Vineet Arora, MD, AM’03, named 2018 Macy Faculty Scholar

Vineet Arora, MD, AM’03, Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery and Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at the University of Chicago, has been named a 2018 Macy Faculty Scholar by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program identifies and supports the careers of rising educational innovators in medicine and nursing in the hopes of cultivating the healthcare educators of the future. With grant money from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the education of health professionals, the five 2018 scholars will work on new educational initiatives in their home institution and bring their findings to other educators through national meetings, contributing to a nationwide conversation about new tactics in health professions education.

Dr. Arora’s project focuses on expanding IGNITE (Improving GME Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences) to enable health care providers to practice in well-functioning teams providing safe, high quality, and high value care. Specifically, she will focus on matrixed learning experiences between nurses and residents, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration to reduce patient mortality, medication errors, length of stay, and provider career satisfaction. Her work dovetails national initiatives in interprofessional teamwork set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the National Collaborative to Improve the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. Additionally, it enhances UChicago Medicine’s participation in the ACGME Pursuing Excellence initiative to transform clinical learning environments.

Dr. Arora is Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery and Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at University of Chicago.  She is committed to mentoring students in scholarly work and directs the popular NIH-funded Pritzker Summer Research Program. She has developed and evaluated novel interventions that combine systems change with adult learning theory to improve care and learning in teaching hospitals. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine and was the Director of Educational Initiatives for Costs of Care. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, often with medical students, with coverage in the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press. Dr. Arora earned her medical degree at the Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency, chief residency, and Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Congratulations, Dr. Arora, on this impressive accomplishment!