Subha Ramani, MBBS, MMEd, MPH


Associate Professor of Medicine


MBBS (MD)- 1986, Stanley Medical College, Madras University, India
MPH- June 1998, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Masters in Medical Education- March 2005, University Of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK

General Field of Work:

General Internal Medicine

Other affiliations:

Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information:

Evans 124

Phone: (617)-638 6500

Fax: (617)-638 6501


Medical education
Clinical skills
Bedside teaching
Physical examination

Summary of interest:

Reflecting on my clinical and teaching skills and continuously striving for excellence as a clinician, educator and mentor remain the cornerstones of my career. Being an educator is a privilege that I do not take lightly and I learn from my learners as much as I teach them, perhaps more. My deep interest in medical education led me to complete a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee, Scotland and participate in several faculty development courses in medical education- such as the Harvard Macy programs and the Stanford faculty development program. My areas of focus in medical education include: clinical skills teaching and assessment, designing competency based curricula for our residency program, performance assessment of trainees, curriculum development for the new ambulatory rotation, improving bedside teaching and faculty development for clinical educators. To teach is to learn a thing twice and thus I am always learning. This, I believe, is the true fountain of youth.

Recent publications:

1. Ramani S, Ring, BN, Lowe, R and Hunter DJ. A pilot study assessing knowledge of clinical signs and physical examination skills in incoming medicine residents. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2010, in press.
2. Ramani S. Twelve tips to excellent physical exam teaching. Medical Teacher , 2008, Volume 30: 852-856.
3. Ramani S and Leinster S. AMEE guide 34. Teaching in the clinical environment. Medical Teacher, Volume 30, Issue 4 2008 , pages 347 – 364
4. Williams K, Ramani S, Fraser B and Orlander J. Improving bedside teaching: A focus group study of learners. Academic Medicine, March 2008; 84: 257-264.
5. Ramani S. Tips for effective bedside teaching. A faculty development resource. MedEdPORTAL 2006, ID #220. Available from
6. Ramani S, Gruppen L and Kachur EK. Twelve tips to developing effective mentors. Medical Teacher, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2006, pp. 404–408
7. Ramani S. Twelve tips to promote excellence in medical teaching. Medical teacher, 2006;28 (1): 19-23.
8. Ramani S. Promoting the art of history taking: A personal view. Medical Teacher 2004;26 (4):374-376.