RISE Core Team

 

Rajesh Mangrulkar, MD

Rajesh Mangrulkar, MD

Executive Director

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Dr. Mangrulkar’s work lies in organizational leadership and innovative technologies, and their interface with transforming medical education at scale. As Associate Dean, he led the Curriculum, Student Affairs, Evaluation and Assessment, Educational Research, Learning Community, and Admissions units for medical student education at the University of Michigan. For over 10 years, his central area of focus was leading the medical school-wide initiative to transform the curriculum into a program that will graduate physician leaders who lead change in patient care, healthcare delivery and science. To support this transformation, Dr. Mangrulkar and his team were awarded one of 11 competitive $1.1M grants from the American Medical Association, serving as Principal Investigator for the initial 5-year project, which was extended for 3 additional years through 2021. He is also actively involved in studying the approaches to organizational leadership and influential communication, in order to transform medical education at scale. He has described his vision and the work at Michigan in a TED talk, and was also the host of the inaugural season of the AMA’s new podcast series, “AMA Doc Talk”. Finally, Dr. Mangrulkar serves as the founder and Executive Director of RISE, a new medical education innovations initiative at the University of Michigan, to help foster this vision.

Paula Thompson, PhD

Paula Thompson, PhD

Program Director

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Dr. Paula Thompson is the Michigan Medicine Research. Innovation. Scholarship. Research (RISE) Program Director. She oversees the RISE unit operations and innovation project development. Prior to this role, Dr. Thompson served as Director, Advancing Scholarship at the University of Michigan Medical School where she led efforts to develop and disseminate the school’s education research and promote an infrastructure to produce high-quality scholarship. She earned a Ph.D. in medical sociology with a specialty in qualitative research methods. She has extensive experience with qualitative research design using various methodologies and philosophical approaches. For over 15 years, she has qualitatively investigated topics in diversity in medicine, medical student professionalism, health care disparities, and veteran-centered care in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Nikki Bibler Zaidi, PhD

Nikki Bibler Zaidi, PhD

Evaluation and Assessment Director

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Dr. Nikki Bibler Zaidi is the Evaluation and Assessment Director, Michigan Medicine Research. Innovation. Scholarship. Research (RISE). She oversees the RISE unit evaluation and assessment. Prior to this role, Dr. Zaidi served as Associate Director, Advancing Scholarship at the University of Michigan Medical School where she worked with Dr. Ross to advance and disseminate the school’s education research and promote an infrastructure to produce high-quality scholarship. She earned a Ph.D. in quantitative research methods with a focus in evaluation and assessment. She has experience with quantitative research design and best practices for evaluation and assessment.

Jun Yang, MS

Jun Yang, MS

Statistician

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Jun Yang is a statistician in the Office of Medical Student and Education. She has a MA in mathematics with a concentration in computer science. She has been working as a member of curriculum evaluation and assessment team for 11 years. She has extensive knowledge in complex data management and advanced statistical analysis. During her time at OMSE, she provided statistical consultation, analysis and reporting within and out of OMSE, and she also conducted numerous analyses, prepared reports and managed data for public release, and co-authored manuscripts.

 
Laurie Koivupalo

Laurie Koivupalo

Administrative Assistant

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Laurie Koivupalo is the Administrative Assistant for the Research Innovation Scholarship Education (RISE) and the Medical School’s Program in Health, Religion, and Spirituality Leadership.  She has worked at the University for 20 years in the Department of Pharmacology and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) where she provided administrative support to faculty, staff and graduate students.

"Innovation requires a movement, a culture and a means. RISE will provide a platform for all three; connecting people with different perspectives, skills and ideas towards a new community of educational practice."

Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar, Executive Director, RISE

"A better healthcare system and the pipe-line for discovery is dependent on our ability to transform how we educate scientists and providers. Great research institutions such as ours must elevate the importance of innovation and avoid becoming confined by legacy and the ways of the past."

Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives
Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education
Professor of Internal Medicine

"I really appreciate your efforts to train education innovators and to promote a culture of innovation at our institution. As I was reflecting on the RISE session I wanted to let you know that I feel fortunate to be at an institution where this is happening. I found our first session engaging, fun and inspiring, and I look forward to future sessions. Thanks for your hard work on this and leading the charge!"

Daniel Cronin, MD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

"RISE gives me space to be intentional and supported as I develop my ideas. This space is different from my day-to-day work, where I'm driven by deliverables and grant deadlines, and often, where true collaboration and risk-taking are luxuries."

Jenni Lane
2019 RISE MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT

"RISE has been an essential component in the development of this innovation, and so for that I'm so grateful for the mentorship and guidance you both have provided"

Emily Johnson

2019 RISE MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT