Kirsten Brown

George Washington University

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George Washington University


Dr. Kirsten Brown (@DrKirtyBrown) is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences (GWSMHS). She is the Director of Gross Anatomy, overseeing all of the anatomy-related educational programs for various student populations at the medical school. Kirsten is a medical education researcher and collaborates on projects that involve analyzing student performance and learning in the anatomical sciences. She has published on a variety of anatomy education-focused topics, including several meta-analyses on anatomy pedagogies and articles on anatomy knowledge retention. In the past few years, Kirsten has become a strong advocate for social media use as a means to promoting one’s academic brand an engage with students. She serves as one of the Social Media Representatives for the AAA meetings and is a regular contributor to the @AskAnatomist Twitter chat. She's currently exploring the efficacy of social media-based instructional approaches in medical gross anatomy through her innovative @BuffnBlue Instagram Account. In addition to her research interests, she teaches in the anatomical sciences, including human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. She is the co-block director for the Musculoskeletal (MSK) block of the GWSMHS medical curriculum. She also oversees the longitudinal incorporation of gross anatomy through the other premedical blocks, and serves as the anatomy content lead for several other blocks. Her passion for medical education and efforts for anatomy have not gone unnoticed by peers, colleagues, and students, as she is the past recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award and three Golden Apple Teaching Awards.