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
Of 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