Meaghan Ruddy, PhD Named Director of Medical of Education

Meaghan Ruddy, PhD, MA, BCC, ACC was recently named Director of Medical Education (DME) at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.

In her new role, Dr. Ruddy will continue her work with national partners to support The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR). Her primary goal is to successfully usher the NFMR program into single accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) while providing and supporting faculty, resident, and high-level curriculum development. Additionally, as a Board-Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education and an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, she aims to implement leadership development options for all members of The Wright Center, including social, emotional and conversational intelligence coaching for personal development and team effectiveness.

As DME and under the mentorship of Richard J. LaBaere II, DO, MPH, FAODME Associate Dean of Postgraduate Training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO and OPTI Academic Officer and Designated Institutional Official for the newly ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institution Still OPTI, Dr. Ruddy will be the primary educational systematics leader for the NFMR. She will serve as academic and operational liaison between the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Wright Center leadership and the NFMR program, and continue to serve Still OPTI on their Professional Development committee. Dr. Ruddy is a member of AODME, serves on The Wright Center Faculty Development GMEC Subcommittee, is a contributing editor for the Journal of Transformative Education, is a reviewer for the Journal of the AOA, and a conference submission reviewer for the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Ruddy joined The Wright Center for Graduated Medical Education in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from King’s College with a focus on Bioethics. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton with a focus on Rhetorical Criticism, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development with a focus on Instructional Leadership from Marywood University. Dr. Ruddy has published in a variety of areas including professionalism, conscious consumerism, epistemology, and social and emotional learning, and has presented all over the United States both as a representative of The Wright Center and as a member of the STFM Faculty for Tomorrow Taskforce, work for which she and her taskforce colleagues were awarded the STFM President’s Award.

When she is not at work, Dr. Ruddy enjoys time with her two teenaged sons and volunteers as a lead parent in the booster club for her sons’ high school in Minnesota. She reads everything from articles to poetry, discovering patterns of meaning and meaning-making. She also enjoys exploring the practical application of neuroscience in areas of human development including learning and habit formation.

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