Donna H. Harward

Donna H. Harward

6004 Burnett-Womack


Director of Education and Outreach

Specialty Areas: Program/curriculum development and assessment; community-based, outcome-based and evidence-based education and research.

Chronology: BA: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972; Project director, Small Community Medicine Education Program (SCMEP), 1977-80; Social Research Associate, Office for Research and Development in the Health Professions, 1981-1987;Educational Consultant, Office of Educational Development, 1988-98; Director, Standardized Patient Program and Comprehensive Clinical Performance Examination (CPX), 1996-2004; UNC Liaison to the National Board of Medical Examiners, 1984-2004; Associate Director, Office of Educational Development, 1998-2004; Director, Clinical Skills Assessment Laboratory, 1999-2004; Director of Education UNC Kidney Center, 2005-2016.

Ms. Harward is a career educator whose primary focus has been medical education. Her specific areas of interest have been assessment, measurement and program/curriculum development and faculty development. She developed the Assessment and Item Management System (AIMS), a distributed, dynamic system for developing and administering quality assessment items, for the SOM and implemented the online testing component of the system, the first in the country to administer high-stakes tests on students’ personal laptop computers. Ms. Harward established and directed the UNC SOM’s standardized patient program and facilitated the expansion of the SOM’s evaluation system to include authentic assessment and Team-based Learning. Ms. Harward’s current interests include developing community-based, educational outreach activities for North Carolina citizens at risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), measuring the effectiveness of those activities,  and partnering with primary care physicians to ensure earlier identification of citizens at risk for kidney disease and to achieve improved management of patients with CKD.

Selected Bibliography:

Tuot DS, Diamantidis CJ, Corbett CF, Boulware LE, Fox CH, Harwood DH, Star RA, Rys-Sikora KE, Narva A. The Last Mile:  Translational Research to Improve CKD Outcomes. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Oct 7; 9(10):1802-5.

Harward DH, Bang H, Hu Y, Bomback, AS, Kshirsager AV. Evaluation of the SCORED Questionnaire to Identify Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease in a Community-based Screening Program in Rural North Carolina. 2014 J. Community Med Health EducS2:007. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.S2-007

Jennette CE, Vupputuri S, Hogan SL, Shoham DA, Falk RJ, Harward DH. Community perspectives on kidney disease and health promotion from at-risk populations in rural North Carolina, USA. Rural Remote Health. 2010 Apr-Jun; 10 (2):1388. E pub2010 May 17.

Ferris ME, Harward DH, Bickford K, Layton M, Ferris MT, Hogan SL, Gipson DS, McCoy LP, Hooper SR. A Clinical Tool to Measure the Components of Health Care Transition from Pediatric Care to Adult Care:  The UNC TRxANSITION Scale. Renal Failure. 2009; 34(6):744-753.

Harward DH, Bomback AS, Jennette CE, Amamoo MA, Falk RJ. The Kidney Education Outreach Program (KEOP)’s Community-based Screenings:  Participants’ Demographics and Screening Results. In Press.

Harward DH. Community Pharmacist:  Important Ingredient in Prescription to Reduce North Carolina's Chronic Kidney Disease Burden. North Carolina Pharmacist. 2009;89(1):10-13.

Harward DH and Falk RJ. The Kidney Care Prevention Program :  An Innovative Approach to Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention. NC MedJ. 2008 ;69(3) :233-235.

Harward DH. SIDEBAR :  The Kidney Education Outreach Program HEY DOC, HOW ARE MY KIDNEYS ?NC Med J .2008 ;69(3) :228

Harward DH, Tresolini, CP, Davis, WA. Can participation in a health affairs interdisciplinary case conference improve medical students’ knowledge and attitudes? Acad Med. 2006 Mar;81(3):257-61. 

Hobgood, C, Harward, D Newton K. and Davis W. The Educational Intervention “GRIEV_ING” Improves the Death Notification Skills of Residents.  Academic Emergency Medicine.2005; April; 12(4):296. 

Joyner P., Tresolini C., and Harward D. Pharmacy Student Participation in an Interdisciplinary Case Conference.  American  Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2003;67(2) article 45. 

Rutherford E, Harward , Baker C and Fakhry S. Critical Care Education in Medical School.  Focus on Surgical Education. Spring 2000;17(2), 28-30. 

Petrusa E, Hales J, Wake L, Harward D, Hoban D, and Willis S.  Prediction Accuracy and Financial Savings of Four Screening Tests for a Sequential Test of Clinical Performance.  Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2000; 12(1), 4-13. 

Harward D, Tresolini C, and Davis W. The Relationship Between Medical Students’ Self-Efficacy Scores, Performance on a Clinical Performance Examination, and Type(s) of Educational Experience in Five HPDP Areas.  American Education Research Association:  Montreal, April 1999. 

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