Dr. Amber Deptola is stepping down from her leadership role directing the Explore Program of the Gateway Curriculum. Dr. Deptola led the creation of the program from its inception, including supervising the development of the Explore Immersion, the Inquiry Curriculum, and providing oversight of the four Explore Pathways. Under her leadership, the Explore program was transformed from a concept to a highly successful and popular curriculum that has positively impacted our first cohort of Gateway students through Phase 1 and Phase 2. She will remain the director of the Medical Education pathway within the Explore program as she puts more focus on this and her clinical work. We are so grateful for her creative vision and organization that has laid a solid foundation for the Explore program.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Terrance Kummer is taking over the reins as the new Director of the Explore Program. Dr. Kummer is an Associate Professor of Neurology, specializing in Neurocritical care. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine before completing his Neurology residency and Critical Care Neurology fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the current director of the Neurotrauma ICU and was the Neurological and Neurosurgical ICU resident education director for five years, a role in which he lead their curriculum renewal efforts. Dr. Kummer is a highly successful researcher, whose laboratory focuses on understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying neuronal trauma and degeneration. In this new role, he brings enthusiasm and a strong record of research success, research and clinical team leadership, and experience as a medical educator.