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Center for Educator Development, Advancement and Research

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The mission of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Center for Educator Development, Advancement and Research (CEDAR) is to champion the use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices, develop our faculty as educators across the Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Graduate Education and Continuing Professional Development continuum, and support collaborative educational scholarship. 

Strategic Goals

  • Offer evidence-based educator development resources and programs focused on foundational teaching and learning practices
  • Support and strengthen our community of medical and biomedical educators 
  • Serve as the institutional education scholarship unit and engage medical and biomedical educators in the collaborative development of educational scholarship
  • Recognize medical and biomedical educators for excellence in teaching and educational scholarship


CEDAR welcomes medical and biomedical educators from throughout the Saint Louis University School of Medicine to engage with us as part of our educator community. Email CEDAR with suggestions for resources or opportunities for collaboration regarding the development of our faculty as medical and biomedical educators. 


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Kristina Dzara, Ph.D.
Assistant dean, Scholarly Teaching and Learning 
Director, Center for Educator Development, Advancement and Research
Associate professor, Family and Community Medicine 

Kristina Dzara, Ph.D., has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education from medical school and a doctorate in sociology from Southern Illinois University. Dzara has more than 12 years of experience in medical education and more than 40 publications in the medical and health professions education scholarly literature. She has expertise in educator development, curriculum development and evaluation, the development of collaborative educational scholarship, and the use of social media in medical education.  

Aric Hamilton

Aric W. Hamilton
Education program coordinator, Center for Educator Development, Advancement and Research

Aric W. Hamilton has a B.A. in history from Saint Louis University and is a master's student in higher education administration. Hamilton has more than a year of experience in higher education administration and program planning. He has expertise in curriculum development, teaching and learning practices, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. 

Recognition of Teaching Excellence

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is pleased to recognize the following educators for their exemplary efforts that make the experience of our medical students most memorable.   

These awards are made possible through the support of Jay Tureen, M.D., a Saint Louis University School of Medicine alumnus (1978) and emeritus professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. 

  • Ryan Freedle, M.D. 
    Assistant professor of Internal Medicine 
    Inaugural Dr. Jay Tureen Faculty Teaching Award (2023) 
  • Jamil Neme, M.D. 
    Assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine 
    Inaugural Dr. Jay Tureen Rising Star Teaching Award (2023) 

National Affiliations

CEDAR is proudly affiliated with the following national medical education organizations: 

Upcoming Educator Development Events

  • CEDAR Community Blog Post Discussion Circle with CEDAR Community Members Jamie Bolar, and Kristina Dzara, Ph.D.: Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Learning Resources Center. Lunch will be served.

Educator Development Resources

CEDAR maintains an archive of educator development and educational scholarship resources that are available to faculty, staff, and students upon request. Email CEDAR to request resources on a specific topic.

Additional resources include:


CEDAR offers consultations to Saint Louis University School of Medicine medical and biomedical educators in the following areas: 

  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Teaching strategies
  • Peer observation of teaching
  • Educational scholarship

Request a Consultation