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Meet the OUME Team

OUME Staff Listed Alphabetically

Anita Amin

Education Program Specialist 

Curriculum Support
FOM 1 Curriculum Committee Support
OSD Small Groups Support
Infections Course Support

Anita joined the OUME team in 2021. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Worcester State in 2015. . She previously worked in residency with the UMass Chan Ophthalmology Residency Program from 2019 - 2021. Anita’s interest in medical education drew her to working with the OUME department. Prior to coming to UMass, she worked in the semiconductor field as well as in food and beverage marking and communications, with a career that started at Polar Beverages. 

In her spare time, she loves cooking, traveling, and spending time with her rescued Shiba Inu Connie. She recently took up bass fishing with her husband and is looking forward to more time on the water.

Elliot Beane

Education Program Specialist

Curriculum Support
Doctoring and Clinical Skills (DCS) 1 and 2

Elliot joined the OUME team in 2021. She received a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson University and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Florida. Between 2016 and 2020, Elliot worked in various roles in undergraduate residence life where she facilitated community development through learning communities and extracurricular programs while supporting students throughout their undergraduate years. Prior to joining the OUME team Elliot served as a member of the UMass Medical School Vaccination Corp and assisted COVID-19 vaccination efforts as a vaccination site manager.

After spending 13 years away from New England, Elliot is happy to be back in the Northeast. In her free time, Elliot enjoys spending time with her pup Joe, exploring New England, and working on DIY projects.


Emily Brunelli

Education Program Specialist

Curriculum Support
DCS 1 and 2
Patients / ICE

Emily joined the OUME team in 2022. She received a bachelor’s degree in 2020 from UMass Amherst where she double majored in Economics and English and minored in Spanish. She worked several administrative and customer service focused roles throughout college. She also has a background in education and working with students; she has experience as a Summer Camp Director and as a building substitute for Newton Public Schools, where she became very passionate about education.

In her free time, Emily enjoys writing, cooking, traveling, exploring new restaurants, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

Colleen J Burnham, MBA
Educational Specialist III | FCE, CSD
Instructor, Department of Medicine

Curriculum Support

Flexible Clinical Experiences (FCE) | CCE |
Capstone Scholarship & Discovery (CSD) | FOM1, FOM2, CCE, AS |
Colleen joined UMass Medical School in 2009 after 15 years in higher education as a professional teaching associate in psychology and an information specialist in the library, computer, and audiovisual "sciences." A nontraditional student, Colleen earned her MBA from Thomas College in 2009, specializing in adult online learning and conflict management. Colleen’s scholarly interests include information literacy, the ethical use of subjects (human and animal), and scholarly writing. She is a proud 13th generation Mainer, has three amazing grown children, and is a past cornet player in Civil War Era Serenade bands.
Personal websites include: Academic ePortfolio | Professional ePortfolio | Personal Blog
Pawel Stefan Chojnowski
Education Program Specialist


Curriculum Support
International Medical Education Program (IMEP)
Global Health Pathway (GHP)
Interstitial programming
Advanced Studies Curriculum Committee

Pawel joined the OUME team in 2021. He received his bachelor's degree from Suffolk University in 2015 having double majored in international affairs and history. He is also a graduate of the Macquarie University Global Leadership Program.

In his free time, Pawel enjoys spending time with his friends and family, cooking, and watching movies. He loves to travel where he likes to pack light, only bringing a few changes of clothes and his trusty Sony camera. He tries to see as much as he can and to meet as many interesting people as possible to learn their stories.

"The wide world is all about you: You can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out."
—J.R.R. Tolkien

Victoria Cohen, MPP
Education Program Specialist
Curriculum Support
Learning Communities
Education Policy and Education Policy Rules Committees
FM 102: Building Working Cells & Tissues (BWCT)
FM 103: Integrated Case Exercises 1 (ICE/1)
FM 105: Development, Structure, & Function (DSF)
FM 110: Determinants of Health (DOH/1)
FM 203: Integrated Case Exercises 2 (ICE/2)
FM 210: Determinants of Health, PHC (DOH/2)

Victoria joined the OUME team in 2021. She received her Bachelor's degree in American Literature & Culture from UC Los Angeles in 2016. Between 2016 and 2019 Victoria worked in K-12 education and became an alumnus of Teach For America and the Urban Leaders Fellowship. She received her Master's in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University in 2021. While in Nashville she worked for Vanderbilt's OUME and as an education policy research partner.

In her free time, Victoria loves to socialize with people and animals and has a dog, two cats, and a pet hedgehog - all of whom she loves to take on outings. She also enjoys cooking, reading, painting, hiking, and attending poetry and art exhibits. 


Manas Das, MD, MS
Assistant Dean for Foundational Curriculum
Associate Professor

Division of Translational Anatomy, Department of Radiology
Dr. Das joined UMass from the University of South Dakota in 2018 and has held instructional and educational leadership positions all over the world. He received his medical degree from Calcutta National Medical College, though he stopped practicing medicine to focus on his love of teaching. He is co-leader for the development, structure, and function (DSF) course for the MS1s and the organ system diseases (OSD) course for the MS2s, and in his Assistant Dean role will oversee and spearhead innovation throughout the biomedical pillar of our curriculum.

Interacting with students is his true passion – he loves to teach! When not teaching, he travels, sings, listens to music, watches sports/TV/movies (several of his teaching sessions have references from 'Friends' or a Brad Pitt movie!), and cook. Finally, he is a believer of 'to err is human, forgive divine' and 'to live and let live.'



Mitchell Gitkind, MD

Assistant Dean of Health Systems Science
Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Gitkind received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his internship and residency at Worcester Memorial Hospital.  He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology through Tufts University School of Medicine. His current clinical focus is obesity medicine and bariatric surgery. An experienced educator and Lean black belt, Dr, Gitkind has mentored over 100 quality improvement projects for faculty and trainees and has developed and delivered a curriculum on patient safety, conflict negotiation, and clinical topics.   He holds the title of Assistant Dean of Health Systems Science and the academic rank of professor in the departments of medicine and surgery. He is responsible for the development and support of related curriculum students enrolled in our school of medicine as well as residents and fellows in our ACGME-approved GME programs. 


Arnaldo Machado
Administrative Manager II

Arnaldo joined UMass Medical School in 2021. He holds a degree in Management and Political Science from UMass Boston and comes to us after 12 years of managerial experience in state government. Throughout his career, he administered programs for Mass Health and provided logistics and operations support to the Bureau of Substance Addiction Service at the Department of Public Health. He is deeply committed to advocacy, diversity, and inclusion having volunteered for the CASA program to protect vulnerable children and as a crisis counselor. 

When not working, he reads, sings, draws, catches up on the latest shows, and plays computer and role-playing games. He also loves cooking and enjoying the company of his family and puppies.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes... you're Doing Something.”
—Neil Gaiman


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Adam Marowski
Education Specialist

Curriculum Support
Organ System Diseases (OSD)
Transition to Internship
OASIS Scheduler
FOM1 & FOM2 Curriculum Committee

Adam joined the OUME team in 2022. He received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and History from Suffolk University. In 2015 he worked at the Massachusetts State House for Senator Forry. Afterwards he has worked in various sales positions building up his interpersonal and communication skills.

Adam is a New England Native from the Springfield area of Massachusetts. In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, studying history, working out, and playing video games. He aims to impact the world in a positive manner and bring joy to the ones around him.

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes” -Attitude by Charles Swindoll

Karen Morrissey, MBA, CAGS
Education Program Specialist
Curriculum Support
Interstitial Curriculum (ISC)/Interprofessional Experiences (IPE)
Transition to Core Clinical Experience (TCCE)
Elective Curriculum Committee (ECC)
Optional Enrichment Electives (OEE)
Karen joined the OUME team in 2019. Karen worked for 11 years in a postsecondary health and counseling setting where she tracked and reported student immunization requirements as well as case visits and facilitated the health and wellness events. Prior to her role in health and counseling, she worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Caitlin Raymond International Bone Marrow Registry, and was an instructor for the American Red Cross. Karen has a bachelor's degree in health education as well as a Master of Business Administration with a certificate of advanced graduate study in health informatics.
In her free time, Karen enjoys time with family and friends, book clubs, and trips to the beach.
Patricia Seymour MS, MD

Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum            
Associate Professor

Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Seymour is a UMASS Chan Medical School (UMCMS) graduate and graduated from the Worcester Family Medicine Residency Program, accepting a faculty position here after her graduation in 2010, so has been a part of the UMCMS family for some time.  Trish practices hospital medicine and perioperative medicine and serve's as her department's physician quality officer. She previously led the Family Medicine acting internship and oversees the quality and patient safety interstitial content.  She is passionate about quality improvement education and serves as faculty co-lead of our interprofessional trainee quality council which includes fellows, residents and students from the school of medicine, graduate school of nursing, and Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Preparing future physicians is an ever-evolving process and Trish strives to address health equity and bias and to incorporate technology in UMCMS's educational planning.   

When not seeing patients or working on curriculum, Trish enjoys anything outdoors and anything involving her four children including travel and hiking.  


Mirela Skaka
Administrative Assistant

Mirela joined the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education department in July of 2021 after 18 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and Case Management Coordinator in the Workers Compensation Insurance. She received a degree in Business and Economics from the Tirana Agricultural University in Albania and has a certificate in client-server technology from WPI. She now supports Manas Das and Patricia Seymour. She also oversees our summer Research and Curriculum Exploration program, clinical-grade turn-around, Poster Sessions, and new upcoming projects as they develop.

In her free time, Mirela enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Aiesha Sojourner
Education Program Specialist

Mental Health First Aid Certified
Sustainability Certified

Aiesha joined the OUME in January 2022. She is a course administrator for the Host Defense and Blood course, and assists with the clinical portion of Doctoring Clinical Skills 1 & 2, which are the Longitudinal Preceptor Programs (1&2), Hospital Sessions, Learning Communities, Physical Diagnosis 1&2, and the 4th Year Teaching Elective. Her previous professional experience in education consists of mentoring and tutoring college students and other tutors, a Teacher’s Assistant and a Behavior Technician Assistant. Most of her other experience is from veterinary medicine/animal welfare, along with her own animal care business, policy research for the Humane Society of United States (HSUS), and marketing for prominent human and animal welfare non-profits.

Aiesha hails from the Performing Arts district in New York City. She has undergraduate degrees in Literature and Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and is pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology.

She is a huge animal lover and volunteers with HSUS. She loves her cat, dancing, eating, interior design, fashion, watching sci-fi, fantasy, anime, action, and comedy, writing skits, reading classics, and DIY-ing.

Jean M Welker, MA
Education Program Specialist II
Program/System Support
FOM1 & FOM2: Academic Year Calendaring, Room Reservations
Oasis Curriculum Management and Student Scheduling
SOM Faculty Blackboard Learn Access
Curriculum Inventory
FOM2 Curriculum Committee
Jean joined the OUME in 2019 after many years in the UMass Memorial Health Care and UMass Medical School systems. Most recently, she worked as a project coordinator in the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, managing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs. Before that, Jean worked at UMMHC in the Center for Health and Fitness, working with employee wellness, cardiac rehab, and pulmonary rehab. 
In her free time, Jean enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. 
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