Say Hello to Our Featured Member Marieke Kruidering-Hall!

Our association is a robust and diverse set of educators, researchers, medical professionals, volunteers and academics that come from all walks of life and from around the globe. Each month we choose a member to highlight their academic and professional career, and see how they are making the best of their membership in IAMSE. This month’s Featured Member is Dr. Marieke Kruidering-Hall.

Marieke Kruidering-Hall, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology
University of California San Francisco

How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
Wow time flies.¬†I Just received my 15-year membership certificate. I still remember my first IAMSE meeting.¬†I distinctly recall meeting colleagues from other schools who were also course directors for the ‚Äúfirst integrated course‚ÄĚ in their curriculum. It was so helpful to share tips and experiences. I also distinctly¬†recall¬†how Giulia Bonaminio made sure we felt welcome to IAMSE and made sure it was fun as well.
In your years with IAMSE, how have you interacted with the association?
I have been in attendance (of the annual meeting) almost every year, only missing the meeting if I could not come due to illness. I have presented preconference workshops on small group instruction, critical reflection, open-ended exam question writing and presented posters on several aspects of pharmacology education in our curriculum.

What projects are you currently working on professionally? 
At UCSF I am course director for the first integrated course of the medical school curriculum as well as director of courses for students at risk of underperforming. I teach pharmacology to medical, pharmacy and dental students. In addition, I am a facilitator for the weekly inquiry small groups that happen every Monday throughout the year.

Research wise, currently I am involved in an analysis of perceptions & psychometrics of open-ended exam questions with colleagues from Case Western, Hofstra and UCSF.

As a multi-year member, what is a standout benefit that keeps you engaged in IAMSE?
I continue to enjoy participating in workshops and learning more about many important topics like exam question writing, research methods and leadership styles. I also see this as a great venue where students whom I mentor on educational projects can present their work and enjoy the benefit of attending the educational meeting.

Moreover, IAMSE  is a venue where important conversations about topics like the ever-increasing amount of knowledge at our students’ fingertips can be discussed across disciplines and across continents.

Anything else that you would like to add?
YES!¬†IAMSE is where I found other pharmacology medical educators and we stayed in touch. We started our Pharmacology educators Interest group (Phig). As a group, we co-presented ‚ÄúThemes and Threads, Oh My: Managing a Longitudinal Discipline Across an Integrated Curriculum” at the 2019 annual meeting.

We share monthly zoom meetings during which we compare our curricula, plan our collaboration and research efforts. I look forward to the zoom call every month!
Without IAMSE  this would not have happened !! THANK YOU!