SIU Medical Educator Receives International Award


August 28, 2014

SIU Medical Educator Receives International Award

Anna T. Cianciolo, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, was selected from among 83 applicants to receive the 2014 Miriam Friedman Ben-David New Educator Award from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). She received the award at the AMEE annual meeting in August.

AMEE is a worldwide organization with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors and students in medicine and the health-care professions. SIU School of Medicine received three ASPIRE-to-Excellence awards from AMEE in September 2013 for outstanding performance in student engagement, performance assessment and social accountability.

Cianciolo has been instrumental in obtaining the ASPIRE awards as well as leading research in medical student learning and assessment. She also has served on committees to improve the medical education curriculum. She is editor-in-chief of the international journal “Teaching and Learning in Medicine.”

“Anna has brought a wealth of knowledge about student education and assessment and has been a key player in keeping SIU School of Medicine internationally acclaimed for medical education. We are proud to have her on our faculty,” said Debra Klamen, M.D., M.H.P.E., professor and chair of the Department of Medical Education.

Cianciolo Anna Cianciolo, Ph.D.

Prior to joining SIU in June 2011, Cianciolo founded and led Command Performance Research, Inc. in Champaign, where she procured more than $2.5M in US Army funding to research and develop officer training and leader education. She served in a postdoctoral research position at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. (2001-03). Cianciolo earned her doctorate in engineering psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta (2001) and her master’s degree in cognitive and biological psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1997). She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1995).

Cianciolo is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and serves on the editorial board of the “Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.” She has published articles in numerous books and journals as well as conference proceedings.

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