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Virginia T. Lyons, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Education
Associate Dean, Preclinical Year 1

Medical Education

Rochester Institute of Technology, BS
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, PhD

Academy of Master Faculty Educators


Contact Information:

Virginia T. Lyons
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
HB#7100, Remsen 237B
Hanover NH 03755

Office: Remsen 237B
Phone: 603 650-1745
Fax: 603 650-1637
Email: virginia.lyons@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Evaluation and development of innovative teaching tools and methods in the anatomical sciences.
Integration of anatomy and radiology in the medical school curriculum.
Medical school curricular design, implementation and assessment.

Courses Taught:

Course Director, Human Anatomy and Embryology (ANAT-111, ANAT-112, ANAT-114)
Cells, Tissues and Organs (ANAT-113)
Neuroscience (NEWD-115)


Virginia teaches in five courses that occur during Year 1 of the medical school curriculum: Human Anatomy & Embryology I, II and III, Neuroscience, and Cells, Tissues & Organs. Virginia is the course director for the HAE courses, and in this role has introduced novel methods of pedagogy into the Year 1 curriculum. Virginia enjoys developing educational materials, and has experience with designing websites and creating iBooks. Virginia oversees Year 1 of the Geisel medical school curriculum, and serves on the Medical Education Committee. She has attended numerous workshops about teaching, including the Active Learning Institute offered by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning.

Mentoring Information:

Virginia would be happy to mentor faculty about teaching in large or small group environments, designing educational materials, using technology in teaching and directing/organizing a course.

Selected Publications:


  • Metti N., Anwar F., Lyons V. and Bee M. What to Teach or Not to Teach, that is the Question: Anatomy Objectives in a Modern Medical Curriculum. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, April 2016

  • Virginia Lyons. Competencies 101: The knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes of a top notch anatomy educator. Experimental Biology, Boston, MA, March 2015

  • Betts K, Schmidt-Bowman M, Reed J and Lyons VT. A New Twist on PBL: A Pilot Study of a Problem-based Dissection Exercise. Experimental Biology, Boston, MA, March 2015

  • Virginia Lyons and Kathleen Muldoon. Flipping the Classroom: Turning the Traditional Anatomy Lecture on its Head. Experimental Biology, Boston, MA, April 2013

  • Virginia Lyons. Creating virtual flashcards in the anatomical sciences using MemoryLifter technology. Experimental Biology, Washington, DC, April 2011

  • Taylor VL, Al-Ghoul KJ, Lane CW, Davis VA, Kuszak JR, and Costello MJ. Morphology of the normal human lens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 37:1396, 1996.