Improving Health Care through Medical Education

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    Colonel Ashley M. Maranich, MD, FAAP, FIDSA - Uniformed Services University

    Colonel Ashley M. Maranich, MD, FAAP, FIDSA has served as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD since 2019. Dr. Maranich is a graduate of Trinity University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on an Army Health Professions Scholarship. She entered active duty service in June 2003 and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center and then a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Walter Reed Army Medical Center/National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Maranich is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease with a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Maranich maintains a clinical practice as a pediatric hospitalist and infectious disease consultant, serving as a faculty member for the Walter Reed Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship.

    Dr. Maranich was the Pediatric Residency Program Director at Tripler Army Medical Center Director from 2016-2019 and the Transitional Year Program Director at the San Antonio Military Medical Center from 2013-2016. She has a long-standing interest in medical education, having served in a number of educational leadership roles throughout her career as well as currently finishing her thesis for a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education. She holds a number of national leadership roles to include Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Transitional Year Review Committee and member of the Make-A-Wish National Medical Advisory Committee and is a past Chairperson of the Association for Hospital Medical Education’s Council for Transitional Year Program Directors. She is actively involved in the AAP’s Section on Uniformed Services and currently serves as the Army Representative to the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Dave Berry Award Selection Committee.


    Caroline Diez, BA, C-TAGME - John Peter Smith Hospital Network

    Caroline Diez, BA, C-TAGME is a proud graduate of the College of Charleston and successfully pursued her TAGME Certification in 2016. She previously served as both the Neurosurgery Residency Coordinator and Neurology Student Clerkship Coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina before moving to Grand Strand Medical Center in 2016 to help establish the Transitional Year Residency Program. In April 2019, Caroline was recruited to the JPS Health Network where she currently serves as a GME Manager. Ms. Diez was a recipient of the 2016 American Academy of Neurology National Clerkship Coordinator Recognition Award and she has led multiple national and regional graduate medical education workshops, presented award-winning abstracts, and authored several peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, Caroline is extremely active as a member of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) Board of Directors' serving as the Immediate Past COPAC (Council for Program Administrators and Coordinators) Chair and AHME Secretary.


    Alyson Riddick, MHA, C-TAGME - Vidant Medical Center

    Mrs. Riddick has been in the field of health care since 1998. Her current position is Director of Graduate Medical Education at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina where she is responsible for the oversight of 42 residencies and fellowships consisting of 415 trainees. Mrs. Riddick has been instrumental in promoting the growth of the GME programs having seen an increase in size by 100% since she began her tenure with the office. While her expertise spans all areas of GME, Mrs. Riddick primarily focuses on accreditation and program leadership development.

    Mrs. Riddick has her masters in Healthcare Administration and obtained TAGME certification in 2012. Mrs. Riddick has been a member of the Association of Hospital Medical Education (AHME) since 1999 having served on the Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, and Council of Institutuional Leaders. Mrs. Riddick served as Treasure of AHME from 2017-2019.

    Region I Representative

    Martha Wilkie, C-TAGME - Capital Area Health Consortium

    Martha Wilkie is the Director of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, which oversees sixty eight residency and fellowship programs and approximately 700 residents and fellows. Prior to her position in the GME Office, Martha was a program manager, and a residency program coordinator. With over ten years of program and GME experience, Martha has a special interest in program coordinator development and mentorship programs.

    Martha hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Leadership in healthcare administration certificate from Charter Oak State College, and is TAGME certified. On a personal level, Martha is married with one grown son. In her free time she spending time outdoors and also volunteers at a draft horse rescue.

    Region III Representative

    Joanne Zhu, MD, MSc, FACP, FHM - WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center

    Dr. Joanne Zhu received her medical degree at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed Internal Medicine Residency training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Zhu obtained a master’s degree in molecular biology and worked in cancer research. Currently, Dr. Zhu is a practicing physician in Hospital Medicine in Marietta, Georgia. She is also the Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency Program at WellStar Health System Kennestone Hospital.
    In addition, Dr. Zhu is interested in healthcare policy, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She is the President-elect for Cobb County Medical Society and House of Delegate at Medical Association of Georgia. She recently served in leadership roles including Vice Chair, then Chair for the Department of Medicine at Kennestone Hospital, physician champion for WellStar Health System Hospital Quality and Efficiency Program. Dr. Zhu is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Medical College of Georgia. She is board certified in Internal Medicine with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Zhu is a fellow for Society of Hospital Medicine and American College of Physicians. She has been active at AHME and CTYPD since 2017.

    Region V Representative

    Tia Drake - Washington University School of Medicine

    Tia Ogilvie Drake is the DIO and Executive Director for Graduate Medical Education for the Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Consortium. She joined Washington University School of Medicine in 1988 working in several clinical office settings and was later promoted into management of 3 thriving clinical offices in OBGYN. This valuable experience provided insights into medical education, management and leadership. In 1997 she joined the Office for the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and reports to the Associate Dean for GME. Her primary responsibilities are to oversee institutional and program accreditation compliance for 100 ACGME accredited training programs, and roughly 40 non-ACGME accredited fellowships. In this role she is afforded the opportunity to mentor colleagues and collaborate with an array of university leaders to promote a quality work environment for physicians in training and assure the sponsoring institution and the programs it sponsors maintain the highest accreditation standard possible. In 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the organization that accredits sponsoring institutions and individual training programs in the United States awarded Ms. Drake their prestigious award for Institutional Excellence in Graduate Medical Education at their national meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Drake is also a long-standing member of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) and has chaired several councils and subcommittees for AHME.

    Region VI Representative

    Lilia Wilson, MBA, MPM - Midwestern University

    Ms. Wilson currently serves as Designated Institutional Official at Midwestern University Graduate Medical Education Consortium in Glendale Arizona. She is also Director of GME and is responsible for all aspects for Graduate Medical Education (GME) operations, program accreditation, resident/fellow outcomes and collaborates with Hospital Administration, Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Directors Medical Education and Faculty on the clinical learning environment.

    Ms. Wilson has been in GME operations for 18 years, and prior to joining Midwestern University’s Graduate Medical Education department in 2003, held several leadership positions in the hospitality industry as Regional Director for Canadian and US business operations.

    Major contributions to GME include, transitioning residency programs to the Single Accreditation System, development of the Arizona residency programs in Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine (3), General Surgery, Gastroenterology Fellowship, Internal Medicine (3), Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery in the state of Arizona and California.

    Ms. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Management (BS), Western International University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Healthcare Management, University of Phoenix, and Master’s in Project Management, (MPM), Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.

    Nominating Committee - Position 1

    Anne Hartford, MBA - Loyola University Medical Center

    Anne Hartford is the DIO & Administrative Director- GME for Loyola Medicine, Maywood and Berwyn, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and MBA from Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business. Anne began her career in healthcare finance at the Health Capital Group in Chicago managing litigation support for court cases, legal matters related to malpractice, physician practice valuations, anti-kickback, and fraud cases. As the DIO at two Sponsoring Institutions, she oversees accreditation activities for resident/fellow training programs and a cadre of 725+ trainees and is co-chair of the GMEC and serves on the DE&I Steering Committee at Loyola. Anne has been a guest speaker at AHME, ACGME, CAMEG, and Trinity Health Systems Leadership Symposiums. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Chicago Area Medical Educator’s Group (CAMEG), which provides annual education events for GME staff in Northern Illinois, as well as various other professional and academic memberships.

    Nominating Committee - Position 2

    Marko Jachtorowycz, MD, FACOG, FACS - AMITA Saint Francis Hospital

    Marko Jachtorowycz, MD has been active in graduate medical education as a teaching faculty member and director for 27 years, his entire professional career. He has been a member of AHME since 1995. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) and in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS). He is the Transitional Year Program Director at Presence Saint Francis Hospital (Evanston, Illinois) and has been a key member of that institution’s graduate medical education leadership team. He has been instrumental in crafting the evolution of that institution and its sponsored programs through both the outcomes project and the next accreditation system. He currently served as the DIO for Presence Saint Francis Hospital from 2002 to 2020 and continues to serve on the Amitahealth System Graduate Medical Education Committee. He is a member of the Council of Transitional Year Program Directors and has served on that council’s executive committee for over five years and as its chair for two years. He has served on the AHME Board of Directors and ALPD. He was president of AHME in the 2016-2017 year.