Steering Committee

PACER will be guided by a Steering Committee (SC) comprised of educational leaders and researchers in the primary care disciplines of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with representation from the three respective Boards, ACGME and academic organizations; and leaders in nursing and pharmacy education with expertise in interprofessional education. The SC members will report regularly to their sponsors concerning the progress of these efforts. Most of the SC members have collaborated on training redesign efforts since 2009 and collectively, this group has provided hundreds of hours of in-kind support toward the development of this project as well as its foundational features. Members of the PACER Steering Committee work virtually through monthly teleconference calls to review progress and discuss additional ad hoc activities. This group will serve as the selection committee for PACER.

In addition to the Steering Committee, which will provide guidance in achieving program deliverables, an Expert Panel and an Advisory Council will advise initially on programmatic approaches and then later in the project will advise on scaling the program beyond the nine institutions initially selected. The PACER Expert Panel will be comprised of a group of interprofessional faculty from medicine, nursing and pharmacy with expertise in interprofessional education (IPE) as well as real life experiences with change and transformation. This panel will provide program content and guidance on instructional design during development and implementation phases of PACER and will serve as core faculty and coaches in the program. The PACER Advisory Council will be comprised of a group of interprofessional leaders who operate in the political space of primary care re-design and IPE. The Council will serve as a reactor panel and sounding board for the SC and assist with building strategic interprofessional partnerships and capitalizing on funding opportunities.

Steering Committee Members:

Carol Carraccio, MD, MA
Vice President for Competency-based Assessment, American Board of Pediatrics

Cynthia Ferrell, MD, MSEd
Program Director, Pediatric Residency, Oregon Health and Science University

Larry Green, MD
Professor, Family Medicine; Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver

Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP
Senior Vice President for Milestones Development and Evaluation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Professor Adjunct of Medicine, Yale University
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Fineberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Sam Jones, MD
Program Director, Fairfax Family Medicine Residency

Kathleen Klink, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine Liaison, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations

Stan Kozakowski, MD
Director, Division of Medical Education, American Association of Family Physicians

Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, FACP
Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs, American Board of Internal Medicine

Gail McGuinness, MD
Executive Vice President, American Board of Pediatrics

Jill Patton, DO, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University
Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy;
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

David Gary Smith, MD
DIO and Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Abington Memorial Hospital
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean, Temple University School of Medicine

Leslie Tucker
Former Vice President, Policy, American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation

Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Washington School of Nursing
Co-Director, UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research
Director of Faculty Development, UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies
Chair, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative

Evaluation Team Co-Leaders:

Patricia A. Carney, PhD (PACER Evaluation Director)
Professor of Family Medicine and of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University

Patrice Eiff, MD (PACER Project Director)
Professor of Family Medicine;
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs;
Director of Faculty Development, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University

Steering Committee Member Bios:

Carol Carraccio, MD, MA

Dr. Carraccio is pediatric generalist, having completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in general academic pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She spent 25 years of her career as a residency program director, during which time she obtained a master’s degree in education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has served in a number of leadership roles including President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Chair of the ACGME Review Committee for Pediatrics, and Director of the Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education. She also led the Pediatrics Milestone Project. Three years ago she joined the staff at the American Board of Pediatrics as Vice President for Competency-based Assessment. Her current work focuses on practical implementation of Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities in assessment across the education, training and practice continuum.

Cynthia Ferrell, MD, MSEd

Cindy Ferrell, MD, MSEd is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University where she has served as Pediatric Residency Program Director since June 2008.

She attended the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine (1992) and then completed her residency (1995) and Chief Residency (1996) at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a general pediatrician and spent three years employed at the OHSU community health center in Beaverton establishing an active pediatric practice, serving as the lead physician, and coordinating medical student and pediatric resident rotations and continuity clinic at that site. In 1999 she returned to the university setting to become the Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director and Continuity Clinic Director, both positions she held until assuming the role of Program Director. In 2003, she was awarded a Master’s of Medical Education degree from the Keck School of Medicine/Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Locally, Dr. Ferrell has served as Outpatient Pediatric Clerkship Director, Interim Division Chief for General Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair of Education at OHSU. She is currently the Chair of the Medical Student Progress Board at OHSU. Nationally, she has been active with the Academic Pediatric Association serving as a region X co-chair, Region X research chair for the Continuity Research Network and is currently a member of the Continuity Clinic Special Interest Group Task Force and faculty advisor for the Educational Scholars Program. She also works with the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Pedialink© Fellowship Center. In addition, she has served as Western Region Chair (20007-2010) and Board Member (2010-2013) for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

Her main educational interest is in curriculum development. She is challenged to create educational experiences for residents that go beyond just day-to-day learning during the care of patients. She is committed to resident education that results in graduates with outstanding critical thinking skills, autonomous decision-making capability, and the utmost in professionalism.

Dr. Ferrell continues in active clinical practice at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital where she sees patients with residents in the acute care and continuity clinics. She also provides care to newborns in the Mother-Baby Unit at OHSU.

Larry Green, MD

Larry A. Green, MD is Professor of Family Medicine and the Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Green was the Co-Director of the Steering Committee that founded and guided the Preparing Personal Physicians for Practice (P4) Project, and he also served on the Steering Committee for the Primary Care Faculty Development Initiative.   He was founding director of The Robert Graham Center in Washington DC, a research center committed to bringing a primary care perspective to important policy decisions.  He was the National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Prescription for Health that collaborated with 22 primary care Practice-based Research Networks to conduct 27 case studies of practical strategies in routine primary care practice to address unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use. He is a former residency director and academic department chair, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties and also the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation.

Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP

Dr. Holmboe, a board certified internist, is Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). From 2009 until January, 2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. He originally joined the ABIM as Vice President for Evaluation Research in 2004. He is also Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Yale University, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Fineberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining the ABIM in 2004, he was the Associate Program Director, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Student Clinical Assessment, Yale School of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. Before joining Yale in 2000, he served as Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Holmboe retired from the US Naval Reserves in 2005.

His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the evaluation of clinical competence. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, where he is a Master of the College, Society of General Internal Medicine and Association of Medical Education in Europe. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Dr. Holmboe is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.

Sam Jones, MD

Samuel Jones, MD – has been involved in Graduate Medical Education for the past 30 years. As director of one of the oldest longitudinally focused residency programs, Dr. Jones’ educational interests are directed towards demonstrating the value of training residents in “real world” community practices where they can acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a Personal Physician in the Patient Centered Medical Home. In addition to his duties as Residency Director and Vice –Chair of the Department, Dr. Jones maintains a busy clinical practice. Dr. Jones has served as Co-Chair of Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice (P4) Initiative, a residency innovation project sponsored by Association of Family Medicine Program Directors (AFMRD), TransforMED, and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). Dr. Jones is past President of AFMRD and past Chair of the Board of Directors for the ABFM. He currently serves as a member of the Family Medicine Residency Review Committee and a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Committee on Certification (COCERT).

Kathleen Klink, MD, FAAFP

Kathleen Klink, MD, FAAFP is the Director of Medical and Dental Education at the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations. Dr. Klink previously served as the medical director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and the immediate past director of the Division of Medicine and Dentistry in the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She served in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow where she worked on legislation aimed at strengthening the primary care workforce, access to primary care services, and improving minority representation in the health professions.

A founding faculty member and the director of the Columbia University Center for Family and Community Medicine and chief of service of family medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Klink began her professional medical career at the Coney Island Community Health Center in Brooklyn. She served as associate residency director for family medicine at the Downstate Medical Center located in Brooklyn and was the founding medical director of Downstate’s first community based primary care site located in the high need area of central Brooklyn.

She earned her medical degree and family medicine residency training at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Stan Kozakowski, MD

Stan Kozakowski, MD graduated from the New York Medical College in 1981. He completed his family practice residency training at the Lancaster General Hospital Family and Community Medicine Residency Program in Lancaster, PA. Following residency, Dr. Kozakowski entered private practice in rural Warren County, NJ. He served as a faculty member at the Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Flemington, NJ from 1987 – 2011 and was the residency program director from 1996 – 2011.

Dr. Kozakowski is the Director of the Medical Education Division of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He has served as the President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, President of the Family Medicine Education Consortium, and Chair of the Council of Academic Medicine of Family Medicine. He serves on the executive committee for the national “Length of Training Pilot Project” of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, and leads the Residency Program Solutions (RPS) consulting services of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Kozakowski serves as a resource to members, staff and external groups, and represents the AAFP to external organizations, foundations, and agencies, both public and private, involved with medical education.

Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. McDonald, a board certified internist, provides physician leadership for the effective functioning of the ABIM Council and Specialty Boards, graduate medical education (GME) related leadership, and oversight for the consistent quality/integrity of ABIM certification programs. In these roles, he supports the development and implementation of integrated policy and standards for the Certification programs of the specialty and subspecialties of Internal Medicine and discipline specific aspects of Maintenance of Certification.

Prior to joining the ABIM, Dr. McDonald held numerous GME-related positions; he was program director of one of the largest internal medicine residencies in the nation at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota where he led the ACGME Educational Innovations Project.  Dr. McDonald was also a member of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM) during the transition to the Next Accreditation System (NAS) and remains on the RRC-IM ex officio. Dr. McDonald has published more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and has won numerous awards for medical education research and teaching. He holds the rank of Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and retains a Research Collaborator appointment in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN. Dr. McDonald is also a supervising physician for resident continuity clinic in the J. Edwin Wood Clinic of the Pennsylvania Hospital.

Gail McGuinness, MD

Gail McGuinness, MD – is the Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) as well as a Director of the ABP. She serves as the ABP’s liaison to the Review Committee (RC) for Pediatrics of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well as a liaison to the Committee on Pediatric Education of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). She holds appointments as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. McGuinness previously held a position as Professor of Pediatrics and Residency Program Director at the University of Iowa, where she also served as Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics. She was been honored to receive numerous awards such as 2002 Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award from the ACGME, the 2012 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award from the Pediatric Academic Societies, and the Walter Tunnessen 2005 Award of Association of Pediatric Program Directors for her role in advancing pediatric education. Most recently in 2015, she was honored with an endowed faculty chair in her and her husband’s names (ie: William E. Bell and Gail A. McGuinness Chair in Pediatric Neurodevelopment) at the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics.

Jill Patton, DO

Dr. Patton is board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. In 2007 she started the dually accredited osteopathic residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and serves as their Osteopathic Director of Medical Education. In 2013 she became the Program Director for the allopathic internal medicine program and Vice Chairman of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge Illinois. Dr. Patton is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Her commitment to primary care keeps her busy in a shared resident faculty NCQA Level 3 recognized patient centered medical home. As the lead physician of the Advocate Primary Care Transformation Collaborative, she coordinates shared faculty and resident development with the departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Their mission is to redesign our primary care practices with the patients in mind to build relationships, service, reliability and value utilizing a patient centered medical home model. The collaborative as the additional goal is promoting primary care among their resident trainees.

Dr. Patton is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She did an osteopathic internship at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a resident and chief resident at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Joseph Saseen is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine, and is the Vice Chair for the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a clinical pharmacy specialist in family medicine at the University of Colorado and is the program director of a PGY2 Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine residency program. Dr. Saseen is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, and a Clinical Lipid Specialist. He is Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and National Lipid Association. Dr. Saseen received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed a fellowship in ambulatory care research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Saseen serves on the board of directors of the National Lipid Association and is a past member and Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Dr. Saseen participates in research related to the pharmacotherapy of chronic diseases such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, and program grants related to the expansion of clinical services in ambulatory care clinics. He has several publications related to the management of cardiovascular and is editor of the handbook Pharmacists Guide to Lipid Management. Dr. Saseen has won teaching awards from the University of Colorado, including the Chancellor’s and President’s teaching awards, most recently was recipient of the ACCP 2014 Education Award.

David Gary Smith, MD

David Gary Smith, MD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean, Temple University School of Medicine and Past President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).  He has been involved in medical education for over 30 years at the national, university and community hospital levels.   He was a member of the First AAIM Task Force on Educational Redesign of the Internal Medicine Residency, and more recently has been engaged work involving the IM Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities.  He currently serves as both the DIO and the Internal Medicine Residency Director at Abington Memorial Hospital.  In his role also as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, he chaired the Task Force on the Four Year Curriculum in Patient Safety and Quality for the medical school. Lastly, he is a busy private practitioner as a general internist.

Leslie Tucker

Ms. Tucker previously served as Vice President, Policy, for the ABIM and ABIM Foundation. She has over twenty five years’ experience leading health policy development, advocacy and implementation at the federal and state levels. She served as senior staff for the U.S House Select Committee on Aging where she authored the first legislation to recognize long-term care insurance, and as senior legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY), where she introduced the concept of “frontier” medicine to mainstream public policy. She joined the American Academy of Family Physicians in the dual role of government relations representative and staff executive for the organization’s programmatic work to support rural family practices, and served on the board of the National Rural Health Association. In 1996 she left the partisanship of Washington D.C. to join a former senate colleague in Rhode Island as Head of Strategic Planning, Policy and Outreach for the state’s Department of Human Services, designing and implementing newly enacted federal and state welfare reforms and Medicaid expansions. She also founded and directed a Governor’s Advisory Council on Health to develop and oversee a state-based approach to health care reforms. Immediately prior to joining ABIM/ABIM Foundation, Ms. Tucker was a Senior Program Officer in the HHS division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, managing a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio focused on public policies to guide emerging bio- and nano-technologies. She also oversaw the prestigious Pew Scholars and Fellows programs in the biomedical sciences. Ms. Tucker graduated with honors from Yale.

Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Zierler’s research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes—at both the patient and system level. Her primary appointment is in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, but she holds three adjunct appointments – two in the School of Medicine and one in the School of Public Health. Currently, Dr. Zierler is Co-PI on a Josiah Macy funded grant with Dr. Les Hall, to develop a national train-the-trainer faculty development program for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She also leads two HRSA training grants – one focusing on technology enhanced interprofessional education for advanced practice students and the second focused on interprofessional collaborative practice for advanced heart failure patients.  Dr. Zierler is the Co-Director for the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research and Director of Faculty Development for the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) in the School of Medicine.  Dr. Zierler is a Board Member and Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, and a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education.

Evaluation Team Bios:

Patricia A. Carney, PhD (PACER Evaluation Director)

Patricia A. Carney, PhD, is Professor of Family Medicine and of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR.

Dr. Carney received her PhD from the University of Washington. Her doctoral training included both Health Services Research (Public Health and Community Medicine), and Educational Psychology. Dr. Carney has contributed to the development of several research grants funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as well as Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Macy Foundation, and the American Medical Association. She has also developed educational research programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has led or contributed to over 200 publications in these research areas.

In 2009, she received the NAPCRG President’s Award for her contributions to research in primary care. In 2011, she became the first non-MD to obtain a Bishop Fellowship, which involves one year of protected time to undergo leadership training in educational research, conducted at her host institution: The Wilson Center at the University of Toronto.

Patrice Eiff, MD (PACER Project Director)

Patrice Eiff, MD is Professor of Family Medicine and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Director of Faculty Development in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She received her M.D. degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983 and completed her family medicine residency and faculty development fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in 1986. Throughout her career, Dr. Eiff has provided expertise in the areas of curriculum design and evaluation for programs in undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty development, and leadership development. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Her educational research interests include primary care residency education and faculty development models. She is currently the Project Director for PACER (Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign), a national professional development program designed to catalyze transformation in primary care and interprofessional education and foster collaboration among primary care health professionals. Dr. Eiff previously served as the Project Director for the Primary Care Faculty Development Initiative (PCFDI), a multi-institutional clinical and residency transformation collaborative in primary care. She also serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the Length of Training Pilot (2013-2020), a national study of 3 years versus 4 years of training in family medicine. From 2007-2014, Dr. Eiff served as the Co-Principal Investigator for the Preparing the Personal Physician (P4) Project, a national residency re-design demonstration project in family medicine.