Seetha Monrad, MD

Seetha Monrad, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences

Administrative Contact

Julie Welch, [email protected]


Dr. Seetha Monrad is an Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, she came to Ann Arbor for rheumatology fellowship, and has remained ever since. Her early career as a research fellow focused on bench research in rheumatology, studying dendritic cell phenotype and function in mice and humans, along with mouse models of lupus. She subsequently switched focus to medical education across the continuum, with a particular emphasis on medical student education and curriculum transformation. She has directed a number of preclinical medical school courses and currently serves as director of the first two years of the UMMS curriculum (the Trunk). She also coordinates rheumatology educational experiences for the internal medicine residency program. She is a former recipient of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Clinician Scholar Educator Award, and is pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education through the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Medical Education. She also has been very active in the ACR, initially in maintenance of certification activities and most recently on the Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues. She was the co-lead for the 2015 ACR Rheumatology Workforce Study, the decennial workforce analysis that helps inform strategic planning for the national society.

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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