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Annette Mallory Donawa, Ph.D.

Annette Mallory Donawa Annette Mallory Donawa - At Johns Hopkins since 2012

Assistant Dean, Office of Continuing Medical Education

Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I joined Johns Hopkins Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) in 2012 because I was impressed with the quality of education provided to physicians and other health care providers. OCME has a low staff turnover rate, and one of its employees has been here for more than 45 years. As a native Marylander, I was always impressed with Johns Hopkins, and of course the brand speaks for itself.

Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I have decided to stay at Hopkins because I love working with the OCME staff and Hopkins faculty. In my role as assistant dean, I build and leverage relationships with internal and external partners, domestic and international. I enjoy academic freedom, and I enjoy building new programs and enhancing current medical education programs by integrating adult learning methodologies and active learning.

Make decisions that will have positive impacts on the majority and not the minority.

Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.

I have worked in higher education for about 20 years. Before coming to Hopkins, I was the director of accreditation for a commission that focused on complementary and integrative medicine. I have about 30 years of experience in education overall, and coming to Hopkins seemed to be a natural fit since the focus is on medical education.

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I am the founding director of an international health care exchange program at Hopkins, where international physicians visit Johns Hopkins for a five-day medical education program. This exchange program allows me to integrate critical thinking methodologies and adult learning principles into the curriculum. I designed this program from conception to completion, and now we are focusing on obtaining outcomes data.

What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?

I would advise women who aspire to grow in leadership responsibilities to be fair and consistent when making decisions, to always seek multiple perspectives and to collect and analyze data where possible. Make decisions that will have positive impacts on the majority and not the minority. Embrace diversity and allow for self-reflection. Lessons learned and open communication can prevent patterns of errors and mistakes.

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