The Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have chosen UC Irvine's Linda Lippa, MD, as the inaugural recipient of their joint Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education.
Lippa, a clinical professor of ophthalmology with the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine, is being honored in recognition of her critical role in preserving ophthalmology training in the medical school curriculum.
She pioneered an embedded ophthalmology curriculum, in which ophthalmic applications punctuate multiple basic science and clinical courses, using simulators for clinical skills teaching and assessment.
She has published extensively on longitudinal acquisition and retention of clinical skills.
Lippa is widely regarded as a leader in ophthalmic education. As the founding president of the Medical Student Educator section of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, she facilitates nationwide collaboration for the development of new teaching tools and novel curricula. Many are based on those initially piloted at UC Irvine and have had considerable influence on curricula worldwide.
As the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s education representative at the Association of American Medical Colleges, she has followed the most up to date trends in general medical education and implemented them at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Lippa joined the Department of Ophthalmology in 1994 and is regularly named among the “Best Doctors in America.”