Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E.
Dr. Ara Tekian is Professor and the Director of International Affairs at the Department of Medical Education (DME), and the Associate Dean for the Office of International Education at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He joined the DME in 1992, and is involved in both teaching courses offered in the Masters of Health Professions Education (M.H.P.E.) program and advising graduate students. He also teaches one of the major courses in the Masters in Patient Safety Leadership program. Prior to joining the 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 1980s and 1990s 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 a 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 200 workshops in more than 45 countries and 60 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 UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Gold Medal Award, which is one of the most prestigious international awards in medical education. In 2014, he was honored by receiving the most revered Lifetime Achievement Award by the Armenian American Medical Society. He served as the President of the Division of Education in the Professions of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2009-2012, which is a major venue for presentation of scholarship in health professions education. AERA is the leading international professional association for the field of education. His scholarship in health professions education is reflected 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.