Linda Carr

Linda Carr is CEO and Founder of Faculty-Ed SolutionsDr. Linda Larson Carr is the CEO and Founder of Faculty-Ed Solutions, an educational consulting firm providing consultation, coaching and training to health science educators. Dr. Carr is a professional educator, trainer, consultant, and communicator with over 25 years experience in developing, coordinating, and assessing educational programs in nationally recognized post-secondary institutions (allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, teaching hospitals, community colleges, and vocational education institutions).

Linda began her career as a medical technologist at the Kettering Memorial Hospital in Ohio. After completing her Master’s degree in clinical laboratory science, she devoted over a decade to teaching and program development, from start-up to accreditation. After completing a doctoral program in education with a special emphasis in medical education, she served as the first regional medical educator for Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Michigan.

After moving to Arizona, Dr. Carr worked as an educational consultant and from 2001-2006, served as the academic specialist for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Campus. During this period she coordinated the professional development programs for faculty and residents in teaching hospitals affiliated with the UA in the Phoenix area. These educational innovations became annual training venues for faculty, residents, and medical students. Her faculty development experience includes coaching new and experienced faculty using a multi-faceted approach: one-on-one coaching, seminars, workshops, Faculty Learning Communities, annual teaching symposia, and online learning modules. She also provided academic coaching to numerous medical students, residents, and junior faculty that resulted in successful board passage. She has presented at numerous national conferences and given nearly 100 presentations to health science educators (and learners) on enhancing learning and teaching and scholarly development.

In September of 2005, she initiated and co‐directed the development of a new form of faculty development in medical education in Phoenix, known as the Faculty Learning Community (FLC). The FLC initiative in 2007 expanded from one to four Faculty Learning Communities, a citywide FLC at the UA and an FLC at three teaching hospitals in Phoenix. To date, over 150 health science educators (mostly physicians) have successfully completed this form of scholarship in teaching and learning.

From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Carr served as the Director of the Office of Academic and Faculty Development at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, a teaching hospital with nine ACGME accredited residency programs, over 175 residents and fellows and 130 faculty. She provided leadership in establishing an onsite Faculty Learning Community at St. Joseph’s and directed the Online Learning Initiative, a research effort that provided training and support to residency faculty to develop online learning modules. Dr. Carr facilitated the ACGME Competencies Task Force and authored A Faculty Guide for Implementing the ACGME General Competencies at SJHMC. She coordinated the first GME Research Symposium for Resident Scholarly Activity that showcased the scholarly work of residents and fellows based on a peer-reviewed process. In addition, she coached physicians on how to successfully pass national board exams.

Honors and Awards

  • Support Staff of the Year Award – Student Classes of 2004-05, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Campus
  • Dr. Lee Parker David Humanitarian Award, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ (2002)
  • Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Michigan (1993)
  • A. A. Vezzani Award, School of Education, The University of Michigan (1991)
  • Dean’s Merit Fellowship, School of Education, The University of Michigan (1990‐91)Outstanding Leader in Allied Health in the Southeast Region, The American Society for Allied Health Professions (1984)

Specialized Training

  • Harvard Macy Scholar, Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Educators in Healthcare Professions, Boston, MA (January and May 2007).
  • Project: e-Portfolio Course Development and Peer Review: Making Teaching and Learning Visible
  • Institute for New FLC Developers / Facilitators in Claremont, CA (June 2005) and Institute for Experienced Developers / Facilitators, Claremont, CA (June 2006)
  • Tutor Training Program in Problem-Based Learning at the College of Medicine of the University of New Mexico University Leadership Institute at the University of Arizona

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Zoology and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science at Michigan State University.
  • Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in Higher Education and Adult Continuing Education with emphasis in Medical Education. Her dissertation was “Verbal Discourse and Clinical Reasoning in Problem Based Medical Tutorials: Developing a Multifaceted Observation System.”