Introducing New CLIME Director: Dr. Kristina Dzara

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Get to know the new CLIME Director and Assistant Dean for Educator Development Dr. Kristina Dzara. Dr. Dzara began her new position at the University of Washington School of Medicine in April 2022.

Kristina Dzara, PhD, MMSc

We are excited to welcome Kristina Dzara, PhD, MMSc as the inaugural UW School of Medicine Assistant Dean for Educator Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs. Dr. Dzara will join the faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education (BIME), Division of Medical Education and Evaluation. Dr. Dzara will begin in this role on April 1st. Dr. Dzara’s leadership roles will include directorship of both the Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME) as well as the Teaching Scholars program. Her work will focus on support of educators from the classroom to the bedside, both in skill development and in educational scholarship. Dr. Dzara will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to plan and implement educator development initiatives for faculty across the School of Medicine and the WWAMI region.

A graduate of the PhD in Sociology program at Southern Illinois University, the Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education program at Harvard Medical School, and an alumna of the Harvard Macy Institute, Dr. Dzara joins us from Harvard Medical School, having recently served as Assistant Director for Education and Science Initiatives at the Brigham Education Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has expertise in the science of teaching and learning, faculty development, curriculum development, program evaluation, educational scholarship, and the use of social media in medical education. Her recent articles on medical education can be found here.


Introducing CLIME’s New Director: Dr. Kristina Dzara Episode Transcription
Introducing CLIME’s New Director: Dr. Kristina Dzara Show Notes

CLIME Teaching Scholars Program 

Lau, Dzara, Khachadoorian-Elia, and Berkowitz. 2021. “The ‘Medical Education Roadshow:’ Delivering Faculty Development to Busy Clinician Educators When They Least Expect It.” Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.  

Well Being for Life and Learning: “A Guidebook for Advancing Student Well-Being at the University of Washington.” 

Berkowitz, Dzara, and Simpkin. 2021. “Building Your ‘Educational Peloton:’ Cycling Together for Success During Uncertain Times.” Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 

CLIMEcasts Anti Ableism Series  

Goldhamer, Pusic, Co, and Weinstein. 2022. Can Covid Catalyze an Educational Transformation? Competency-Based Advancement in a Crisis.” New England Journal of Medicine.  

Thoma, Warm, Hamstra, Cavalcanti, Pusic, Shaw, Verma, Frank, Hauer. 2020. “Next Steps in the Implementation of Learning Analytics in Medical Education: Consensus From an International Cohort of Medical Educators.” Journal of Graduate Medical Education.  

Academic Medicine Last Pages 

Chan, Dzara, Paradise Dimeo, Bhalerao, and Maggio. 2020. “Social Media in Knowledge Translation and Education for Physicians and Trainees: A Scoping Review.” Perspectives on Medical Education.  



Health Humanities Faculty Development (Alice Fornari) 

CLOSLER (Margaret S. Chisolm) 

Bynum, Varpio, Laggo, Teunissen. 2020. “I’m Unworthy of Being in This Space: The Origins of Shame in Medical Students.” Medical Education.