ECU obstetrics/gynecology professor completes national educators program

A clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has graduated from a prestigious national program designed to create expert educators in her field.

Dr. Jill Sutton has completed the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Academic Scholars and Leaders Program, a 15-month course in curriculum design, educational theory, adult learning methodologies and teaching strategies. Sutton was one of only 24 professors nationwide admitted to the program last year. It was first offered in 1997.


Dr. Jill Sutton. (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

Dr. Jill Sutton. (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

“Dr. Sutton brought Pirate Pride to our university and department from a national stage,” said Dr. Libby Baxley, senior associate dean for academic affairs. “We are fortunate indeed to have her as a resource and educator.”

Sutton has already put to use the skills gained in the Scholars and Leaders Program. In March, she presented a research poster at the annual joint meeting of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Sutton, who also serves as clerkship director for third-year medical students at Brody, investigated forms of feedback in educational simulation sessions. She found that medical students prefer to receive feedback directly rather than electronically.

“I am grateful to have participated in this program,” she said. “I learned much about educational research and have been able to support several students in their own research projects with these new tools.”

Sutton completed her medical degree and residency training at the Brody School of Medicine and joined the faculty in 2010. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. In 2016, she received the Katherine Bray-Strickland Young Alumni Award for her dedication to medical student education and to the mission of the Brody School of Medicine.



-by Elizabeth Willy, University Communication