During 2018, Dr. Piercey continued in her role as course director for MD 811: Introduction to Clinical Medicine, a yearlong course for first year medical students. In addition to managing the administrative responsibilities for the course, Dr. Piercey co-taught two weekly small groups of 8-9 medical students, along with Drs. Angela Webb and Mark Tower. She also was a small group preceptor for a second-year dental course, CDE 824. Her role in this course focused on working with dental students to improve communication skills in the healthcare setting. Dr. Piercey also served as co-course director for MD 813: Behavioral Basis of Medicine. This is a course for first-year medical students, focusing on topics in the areas of psychiatry and behavioral science. Finally, Dr. Piercey taught a first and second year elective course, “The Stories We Tell Each Other: Engaging Emotional Perspectives Through Art.” In the area of research, Dr. Piercey’s work focused on medical education and the medical humanities. Along with two colleagues, Dr. Piercey published a paper titled “Moving Upstream in Prescription Opioid Education” in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. This paper addressed the role of medical education in the current opioid epidemic. Dr. Piercey co-led a workshop at the International Health Humanities Consortium Conference at Stanford University, focusing on how humanities activities are best marketed to students across a variety of educational contexts. She also presented a current medical humanities course and described its role in exercising the moral imagination of students. In the area of curricular developments, Dr. Piercey and Dr. Clark (co-director of ICM) have developed a new assessment method for reflective writing. A Reflection Rubric and accompanying faculty and student resources are being piloted in the ICM 1 course. In addition, Dr. Piercey is working with course directors across the College of Medicine to develop new standardized assessments for student interviewing skills. In the area of service, Dr. Piercey has continued to help translate the ICM 1 course to new regional medical campuses in both Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky. She also serves as a faculty advisor for a student led medical humanities group. Dr. Piercey also continues to participate in providing faculty development seminars in the area of small group teaching.