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Introduction Teaching has always been a rewarding experience in my life. I cannot remember a time when I have not been teaching. As the eldest child in a large family, I was always teaching a younger sibling how to accomplish a task such as how to ride a bicycle or explaining how to identify a bird, flower, or tree. As a mother, I was actively engaged in teaching my young daughters. Upon entering into professional practice as a registered nurse (RN), my teaching activities, mostly involved teaching patients and families about their health condition and self-care after discharge. On occasion, I would be assigned to provide education about a current nursing topic. Upon completion of my doctoral degree in health information science, I became a full time faculty member. My primary responsibility was teaching health informatics courses for an online master’s of nursing program. My passion for teaching has been inspired by a number of outstanding teachers. Those teachers truly made a difference in my life and as a student. Those inspiring and educators were innovative, involved, challenging, inspiring, and motivated students to be the best, as well as to be deeply committed to the profession of education. Today, those teachers serve as my role-models and examples for defining the attributes of what it means to be an exceptional teacher. Career Objectives Using the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholars Program, my career objective is to make interprofessional education and utilize informatics the norm at UTHealth for all health professions students. In the Fall of 2013, I was appointed by Dean Zhang to serve as Director of Interprofessional Activities for the School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). This position is entry into in... ... middle of paper ... ...g site for other academic health science centers to use in educating students to work in interprofessional teams and use informatics and develop a plan of interprofessional education research. It is both my career objective and personal goal to use the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholars Program to advance my teaching skills specifically for interprofessional education for health care students. The need for health care professionals to work in interprofessional teams, and use informatics has been recognized as competencies necessary for improving patient safety. Based on my successful history of using 3D virtual worlds for educational activities, my objectives and goals are in alignment with Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation commitment to interprofessional education. It is with appreciation and gratitude that I submit this document for review and consideration.

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