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Virginia T. Lyons, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Education

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Associate Dean for Preclinical Education

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: 603 646-5571
Fax: 603 650-1637

Professional Interests

Medical education and curricular design
Pedagogies that promote self-directed learning
Integration of anatomy and radiology in the medical school curriculum

Courses Taught

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

Longitudinal Curricular Director for Human Anatomy and Embryology in Phase I


Virginia is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education. She received her PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. At Geisel she oversees the preclinical phase of the MD curriculum and is the longitudinal curricular leader of the anatomy and embryology content in the curriculum. Virginia was an inaugural member of two teaching academies – the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators and the Geisel Academy of Faculty Master Educators. Her professional and research interests are in medical education and curricular design, specifically exploring innovative pedagogies and assessment methods, and promoting self-directed learning in the curriculum. Virginia serves on the Geisel Medical Education Committee and has attended numerous conferences/courses on medical education, including Principles of Medical Education (Harvard Macy Institute), A Systems Approach to Assessment (Harvard Macy Institute), Essential Skills in Medical Education (AMEE), NBME Invitational Conference for Educators and the Active Learning Institute offered by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning.

Selected Publications


  • Lim YS, Lyons VT and Willey JM. Supporting Self-Directed Learning: A National Needs Analysis. Med.Sci.Educ. 31, 1091–1099. 2021

  • Lyons VT, Dick JF and Weinstein AR. Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Acad Med. Vol 95, Issue 9S, pS305-S308. 2020 (view details in PubMed)

  • Lyons, VT. Basic Science Core Discipline Curriculum, Anatomy Learning Objectives. Aquifer Sciences eds. Poznanski and Fall. Hanover, NH: Institute for Innovative Technology in Medical Education. 2018

  • 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. FASEB J April 2016 30:786.5

  • Lyons, VT. Basic Science Core Discipline Curriculum, Anatomy Core Concepts. Aquifer Sciences (formerly MedU Science). eds. Poznanski and Fall. Hanover, NH: Institute for Innovative Technology in Medical Education. 2015

  • Fulton, T, et. al., including Lyons VT Unpacking your Brain: Collaborative Identification of Core Basic Science Concepts Important in Clinical Decision-Making. IAMSE in San Diego, CA, June 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. FASEB J April 2015 29: 205.5

  • Virginia Lyons and Kathleen Muldoon. Flipping the Classroom: Turning the Traditional Anatomy Lecture on its Head. FASEB J April 2013 27:318.1