Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Dr. Charles elected Chair of IPE Affinity Group

November 15, 2017

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare has elected Dr. Stephen Charles as Chair of their IPE Affinity Group.

Congratulations to Dr. Charles!

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Creating a Community of Innovation

The Brody School of Medicine is transforming medical education!

November 08, 2017

Seeds sown to change medical education continue to bear fruit

"A groundbreaking effort to catapult change in medical education is the focus of a new report on projects that, individually and as a whole, underscore the potential for transformation in the teaching of future physicians.

The 46-page monograph is a theme-by-theme description of the first four years of work by a consortium now numbering 32 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools-about a fifth of the nation's total-that receive grants from the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. The consortium institutions represent 19,000 medical students-who eventually could treat as many as 33 million patients a year-but the initiative's goal is to have a lasting, vastly broader effect on the teaching, training and lifelong learning of physicians."

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Luan Lawson

Dr. Lawson makes the MedEdPORTAL Top 10 Reviewers List

October 12, 2017

Dr. Luan Lawson received recognition as an Outstanding Reviewer from MedEdPORTAL, in partnership with AAMC and ADEA. Out of over 300 reviewers, she was chosen as one of the Top 10. She has been invited to attend a reception and award ceremony in Boston this November to celebrate her achievement. Congratulations, Dr. Lawson!

Read MedEdPORTAL announcement >

Dr. Carroll receiving award from Dr. Jonathan Wisco

Research Recognized at IAMSE

June 14, 2017

The project "ADAPTIVE MODELING ACCURATELY PREDICTS STUDENT PERFORMANCE ON THE USMLE STEP 1 EXAMINATION" by Robert G. Carroll and Anne C. Carroll, was selected as the Outstanding Oral Presentation at the 2017 International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting in Burlington VT. This project uses a multivariate equation to prospectively calculate a score on the USMLE Step 1 licensing examination, and allows comparison of study approaches to determine effective study strategies for medical students. The abstract for this presentation is below.


Robert G Carroll and Anne C. Carroll, Office of Medical Education, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville NC 27834 USA


Student performance on the USMLE licensing examination is impacted by numerous factors, confounding interpretation based on test score alone. We developed a predictive model in order to identify students who will benefit from enhancing test-taking skills and to allow post-exam comparison of test preparation approaches.


A multivariate equation incorporating prior student academic performance was used to model performance of those classes on the USMLE Step 1 examination. This model was used prospectively for the 76 members of the class of 2018 to develop a predicted USMLE score for each student. The model incorporated course grades while in medical school, performance on 4 NBME subject exams (physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology and pathology), and a NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination. Student 'predicted' score was then compared against the actual score on the USMLE Step 1.


The model prediction of class average matched the actual class average (229). The residual difference between actual and predicted score was 0.5, with a standard deviation 9.8 and a standard error of 1.1. The predicted score was ± 5 points of the actual score for 47% of students. The 5 students with predicted scores below 200 were monitored during their study period. From this group, 2 opted to delay taking the examination, 1 failed the examination and the other 2 passed the examination. Post-exam comparison of the impact of a commercial study program is shown below

N (self-reported) USMLE Step 1 Average USMLE Predicted Average Residual
Self-Directed 22 235.2 233.8 1.3
Commercial Course 24 233.3 233.2 0.03

ANOVA followed by Tukey's test indicated there was no significant difference between the 4 groups.


Predictive modeling of exam performance allows both early intervention for students at risk and an in-depth assessment of test preparation strategies.

Jill Sutton

The Director of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship, Dr Jill Sutton, recently completed the Academic Scholars and Leaders Program

April 5, 2017

Dr. Jill Sutton has completed the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Academic Scholars and Leaders Program, a 15-month course in curriculum design, educational theory, adult learning methodologies and teaching strategies. Sutton was one of only 24 professors nationwide admitted to the program last year.

Read more on ECUnow blog >

Stephen Charles

ECU assistant dean awarded AAMC fellowship

March 16, 2017

The assistant dean for undergraduate medical education assessment and outcomes at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has been selected to participate in a national leadership certificate program.

Dr. Stephen Charles was recently named a 2017 Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Fellow by a panel of his peers in the Southern Group on Educational Affairs, a regional division of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The LEAD Program is an intensive, one-year, cohort-based leadership development certificate program that provides a firm foundation in the best practices and recognized theoretical models of effective educational leadership that are key to advancing medical education at all levels. LEAD is offered in four concurrent cohorts, one based in each of the four regions of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. Across the nation 107 fellows have completed the program since 2009.

Charles joined the Brody School of Medicine in 2016. In his role as assistant dean, he leads efforts to develop, implement and maintain an active outcomes assessment program and to grow a portfolio of scholarship related to current and future medical education innovations and changes.

He also serves as the liaison between Brody's Office of Medical Education, the ECU Office of Simulation and Safety Education, and the ECU Office of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education; and he collaborates with other education leaders across the ECU Division of Health Sciences to assess and enhance interprofessional education.

Charles is certified as a health care simulation educator and as a medical education researcher. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and as chair of the Interprofessional Education Affinity Group for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

"I'm honored to be chosen for this prestigious fellowship, and I'm excited to represent ECU and the Brody School of Medicine," said Charles. "I look forward to gaining more knowledge, skills and experience that I can share with my colleagues to help us all become more effective educational leaders."

The AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise a range of academic and medical institutions, including all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools and nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems.

Robert Carroll

Dr. Carroll Receives Appointment

February 22, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Carroll, who was appointed to the Social Accountability Panel of the ASPIRE program!

For more information about this program, see

The Brody School of Medicine Wins International Award

July 19, 2016
(updated August 22, 2016)

On August 29, the Brody School of Medicine will receive the Aspire-to-Excellence Award for Social Accountability at the annual meeting of the Association for Medical Education in Europe. Dr. Carroll and Dr. Charles will travel to Barcelona, Spain to accept the award.

See the announcement on the ASPIRE website >

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Stephen Charles, PhD, Named Assistant Dean of Medical Education Outcomes and Assessment for the Brody School of Medicine

June 22, 2016

Stephen Charles

We are pleased to announce Stephen Charles, PhD, as Assistant Dean of Medical Education Outcomes and Assessment for the Brody School of Medicine, effective June 30, 2016.

Dr. Charles earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida in 2014. In addition, he has a MA degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities and a MS degree in Adult Education. He is joining us from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine where he served as the Director of Medical Education since July of 2011. Dr. Charles served as a Curriculum Coordinator at the University of South Florida College of Medicine from 2008 until 2011. At UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he served as a Curriculum Facilitator/Interim Educational Consultant. He is certified as a healthcare simulation educator (CHSE), as well as a medical education researcher (MERC).

In his new role as Assistant Dean of Medical Education Outcomes and Assessment, Dr. Charles will lead efforts to develop, implement and maintain an active outcomes assessment program; develop and grow a portfolio of scholarship related to current and future medical education innovations and changes; serve as a liaison between the Office of Medical Education (OME) and the Simulation Center; serve as a liaison between the OME and the Office of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education; assess pre-clerkship case-based teaching and provide major activities of the OME; promote the BSOM medical education program to applicants and the wider community; and collaborate with other education leaders in ECU health science schools/colleges to enhance and assess interprofessional education.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Charles to the Brody School of Medicine and offering our support as he assumes the role of Assistant Dean of Medical Education Outcomes and Assessment.

Elizabeth G. Baxley, MD
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Brody School of Medicine

Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD
Dean, Brody School of Medicine
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs

Phyllis N. Horns, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences