About the Office of Medical Education
Valerie Jameson, MD
Interim Assistant Dean, Clinical Curriculum
Clerkship Director, Pediatrics
Executive Course Director, Longitudinal Scholars’ Project (LSP)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Faculty in charge of Adolescent Rotation, Peds & Med/Peds Residency
Dr. Jameson did her undergraduate training at LSU and received her medical degree from Tulane University. After completing her residency in Pediatrics at Tulane and serving as a faculty member there, she was appointed to the faculty at UT in the Department of Pediatrics. She is the clerkship director for educational programs in the third and fourth year in that discipline and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics.
J. Patrick Ryan, PhD
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
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.
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.
Mary Gupta, MD
Assistant Professor, Medical Education
I am a Memphian; born and raised. I am a UTHSC medical school alumni, Class of 2010. I completed a four year residency in AP/CP Pathology, also at UTHSC. I subsequently completed a one year Surgical Pathology fellowship at the University of Vermont Medical Center. There I was able to focus on Breast Pathology under the guidance of Dr. Donald Weaver, as well as, gain additional experience in a broad variety of Surgical Pathology specialties. Outside of Pathology, my hobbies include running and reading. I am currently training for the St. Jude half-marathon and actually reading a few non-Pathology books, although medical education books have crept in their place instead of the little lighter fare I was hoping for! I also enjoy history and art and love to travel. I am married to Hemant Gupta, a musician and an attorney with Butler Snow Law Firm. Two years ago we welcomed our son, Ronan. Also part of our little family is our German Shepard, Max.
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.
NBME/ExamSoft 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.
Kimberlee Norwood, B.S., M.A.
Ms. Norwood 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 Coordinator of the Longitudinal Scholars’ Program for the medical students.
Ms. Norwood earned her B.S. and M.A. from the University of Memphis. Prior to joining the Office of Medical Education, Ms. Norwood was a Research Coordinator with the Department of Preventive Medicine here at UTHSC.
Deborah Barton, M.B.A.
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.