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Dr. Elias Chatah Recognized as MedEdPortal® Outstanding Reviewer

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MedEdPORTAL® relies on the voluntary contribution of reviewers and associate editors to assess the quality of submissions, ensuring they are accurate, clear, complete and relevant to health professions education. Reviewers’ thoughtful feedback is important to authors as they seek recognition of their scholarly work and endeavor to make continued improvements. 

Each year, MedEdPORTAL editors recognize the invaluable contribution of volunteer reviewers who have provided comprehensive and timely reviews, and award a special distinction of Outstanding Reviewer to those who provide exceptional feedback, both in quality and timeliness. 

ChatahOf the 11 contributors recognized as Outstanding Reviewers for 2019, only one is a dental educator—Elias Chatah, D.M.D., PharmB, M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine (UConn SDM). As a peer reviewer, Dr. Chatah completed rigorous reviews of MedEdPORTAL submissions, providing feedback to our authors based on Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) criteria. 

The MedEdPORTAL review and editing process involves multiple layers of rigorous scientific vetting and analysis. Reviewers and editors judge all MedEdPORTAL submissions based upon strict AAMC criteria, which include evidence, relevance, clarity of the objectives, accuracy, completeness, impact and reflection. Submissions may be returned to the author(s) for revisions or rejected if the author(s) fail(s) to meet the AAMC criteria. Feedback is critical to authors who are seeking recognition for their scholarly work and looking to improve. This year’s honorees also completed at least three reviews.

Dr. Chatah was invited by the AAMC to attend the Award Ceremony during the 2019 AAMC Learn, Serve, Lead Meeting which took place at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from MedEdPORTAL, a valuable recourse for medical and dental academics and the health care community. I look forward to contributing to MedEdPORTAL’s promotion of educational scholarship and dissemination of scholarly resources to health care professionals,” says Dr. Chatah. 

Dr. Chatah graduated from The University of Sydney School of Dentistry in 2007. Prior to dental school he attended pharmacy school at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Following four years of private dental practice in Australia, Dr. Chatah completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and General Practice residencies at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, where he concurrently completed an M.S. degree in Medical Management. 

In 2015, Dr. Chatah joined the University of New England College of Dental Medicine as Group Practice Leader and later Site Director for the one-year AEGD program. He joined UConn SDM in 2018. In addition to his duties with students and residents, he recently developed the opioid curriculum for UConn SDM and is currently working on developing a new clinical pharmacology curriculum.

MedEdPORTAL is a partnership between the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and AAMC. It is a free online publication portal accessible to health care professionals and educators around the globe. All submissions and publications, which include health education teaching and assessment materials, are peer reviewed.

Published on Dec. 11, 2019

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