Jennifer A. Meka PhD

Jennifer Meka

Jennifer A. Meka
PhD

Director, Medical Education & Educational Research Institute (MEERI); Assistant Dean for Medical Education; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information
955 Main Street
Room 6153
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-829-5785
Fax: 716-829-2437
meka2@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

Jennifer Meka, PhD is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Director of the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute (MEERI) at the Jacobs School of Medicine at the State University of New York SUNY at Buffalo (UB).
She earned her PhD from UB in Elementary Education and her master’s in Teacher Education from Canisius College. Prior to joining UB, Jennifer served as the Director of the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education at the Penn State College of Medicine providing support for faculty and other teaching health professionals seeking skills development and mentorship in their roles as educators.
Her current research areas focus on the impact of participation in peer observation of clinical teaching on observer teaching self-efficacy and clinical teaching practice; developing co-teaching partnerships — between clinician-educators and learning specialists — to enhance student learning; and using evidence-based educational principles for assessment of student learning.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Early Childhood Education; Cognitive Theory, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (2015)
  • MS, Teacher Education; Curriculum & Instruction, Canisius College (2004)
  • BS, Secondary Education - English, Canisius College (2002)

Employment:

  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State (2019-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2019-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Humanities, Penn State University, Penn State College of Medicine (2013–2019)
  • Vice President for Educational Systems Development, 3rd Learning/Performance Learning Systems (2008–2013)

Awards and Honors:

  • Penn State College of Medicine Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2016)
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society (2005)


Journal Articles:

  • Meka, J. & Vigliotti, A.. Should crowdsourced unvetted content on Wikipedia be used in health sciences teaching and learning?. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2018; 20(11).

Professional Memberships:

  • Girls Education Collaborative; Executive Board Member (2019–present)
  • International Association for Medical Science Education (IAMSE); IAMSE abstract reviewer (2016)
  • Medical Science Educator; ad hoc article reviewer (2015–present)
  • Central Pennsylvania Endometriosis Support Group; Annual Conference Co-Chair (2015–present)
  • International Association for Medical Science Education (IAMSE); Member (2014–present)
  • Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE); Member (2013–present)
  • International Journal of Early Childhood Education and Care; Editorial Board (2013–present)
  • Girls Education Collaborative; Executive Board Member (2012–2014)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI); Member (2011–present)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA); Member (2011–present)
  • National Writing Project fellow (2003–present)
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Presentations:

  • "Creating a Community of Clinician Educators Through Longitudinal Faculty Development" Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Workshop (2019)
  • "Intentional Collisions: Applying Learning Principles in Health Sciences Education" Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME), Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME), Webinar Speaker (2019)
  • "Learning from and with one another: Peer Observation to Improve Teaching Skills" Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) (2019)
  • "Applying an Assessment Continuous Quality Improvement Framework to Foster Student Learning" Medical Education Learning Specialists (MELS) Annual Conference, Medical Education Learning Specialists (MELS), Workshop Session (2018)
  • "Intentional Collisions: Learning Principles in Health Sciences Education" Invited Grand Rounds speaker, Wilson Centre, Wilson Centre (2018)
  • "Development of a curriculum for teaching glaucoma to ophthalmology residents: A needs assessment" National Meeting, Association for Research in Vision and Opthamology (ARVO) Annual Meeting, Association for Research in Vision and Opthamology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (2018)
  • "Learning for Now and Later: A practical approach to teaching students evidence-based learning principles" Harvard Macy Institute for Medical Educators, Harvard Macy Institute for Medical Educators, Workshop Session (2018)
  • "Development of a Curriculum for Teaching Glaucoma to Ophthalmology Residents: Needs Assessment & Current Practices Survey" Poster Presentation, Penn State College of Medicine, EdVenture 2018 (2018)
  • "Evidence-based education: Informing assessment of student learning policies and practices to promote long-term understanding and retention" Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Annual Conference, Hofstra University School of Medicine, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Annual Conference (2018)
  • "Learning for Now and Later: A practical approach to teaching students evidence-based learning principles." Annual Conference, Hofstra University School of Medicine, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) (2018)
  • "Learning for Now and Later: A practical approach to evidence-based learning principles" Annual Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), 2018 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education. (2018)
  • "Monitoring Student Progress and Remediating Struggling Learners: It takes two…or more!" Annual Meeting - Table Topic Discussion, American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) (2017)
  • "Clinician and learning specialist co-teaching: unique perspectives to enhance student learning" Poster Presentation, International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) (2017)
  • "Examining Assessment Practices from Evidence-Based Learning Principles" Workshop Session, International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) (2017)
  • "Supporting Struggling Learners from Theory to Practice. Harvard Macy Scholar Program for Medical Educators" Elective Workshop Session, Harvard Macy Scholar Program for Medical Educators., Harvard Macy Scholar Program for Medical Educators. (2017)
  • "Student Approaches to Preparing for USMLE Step 2 CK" Poster Presentation, Penn State College of Medicine, EdVenture 2017 (2017)
  • "Supporting Struggling Learners: From Theory to Practice" Breakfest Session, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education (2017)
  • "Medical Student Perception of Wellness Retreats: The Penn State Experience" Poster Presentation Annual Conference, Learning Communities Institute Annual Conference, Learning Communities Institute Annual Conference (2016)
  • "Monitoring Student Progress and Remediating Struggling Learners: It takes two…or more!" Annual Meeting, American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting. Table Topic Discussion Facilitator (2016)
  • "Supporting Struggling Learners from Theory to Practice" Elective Worskshop Session, Harvard Macy Scholar Program for Medical Educators., Harvard Macy Scholar Program for Medical Educators. (2016)
  • "Examining Assessment Practices from Evidence-Based Learning Principles" Regional Meeting, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs Regional Meeting, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs Regional Meeting Workshop Session (2016)
  • "Fostering Interactive Learning in Neuroscience for 2nd Year Medical Students" Oral/poster presentation, Pennsylvania Regional Innovations In Medical Education Meeting, Pennsylvania Regional Innovations In Medical Education Meeting (2015)
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Service Activities:

  • Girls Education Collaborative; Executive Board Member; Board Member (2019–present)
  • Central Pennsylvania Endometriosis Support Group; Annual Conference Co-Chair; Co-Chair (2015–present)
  • Girls Education Collaborative; Executive Board Member; Board Member (2012–2014)

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Contact Information

955 Main Street
Room 6153
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-829-5785
Fax: 716-829-2437
meka2@buffalo.edu