Michael Adams, MD, Clinician Educator Track

The purpose of the Michael Adams, MD, Clinician Educator Program (MACE) is to provide a standardized curriculum for residents interested in Academic Medicine, and to integrate already existing teaching opportunities across the Department of Medicine, the Graduate Medical Education Office, and the School of Medicine.

Dr. Michael Adams
Dr. Michael “Mike” Adams

Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics residents apply during their intern year. They participate in a teaching curriculum during their second and third years. Additionally, they benefit from close mentoring relationships and engage in a scholarly project related to clinical education.  Participants gain important firsthand teaching experiences during their third year and rotate in a dedicated month-long teaching elective (ARGY).

The love of teaching is deeply built into the culture at Georgetown.  The program is named in honor of Dr. Michael “Mike” Adams, Georgetown’s former Internal Medicine Program Director, who inspired countless medical students and residents at Georgetown through his energetic and compassionate teaching and leadership. Dr. Adams was truly a skilled clinician educator whose impact continues to live on at Georgetown.


To foster the development of residents as educators and leaders via didactics, hands-on teaching experiences, scholarship, and close mentorship in order to become confident and skilled clinical educators.

Social gathering at a MACE resident’s rooftop apartment, allowing residents to get to know each other outside of the clinical hospital walls
The first Clinician Educator lecture day! Lectures are taught by a variety of clinical faculty at MGUH, both Internal Medicine physicians and outside of IM as well. This lecturer is Dr. Virginia Malatack, MACE Director.


The MACE Program is open to Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics residents with applications due on January 1 of PGY-1 year.  Acceptances are announced by February 1. The core curriculum will begin during the PGY-2 year. 

Track Components

  • Application for Protege membership in the GUMC Teaching Academy for the Health Sciences
  • Longitudinal Curriculum throughout the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years that includes didactic lectures, small group sessions, and journal clubs.
  • Clinical Teaching Experiences that culminate in the month long Argy Teaching Elective as a PGY-3
  • Scholarly Project (a.k.a. “capstone”)
  • Mentorship with a resident-nominated Clinician Educator Faculty member
  • Partnership with the Allan J. Goody, MD, Bedside Rounding Program and Allan J. Goody, MD, Visiting Professorship in Medical Education
Dr. Samuel Kareff leading a virtual Morning Report for residents
during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Timeline review for MACE Track including its longitudinal curriculum, mentorship, hand-on teaching experiences, and a scholarly project

Resident Testimonial

“One of the most exciting parts of starting fourth year of medical school for me was to help teach the third year students. Yet as I started to teach, I felt under prepared and overwhelmed. With time, I have begun to feel more confident. However, I believe having a Clinician Educator Track at Georgetown and uniting our existing education resources would help me and other residents develop into skilled clinical educators. 

So much of the field of medicine and residency is part of a hidden curriculum that you pick up by observation and experience. The inspiration and goal of this track is to offer a clear curriculum for residents interested in education, providing lectures and firsthand teaching experiences, to allow residents to be confident educators when they graduate and start their careers.”

— Kerry Ryan, MGUH Medicine Class of 2020

Dr. Sarah Thornton (MACE Director) and Dr. Kerry Ryan (former MACE participant) presented a poster about “Developing a Clinician Educator Track” at the CENTILE Colloquium/MedStar Research Symposium in Spring 2019.

MACE Capstone Projects

Chagai Mendelson and Krystina Johnson presented their Needs Assessment of Management Skills Training for Medicine Residents at the 2020 AMA Research Symposium poster gallery.

Chagai Mendelson alongside Drs. Burke and Ayub presented their oral presentation related to Resident Initiatives and Program Director Intuitions at the 2020 Colloquium for Georgetown University Medical Center Educators in the Health Professions.

David Toro Tobon is researching the Characteristics and Correlation between Resident self-perception and Medical Students’ Perception of Internal Medicine Residents as Role Models.

Samuel Kareff recently published his findings related to the Effects of a Resident-Led Subject Exam Review on Mean Scores of the Internal Medicine Subject Exam.

MACE in the News

Krystina Johnson‘s Flipped Classroom Approach related to Enhanced Learning about C. difficile Infection was recently featured in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

Contact Information

MACE Directors

Virginia J. Malatack, MD
Virginia Malatack is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University.  She completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha.  She feels privileged to have the opportunity to partner with residents and great educators at Georgetown to build the Clinician Educator Track which will further develop the skills of residents to become academic medicine’s future leaders.  Dr. Malatack’s interests include professional development for colleagues and residents, and medical care at the end of life.  She is the medical director of the 2 North intermediate care unit and serves as a member of the residency Clinical Competency Committee and the hospital’s Mortality Review Committee.

Sarah Thornton, MD
Sarah Thornton is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics hospitalist. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2008. Sarah is a member of AOA, The Society of Hospital Medicine, and The American Academy of Pediatrics. She currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency program. She also serves as the liaison for Georgetown Medical Students rotating at Medstar Franklin Square as part of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. She is in the MedStar Teaching Scholars program and has an interest in promoting residents and students as teachers.

Stephanie Cardella, MD
A native of the DC area and Georgetown School of Medicine graduate (‘11), Stephanie Cardella is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University as a member of the division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Cardella was first introduced to the idea of “residents as teachers” during her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  There she had the opportunity to participate in a teaching course led by master clinician educators as well as become a member of UNC’s Academy of Educators. Dr. Cardella currently serves as the medical director of the Bles 4 unit and serves as a member of the residency Clinical Competency Committee and the hospital Ethics Committee. 

MACE Chief Resident

Samuel A. Kareff, MD, MPH
Sam was born and raised in South Florida. He first came to his adopted home of Washington, DC as an undergraduate of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where he studied Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health as well as Latin American Studies. After a gap year in Costa Rica, he enrolled in the MD/MPH program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where his passion for medical education was sparked. His capstone examined a Team-Based Learning approach to ethics and professionalism related to first-year, dual-degree medicine and public health students. He remains a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He returned to DC to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at Georgetown. He is currently applying for fellowship in Hematology/Oncology. As a PGY-2, he was able to present his MACE capstone findings related to Subject (“shelf”) Exam reviews administered to MS3s prior to their Internal Medicine board exams at the Society for Hospital Medicine National Meeting. He looks forward to continuing development of the budding MACE track with a specific focus on maximizing hands-on teaching opportunities throughout all levels of undergraduate and graduate medical education.