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 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
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 twelve 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 also been awarded 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 Professor Emerita of Surgery and Medical Education in the Department of Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSOM), where she served as the Vice Chair of Education for 16 years. She began her academic career in surgical education in 1980 and has dedicated the majority of that time to developing and delivering faculty development programs, pursuing educational research and consulting with clinical departments, hospitals, and professional societies. She has published over 100 abstracts, papers and book chapters, and has presented her research, keynote addresses, and faculty development programs at regional, national and international forums.
Dr. DaRosa is and has been the Course Director for the Surgeons as Educators course since its start in 1993. She is the Program Director of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO) Academic Scholars and Leaders Program which graduates approximately 23 academic scholars per year. She consulted on the design of the ACS Resident as Teacher and Leader course and serves on the faculty.
Each year Dr. DaRosa teaches several other national faculty and resident teacher development programs for APGO, the Council of Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education. She was the first non-clinician elected President of the Association for Surgical Education, an organization comprised of over 900 surgeon members. This same organization honored Dr. DaRosa with the Distinguished Educator Award in 2001. Dr. DaRosa served on the editorial boards of the AAMC’s journal, Academic Medicine and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education until her recent semi-retirement in 2014. Dr. DaRosa was made an honorary member of the Association of Women Surgeons and is one of two non-surgeons awarded an honorary membership to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
David A. Rogers, MD, MHPE, FACS, FAAP
Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the Departments of Surgery, Medical Education and Pediatrics and the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional 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 Master of Health Professions Education degree (MHPE) 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 (MGH) 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 MGH. During his residency, Dr. Phitayakorn completed the Association for Surgical Education’s Surgical Education Research Fellowship program and a master’s 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 master’s 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 post-graduate levels. She has been either course director or faculty for over twenty post-graduate training programs on minimally invasive thoracic surgery. She has published multiple peer-reviewed papers on simulator development and validation, and 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.