Heather Hopley is excited to be joining the Department of Medical Education. As a classically-trained anatomist, Heather has taught students at all levels of undergraduate medical education in Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology, Histology and Neuroanatomy, with an emphasis on teaching medical and physical therapy students. Graduating with a Master's degree in Clinical Anatomy from Creighton University, Heather’s first teaching role was as an Instructor of Anatomy at Creighton University's Physical Therapy program. She subsequently taught Human Gross Anatomy and lead cadaver dissections at Ross University School of Medicine for several years, before returning to graduate school. Heather pursued further graduate studies in Anatomy at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, with a research interest in the ongoing foundational role of Gross Anatomy in the ever shifting landscape of the undergraduate medical school curriculum, while continuing to teach professional students at SLU and Washington University in St. Louis. Heather’s next role was the Coordinator of Anatomy at the newly-opened Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Heather developed and implemented cadaver-based anatomical and medical simulation curriculum for the General Surgery and Neurosurgery residency training programs, and collaborated with the Center's Innovation department to create anatomically-correct simulation task trainers for healthcare professionals. Heather was instrumental in securing accreditation for the Center from the American College of Surgeons as an Accredited Education Institute, a distinction only shared by four other sites at the time. After taking several years off to raise their children, Heather and her family moved to the Upper Valley in 2018 and enjoy the many outdoor activities available in this beautiful area.
Organizations & Programs
AAMC - American Association of Medical Colleges is an association of medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic societies that is dedicated to transforming health care through medical education, patient care, and medical research innovation.
NEGEA - The Northeast Group on Educational Affairs, an affiliate of the AAMC, has a mission to promote excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and physicians through the professional development of medical educators.
MERC - Medical Education Research Certification Program is an AAMC program designed to build the skills to be an effective collaborator in medical education research.
MedEdNext and the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education. The National Transformation Network (NTN) is a collaboration of medical schools committed to driving innovation to advance nation-wide change in medical education across the spectrum.
IAMSE - The International Association of Medical Science Educators is a professional development society with a goal of promoting excellence and innovation in teaching, student assessment, program evaluation, instructional technology, human simulation, and learner-centered education.
Harvard Macey - The Harvard Macy Institute creates and administers courses and formal degree programs in health professions education.
GRIPE - Group for Research in Pathology Education is an academic society that supports teachers of pathology through sharing of teaching resources, promotion of scholarly research and innovation.
The Generalists in Medical Education is an organization of medical educators who teach, conduct research, and provide support services in all areas of predoctoral, postdoctoral and continuing medical education.