Vice Dean for Educational Affairs
Professor of Medicine
Dr. Wolpaw is a Professor of Medicine and the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine and a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology.
Her office oversees and supports the continuum of educational programs spanning undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education including 1) curriculum development and implementation, 2) curriculum evaluation and outcomes assessment, and 3) faculty development programs. With her broad education portfolio, she has the opportunity to impact on education from entry to medical school through ongoing professional development for the practicing physician.
Dr. Wolpaw is a recognized national leader in medical education. She was the recipient of one of the first American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Awards, serves on the association's Education Committee and chaired its Continuing Assessment, Review and Evaluation committee. At Penn State, she serves as a co-PIs on a five-year American Medical Association grant to accelerate change in medical education. This grant is funding a new Health Systems Navigation curriculum for Penn State medical students. Students not only study the science of health systems but also serve as patient navigators so they see the way the system functions from the patient perspective.
Dr. Wolpaw completed a Master's degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focused on the expression of clinical reasoning and uncertainties in case presentations. She has developed the SNAPPS technique for case presentations to preceptors, based on experiential learning theory.
Dr. Wolpaw brings her experience in curriculum change, a track record of scholarship, and commitment to collaboration to the Penn State Hershey students, faculty and staff.