Rajesh Mangrulkar, MD
Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar’s work lies in organizational leadership and innovative technologies, and their interface with transforming medical education at scale. At the University of Michigan, he has built his educational leadership experience in the internal medicine residency training program as associate director, as director of ENCORE (an education innovations unit within the Dean’s Office), and then as assistant dean for education innovation until accepting his current role in 2011. Currently, as associate dean, he leads the curriculum, student affairs, evaluation and assessment, educational research, learning community, and admissions units for medical student education. His central area of focus is leading the medical school-wide initiative to transform the curriculum into a program that will graduate physician leaders who help lead change in patient care, healthcare delivery and science.
Paula Ross, PhD
Dr. Paula Ross is the Administrative Director, Michigan Medicine Research. Innovation. Scholarship. Research (RISE). She oversees the RISE unit operations and innovation project development. Prior to this role, Dr. Ross 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.
Helen Morgan, MD
Dr. Helen Kang Morgan is a Clinical Associate Professor of OBGYN and Learning Health Sciences. She is Director of the Residency Preparatory Courses and Comprehensive Clinical Assessment at the University of Michigan Medical School, and is a member of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the Resident Wellness Task Force for the Council for Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her interests include transitions in medical education, innovation in education, and learner well-being and diversity in medicine.
Nikki Bibler Zaidi, PhD
Evaluation and Assessment Director
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 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 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
"I often think about who will lead the next big breakthrough, and what innovations will further distinguish our Medical School as a world leader in education, research and clinical care. The answer could very well be you — our talented faculty, staff and learners."
Carol R. Bradford, MD, Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
"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
"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."
2019 RISE MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT