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"A central question about the future, then, is whether formal and informal learning structures will evolve to meet the changing needs of people who wish to fulfill the workplace expectations of the future."  - Pew Center Report on the Future of Jobs and Job Training

Learning may be the ultimate preventative medicine. Adapt to cognitive stress with joy, curiosity and fierce optimism and health follows.

My writing on learning design can be found here.




I bring a wealth of experience from study of medicine, music, tennis, climbing, game design, and education to leadership and team coaching and training, education environment design, and lean curriculum development.  Optimize your learning through your work, just with a new perspective. 


"A central question about the future, then, is whether formal and informal learning structures will evolve to meet the changing needs of people who wish to fulfill the workplace expectations of the future."  - Pew Center Report on the Future of Jobs and Job Training


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” - Antoine de St. Exupéry


Adapt to cognitive stress with joy, curiosity, and fierce optimism; health will follow. It is the core meta-skill to unlock societies potential. In the age of pervasive information, AI, and social media, core learning skills are more important than ever. 21 century teachers are stepping into new roles as designers, leaders, and coaches. It is a creative time full of need and opportunity.  


A vision for 21 century learning design.


What is the big picture behind advanced learning? How do we distill 100 years of education theory and practice to inform coaching and learning as well as educational product and environment design? How do we acknowledge the pioneering work of former pedagogs while engaging with the technologies that are changing the methods of teaching and the culture of healthcare?  Deep research and human centered learning design principles evolve into a multi-year plan to improve adult healthcare education. There is consensus that the approach should foster curiosity, systemic and innovative thought, broad knowledge and be low-cost. The underlying work included numerous interviews with students, residents, faculty and fellows, as well as international heath care executives, academic CTOs, CFOs and deans of education, medicine, and surgery. Initial prototypes were developed and presented to identify hurdles to change including economic incentives, cultural barriers, and brand inertia. By iterating through multiple collection, synthesis, ideation and prototyping phases, and stepping back to consider the problem from an organizational analysis standpoint, it became clear that to innovate health care education would require new vision and empowered leadership. 


Below are four examples of variations on communication strategy and information delivery to inspire new ways of approaching and funding effective system-wide educational initiatives.

What A simple infographic designed for medical educators at Stanford to facilitate advancement in curriculum construction.


Why Designed to inspire strategic and innovative approaches to education design and developed as an adjunct to my writings on education design and learning environments in a continuing effort to focus and simplify the communication of core tenets. 


How This concise sheet is a result of decades of personal training across numerous fields in combination with significant design research and represents a distillation of previous papers, research and discussions. After a deep dive investigating together with peers at the school of medicine, the graduate business school, and the school of education, and experiencing the best of learning, teaching and learning design, this table highlight concepts with potential for real impact.

What Montessori and Medical Education. A short post on Medium that explores a historical model relevant to modern adult learning and medical education in particular


Why As a the first female Italian medical student and doctor, a psychologist and educator with an immense record in helping children around the world engage with learning, Montessori was and is a good hook to engage doctors in discussing ideas surrounding education innovation.

What A seminar to help faculty and staff develop flipped classroom experiences.


Approach Oftentimes design means leaving behind the big picture and designing for existing systems with their inherent flaws. It also means empathy for those who walk the walk each and every day. With context sensitive communication, there is great opportunity to share the excitement to be found in autonomy, mindfulness, and deliberate practice. An invitation to lecture on medical education to medical faculty, staff and students at Stanford School of Medicine led to a flipped classroom on designing an effective flipped classroom! We met our goal of speaking only 6 minutes out of a 60-minute session and gave the community a chance to take action and experience a focused design process.

Outcome Invited back to repeat the talk. Take home materials used by faculty to build own flipped classroom experiences.

What Selection from a talk on precision learning environments. My research into clinical reasoning and academic institutional decision making led to a series of talks on learning environments, organizational analysis, and the culture of learning in the time of Watson (in reference to IBM’s Watson AI platform.) 'Precision' is another way of saying 'optimized for individual and group learning' that offers a different and personalized approach for each student.

Key concept The teacher shapes the environment in which students play to learn and in return students teach the teacher.

Outcome Invited back to repeat the talk at the Stanford Medical Education Seminar.


What A grant proposal that represents my first step in communicating the needs of digital natives as adult learners.

Why I had been tasked to design a new pilot course and test it against existing standards.

Approach Couched work as a retrospective cohort research project to secure academic funding and propel further design iterations. Secured $60k in initial funding with a planned grant submission for an additional $75k from the vice-provost for online learning. Warning, this is a lot of dry text, but if you like research proposals, this contains my early thinking on the need for new educational methods that eventually were refined into the infographic above and my Medium posts which expanded and clarified the message.