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During 2016, Dr. Piercey was involved in research with colleagues and students focusing on curriculum design and student assessment. One project, “Reflective Writing in Medical School: What Does it Reflect?” was accepted to the Southern Group on Educational Affairs. This retrospective study sought to gain insights into the “nature” of reflection by a review of exemplary portfolio entries and examining the characteristics and course performance of students identified as skilled in this area. Dr. Piercey collaborated with two medical students to submit a manuscript focusing on student perceptions of confidence in abilities related to entrustable professional activities. This paper, “A Pilot Survey Tool to Assess Medical Student Perspectives on Entrustable Professional Activities” was published in Medical Science Educator in early 2016. Currently, Dr. Piercey is working on a qualitative project highlighting the role of interprofessional healthcare experiences as part of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine I curriculum. In the area of teaching, Dr. Piercey continued in her role as course director for MD 811: Introduction to Clinical Medicine I, a yearlong course for first year medical students. In addition managing the administrative responsibilities for the course, Dr. Piercey co-taught two weekly small groups of 7-8 medical students, along with Drs. Katie McKinney, 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 health care setting. Dr. Piercey continued in her role 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. Dr. Piercey’s efforts were also focused on curriculum development. Along with Drs. Angela Webb and Janice Kregor, Dr. Piercey has developed an updated library of standardized patient interview cases, appropriate for use in first year medical school curriculums. She has also worked with a second year medical student to develop a first and second year elective course, The Stories We Tell Each Other: Engaging Emotional Perspectives Through Art. This course will be offered to students in the spring of 2017. Dr. Piercey has continued to serve on the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee. She is also working to help translate the ICM 1 course to new regional campuses and serves as a member of the Regional Campus Expansion Subcommittee.