Clinical Teaching Collaborative


The Clinical Teaching Collaborative (CTC) was convened in 2018 by the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) to address the development of a cohesive strategy for the preparation of residents across disciplines in their role as teachers. The CTC reports annually to the GMEC.

Overarching Goals

  1. Defines core foundation teaching skills for all resident physicians
  2. Identifies best practices and exemplars within our institution and at other institutions
  3. Examines the literature and studies on residents as teachers, as well as corollary scholarship
  4. Assesses the effectiveness of present-state teaching skills initiatives
  5. Creates opportunities for improvement
  6. Provides novel methods and strategies to enhance residents’ teaching capabilities
  7. Evaluates, in a continuous model, the growth and development of residents and programs
  8. Assesses the overall status of the CTC, as well as its alignment with ACGME/LCME standards and requirements. The CTC provides a report and recommendations annually to both GMEC and the Medical Education Council (MEC).


Marygrace Elson, portrait

Marygrace Elson, MD, MME
Vice-Chair GMEC
Vice Chair for Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gerald Wickham, portrait

Gerald Wickham, EdD, MA
Director, Strategic Educational Initiatives
Office of Graduate Medical Education


Representative membership includes highly motivated program directors, clerkship directors, faculty, fellows, residents, students from the Teaching Distinction Track (TDT), members of the Medical Education Council (MEC), Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education (OCRME), Continuing Medical Education (CME) and the Des Moines campus. This diversity ensures that both the breadth of disciplines and continuum of medical education are major foci of the initiatives of the CTC.

  • Lama Abdel Wahed, MD, PGY-4, Neurology
  • Tracey Cho, MD, Vice-Chair of Education and Clerkship Director, Neurology
  • Steven Craig, MD, Asst. Dean (alternate – Des Moines)
  • Andrew Cyr, MD, Pediatrics (Des Moines)
  • Elly Gray, MD, PGY-3, Anesthesia
  • Heba Isaac, M4, Teaching Distinction Track
  • Matt Karam, MD, Program Director, Orthopedics
  • Britt Marcussen, MD, Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Momin Nasir, M3, Teaching Distinction Track
  • Dan Pelletier, MD, Fellow, Surgical Pathology
  • Jeff Pettit, PhD, Associate Director, Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education
  • Nikitha (Nikki) Pothireddy, M2, Teaching Distinction Track
  • Riad Rahhal, MD, Director of Fellowship Programs,Vice-Chair for Education, Pediatrics
  • Brigit Ray, MD, MME, Program Director, Family Medicine
  • Julia Shelton, MD, Program Director, General Surgery
  • Joe Szot, MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine & Director of CME
  • Jason Winward, MD, PGY-2, Internal Medicine

Ideas for the Clinical Teaching Collaborative? Contact Gerald Wickham at