Dr. Kirsten Brown (@DrKirtyBrown) is the Frank N. Miller Distinguished Teaching Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences (GWSMHS). As Vice Chair, she oversees all of the anatomy-related educational programs for various student populations within the department, the school, and GW. She provides professional development and mentoring in educational scholarship and teaching to anatomy and SMHS faculty.
Research Interests: Kirsten is a medical education researcher and collaborates on projects that involve analyzing student performance and learning in the anatomical sciences. She has published on a variety of anatomy education-focused topics, including several meta-analyses on anatomy pedagogies and articles on anatomy knowledge retention. She has served as a faculty mentor for the past several years for medical and graduate student educational-scholarship projects.
Social Media Advocacy: In the past few years, Kirsten has become a strong advocate for social media use as a means to promote one’s academic brand an engage with students. She also serves as one of the Social Media Representatives for the AAA meetings.
Teaching Interests: In addition to her research interests, she teaches in the anatomical sciences, including human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. She is the co-block director for the Musculoskeletal (MSK) block of the GWSMHS medical curriculum and the director of a PhD-level course in human gross anatomy. She serves as the anatomy content lead for several other preclinical blocks and undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Brown has successfully mentored multiple PhD students during her tenure, helping them to find anatomy education jobs after graduation. Her passion for medical education and efforts for anatomy have not gone unnoticed by peers, colleagues, and students, as she is the past recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, four Golden Apple Teaching Awards, and the Morton A Bender Teaching Award.