where she co-directs both the Mentorship Matters program and well-being initiatives.