Anna Edmondson

Professor
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Primary Gross Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies
Component Director for Medical Gross Anatomy
Component Director for Medical Human Development (Embryology)
Director of Phase 1 Tissues and Musculoskeletal System Module Director
Director Medical Education Elective (MEDI 5012)

Office: R&E Building, CB 1805
Phone: 706-721-1808
Fax: 706-7216120
envelope-o icon aedmondson@augusta.edu


Research Interests

My research interests relate to medical education and curriculum design . I am interested in developing and determining the effectiveness of innovative instructional designs, learning tools, and assessments that promote self-directed learning and critical thinking in the medical education curriculum.

Education

1998 B.S., Molecular Biology, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama
2004 PhD., Pathology, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee 

Post Doctoral Training

2005-2009 Scientist-Educator Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Honors and Awards

2017-2018 Augusta University Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education
2016-2017 Augusta University Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education
2016 MCG Distinguished Faculty Award for Basic Science Teaching
2015-2016 Augusta University Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education
2014-2015 Augusta University Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education
2013 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Augusta University Physician Assistant Department
2012 Invited Member, Augusta University Academy of Educators
2011-2012 Augusta University (formerly GRU) Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education
2011 Augusta University (formerly GHSU) Educational Discovery Institute Scholar2011 Augusta University (formerly GHSU) Educational Discovery Institute Associate Membership
2011 Augusta University Educational Innovation Institute Research Fellowship
2009-2010 Augusta University (formerly GHSU) Exemplary Teaching Award for Medical Student Education
2008-2009 NRSA Institutional Postdoctoral Training Fellowship
1998 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Auburn University

Publications

1. Das, M, Claeson, KM, Lowrie, DJ, Bolender, DL, Fredieu, JR, Guttman, G, Conway, ML, Ghosh, T, Edmondson, AC, Cork, RJ, Rengasamy, P, Lee, LMJ, Williams, JM, Oberg, KC. A Guide to Competencies, Educational Goals, and Learning Objectives for Teaching Human Embryology in an Undergraduate Medical Education Setting. Medical Science Educator 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-018-0542-5.

2. Cunningham-Edmondson AC and Hanks SK. P130Cas substrate domain signaling promotes migration, invasion, and survival of estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cells. Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy 2009, 1: 39-52.

3. Maroney SA*, Cunningham AC*, Ferrel J, Hu R, Haberichter S, Mansbach CM, Brodsky RA, Dietzen DJ, Mast AE. A GPI-anchored co-receptor for tissue factor pathway inhibitor controls its intracellular trafficking and cell surface expression. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2006, 4: 1114-1124. (*Equal contribution)

4. Cunningham AC, Hasty KA, Enghild JJ, Mast AE. Structural and functional characterization of tissue factor pathway inhibitor following degradation by matrix metalloproteinase-8. Biochemical Journal 2002, 367: 451-458.

4. Cunningham AC. Parasitic adaptive mechanisms in infection by LeishmaniaExperimental and Molecular Pathology 2002, 72: 132-141. 

Professional Associations

American Association of Anatomists (AAA)
American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA)
International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

Presentations

Parmer, H*, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Analysis of Preclinical Academic Performance Compared to Matched Residency. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2019 annual meeting.

Money, S, Wall, W, David, L, Edmondson, AC. Depth and Lumen Diameter of the Superior Labial Artery with a Clinical Application to Dermal Filler Injection. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019. Madray, V, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Assessment of Medical Student Achievement of Competency-based Objectives through Clinical Case Presentations. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019.

Curry, B, Brown, S, Hryniuk, A, Edmondson, AC. Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Surface Anatomy Curriculum in Teaching Medical Students the Physical Exam. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019.

Lesiotto, KM, Flaherty, KV, Kaiser, H, Edmondson, ACC. Assessment of the Utility of a Pedagogy Interest Workgroup for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Orlando, FL, 2019.

Jamshad, S., Vaizer, R., Vinson, B., Spartz, H., Edmondson, AC. The Use of Self-Directed Learning in Diagnosing a Cadaver with Diffuse Pulmonary Ossification, From a Student's Perspective. Oral Presentation at the Group for Research in Pathology Education Annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2019.

Wall, WB*, Money, SM, Edmondson, ACand Davis, LS. Cadaveric Dissection Investigating Facial Artery Termination & Symmetry. Poster Presentation at the Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology Annual meeting, Charleston, SC, 2018. *Winner of the Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology Best Clinical Research Poster Award.

Jennings, K*, Nichols, C, Hryniuk, A, Edmondson, AC. The Effectiveness of the “First Patient” Discovery Activity in Promoting Observational Medicine and Diagnostic Decision-Making. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2018. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2018 annual meeting.

Sherwood, D*, Hryniuk, A, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Early Identification of Factors Contributing to Allied Health Students’ Academic Difficulties in Gross Anatomy. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2018. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2018 annual meeting.

Ng, T*, Sherwood, D, Hryniuk, A, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Identifying Learning and Study Strategies as Predictors for Academic Performance in Gross Anatomy. Oral Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2018. *Winner of the American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2017 annual meeting.

Houston, H*, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Effects of Exam Group Time on Academic Performance. Oral Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2018. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2018 annual meeting.

Corbitt, RE*, Hryniuk, A, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Evaluation of Critical Thinking Skills in the Anatomy and Development Components of the First Year Medical School Curriculum. Oral and Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2018. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2018 annual meeting.

Bennett, B, Edmondson, AC, Nichols, C. Identifying Predictors for Academic Performance in the MCG Pre-Clinical Curriculum. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2018.

Hryniuk, A., Edmondson, AC., Jennings, K., Nichols, C. Assessment of Medical Student Integration of Public Health and Disease in a First Patient Discoveries Activity. Oral Presentation at the American Association of Medical Colleges Annual meeting, Austin, TX, 2018.

Encisco, E, Edmondson, AC, Nichols, CA. First Year Medical Students’ Perceptions of Professionalism. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Chicago, IL, 2017.

Yang, W*, Nichols, CA, Edmondson, AC. Comparison of Academic Performance within the First Year of Medical School with Performance on a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Exam. Oral & Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Chicago, IL, 2017. *Winner of the American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2017 annual meeting.

Kim, L*, Nichols, CA, Edmondson, AC. Evaluation of Curricular Factors that Impact Residency Specialty Choice. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, Chicago, IL, 2017. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2017 annual meeting.

Rossi, AL, Edmondson, AC. Developing a Pipeline to Academic Medicine: the Medical Education Elective at the Medical College of Georgia. Poster Presentation at the Association of American Medical Colleges Annual meeting, Seattle, WA, 2016.

Anders, R*, Wheeler, K, Martin, C, Edmondson, AC. Gross Anatomy Dissection Improves Exam Scores Amongst Medical and Allied Health Students. Oral & Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Winner of the American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Nichols, CT*, Edmondson, AC. Examination of the Role of Student Learning Styles, Motivation and Sociodemographic Factors in Influencing Academic Performance. Oral & Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for an American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Lameka, M*, Pearson, BP, Edmondson, AC. Problem Sets Allow for Multiple Competency Acquisition in First Year Neuroscience Course. Oral & Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for an American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Willis, A*, Edmondson, AC, Martin, CM. The Influence of Spatial Ability on Medical Student Performance in the Basic Sciences. Oral & Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for an American Association of Anatomists Educational Research Platform Presentation Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Peng, YE*, Rossi, AL, Edmondson, AC. Evaluating the Impact of the Supplemental Instruction Program on Student Academic Performance in Gross Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Xiong, J*, Edmondson, AC, Martin, CM. The Influence of Spatial Ability on Performance in Anatomy. Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Dowdy, J*, Martin, C, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. The Anatomy of Healthcare Student Perceptions. Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2016 annual meeting.

Collier, J*, Nichols, C, Edmondson, AC. Evaluation of the Inclusion of Weekly Quizzes on Academic Performance in First Year Medical Students. Poster Presentations at the American Association of Anatomists Annual meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016. *Finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Anatomical Science Education (ASE) Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award at the 2016 annual meeting.