Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran

Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran

Senior Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs and Undergraduate Medical Education | Professor of Pharmacology

Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran

Office Address

Mazurek Education Commons
Suite 310
320 E Canfield
Detroit, Michigan 48201

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Learning how people learn is my area of interest and I am excited about the rapid growth of a field that was relatively less known even a few years ago, “Science of Learning”. I accidentally fell in love with Medical and Health Professions education and currently engaged in matters related to this field at regional, national and international levels. After my schooling in India, I went to Russia (erstwhile USSR) to receive my MD degree in 1997. I completed my internship in India following which I pursued my postgraduate medical training in the field of Medical Pharmacology hoping to have a dynamic career in the pharmaceutical industry. After discovering teaching and learning as my passion, in 2004 I took a job at the National University of Ireland Galway as a Lecturer. In 2006, I moved to the beautiful Cayman Islands as an Associate Professor at St. Matthew’s University, School of Medicine and then grew up to become a Professor and the Dean of the regional campus there. In 2012, I moved to the United States as a faculty and Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Medical Education at OUWB School of Medicine in Rochester, Michigan. In 2014, I was delighted to be offered a leadership role at Eastern Virginia Medical School to create an innovative model of an integrated curriculum. I was privileged to be the PI on the American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Education grant that the team received for its innovative model of using longitudinal Virtual Families in the case-based learning sessions. I am delighted and feel privileged to be a part of the medical education team at the WSU SoM as the Senior Associate Dean for UME and Curricular Affairs and work with a group of highly motivated students, faculty and staff.


Masters in Medical and Health Professions Education (MMHPE)
Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA, 2019

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctoral Degree in Med. Pharmacology
Sri Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai, India, 2004

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, Moscow, Russia, 1997


Internship Training (Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship)
Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, Chennai, India, 1998

Leadership in Education and Development (LEAD)
American Association of Medical Colleges, USA, 2012


Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology (FCP)
American College of Clinical Pharmacology, USA, 2018

Fellowship in Medical Education (FAcadMed)
Academy of Medical Educators, Wales Deanery, UK, 2017

Fellow, Academy of Pharmacology Educators
The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, USA, 2015


 1. Carmody BJ, Rajasekaran SK. On Step 1 Mania, USMLE Score Reporting, and Financial Conflict of Interest at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Academic medicine, 2019. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003126

2. Matson CC, Beck L, Rajasekaran SK. Using Language that Reflects Who is the Center of Our Care. Academic medicine, 2019, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002799.

3. Dyrbye, L. N., Sciolla, A. F., Dekhtyar, M., Rajasekaran, S., Allgood, J. A., Rea, M., ... & Stephens, M. B. Medical School Strategies to Address Student Well-Being: A National Survey. Academic medicine, 2019, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002611.

4. Robison D, Rajasekaran S, Berman N, Auerbach L, Henderson D, Rose S, Mazzurco L, Matson C, ”It Feels Like Being a Real Doctor:” The Virtual Family Approach in Medical Education, MedEdPublish, 2017, 6, [4], 18, doi:

5. Rajasekaran, S. K., Schnipper, J., Kripalani, S., Ramanan, R., Maxwell, S., Karpa, K., ... & Englander, R. (2017). Medication Safety Curricula in US Medical Schools—A Call for Action. Medical Science Educator, 27(2), 183-187.

6. Rajasekaran S, Hall L, Afonso N. Prescription Writing – Best Practices to Reduce Prescribing Errors. MedEdPORTAL; 2014

7. Harriott M, Rajasekaran S. Bugs and Drugs: An Integrated Case-Based Microbiology-Pharmacology Session on Respiratory Infections. MedEdPORTAL; 2013

8. Rajasekaran S. K, “Effectiveness of the Hybrid Model of Case-Based Teaching in Medical Pharmacology”. Journal of International Medical Sciences Educators. 2009, 19-4.

9. Rajasekaran S. K, Uma S, Gowda V, “A PowerPoint Game Format to Teach Prescription Writing”. Medical Teacher, 2008, 30:7,717 — 718

10. Uma S, Rajasekaran SK, Kelly JP, “An investigation of the value of the Tetrahymena pyriformis as a test organism for assessing the acute toxicity of antidepressants”. Biomedical Research.2008, 19-1.

11. Allan V. Kalueff, Tiina Keisala, Anna Minasyan, Senthil R. Kumar, Justin L. LaPorte, Dennis L. Murphy & Pentti Tuohimaa, “The regular and light-dark Suok tests of anxiety and sensorimotor integration: utility for behavioral characterization in laboratory rodents”. Nature Protocols 2008, Vol.3 No.1

12. Carmody BJ, Rajasekaran SK. More on the Role of USMLE Step 1 in Resident Selection. Academic medicine, 2019, 94(7), 921.

13. Rajasekaran, S. K., Mazzurco, L., & Ambrozewicz. More Solutions for Integrating Health Systems Science Into Medical Education. Academic Medicine, 2018, 93(8), 1100-1101.

Notable Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Rajasekaran S, Lomis K, Skochelak S, “Education as a Catalyst for Health Care Transformation”. Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Macy Community Blog , October 2019.

2. Rajasekaran SK, “Behind the Curtain with Senthil Rajasekaran: Developing a Global Competency Framework for Universal Health Care”. Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Macy Community Blog , February 2019.

3. Rajasekaran SK, “High-Value and Person Centered Care Taught Through Virtual Families”. Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Macy Community Blog , June 2017.


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