About

Larry Rizzolo.1

I founded SciEd Coaching and Consulting, because I found that most research scientists and clinicians are eager to fulfill their their teaching obligations, but receive little support when their efforts fall short. Support is so critical in this day and age when teaching effort is set against the ever increasing demands of attracting research funding and increasing billable hours.

I received my Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1977. I obtained postdoctoral training in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School and in cell biology at the New York University School of Medicine. Like many of you, I learned to teach on the job through trial and error, and by trying to emulate instructors I liked.  Although I developed some educational skills, I lacked the deep understanding of pedagogy or of how to effect institutional change.  Consequently, I was ill-equipped to mentor other faculty when I was asked to redesign an anatomy program from scratch in order to integrate it with clinical training.  Fortunately, my Dean sent me to the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions, to train in educational theory, pedagogy, curriculum reform, formative and summative assessment, and negotiation skills.

To develop my project I obtained a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), US Department of Education, which allowed me to work with a professional educator and draw on the FIPSE community for help and support.  The product of my efforts, Anatomy Clinic, is used around the world to to develop anatomical concepts in the context in they will be used, and shift the focus from the details of anatomy to the habits-of-mind used in clinical reasoning.

To help young scientists train in research and education, I became the liaison between the American Association of Anatomists and the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain. This collaboration developed a joint training program that develops the science of anatomy and the art of teaching.

I joined the Yale faculty in 1993 where I serve as the Director of Medical Sciences for the Section of Anatomy, and Course Director of Human Anatomy and Development for first-year clinical students. I also hold a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and am a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center.

I served on the Program Planning Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, chairing the subcommittee on Retinal Cell Biology an on the Education Committee of the American Association of Anatomists. I am currently on the editorial boards of Anatomical Sciences Education, Molecular Vision, and the Journal of Ocular Biology, Disease and Informatics.

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