The School of Education’s Barbara Daley is helping the armed services of the United States provide the best healthcare possible by focusing on education of professionals.
Daley, a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Administrative Leadership, is serving as a visiting professor for six months at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services in Bethesda, Md.
The Uniformed Services University (USU) is the nation’s federal health professions academy, educating, training and preparing those who support the military health system. The system provides doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals who serve the men and women in the armed services all over the world.
Daley is working with the graduate programs in health professions education, helping to get new programs established and integrated with existing programs. The USU graduate programs offer both a Master of Health Professions Education (HPE) and a Ph.D. in HPE.
“The idea is to help make the people who go through the program both better clinicians and better educators,” said Daley. “They are already subject matter experts in their fields, and we are working to enhance their educational expertise as well.”
The professionals at the university are outstanding, she added. “What is really exciting is how committed they are to making things happen. They have put together a really strong group of faculty from numerous areas in the country. It is a great group to work with.”
Daley was recruited to be a visiting professor after doing a presentation for USU. She has a unique blend of educational qualifications for the position. She is an education professor focusing on adult education (and former interim dean of the School of Education) who is also a registered nurse and has taught health-related courses.
Two former School of Education PhD students also are working at USU, she said. Brian Altman is now education director for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, which is a research center at USU. Dr. Dario Torre, who teaches at USU, is a medical doctor who earned his doctorate in adult education at UWM to help better train new doctors. Daley was his doctoral committee chair.
Daley is also able to continue her own research, which focuses on clinical reasoning, understanding learning in the health professions, and curriculum reform, while at the Uniformed Services University. “This is really interesting to me and a great opportunity to look at longitudinal studies in these areas.”
Daley is actually teaching in two places at once. The Uniformed Services University bought out 50 percent of her UWM contract, but she is still teaching UWM online courses from Maryland.
In addition to the professional opportunities, the (generally) warmer climate was an attraction, she noted with a laugh. “It was 75 degrees here when I arrived right around Christmas.” On the day of this interview though, she was watching the first flakes of what turned out to be the major D.C. snowstorm of the season outside the window of her high rise.
Having Washington, D.C., with all its history and attractions so close by is a wonderful benefit, she said. “If you’re bored here, it’s your own fault.”
The visiting professorship has been a great opportunity for her, she said.
“It’s really exciting work here, fascinating and challenging. And it’s right in line with what I have done throughout my career. It’s good to be doing something exciting and different career-wise without having to pick up and move permanently.”
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