The Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Teaching Fellows program provides fellows the opportunity to implement ideas that augment the education of medical students, residents and fellows. Initiated in 2004 with a gift from Carol and Jerome Loeb and supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the program was established to advance clinical education at Washington University School of Medicine by honoring faculty committed to clinical excellence and education, and encouraging teaching that excellence to medical students, residents and fellows.

2022 – 2024 fellows

Erin Hickey, MD, (Pediatrics)
Goals: The primary goals of the project are to fill a gap in the curriculum by a) educating pediatric residents about grief and how it manifests, b) provide skill-building opportunities, and c) facilitate debriefing opportunities for residents to emotionally process through their own grief experiences that arise while caring for children who are seriously ill. The secondary goals are to mitigate resident burnout and reach a new standard of professional fulfillment that extends beyond encouragement of ‘personal resilience’. This project will contribute to the culture of wellness at our institution by enhancing faculty support and accountability for trainee well-being.

James Duncan, MD, PhD (Radiology)
Goals: 1) Use Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to organize and prioritize the existing knowledge of failure modes that occur before, during and after common image-guided procedures such as central venous catheter placement and percutaneous aspiration/drainage. 2) Create educational interventions that support trainees in their efforts to acquire, deliberately practice and test the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the frequency, improve the early detection and reduce the severity of untoward events caused by the targeted failure modes. 3) Use data from ongoing patient care in radiology to continually assess the effectiveness of the educational interventions as well as other mitigation efforts. This will include monitoring system performance in radiology to capture more salient examples of known failure modes and discover previously unknown failure modes.

2021 – 2023 fellow

Noor Riaz, MD, MPH (Pediatrics)
Summary: Health disparities and inequity is a public health crisis in St. Louis as well as the country, largely due to social and structural determinants of health. This proposal will use a case-based teaching tool to develop a clinical curriculum for Pediatric residents and students on social determinants of health. The cases would identify a teaching trigger, teaching point, and scripting. UME and GME learners would be integrated for learning activities. The outcomes that we expect to achieve are improved awareness about the breadth and impact of social determinants on the pediatric population, increase learner empowerment to contribute towards solutions and improve patient experiences in hospitalized settings, especially those of historically marginalized communities.

Past Fellows

2020 – 2022

Ian Hagemann, MD (Immunology and Pathology)
Michelle Miller-Thomas, MD and Ali Mian, MD (Radiology)

2019 – 2021

Justin Sadhu, MD (Internal Medicine)
Jennifer Duncan, MD (Pediatrics)

2018 – 2020

Amy Bauernfeind and Kari Allen, PhD (Neuroscience)
Laurie Punch, MD (Surgery)

2017 – 2019

Sabrina Nunez, PhD (Medical Genetics)
Patricia Kao, MD, MS (Nephrology)

2016 – 2018

Simon Haroutounian, Ph.D. (Anesthesiology)
Steven Lawrence, MD, M.Sc. (Internal Medicine)

2015 – 2017

Amanda R. Emke, MD (Pediatrics)
Michael Friedman, MD (Radiology)

2014 – 2016

Ellen Binder, MD (Medicine)
Krikor Dikranian, MD, PhD (Anatomy & Neurobiology; Physical Therapy)

2012 – 2014

Nigar Kirmani, MD (Medicine)
Douglas Larsen, MD (Neurology; Pediatrics)

2010 – 2012

Michael Awad, MD, PhD, Surgery
Joan Rosenbaum, MD, Pediatrics
Gladys Tse, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology

2008 – 2009

Thomas M. De Fer, Internal Medicine
James J. Fehr, M.D., Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Mary E. Klingensmith, M.D., Surgery

2005 – 2007

Elliot E. Abbey, M.D., BJH, Voluntary Faculty
Martin I. Boyer, M.D., M.Sc., FRCS, Orthopaedic Surgery
Jane Loitman, M.D., M.S., BJH Palliative Care
Mary E. Klingensmith, M.D., Surgery

Process and Criteria
  • A demonstration of innovative teaching methodologies or programmatic development is desirable. Projects with a scope that reaches a large number of trainees will be viewed more favorably than those with a narrow focus.
  • Demonstration of understanding of how this project fits into current work in this or similar areas at Washington University, including a reference list to reflect the current status of this work at Washington University and nationally.
  • Loeb Teaching Fellows shall invest time both in direct teaching of medical students and/or residents and in program/curriculum development. Direct teaching should be a substantial portion of designated Loeb Fellowship time.
  • Particular consideration will be given to those candidates who include a plan for project sustainability following completion of their Loeb Fellowship term.
  • Faculty members who already have a substantial teaching commitment (clerkship directors, program directors, etc.) shall describe plans to improve or expand their current educational activities. If a continuation of current responsibilities, how does the Loeb fellowship support enable work that would not otherwise be feasible to complete?
  • Who will serve as mentor(s) to the Loeb fellow for the duration of the project?
  • Description of current teaching activities including involvement in School of Medicine and Graduate Medical Education committees and projects, as well as involvement in committees, programs and workshops of Academy of Educators, as applicable.
  • 2023 Selection Committee

    Appointed by the School of Medicine dean in consultation with the Barnes-Jewish Hospital chief medical officer, the selection committee includes representatives from the hospital’s and the medical school’s full-time and voluntary clinical faculty, resident and clerkship teachers, the senior associate dean for education, and the associate dean for medical student education.

  • Eva Aagaard, MD (co-chair)
  • Abby Spencer, MD (co-chair)
  • Kari Allen, PhD
  • Michael Brunt, MD
  • Erika Crouch, MD, PhD
  • Thomas De Fer, MD
  • Jennifer DeLaney, MD
  • Krikor Dikranian, MD, PhD
  • Jennifer Duncan, MD
  • Katherine Henderson, MD
  • Brendan O’Connor, MD
  • The Loeb Teaching Fellows Selection Committee reviews all proposals and selects up to two fellows, who are announced school-wide.

    Up to two faculty members will be selected this term for the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Teaching Fellowship. Supported by the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation and Washington University School of Medicine, Loeb Teaching Fellows will receive $50,000 per year for two years, for salary compensation only, to enable dedicating a significant portion of their time to teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

    Loeb Teaching Fellows will be appointed to a two-year term beginning July 1, 2023 and ending on June 30, 2025. A midterm review and renewal is required in 2024. Loeb Teaching Fellows funds are not transferable and may not be used beyond the originally-stated award dates.

    Application submission dates: January 30 – March 10, 2023

    Eligibility: Barnes-Jewish Hospital volunteer clinical faculty; Washington University School of Medicine clinical and/or investigator track faculty

    Fellowship term: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025

    Questions: Contact