Seetha Monrad

Seetha Monrad, MD

Associate Dean for Medical Student Education, University of Michigan Medical School
Clinical Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor of Learning Health Sciences

Administrative Contact

Julie Welch, [email protected]


Dr. Seetha U. Monrad, M.D., is the Associate Dean for Medical Student Education in the Medical School and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Learning Health Sciences. 

Dr. Monrad received her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. After an internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, she completed a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Michigan and subsequently joined the faculty in 2003 as a clinical lecturer/research fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine. She received an additional appointment in the Department of Learning Health Sciences in 2016, and was promoted to clinical professor in 2022.

Dr. Monrad has received multiple awards in recognition of her excellence in patient care and teaching. She was the 2014 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award (pre-clinical), the most prestigious teaching award given by the Medical School. In 2015, she was inducted into the Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Excellence Society and the Medical School League of Educational Excellence. She also is a member of the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

She has held numerous leadership positions in the Medical School, including assistant dean for assessment, evaluation and quality improvement from 2018 - 2023 and interim assistant dean for curriculum from 2021-2023. Additionally, she has served on several institutional committees including the Anti Racism Oversight Committee, the Advisory Committee on Clinical Track Appointments and Promotions, and peer review committees for the Office of Clinical Affairs. 

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: 

  • Rheumatology education
  • Rheumatology workforce issues
  • Undergraduate medical education
  • Organizational change in curriculum transformation
  • Basic-Clinical science integration 

Subject matter expertise:

  • Rheumatology
  • Preclinical medical education
  • Workforce issues

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Monrad SU, Zeller JL, Craig CL, Diponio LA. “Musculoskeletal education in US medical schools: lessons from the past and suggestions for the future.” Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med 2011 September; 4(3):91-98, PMCID:  PMC3261253.
  • Zaidi NL, Grob KL, Yang J, Santen SA, Monrad SU, Miller JM, Purkiss JA. “Theory, Process, and Validation Evidence for a Staff-Driven Medical Education Exam Quality Improvement Process.” Medical Science Educator. 2016 Sep 1;26(3):331-6.
  • Stansfield RB, Diponio L, Craig C, Zeller J, Chadd E, Miller J, Monrad SU. Assessing musculoskeletal examination skills and diagnostic reasoning of 4th year medical students using a novel objective structured clinical exam. BMC Medical Education. 2016 Oct 14;16(1):268. PMID: 27741946
  • Gonzalo JD, Dehktyar M, Starr SR, Borkan J, Brunett P, Fancher T, Grenn J, Grethlein S, Lai C, Lawson L, Monrad SU, O’Sullivan P, Schwartz MD, Skochalek S. “Healthcare delivery science curricula in undergraduate medical education: identifying and defining a potential curricular framework.” Acad Med. 2017 Jan;92(1):123-131. PMID: 27049541.
  • Zaidi NL, Monrad SU, Grob KL, Gruppen LD, Cherry-Bukowiec JR, Santen SA. “Building an Exam through Rigorous Exam Quality Improvement.” Medical Science Educator. Accepted.

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