The Impact of Pass/Fail of Standarized Testing and Grades of Learners and Training Programs

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE, FAAP

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE, FAAP is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and the Jones Family Endowed Professor of Medical Education. She attended Stanford University where she obtained a BA in psychology with honors.  She then completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco.  In between her third and fourth year of medical school she completed a year-long fellowship in medical education at UCSF that provided her with a broad exposure to medical education and served as the foundation for a career in medical education. She stayed at UCSF for her pediatric residency and chief residency. To further enhance her educational skills, she completed a master’s degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago. 

Dr. Lockspeiser works clinically as a general pediatrician in the Child Health Clinic where she supervises medical students and residents. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Evaluation, and Outcomes for the CUSOM. In this role, she has led the effort to create a program of assessment and coaching program for the new Trek curriculum launched in the fall of 2021. She regularly contributes to local and national faculty development workshops. She has won numerous local teaching awards from students and residents and was selected to be a member of the University of Colorado’s Academy of Medical Educators.   

She has extensive training and experience in curriculum development, learner assessment, and educational scholarship. Her educational scholarship has focused on learning goals in medical education. She has won several awards for her educational research including the AAMC RIME best paper award for her paper on the creation of a learning goal scoring rubric and the Ray Hefler award for a creative, innovative educator who submits an outstanding abstract to the Pediatric Academic Society meeting for her work on a national study of the use of learning goals in pediatric residencies.  

Heather McPhillips, MD, MPH

Dr. Heather McPhillips serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is a Professor in the Clinician-Scholar pathway in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.  In addition to overseeing the medical student curriculum across WWAMI, she practices as a general pediatrician at the UW Roosevelt Clinic where she teaches medical students and residents as well as sees primary care pediatric patients.  Prior to becoming Associate Dean for Curriculum in 2022, Dr. McPhillips was Residency Director for the pediatric residency program at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s HospitalShe has led and collaborated on the development of innovative curricula and research projects related to medical education throughout her career in pediatricsIn addition to local leadership roles, she has had active national roles in the Association for Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Child Health Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)Her research interests are in medical education and specifically focused on learner well-being and burnout, competency-based medical education, creating inclusive learning environments, anti-racism in medical education and coaching.