Dr. Wiecha was the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, where he also served as the Director of the Office of Medical Education. He received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and M.P.H from the University of Massachusetts. He completed residencies in Family Medicine and in Preventive Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Wiecha has published studies on patterns of preventive health care among disadvantaged populations, and on tobacco abuse among minority populations in Massachusetts. He has received a number of awards, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Fellowship, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award, and the University of Massachusetts Fellowship in Asian-American Studies. He served as medical director of a community-based cancer prevention program for Southeast Asian-Americans that received national recognition for excellence. Dr. Wiecha’s medical education projects have been funded by numerous private foundations, the US Public Health Service, the NIH, and the World Health Organization.
Examples of Previous Projects
Managing pediatric asthma with an Internet-supported team (Commonwealth Fund)
Use of virtual computer worlds for international medical professional development (WHO)
Women in Control: use of virtual world intervention to promote lifestyle change for inner-city women with diabetes (NIH)
Predictors of physical activity among inner-city women with cardiometabolic risk factors
Dr. Wiecha’s expertise includes eLearning; Instructional Technology; Simulation training; Distance education; Medical education; Instructional design; Program evaluation; Program development.
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, MD
- University of Massachusetts Amherst, MPH
- Brown University, BA
- Published on 8/20/2015
Annie Liu, Theresa A. Davies, David B. Flynn, John M. Wiecha, Molly Cohen-Osher, Miriam Hoffman-Kleiner. Novel Mobile Application to Promote Evidence-Based Medicine Decision-Making in Medical Education. Medical Science Educator. 2015; 25:95-96.
- Published on 2/25/2015
Wiecha JM, Adams WG, Rybin D, Rizzodepaoli M, Keller J, Clay JM. Evaluation of a web-based asthma self-management system: a randomised controlled pilot trial. BMC Pulm Med. 2015; 15:17. PMID: 25885418.
- Published on 2/25/2015
Wiecha JM, Adams WG, Rybin D, Rizzodepaoli M, Keller J, Clay JM. Evaluation of a web-based asthma self-management system: a randomised controlled pilot trial. BMC Pulm Med. 2015 Dec; 15(1):7. PMID: 25778516.
- Published on 12/10/2014
Hoffman M, Wilkinson JE, Xu J, Wiecha J. The perceived effects of faculty presence vs. absence on small-group learning and group dynamics: a quasi-experimental study. BMC Med Educ. 2014; 14:258. PMID: 25491129.
- Published on 12/1/2014
Waterman MR, Wiecha JM, Manne J, Tringale SM, Costa E, Wiecha JL. Utilization of a free fitness center-based exercise referral program among women with chronic disease risk factors. J Community Health. 2014 Dec; 39(6):1179-85. PMID: 24752958.
- Published on 10/24/2014
Rosal MC, Heyden R, Mejilla R, Capelson R, Chalmers KA, Rizzo DePaoli M, Veerappa C, Wiecha JM. A Virtual World Versus Face-to-Face Intervention Format to Promote Diabetes Self-Management Among African American Women: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2014; 3(4):e54. PMID: 25344620.
- Published on 9/10/2014
Mitchell SE, Mako M, Sadikova E, Barnes L, Stone A, Rosal MC, Wiecha J. The comparative experiences of women in control: diabetes self-management education in a virtual world. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2014 Nov; 8(6):1185-92. PMID: 25212580.
- Published on 2/21/2014
Schoonheim M, Heyden R, Wiecha JM. Use of a virtual world computer environment for international distance education: lessons from a pilot project using Second Life. BMC Med Educ. 2014; 14:36. PMID: 24555833.
- Published on 1/1/2013
Youngclaus JA, Koehler PA, Kotlikoff LJ, Wiecha JM. Can medical students afford to choose primary care? An economic analysis of physician education debt repayment. Acad Med. 2013 Jan; 88(1):16-25. PMID: 23165279.
- Published on 12/17/2012
Rosal MC, Heyden R, Mejilla R, Rizzo Depaoli M, Veerappa C, Wiecha JM. Design and Methods for a Comparative Effectiveness Pilot Study: Virtual World vs. Face-to-Face Diabetes Self-Management. JMIR Res Protoc. 2012; 1(2):e24. PMID: 23612567.
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