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H. Wayne Lambert, Ph.D.

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Graduate School, Degree(s): University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Ph.D.

Faculty Rank:Professor

Special Clinical/Research Interests:Currently, my scholarly activities center on: (1) the expansion of clinical and translational research through the use of cadaveric material; (2) the development, review, and assessment of questions to prepare students for the National Medical Board Examinations (NMBE); (3) the study and research of variability within cadaveric specimens to note its impact on clinical anatomy; (4) the assessment of content, learning, and instructional methodology in current basic science courses and textbooks; and (5) the study of how dental students are taught the basic sciences. I have translational research collaborations with cardiothoracic surgeons at UCLA, urological surgeons at Johns Hopkins, and neurologists and radiologists at UCLA and Brigham Young University. I also collaborate on educational research with dental educators throughout the United States.

Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?

I feel comfortable advising any student. Most of my service activities have centered on helping my diverse student population feel comfortable and pursue success.

What does a typical day in the life of an academic include?

It is hectic, but I love my job. I try to do as much scholarship as possible when I am not teaching students. There is always something to write, papers to review and edit, research opportunities to pursue, and responsibilities that need to completed.

Briefly describe your teaching philosophy.

The foundation of my teaching philosophy is to provide a safe, non-threatening, learner-centered environment in which my diverse students can learn. In summary, my teaching philosophy is centered upon mentoring, i.e., taking a genuine interest in the education and well-being of my students.

Do you have any summer opportunities for students in your laboratory?

I have had a medical student work in my lab each of the past two summers, and this work has resulted in multiple papers and abstracts published as well as national platform and poster presentations.

What advice would you give to a student starting medical school?

Strive to create a healthy balance in your life. But most importantly, work hard, go to class, and be nice to people!