Dr. Tom Van Hoof is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing with a dual appointment in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care in the School of Medicine. A former Associate Dean of Continuing and Community Education for UConn’s School of Medicine, he currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) section of Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety of MedEdPORTAL, and he is also Faculty of the AAMC’s Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) program. Additionally, Dr. Van Hoof is a Clinical Advisor of Education for a Quality Improvement Organization, Qualidigm, and oversees its continuing medical education accreditation. Dr. Van Hoof earned an M.D. and an M.A. (Education) at the University of Connecticut and an Ed.D. (Educational Administration) at Teachers College Columbia University. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at UConn/Institute of Living and a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He is Certified in Medical Quality with the American Board of Medical Quality, and he is a Certified Healthcare CPD Professional with the Commission for Certification of Healthcare CPD Professionals. Dr. Van Hoof’s research interests relate to the use of educational interventions to change clinician behavior and to improve patient outcomes in the context of primary care, and his teaching interests are in health professions education, quality improvement, leadership, and policy.
“In today’s health care environment, professionals with different backgrounds must work together to improve important educational outcomes. That is why our program is open to all types of health care professionals. Participants have the opportunity to get to know their colleagues’ strengths and weaknesses and benefit from each other’s perspective and project. The regular synchronous discussions facilitate such personal interaction. The program’s curriculum and instruction is consistent with the emerging field of learning science, which is also part of the curriculum.”