A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

MD Program

Meet the Vice Dean

Dr. Terry Wolpaw is Vice Dean for Educational Affairs and a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, at Penn State College of Medicine.

She oversees and supports the continuum of medical educational programs spanning undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, including design, development and implementation; evaluation and outcomes assessment; and faculty development programs. Her focus is to create lifelong learners who can effectively navigate a sea of expanding information, collaborations and resource prioritization.

A recognized national leader in medical education, Dr. Wolpaw received one of the first American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Awards, served on the Association’s Education Committee and chaired its Continuing Assessment, Review and Evaluation committee. At Penn State College of Medicine, she and Dr. Jed Gonzalo served as the co-principal investigators on an American Medical Association grant to accelerate change in medical education.

Terry Wolpaw, MD, MPHE, is Vice Dean for Educational Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine.
Terry Wolpaw, MD, MPHE, is Vice Dean for Educational Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine.

Dr. Wolpaw completed a Master of Health Professions Education degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focused on the expression of clinical reasoning and uncertainties in case presentations. She developed the SNAPPS technique for case presentations to preceptors, which is used by medical students, residents and physician assistant students both nationally and internationally. Dr. Wolpaw earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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