Stewart Mennin - Bio

Stewart Mennin, PhD has been contributing to innovation in health professions education for more than 25 years. He was Assistant Dean for Educational Development and Research and Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

He began his professional career at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1977 conducting research in basic mechanisms of reproductive neuroendocrinology and teaching human anatomy to medical students. Soon thereafter, he became involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of New Mexico’s innovative community-oriented, problem-based, Primary Care Curriculum. “That experience changed my life. I entered the world of medical education, research in learning methodology, change and the scholarship of sustainable curriculum development. The focus of my research interests moved to medical education and together with my colleagues we co-developed and directed of the Primary Care Curriculum”.

Professor Mennin has published widely and been an invited consultant at more than 50 medical schools and health institutions worldwide. His experience and expertise include curriculum development, the change process in health professions education, program and curriculum evaluation, problem-based learning, faculty development and education for the health professions related to complex adaptive systems. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Medical Education and Medical Teacher. Professor Mennin serves as a consultant to the Ministry of Health in Brazil; he is a consultant in health professions education at several Brazilian universities; a faculty member of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) at the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); and is co-originator and director of the Essential Skills in Medical Education Course (ESME) for the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Professor Mennin’s current interests include the application of principles and concepts of complexity science to education and the organization, interaction and development of people working and learning in the health professions. “I believe that schools and other organizations and groups are best understood as living systems in which learning emerges as a product of the open and free exchange of differences. I am a member of the Plexus Institute and the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences. The quality and meaningfulness of exchanges is very important.”

His other passions include playing folk music from the Balkans, the Rom people, klezmer, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East.

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