MASTER: Meet Your Facilitators

Sara Tariq, M.D.

Dr. Tariq serves as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Clinical Education, where she works with clerkship directors to expand clinical education in junior and senior years. Her passion is teaching and helping medical students become compassionate, successful physicians- she has co-directed the design and implementation of the new Academic Houses at UAMS.  She serves as Medical Director of the Center for Clinical Skills and co-Course Director for the Practice of Medicine II,  and played a leadership role in successfully leading UAMS through major curricular reform in UME to an integrated model.  She has published nationally and internationally on the professional learning environment.

Why Dr. Tariq thinks this program is important…

I think so many of us in healthcare choose this path because we value the richness of the human experience- we want to be a part of it in a meaningful way. So much of that experience is based upon how we interact as professionals with our patients – and understanding the nuances of communication is what makes those interactions effective and rewarding for both patient and physician. When we are able to communicate effectively and humanistically with our patients, we achieve better patient outcomes and improved physician job satisfaction, but I think the benefits extend beyond those measures- We also become agents for social justice and patient empowerment.