Neva Howard, MD, will step back from her role as the UNC School of Medicine director of learning innovations. She has helped create and launch several programs to support students and has impacted hundreds of students’ lives and careers. She will be moving to Colorado where she will take a position as a pediatric emergency physician.
Neva Howard, MD, will step back from her role as the UNC School of Medicine director of learning innovations. Howard will be moving with her family to Colorado to take a position as a pediatric emergency physician.
Howard joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2013 after completing her pediatric EM fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. During her time on faculty, she helped develop and launch several important programs and supported hundreds of medical students.
“It is hard to overstate the incredible impact that Dr. Howard has had on so many individual students’ lives. She has been an inspirational role model, a coach, a teacher, and an educator for hundreds of students,” said Christina Shenvi, Director of the Office of Academic Excellence. Georgette Dent, Associate Dean for Student Affairs wrote, “Neva Howard has been a spectacular colleague, one who is 100% dedicated to ensuring that UNC SOM students succeed. She does so with exuberance and commitment, and an approach that is at once inclusive, supportive, and collaborative.”
As part of the Office of Academic Excellence, Howard was a pivotal leader in creating a system to promote students’ success on the Step 1 licensing exam. She went on to lead the development of the Carolina MED EXCEL program, a year-long curriculum to develop and support students who are underrepresented in medicine.
Howard has made outstanding contributions to the UNC School of Medicine, and has been recognized in many ways, including as a Whitehead Lecturer, with the medical alumni distinguished teaching professorship from the Academy of Educators, as a recipient of the SOM Professor graduation award, and AOA induction.