EVMS Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has awarded Professional Enrichment and Growth (PEG) grants to eleven faculty members for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The grants were awarded during a competitive process that was open to all faculty in the School of Medicine and in the School of Health Professions. To qualify, the activity has to help the nominee achieve his or her professional goals as well as advance the academic missions of the department and the institution.

Below are this year's PEG grant recipients and their activities.


Teaching is defined as time spent in direct contact with learners by using techniques which deliver and/or reinforce information, stimulate thinking, and result in learning. Faculty members distinguish themselves as teachers while others excel in the design, production, or evaluation of courses, examinations and/or instructional materials.

Marta A Ambrozewicz, MD. PhD | Assistant Professor of Pathology and Anatomy

PEG grant activity: Program for Educators in Health Professions, Harvard Macy Institute

Marissa Galicia-Castillo, MD, (MD ’97, Internal Medicine Residency ’00), MPH | the Sue Faulker Scribner Distinguished Professor in Geriatrics and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

PEG grant activity: Center to Advance Palliative Care National Seminar plus American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine & Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Session

Carol McCammon, MD, MPH | Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

PEG grant activity: Online Tropical Clinical Medicine Course and a Global Health Course

Jayne Penne, MPA | Assistant Professor of School of Health Professions

PEG grant activity: Academy of Communication in Healthcare’s (ACH) Faculty in Training (FIT) Program

Laurie L. Wellman, PhD | Associate Professor of Pathology and Anatomy

PEG grant activity: Maximizing Technology's Potential in Medical Education, Harvard Macy Institute 


Faculty members distinguish themselves in this area through professional excellence, integrity and empathy in treating patients.

Cassyanne Aguiar, MD | Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

PEG grant activity: Obtain Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification

Cheryl Almirante, MD, FACE | Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

PEG grant activity: ISD meeting & Vertebral Fracture Recognition

Elizabeth K. Collumb, MD, MPH | Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PEG grant activity: Visiting Fellow Columbia University course in electroconvulsive therapy


Administration includes a broad range of non-clinical professional activities that advance the mission of the department and the institution. This includes leadership and participation in various administrative committees and organizations.

Steven Brawley MD, PhD | Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine

PEG grant activity: National Institute for Professional Development Fellowship

Rupa Kapoor, MD | Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

PEG grant activity: Association of Pediatric Directors Leadership in Educational Academic Development Training

Alexandra Leader, MD, MPH | Director of Global Health, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

PEG grant activity: Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine