Medical Student Educators Development Institute


Rebecca Cantone, MD

Dr. Cantone is the Director of Student Education for Family Medicine and the Director of the Clerkship for FM at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. She completed a leadership track and chief residency at the University of California-Davis Family and Community Residency Program. Shortly after joining faculty at OHSU, she began teaching and mentoring medical students, leading educational discussions and didactics across all years of medical school, and had the opportunity to serve as the Director of Advising for FM. She continued to be recruited for teaching roles in the MD and PA programs, and completed the STFM Emerging Leaders Fellowship and OHSU’s Education Scholars Program. She focuses on expanding training for treatment of substance use disorders and transgender health and is passionate about student-centered education, career development, and professional identity formation.


Miriam Hoffman, MD

Dr Miriam Hoffman is the founding associate dean of Medical Education at the Seton Hall–Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine in New Jersey. Previously, she was at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) for 13 years. At BUSM, Dr. Hoffman was the chair of the Clerkship Curriculum Subcommittee and served as a member of many education committees. Dr Hoffman has been a leader in evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum and training. She created the One Minute Learner - a clinical teaching tool that structures a conversation between student and teacher about goals and expectations. Dr Hoffman has spent her clinical career working with patients from diverse backgrounds in underserved settings. Dr Hoffman completed her undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University, received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and completed her residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Family Medicine Residency.


Dan Sepdham, MD

After residency at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, I served in the US Air Force. In 2006, I joined UT Southwestern Medical Center. I was fortunate my department chair was a proponent of medical student education. My introduction to undergraduate medical education (UME) came through a departmental “boot camp” as well as one of the earliest MSEDI fellowships. These foundational experiences led to subsequent roles as FM Clerkship Director and FM Interest Group Advisor among others. My most extraordinary privilege is serving as a small group mentor. Each year, I am assigned a group of MS1 students and meet with them regularly throughout medical school. Medical student education is the highlight of my career. Yet, it is entirely possible I could have missed out on it all, if not for my mentors and STFM. I am eternally grateful. I hope you will also find joy in UME.

Todd Zakrajsek, PhD

Todd Zakrajsek, PHD, is an associate professor and associate director of the Faculty Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and an adjunct associate professor of Faculty Development in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He is the immediate past executive director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, Dr Zakrajsek started and directed centers for teaching and learning at Central Michigan University and Southern Oregon University (where he also taught as a tenured associate professor of psychology).  Dr Zakrajsek has served on numerous national educational boards. Currently, he directs 5 national Lilly Conferences on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. His recently co-authored books include Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness and Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Education Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success