Seetha U. Monrad, M.D., was appointed assistant dean for assessment, evaluation and quality improvement, effective April 1, 2018. She has served as interim assistant dean for curriculum since January 1, 2021.
In her interim role, Dr. Monrad provides service and leadership to ensure the effective implementation of curriculum, assessments and learning resources for the education of our medical students. She oversees and collaborates with course and phase directors, faculty, staff and students to ensure that curricular goals are met. As assistant dean for assessment, evaluation and quality improvement since 2018, she works closely with the interim associate dean in the Office of Medical Student Education to prioritize evaluation and assessment initiatives. In addition, she oversees curriculum analysis and outcomes data to foster opportunities for quality improvement.
She received her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997. After an internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, she completed a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Michigan and subsequently joined the faculty in 2003 as a clinical lecturer/research fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine. She rose through the ranks to clinical associate professor of internal medicine in 2017, and received an additional appointment in the Department of Learning Health Sciences in 2016. She joined the medical school curriculum in 2007 as a preclinical course instructor, and was heavily involved in the development and implementation of the current UMMS educational program, including serving as director of the foundational basic and clinical science years (the Trunk). She currently chairs the Competency Committees that oversee the academic progression of medical students across all phases of the curriculum.
Dr. Monrad has received multiple awards and honors in recognition of her excellence in patient care and teaching. In 2011, she received the Special Recognition for Contributions to the Medical Student Teaching Program Award. and was the 2014 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award (pre-clinical), the most prestigious teaching award given by the Medical School. In 2015, she was inducted into the Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Excellence Society and the Medical School League of Educational Excellence. She also is a member of the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.