It is with pleasure that I announce that Dr. Shireen Madani Sims has accepted the position of Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Florida. This is a new position in the Department that is designed to provide an expert resource for program improvement and faculty development as we grow and evolve our educational endeavors. Dr. Madani Sims will work with the directors of our education-related units (courses, CME, clerkship, fellowship and residency program directors, etc.) to make sure that our programs are consistent with the mission, vision, priorities and goals of the Department, as well as, assist as needed with adherence to program requirements. This Vice-Chair position will also provide leadership for departmental efforts in mentoring, onboarding, and academic promotion. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Madani-Sims into her new Departmental role.
Dr. Madani is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. She has a long history of excellence in Medical Education, at both the local and national level. She currently serves as the Clerkship Director for the OB/GYN department, the Vice-Chair of Medical School Admissions, and is a member of the University’s Promotion and Tenure Committee. She has been recognized at the University of Florida as an outstanding educator, including the Outstanding Clerkship Director Award, election to the Society of Teaching Scholars, and recognition numerous times as an Exemplary Teacher. At the national level, she is very involved in APGO (the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics). She serves on APGO’s UMEC (Undergraduate Medical Education Committee), the organization that sets curriculum and develops educational tools for medical students nationwide. She chairs a national committee within APGO, the Testing and Self-Assessment Committee, which edits and writes two of the main products for APGO, the UWise questions for medical student review and exam preparation, and the PrepForRes questions used by OBGYN departments to assess Milestone One. In addition, she has edited or written several of the most commonly used medical student review books with McGraw-Hill Education, the FIRST-AID series of books, and the OBGYN Pre-Test book. She has been identified as a Content Expert by ABOG and has helped develop priorities for national board examination testing.