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Surgeons as Educators Course Faculty

Paul J. Schenarts, MD, FACS, Course Chair

Dr. Schenarts is a professor of surgery, the vice chair for academic affairs, and the chief of trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. A native of Connecticut, he graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut, where he also completed a post-sophomore fellowship in anatomic pathology and was elected into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Schenarts completed his general surgery residency at Maine Medical Center, during which he also completed a two-year NIH trauma research fellowship in the investigational intensive care unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After residency, he completed a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University and then served as co-medical director of Vanderbilt Life Flight. He was then recruited to East Carolina University School of Medicine, where he spent the next 12 years. While at East Carolina, Dr. Schenarts served as director of the general surgery residency, assistant dean for clinical academic affairs, and director of the surgery clerkship.

Dr. Schenarts is a nationally known surgical educator and has won numerous teaching awards, including the University Board of Governors Award as one of the best teachers within the entire University of North Carolina system consisting of 17 colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of the Master Educator Award, the Jones Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Best Clinical Educator Award, and has also received the National Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education. Similarly, his research interests are focused on surgical education and leadership.

In addition to his academic and clinical pursuits, Dr. Schenarts was a Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and has served four deployments in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. He has served as commander of forward surgical teams and chief of surgery at combat support hospitals. He has received the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal for his actions in Afghanistan.

In July 2012, he assumed the role of chief of trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency surgery at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He also serves as the physician medical director for the City of Omaha Fire Department.

Debra A. DaRosa, PhD, Course Director

Dr. Debra DaRosa is a professor emerita of surgery and medical education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the former vice chair of education in the department of surgery. With a doctoral degree in education, she has been a surgical education specialist for more than 30 years. She has dedicated the majority of that time to developing and delivering faculty development programs, pursuing educational research, and consulting with clinical departments and professional societies.

Her research interests focus on learning, teaching and assessing in the operating room, technical skills acquisition, and curriculum and instructional design. Dr. DaRosa serves on the editorial board of Academic Medicine and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed abstracts, papers, and book chapters.

Dr. DaRosa serves as Course Director for the highly subscribed American College of Surgeons’ six-day Surgeons as Educators course and faculty on their Residents as Teachers and Leaders program. She teaches several annual faculty and resident teacher development programs for the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. DaRosa earned the distinction of being the first nonclinician to be elected President of the Association for Surgical Education. This same organization honored Dr. DaRosa with the Distinguished Educator Award and presented her with the Founding Director Recognition Award for starting the Foundation for the Association for Surgical Education. She has received Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. DaRosa is an honorary member of the Association of Women Surgeons.

Dr. DaRosa has presented her research and faculty development programs at regional, national, and international forums.

David A. Rogers, MD, MHPE, FACS, FAAP

Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the departments of surgery, medical education, and pediatrics and is the senior associate dean of faculty development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Georgia. He subsequently completed his pediatric general surgery training at the University of Tennessee and a pediatric surgery oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He received a masters of health professions education (MHPE) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has also completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship program sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education. He has been involved in a number of research programs related to medical and surgical education.

Outside of his research and clinical activities, Dr. Rogers has served in a number of educational administrative roles and is currently the Course Chair of the American College of Surgeon’s Residents as Teachers and Leaders course.

A recipient of numerous departmental and institutional teaching awards, Dr. Rogers is a 2012 recipient of an Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award.

Roy Phitayakorn, MD, MHPE, FACS

Dr. Roy Phitayakorn is currently an assistant professor in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital with a clinical practice in general and endocrine surgery. Dr. Phitayakorn is also the MGH director of surgical education research and the surgical lead for strategic initiatives and operations at the MGH Learning Laboratory. 

Dr. Phitayakorn completed his residency training in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University and an endocrine surgery fellowship at the MGH. During his residency, Dr. Phitayakorn completed the Association for Surgical Education’s Surgical Education Research Fellowship program and a masters of health professions education (MHPE) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His MHPE thesis won the best thesis award in 2007 and also best presentation at the 2008 MHPE medical education conference. 

Finally, Dr. Phitayakorn was the first surgical simulation fellow at the MGH Learning Laboratory and completed the Instructors Course for the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS). He has written multiple publications on medical education topics and delivered several workshops for the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. Phitayakorn has also served as a guest faculty for the CMS and the Harvard Macy Program for Medical Educators.

Shari L. Meyerson, MD, FACS

Dr. Meyerson is an associate professor of surgery in the division of thoracic surgery and associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained in general surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and then completed her thoracic surgery training at Duke University in 2006. She is the program director for the thoracic surgery integrated residency program, the thoracic surgery fellowship program, and the general surgery residency program at Northwestern. She has received multiple teaching awards and runs an active education research lab. Dr. Meyerson is currently completing a masters of education degree at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Meyerson has extensive experience teaching technical skills and decision making at the medical school, graduate, and postgraduate levels. She has been either course director or faculty for more than 20 postgraduate training programs on minimally invasive thoracic surgery. She has published multiple peer-reviewed papers on simulator development and validation as well as operative autonomy. Her current research interests range from simulator development to the use of errors to accelerate technical and decision-making learning curves in resident and postgraduate education.