Judith Kalinyak, M.D., Ph.D. Joins i-Human Patients to Help Transform Medical Education

Kalinyak to join team supporting health care professional schools and health systems in i-Human Patients implementation

SAN FRANCISCOJune 3, 2015i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP) has appointed Judith Kalinyak, M.D., Ph.D., to the role of Director, Clinical Curriculum Integration. She joins a team of doctors and nurses helping U.S. medical, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant schools and residency programs augment their curricula through virtual learning. Kalinyak, a passionate medical educator for more than 15 years, will collaborate with leaders at U.S. health care professional programs on implementing the i-Human Patients virtual learning platform, which helps students and practitioners develop and master diagnostic competencies, and reinforces traditional classroom learning using a clinical context.

Like a flight simulator for medical students and clinicians, i-Human’s interactive learning environment uses a computer-animated patient to enrich users’ detective skills and critical thinking to identify and treat a number of ailments. As Director, Clinical Curriculum Integration at IHP, Kalinyak joins a team of four M.D.s and two R.N.s whose efforts integrating i-Human into curricula are helping to transform clinical education to address the U.S.’s high rate of misdiagnosis and diminish unnecessary health care spending.

“Dr. Kalinyak’s three decades of experience as a physician, teacher, and executive are matched only by her passion for education,” said Norm Wu, CEO of IHP. “That blend offers her a unique perspective as she works hand-in-hand with educators and administrators to deliver competency training that focuses on clinical context and diagnostic reasoning, and produces clinicians who are better able to ensure positive patient outcomes.”

Kalinyak earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular biology, and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Hershey Medical Center. She attended Stanford University Medical Center for residencies in internal and nuclear medicine as well as a fellowship in endocrinology. Kalinyak has taught endocrinology at University of California-San Francisco and Stanford; nuclear medicine as a clinical staff physician in Stanford’s radiology department; and was an associate professor of medicine and director of the Clinical Skills Center at the California Northstate University College of Medicine. Kalinyak also worked in private-sector roles as the chief medical officer and medical director at Naviscan Inc., where she assisted in the development and implementation of a physician education program, and as the chief of nuclear medicine at Kaiser Permanente.


About i-Human Patients, Inc.

i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP) develops virtual medical training products and services, including its flagship i-Human Patients® platform, launched in November 2012, which educators at more than 20 percent of U.S. medical schools are subscribing to or developing content on in anticipation of future use. Cloud-based and interactive, i-Human improves training outcomes and clinical protocol compliance for students, instructors, and practicing clinicians using active learning strategies and content developed by leading medical educators at more than 40 schools.

IHP is collaborating with the Reliance Foundation, an Indian not-for-profit company that has provided generous support to enhance the i-Human platform and add numerous new medical cases. The partnership aims to provide high-quality virtual medical training to students, instructors, and clinicians and equip health care professionals to achieve greater standards of excellence. IHP has also received financial support from the American Medical Association and the National Science Foundation. i-Human Patients, Inc. is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.


Denise DiMeglio
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