• Kristina serves within the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Department of Medical Education (DoME) as part of the continuous quality improvement team in her role supporting faculty and curriculum development projects within the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) through the PROSPER-Med2Ed Educator Enrichment program. Kristina has over 21+ years’ experience in medical education within the UAB Heersink School of Medicine medical school -- specifically in curriculum development and management, faculty development, and educational technologies to support teaching. Kristina earned her masters and doctorate while working full time and earned a faculty appointment in October 2014 within the newly established Department of Medical Education. Kristina's journey at the SOM has included roles of medical and graduate student, program coordinator, education support services specialist, instructional design specialist senior, curriculum support team leader/supervisor, accreditation manager/compliance officer, program director, and faculty member -- thus, providing her with a myriad of knowledge, expertise, and experience in undergraduate medical education. Kristina has been honored as UAB Employee of the Month and has been recognized by former medical students for excellence and outstanding service during Argus Award ceremonies. Kristina serves as a standing ad hoc member of the Medical Education Curriculum Committee and its advisory committees in the preclinical and clerkship curricula. Kristina has served on university committees including the UAB Benevolent Fund Council and the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching university selection committee.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2017 Is lecture dead? A preliminary study of medical students' evaluation of teaching methods in the preclinical curriculumInternational Journal of Medical Education.  8:326-333. 2017
    2015 Integration of gross anatomy in an organ system-based medical curriculum: Strategies and challengesAnatomical Sciences Education.  8:266-274. 2015
    2005 Acquisition and use of digital images for pathology education and practiceAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology.  563:178-193. 2005
    1994 The Pitfall Trap: A Review of Types and Their Uses for Invertebrate Collection 1994

    Teaching Overview

  • Kristina does not serve in a teaching capacity but serves the UAB Heersink SOM Department of Medical Education in faculty and curriculum development projects in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and in collaboration with other SOM units and university partners.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2012
  • Master of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Montevallo 1995
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology, University of Montevallo 1994
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Chemistry, University of Montevallo 1994
  • Full Name

  • Kristina Blackwell