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Jen Hillyer

Dear Faculty-

The past few months have gone by quickly since my arrival on campus in mid-July as I have learned more about our faculty at the Rootstown campus and have started to visit our clinical site faculty and partners.  Since conducting an informal faculty listening tour, themes were developed around faculty stakeholder identified needs and opportunities.  These themes are grounded in the faculty’s perspectives and their areas of interest and preferred modalities of faculty development.  In addition, a draft version of the mission, vision, and goals for Faculty Development in the College of Medicine have been created and various faculty groups are currently being solicited for their feedback.  It is anticipated that a final version of the mission, vision, and goals will be solidified in 2020 and will provide the framework for future faculty development initiatives in the College of Medicine.

There are several faculty development opportunities slated for the first few months of 2020 which will take place on the Rootstown campus and at various clinical sites. This will include a session where I will be serving as a co-facilitator with various clinical faculty to deliver information on best practices in giving feedback in the clinical setting.

Currently slated events Rootstown events include:

  • Cerrone Cohen, M.D., Assistant Professor in Family Medicine & Community Health and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, has been invited by the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Faculty Fellowship through a grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for a visit on Mar. 5.  Dr. Cohen has presented at national and international conferences and will be giving a presentation entitled “Molding the Millennial Mind: Creating Engaging Lectures for a New Generation of Learners” Mar. 5 , 10 a.m. in F-118. All faculty are invited to attend. RSVP to jhillyer@neomed.edu.


  • M2 student Ashley Myer has coordinated a panel of physicians and community members who will be discussing obesity as a social determinant the evening of  Mar. 18.  More details will be forthcoming on this event.


In looking ahead to 2020, I anticipate a busy year of building relationships and partnerships with our faculty in Rootstown and at our clinical sites, developing workshops based upon faculty-identified needs, and facilitating some medical education-related projects in the College of Medicine.  This is an exciting time in the College of Medicine, and I am looking forward to a productive year.

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones in 2020,

Jen Hillyer



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