Date: Mar 15, 2011
Keith Metzger Wins AAA/LWW Award For Education Research
by Carlin Bokal
Keith Metzger is the 2011 recipient of the LWW/AAA Education Research Scholarship, a $5,000 prize recognizing excellence in scholarship of upcoming generations of anatomy educators. The award is intended to support a graduate student in a mentored project, or a postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member project that shows promise as a model for improving the quality of teaching and learning in anatomical education.
Metzger, an assistant professor in the Department of Science Education at Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, will develop and validate instruments to assess the impact of an integrated course in human structure on contextual anatomical knowledge. The proposed study promises to develop validated measurement instruments (two qualitative and one quantitative) for assessment of perceived and realized anatomical knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge.
Metzger did his undergraduate work in biological anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, his M.S. in basic health sciences, and has a M. Phil. and Ph.D. in anatomical sciences from Stony Brook University. His dissertation was “The Kinematics of Intraoral Prey Transport in Lizards” and his co-advisors were Brigitte Demes PhD (Stony Brook University) and Callum Ross PhD (University of Chicago). He joined the faculty at Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine in 2009. Previously, he served as assistant professor in the Academy of Medical Educators at Touro University College of Medicine in Hackensack, NJ from 2007-2009.
The LWW/AAA Education Research Scholarship competition is expected to foster innovative projects that hold promise as models for the resolution of important issues and problems in anatomical education and represent new and creative approaches to teaching and learning. Funding priority is given to applications that demonstrate innovation in design and measurement of outcomes, including ongoing/ formative assessments.
Successful candidates are required to disseminate proven innovations developed during the tenure of the LWW/AAA Scholarship through publication in appropriate journals and/or national or international medical education presentations. In addition, the recipient is required to make a poster or oral presentation at the AAA Annual Meeting.
Proposals were rated equally on each of the following criteria:
- Scholarship: degree to which proposal meets the scholarship criteria
- Addressing funding preferences related to innovation and measurement of outcomes
- Benefits/impact of project on anatomical education locally, regionally, and nationally
- Methodology: clear, feasible methods consistent with goals/objectives
- Evaluation: plan to measure desired outcomes and project success
This year’s award committee was chaired by Lawrence Rizzolo and also included David Morton and Mohamed Khalil. The deadline for 2012 scholarship applications is October 15. Full details and application form are available at Anatomy.org.
Reprinted with permission from the American Association of Anatomists’ Newsletter, Volume 20, Number 1, March 2011.