The first MMC Program Director School was held in June 2015; specifically geared towards new residency and fellowship program directors, as well as associate program directors. The curriculum included an orientation to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the New Accreditation System (NAS) and Milestone basics, as well as an introduction to program evaluation, advanced features of New Innovations and an overview of recruitment basics. Participants were introduced to a mentoring system, in which new program directors will be matched with seasoned program directors to offer an additional resource to navigate the increasingly complex system of graduate medical education.

Invited speakers included Andy Perron- Emergency Department, Jim Whiting- Department of Surgery as well as co-directors Bob Bing-You- Department of Medical education and Kalli Varaklis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Key members of the Department of Medical Education (DME) also presented key lectures, including Jenny Skolfield- Director of DME, Katy Kruithoff- project manager, DME and Jen Perros- Medical Education Administrator II, Department of Surgery.

New program directors who were unable to assess this course are invited to contact Dr. Bing-You or Dr. Varaklis to arrange for individual session covering the same curriculum.

Presenters

Andrew Perron, MD

Andrew Perron, MD

Dr. Perron is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and serves as the EM residency program director. He has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, review articles, and book chapters. He speaks locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on GME accreditation, orthopedic trauma, neurologic emergencies, and cardiology topics. He was the 2007 ACEP speaker of the year. He lives in Falmouth, Maine.

Contact Information:

Email: perroa@mmc.org

Office: 207-662-7015

Dr. Bob Bing-You, MD, MEd, MBAM

Dr. Bob Bing-You, MD, MEd, MBAM

Vice President of Medical Education, Maine Medical Center
Co-Director of The Academy

Dr. Bing-You is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training here at Maine Medical Center, followed by a clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology. He then went on to obtain a Masters in Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine. For eight years, Dr. Bing-You served as Residency Program Director and Clerkship Director for the Department of Internal Medicine. He has been active at the leadership level of several educational committees, such as MMC Graduate Medical Education Committee, C.M.E. Advisory Committee, Maine Track Admissions Subcommittee, GME Planning Committee, and Master Teacher Peer Review Committee, to name a few.

Dr. Bing-You practices at Maine Medical Partners Endocrinology and Diabetes Center, located in Scarborough, ME. His practice focus is on thyroid conditions and bone health. As Vice President of Medical Education he serves on the Board of Maine Medical Partners. Most recently he completed his MBA degree through the University of Massachusetts.

Contact Information:

Email: bingyb@mmc.org

Office: 207-662-7060

Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc

Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc

James Whiting, MD

James Whiting, MD

Jim Whiting, MD is currently the Director of Surgical Education and the Surgical Residency Program Director at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, Maine, a post he has held for the last 6 years. He has been at Maine Medical Center for the last 15 years, where he is also the Surgical Director of Transplantation. Prior to this time, he had a “traditional” academic training, completing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, his transplant surgery fellowship at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago and was faculty at the University of Cincinnati for five years. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons where he serves on the General Surgery Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. In 2012, he was appointed a director of the American Board of Surgery where he serves on the Inservice Training Exam committee, the General Surgery Residency Committee and as chair of the Transplant Advisory Council.

He lives in Falmouth with his wife and the one child left at home out of four. He enjoys many sports, is a poor sculler, a worse tennis player and a really bad golfer.

Jen Perros

Jen Perros

Jen Perros is the Medical Education Program Administrator II for the Surgery Residency Program and the Supervisor for the Surgical Based Community. Jen received her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to moving to Maine and joining the Department of Medical Education in July of 2014 Jen worked as a GME program coordinator for four years in Chicago. In October 2014 Jen had the opportunity to attend the New Innovations Training Conference with three of her colleagues and since that time has been working with that group to provide training and promote the sharing of best practices among the group of Medical Education Program Administrators at MMC as well with Program Directors and Faculty.

Jen lives in Portland with her husband and they enjoy taking their two dogs with them as the explore this very dog friendly area.

Jenny Skolfield, MS

Jenny Skolfield, MS

Jenny Skolfield, MS, is the Director for the Department of Medical Education at Maine Medical Center. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Child Life Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Since joining the Department of Medical Education in 2000, she has worked at all levels of education at MMC, including the development of MMC’s Standardized Patient program. She has been a member of several strategic planning initiatives, including the new MMC.TUSM Medical School Partnership and the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at MMC. She also involved with the curriculum, faculty development and Pipeline program for education at MMC.

Kalli Varaklis, MD

Kalli Varaklis, MD

Kalli Varaklis is the Residency Program Director for OB/GYN and serves as the Assistant DIO for the Department of Medical Education. Entrustable Professional Acts (EPA’s) are a hot topic in academic medicine and will be one important way to evaluate competency in residents and fellows. Dr. Varaklis’ research interests included Shared Decision making in the Ambulatory OB/GYN setting and cross-cultural communication. She is an avid organic gardener.

Contact Information:

Email: mededuc@mmc.org

Katy Kruithoff, RN, MS

Katy Kruithoff, RN, MS

Katy Kruithoff joined the Department of Medical Education in January 2009 as a consultant supporting various medical education projects.  As of 2011, as Project Manager, her scope of work includes projects within the department supporting UME and GME strategic initiatives including the implementation of the Annual Institutional Review (AIR) Survey.

Katy received her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine and a BS in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. As a nurse she worked primarily in pediatric specialty units and assisted reproductive technology programs in both educational and administrative capacities.