Faculty Educator of the Month: September 2013

Mahsa Dehghanpour, Ed.D.

Mahsa Dehghanpour, Ed.D., Program Director for the Program in Medical Dosimetry and Assistant Professor in the MD Anderson School of Health Professions, has been named the September 2013 Faculty Educator of the Month.

In directing the Program in Medical Dosimetry, Dr. Dehghanpour supervises, organizes, and leads all aspects of the program. Activities she oversees include training and advising students, developing curriculum, securing accreditation, outreach to current and prospective students, evaluation and enhancement of the program, and recruiting and supervising faculty and staff.

Dr. Mahsa Dehghanpour, Ed.D. Sitting behind her deskSoon after being named Program Director 4 years ago, Dr. Dehghanpour made crucial changes to the program by going to a 2-year format and developing a new curriculum, resulting in an increase in educational opportunities and doubling student enrollment. Furthermore, she has been instrumental in the program’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), helping secure SACS reaccreditation in 2010 and maintenance of an 8-year JRCERT accreditation award in 2009.

Dr. Dehghanpour also has had a wealth of classroom experience at the School of Health Professions. Currently, she is an Instructor and Coordinator for many of the Medical Dosimetry courses. In addition, she is the Director and Instructor for the Medical Dosimetry Review Course, assisting medical dosimetrists inside and outside the program prepare for their board examinations; and the Instructor for CPR/AED Training for Medical Dosimetrists. Furthermore, Dr. Dehghanpour is a guest lecturer for the Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging programs in the School of Health Professions.

Earlier this year, Dr. Dehghanpour was honored for her educational work with the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences/Elsevier Innovator of the Year Award, which recognizes the efforts of imaging sciences educators using technology to promote learning among their students. In Dr. Dehghanpour’s case, the award recognized her contribution to the creation of an interdisciplinary case study conference in which students learn about other disciplines under simulated clinical conditions (diagnosis, treatment, and report reviews for a fictional patient by students in different allied health sciences programs).

Dr. Dehghanpour received her M.S. degree in nuclear engineering-radiation medicine from Azad University in Tehran, Iran, in 2000. She came to MD Anderson in 2002, completing her education in medical dosimetry the next year. She received her doctorate degree in education-curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston in 2011. In 2004, Dr. Dehghanpour joined the School of Health Professions faculty as Education Coordinator and an Instructor. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2008 and Program Director in 2009.

During her time at the School of Health Professions, Dr. Dehghanpour has served on numerous committees. In particular, she is the Chair for the Medical Dosimetry Advisory Committee, Medical Dosimetry Admissions Committee, and Medical Dosimetry Curriculum Committee. Furthermore, she is the judge for the MD Anderson Trainee Excellence Awards and has reviewed research abstracts for American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) poster presentations.

Dr. Dehghanpour also is an active member of professional societies via service on different committees and task groups. In particular, she participated in the recent revision of the AAMD Curriculum Guidelines for the Medical Dosimetry educational programs and served as a site visitor for the JRCERT. She has also made presentations at local, state, and national professional meetings.

Although she does not perform clinical research, Dr. Dehghanpour is coordinator for two research courses for senior students in the Program in Medical Dosimetry. In this role, she helps select topics of research, guides students in outlining and reporting on their research, reviews students’ manuscripts, and fosters entries to the AAMD student writing contest as well as participation in the MD Anderson Trainee Research Day. Furthermore, Dr. Dehghanpour assists students in the creation and presentation of research posters. Articles written by students under Dr. Dehghanpour’s guidance are regularly published in the journal Medical Dosimetry.