MSAMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Julie Beckerdite, MBA
Chair

Julie is the Administrative Director for Graduate Medical Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) where she is responsible for the administrative and operations management of the GME office which is responsible for the oversight of 60 ACGME accredited and numerous non-ACGME accredited programs with over 700 trainees at BIDMC. Julie is involved in strategic planning, data analysis, and development and implementation of education initiatives. Julie is also responsible for the professional development and mentorship of the program coordinators at BICMD. Julie was the Education Program Manager in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) overseeing multiple fellowship programs and other educational initiatives of this large division. Prior to this Julie was the program coordinator for thoracic surgery at BWH. Julie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2004 and her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare management from D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2014.  In addition to serving on the Board, Julie is also a member of MSAMA’s Membership and Conference committees. Julie has leadership experience serving as the Executive Director for Team Heart, a non-profit medical organization focused on bringing sustainable cardiac care to Rwanda. In her spare time, Julie enjoys baking (she owns a home bakery with all profits of baked good sales going to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), swimming, and running.

Graduate Medical Education Administrative Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Cynthia O'Donnell, MHA
Vice Chair

Cynthia O'Donnell's career as an administrator in GME began in 2006 when she joined the Dept. of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) as a Program Coordinator. She was in charge of the medical student clerkship, residency and fellowship programs. In 2011, Cynthia joined the Dept. of Anesthesiology at BWH as the Program Manager and was promoted in 2013 to Program Administrator. Her main focus is to manage and mentor her administrative team as well as overseeing all facets (i.e. compliance, credentialing and recruitment) of a large accredited residency training program (100 residents and 5 accredited fellowship programs (40 fellows) and medical students). In addition to being the treasurer for MSAMA, Cynthia is a member of the MSAMA Mentorship Subcommittee where she actively mentors GME professionals within Partners Healthcare. Cynthia holds a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Suffolk University.

Education Program Administrator, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham & Woman’s Hospital
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Diana Wang, MBA
Treasurer

Diana is the Financial Administrator for Graduate Medical Education and Center for Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also the Treasurer for the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Diana holds a MBA degree in finance and she is in charge of budget planning, financial analysis and taxation for the Institute and manages budget reports for five different cost centers of Center for Education. She files tax document to the local, state and federal government. She works with the auditors on the annual Institute tax audit and the tax department on the annual Institute tax return preparation. Diana also manages the affiliation agreements with the different hospitals and institutes. She enjoys working with numbers and sharing her financial experiences with program coordinators from different departments. She presented budget building and negotiation skills in 2019 ACGME Coordinator Forum. Diana started engaging coordinators and administrative staff members in budget process and monitoring in the last few years.  There is a proven result of this innovative approach.

Financial Administrator, Graduate Medical Education and Center for Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Kaytlyn Darling, MHA, C-TAGME
Clerk

Kaytlyn is the Education Coordinator in the GME office at Boston Children’s Hospital. Previously, she held a position at Children’s for three years as the fellowship coordinator. Kaytlyn is an active member of the Massachusetts Society of Academic Medical Administrators and the new Clerk of the Board of Directors. Kaytlyn helped found the hospital’s Executive Coordinators Committee, which facilitates coordinator development, mentoring, and advancement. Kaytlyn is also a member of a GME Wellness Committee, and recently implemented an annual hospital wide trainee wellness/appreciation week.

Education Coordinator, GME Office, Boston Children's Hospital
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Britt Simonson, M.Ed.
Board of Directors

Britt Simonson works in the Graduate Medical Education office as the Accreditation Program Manager at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 2007. Britt received her master’s in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2014. She is the 2019 national recipient of the Linda J. Marts Administrator Service award through the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). Britt has been an active member of AAIM since 2010. She served as Chair for the CDIM Clerkship Administrator Advisory Council (CAAC) in 2015-2016. She was the former Program Manager for the Mentor/Mentee program for CAAC from 2012-2013. She has presented numerous times at the Academic Alliance for Internal Medicine national conferences and was an invited speaker for Association of American Medical Colleges conference in Savannah, Georgia in the spring of 2013, and the 2020 ACGME Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Society of Academic Medical Administrators and serves on the board of directors. Outside the field of medical education, Britt is a marathon runner and classical singer. She is originally from Okemos, Michigan.  

Accreditation Program Manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center