Dr. Ivette Motola Named Assistant Director of Gordon Center

Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine in the Division of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation Education for the UM-Jackson Memorial Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program, has been named Assistant Director of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Motola has been Director of the Gordon Center’s Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare since 2008. In her new role, which took effect June 1, she will assist Gordon Center Director S. Barry Issenberg, M.D., professor of medicine and medical education, who was named Senior Associate Dean for Research in Medical Education in April, with the center’s overall direction and management.

“Dr. Motola’s contributions and leadership are recognized at our institution, throughout Florida, nationally and internationally,” said Issenberg. “She is a tremendous asset to the Gordon Center, the Miller School of Medicine and the University as a leader, scholarly teacher and educator, clinical provider, clinical researcher and role model. Her promotion will enable me to work more closely with other senior leaders in medical education at the Miller School to enhance our efforts as a resource for international programs in healthcare education – especially as those efforts relate to the strategic vision of the University of Miami.”

In her new role, Motola will assist Issenberg in two ways:

1. Overseeing senior-level responsibilities at the Gordon Center related to strategic planning, development, budget planning and fiscal oversight, health sciences education project development, implementation, dissemination and evaluation.

2. Supervising health sciences education research initiatives related to training and evaluation programs. This includes collaborating with Miller School faculty and an international consortium of clinicians and educators to carry out the Gordon Center’s outcomes-based research studies designed to measure the effectiveness of implementing innovative technologies for learning and assessment.

“It’s very rewarding to be recognized for your efforts, and I’m excited that I will be able to play a larger role at the Gordon Center,” said Motola. “Professional education is something I have always cared about, going back to my days as a medical student. I believe strongly in developing and implementing training programs that make people better prepared. I also love technology and try to integrate it into our educational initiatives. We have an amazing team at the Gordon Center, and working with them has made a big difference in my career.”

Motola earned her M.D. degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed a Harvard Medical School-affiliated residency in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and earned an M.P.H. degree in health policy and management at the Harvard University School of Public Health. She joined the Miller School faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Emergency Medicine; she was promoted to associate professor in 2014.

In addition to her other responsibilities, Motola has played a major leadership role in the Miller School’s efforts to recruit, mentor, develop and promote women in academic medicine. Since 2014, as Vice President of Women in Academic Medicine, she has helped develop and implement several faculty development and mentoring initiatives, including workshops and guest speakers, to provide important information and skills to women who are junior faculty. Most recently, she has been working with senior leadership at the Miller School of Medicine and University to strategically address gender inequities in academia.

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