About the Office of Medical Education

Susan Crouch Brewer, M.D. F.A.C.P.

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Assistant Dean, Clinical Curriculum
Associate Chair for Student Programs, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Brewer is a Tennessee native and received a B.A. from UTK and a M.T. from St. Jude Children's Research hospital in clinical microbiology. She received her M.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Centers, College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Disease at UT. She has served as Director of educational programs for third and fourth-year medical students in the Department of Medicine for over 9 years and as a faculty member in that discipline for 14 years.

J. Patrick Ryan, PhD

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Assistant Dean, Basic Science Curriculum
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry

Dr. Ryan received his B.S. in bacteriology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a 3 year stint as a Visiting Scientist at DuPont Co., Dr. Ryan joined the UTHSC faculty in 1988. He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry and the Department of Medical Education. Dr. Ryan coordinates the preclinical curriculum and continues to teach microbiology content to medical students.

G. Stephen Nace, MD, FACP

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Assistant Dean, Technology Integration
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Nace received a B.A. from Emory University. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt, where he also completed an internal medicine residency, followed by fellowships in nephrology and clinical pharmacology. He has practice experience in nephrology, general internal medicine, and hospital medicine.

Dr. Nace was the internal medicine residency program director at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. His interests include medical education, clinical informatics, and systems-based practice.

Vicki M. Park, Ph.D.

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Director of Educational Support and Scholarship
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Dept. of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Park received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University & a Ph.D. from Yale University. She completed postdoctoral research in molecular genetics and a clinical fellowship in laboratory genetics at Case Western Reserve University. She holds board certifications in Clinical Cytogenetic and Clinical Molecular Genetics. Dr. Park has been teaching medical genetics since joining the UTHSC faculty in 1991.

Kimberlee Norwood, B.S., M.A.

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Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Ms. Norwood ensures that the medical curriculum adheres to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards for the purposes of reaccreditation as a medical school.  Ms. Norwood also holds the position of Medical Educator and provides additional support to the activities of the Office of Medical Education, to develop and manage an undergraduate medical education curriculum with a focus on cultural competence in health care. Ms. Norwood is the Co-director of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement curriculum for the medical students. 

Ms. Norwood earned her B.S. and M.A. from the University of Memphis. Her MA is in Medical/Urban Anthropology and is seeking a Ph.D. with the University of Memphis in Adult and Higher Education.  Prior to joining the Office of Medical Education, Ms. Norwood was a Research Coordinator with the Department of Preventive Medicine here at UTHSC.

Ruby Bland

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Clerkship Sites and Scheduling Manager

Ms. Bland coordinates and manages the scheduling of courses and clerkships in the third and fourth years educational program in the College of Medicine. She maintains records related to the clerkships and manages the online clerkship scheduling system. She is the office's point of contact for all the clerkship coordinators housed in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, and Jackson as well as other US & International medical schools. She is the point of contact for offices of Admissions, Enrollment Services, Student Affairs, Registrar, Information Technology Services, Bursar, University Health Service, Graduate Medical Education, Baptist Memorial Hospitals, and Regional One Health. She is the account administrator authorized by the National Board of Medical Examiner (NBME). Ruby received her B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Martin.

Stefeni Kennedy

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NBME Testing and Technology Coordinator

Ms. Kennedy's primary responsibilities are support & integration of technology throughout the first three years of the curriculum. She serves as the Chief Proctor for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) web-based clerkship exams for the third-year medical students. These exams are given twelve or more times per year for over 165 students in Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

She is responsible for building, coordinating, and overseeing testing using ExamSoft testing software for the first &second-year medical students. First-year medical students are given thirteen (13) integrated exams. Second-year medical students are given fourteen (14) assessments and three (3) block exams per academic year.

Ms. Kennedy is currently working with faculty/staff to integrate the NBME web-based Basic Science CAS exams into the curriculum to better prepare the first and second-year students for their USMLE Step 1 exam and clinical years.

She provides development and technical support to faculty/staff in presentation of Team-based Learning (TBL) instructional sessions.

Aniko Moore

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Evaluation and Scheduling Coordinator

Ms. Moore serves as the New Innovations Undergraduate Management Suite administrator. She ensures maximal use of the database by all (7) clerkship programs. She is responsible for providing solutions and direction to clerkship directors and coordinators in implementing and administering the internet database modules. Her responsibilities also include coordinating the Office of Medical Education evaluation process among the faculty and students. In addition, she coordinates the clerkships schedules for the M3 and M4 students as well as visiting student applications and rotations.

Ms. Moore received her B.S. in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Crichton College in Memphis, TN. She is currently completing her M.B.A in Healthcare Administration and Information Technology from Bethel University.

Deborah Barton, M.B.A.

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Education Specialist

Mrs. Barton provides support to Capstone and the M1/M2 curriculum; working on the curriculum mapping project; and assisting with LCME compliance issues. She is a 20 year military veteran. Mrs. Barton earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the Office of Medical Education, Deborah was the clerkship coordinator for the Neurology Department.