Ara Tekian, PhD

Adjunct Professor, AUA Turpanjian College of Health Sciences (CHS), Professor and Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD, American University of Beirut
M.H.P.E. University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Tekian is Professor and the Director of International Affairs at the Department of Medical Education (DME), and the Associate Dean for the International Affairs at the College of Medicine, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  He joined DME in 1992, and is involved in both teaching courses offered in the Master’s of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program and advising graduate students.  He also teaches one of the major courses in the Masters in Patient Safety Leadership program.  Prior to joining DME, he was the founding Director of the Medical Education Department at King Saud University, College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1983 – 1990).  He served during the 80s and 90s as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) for projects in the Division of Development of Human Resources for Health.  He also served as consultant to the Ministries of Health and Education in most of the Eastern Mediterranean countries. Dr. Tekian established a number of medical education departments/ units in the Eastern Mediterranean countries.Dr. Tekian is an internationally recognized scholar and leader in health professions education.  He has organized and conducted over 150 workshops in more than 40 countries and 55 cities.  His consultations and workshops have focused on curriculum development, assessment, program evaluation, and patient safety.  He has received numerous honors and awards.  In 1996, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Tashkent University in Uzbekistan.  Dr. Tekian was the recipient of the 1997 Teaching Recognition Program Award from the University of Illinois (UIC) Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  He is also the recipient of the 2012 ASME (Association for the study of Medical Education) Gold Medal Award which is one of the most prestigious international awards in medical education.  He has served as the President of the Division of Education in the Professions of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2009 – 2012.   His scholarship in health professions education is reflection in publications in the premiere medical education journals.  He is the senior author of the book “Innovative Simulations for Assessing Professional Competence: From Paper-and-Pencil to Virtual Reality”published in 1999.  His current research interests include curriculum planning and evaluation for medical schools, student assessment and innovative testing methodologies, instructional technology, medical simulations, patient safety, and international health professions education. Dr. Tekian has taught/ consulted in the following countries: Canada,  Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, The Netherlands,  Sweden, Armenia, Lithuania, Poland, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Tunis, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Iran, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.