Dr. Julie Hunt Named Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe
Dr. Julie Hunt, medical director for the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center and associate professor of veterinary medicine at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM), was named a fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) on July 8.
The AMEE is a worldwide organization with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include teachers, educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, deans, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the health care professions. Fellowship recognizes members of AMEE who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to excellence in health professional education through scholarly contributions to the field over at least five years.
“AMEE has helped me to understand and apply the learning theories that support medical education and decision making. I have been able to adopt or revise new ideas from different medical disciplines for use in my own teaching,” said Hunt. “I’m honored to be recognized as fellow and am committed to continuing to promote scholarly contributions in medical education and serve as a mentor to junior colleagues through this amazing organization.”
Hunt joined the LMU-CVM faculty in 2014 after serving as a consultant on the program’s curriculum design while under development.
“After several years of teaching clinical skills, developing new simulators, and collecting data supporting and refining their use, I was lured back to the United States as part of an effort to start a new veterinary school in rural Tennessee,” said Hunt. “I was given the unique opportunity to design and build a robust, integrated clinical skills program from the ground level consisting of a new curriculum, simulators, assessment methods, generous instructor to student ratio and purpose-built facilities.”
Hunt has also worked to create an improved system of veterinary surgical training with no terminal animal use and better educational outcomes. She developed and coordinated the delivery of a mandatory six-semester clinical skills program, and with limited resources, Hunt designed and built low-fidelity task trainers to teach early medical and surgical skills such as ligation and suturing.
"Dr. Hunt is a clear leader in the veterinary academic community, advancing and modeling best-in-class skills-based learning that continues to change the way all veterinary colleges educate students,” said Jason Johnson, vice president and dean of LMU-CVM. “Her innovative and comprehensive approach to learning are one of the primary factors that sets our graduates apart."
During the six years Hunt has worked at LMU, she has taught approximately 700 students. Along the way she has collected data to evaluate the program and simulators so that other veterinary colleges could benefit from her work. Hunt worked with colleagues to establish the Center for Innovation in Veterinary Education and Technology (CIVET) at LMU-CVM, to share tools, training and research with other veterinary educators to advance the knowledge of veterinary education. This has given her the opportunity to assist other veterinary school to develop their clinical skills programs and internationally disseminate what she has learned to a broader medical education community.
Hunt received a Master of Science by Research from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for her simulation-based educational research. She has collaborated with educational researchers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australasia and has presented her research at veterinary and medical education conferences worldwide. She has published 19 peer-reviewed educational research studies, including those on the design, validation, and comparison of simulators for thoracocentesis, abdominal palpation, injection and venipuncture, castration, ovariohysterectomy, and dentistry. Hunt was awarded this year’s AAVMC Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award and has been previously honored with a new educator award and a study fellowship award from AMEE.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.