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Debra Schindler Takes Leadership Role in LCME Remediation

The LCME remediation has prompted many changes in the administration of the medical school curriculum and its oversight.   

One key area of expansion is program evaluation and assessment.  We will be collecting and analyzing more robust data on the performance of our students, their satisfaction with the curriculum, and whether the curriculum is preparing our students appropriately for future medical practice. 

In addition, we will focus on the integration and design of our curriculum and how teaching content is delivered to our students.  Our decisions must be driven by data, with the goal of meeting the requirements of the LCME and developing SLU School of Medicine into a leader in medical education among its peers.  

Debra Schindler, Ph.D., will be taking a leadership role in this initiative as she moves from her current position as Director of Program Evaluation to Assistant Dean of Program Evaluation and Assessment.  In her new role, she will lead and manage a team devoted to curriculum design and collection and analysis of education metrics.  

Over the next few months, we will be adding an instructional designer, an information technologist, and a senior educational specialist to her team.   Once this team is assembled, under Dr. Schindler’s leadership, we will build a robust continuing quality improvement infrastructure related to future LCME accreditation.  We will also bring innovative educational techniques to the curriculum and provide added support to course and clerkship directors.

Dr. Schindler has served as Director of Program Evaluation at Saint Louis University since 2002, and has been actively involved in a HRSA grant on Training in Primary Care as well as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Validity Study.  She has coauthored SLU research on medical student mental health, student burnout, and institutional leadership and culture change, which was published in the journals Academic Medicine or Medical Education.

Dr. Schindler’s background is in instructional design and anthropology.  She graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology before pursuing her master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  After working for several years as a practicing anthropologist, she transitioned into education administration as an instructional designer and performance analyst. While working, Dr. Schindler earned her master’s in Education, Instructional Technology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.  She is a graduate of the Harvard Macy program on assessment and evaluation. 

Dr. Schindler is a key leader in the Office of Curricular Affairs and has served as a go-to person for many course and clerkship directors.  She has been essential in keeping the curriculum running and is an outstanding choice to move SLU SOM forward in evaluation and assessment.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Debra Schindler in her new role as Assistant Dean of Program Evaluation and Assessment.

Kevin E. Behrns, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Blvd M268
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-977-9801