• This self-assessment highlights my career at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) College of Medicine (COM) and the University of Toledo (UT) College of Medicine and Life Sciences (COMLS) in educational, service and scholarlyactivities.

    1. Education: Throughout my professional career, I have been very committed to teaching medical students, house staff and physicians. I have been an active facilitator in the teaching opportunities, both clinical and in the classroom, at the Division of Endocrinology as well as in the College of Medicine and the Internal Medicine Residency Program. I have provided supervision and feedback for rotating medical students, residents and fellows in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

    At the PSU COM, I have taken part in the Endocrinology Block for second year medical students through lecture, problem-based learning, and small- and large- group discussions. I have served in the Biological Basis of Human Health and Disease course for the second year medical students enrolled in the MD/PhD program. I have regularly provided didactic presentations for the Internal Medicine residents and Clinical Endocrinology Conference. Additionally, I have given CME-credited lectures for outside practitioners, for example, through the Annual Diabetes Symposium and Annual Pharmacy Focus Forum. Medical students, trainees, colleagues and outside practitioners respond well and have consistently assessed me as an effective teacher, as evidenced by their evaluations. I acted as the associate program director for the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Training Program between July 2008 and June 2013. Of note, I prepared the Program Information Form for the ACGME-accreditation under Dr. Manni’s supervision that resulted in a 10-year accreditation. I have assummed the directorship of fellowship training program in July 2013 until May 2016 when I moved to the UT, and have overseen the application process, interviews, training and education of fellows. I have mentored fellows in the division, monitored clinical training and provided feedback, in addition to fostering their scholarly activities. I have served as a mentor for quality improvement projects for 4 fellows, and their three independent projects successfully received the support from the Graduation Medical Education New Innovation Grant in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. AT the UT COMHS, I have been activiely involved in medical student new curriculume committee a co-director of the Endocrinology system since Jaunary 2017 and as a member of foundation science curricumlume committe from September 2017. I also serve as the associate program director of the endocrinology fellowship training program and as key faculty and sbusepcially coordinator of endocirnology for internal medical residency training program from 08/2017.

    In all, I have strive to maintain the excellence of the Endocrinology training program at the PSU COM and here at the UT COM, and I continually seek to further advance the trainees’ qualityand productivity in patient health care.

    2. Service: I consider service to be an important component of my academic career. I served as a member of Physician Advisor Committee for Pennsylvania State Hershey George T. HarrellHealth Science Library and for Pennsylvania State Hershey Diabetes Education Program, nationally recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, respecitvely. I have been involved in the development of non-ICU insulin IV infusion protocol to improve glycemic control of inpatients, and of outpatient insulin initiation/titration protocol in the Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Group. I have organized the monthly Endocrinology Research Conference and the rotation schedule of Endocrinology ambulatory block for family community medicine and internal medicine residents. I have actively participated in interview process each year for medial school student and internal medicine residency candidates. In the clinic, I have provided quality care for patients with a wide-range of endocrinology conditions based on the standard of care and evidence-based practice. I have consistently received high satisfaction scores from patients and maintain productivity above the 75th percentile. In order to remain up to date in medical knowledge and practice, I regularly participate in continuing medical education courses and in national meetings such as the Endocrine Society and American Diabetes Association annual meetings. I have served as a member Diabetic Quality & Safety Committee, Promedica Health Care, Toledo OH since July 2017. I seek to incorporate newly acquired knowledge in my clinical practice to improve patient care and ensure satisfaction.

    3. Scholarly activities: My interest in biomedical research led me to enroll in a graduate program after graduating from medical school. My first research experience was as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Sung Soo Kim at the Kyung Hee University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. I was involved in two separate lines of research: molecular pathogenesis of the hepatitis B virus and cardiomyocyte differentiation focusing on insulin-receptor signaling. This research resulted in two first-author publications and several presentations. Through this experience, I acquired a working knowledge of laboratory techniques, a foundation in scientific literature writing skills and a stronger commitment to research. I moved to the USA in 2001 for further training. Upon completion of my three-year residency training in Internal Medicine, I declared my intent to pursue a career in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and searched for a fellowship program that would combine research and clinical medicine. I chose PSU COM in Hershey, PA. I initially trained in the laboratory of Dr. Andrea Manni, the chief of the endocrinology division, and acquired new molecular and cell biology skills that led to one first-author publication. At that time, my own research interest developed in the field of diabetes and its complications, so in 2007-2008, I was trained as a fellow under Dr. Jason Kim, the former director of Pennsylvania State Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center. My research focus in his lab was glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, inflammation and cardiac complications in type 1 diabetes. I have acquired complete skills for hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp studies, gold standardmethods to assess whole body and organ-specific glucose metabolism and insulin action in vivo. As an assistant professor (July 2008), my research focus has been on cardiovascular disease and understanding mechanisms of impaired glucose and lipid metabolism and atherogenesis in type 1 diabetes. I completed courses provided by Grants Academy between August 2008 and May 2009 and also participated in the Scientific Writing Workshop as a part of the postdoctoral professional development series at the PSU COM. I have presented my research progress at the Endocrinology research conference every 6 months as well as at the annual Pennsylvania State Diabetes and Obesity Research Summit. My laboratory has independently generated a novel mouse model of spontaneous type 1 diabetes and atherosclerosis. I presented my work at the 2010 NIH Mid-Atlantic diabetes researchsymposium. My abstract was accepted as a poster presentation in the Arteriosclerosis,Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Scientific Sessions in April 2011. I have also characterized biochemical and phenotypic features of the specific mouse model focusing on impaired lipid metabolism and atherogenesis in type 1 diabetes and published the data in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2011 (Impact factor: 4.746). In addition, with this model and newly acquired methods, we have explored the role of leptin in insulin action, glucose and lipid metabolism, and atherogenesis in type 1 diabetes. Specifically,we have tested leptin replacement as an alternative or adjunctive therapy to improve hepatic insulin-receptor signaling, and reduce atherosclerosis in type 1 diabetes. The results were also published in the Atherosclerosis in Dec 2012 (Impact factor: 3.962). Through active collaboration with other investigators, further works were published as a co-author in multiple peer-reviewed journals as well. Of significance, I have successfully obtained two competitive grants from the Jane Barsumian/Mary Lyons Trust (January-December 2012) and the W.W. Smith Trust (May 2012-April 2013). I have also worked as a collaborator (10% effort) for R01 grant (PI: Segar, L)"Vascular Phenotypic Regulation by Growth Factors, Insulin and Glucose” (July 2010-June 2013). Additionally, I was a corresponding author of a review article on thyroid cancer management and have coauthored more than 15 publications and several abstracts over the course of my career at the PSU COM. Here at UT COMHS, I worked with mutliple trainee and presented several abstracts at 2017 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, 2018 Endocrine Society annual meeting, and at 2018 ACP Ohio/Air Force Scientific Meeting.

    4. Career goals and objectives: With nearly eight years of experience as a fellowship training program associate director/director and a physician scientist/educator, I am looking to leverage my solid background in medical education, clinical care and scholarly productivity into a clinical educator track professorship with the UT COMLS. To this end, with Dr. Juan Jaume and other faculty in the Endocrinology division and at UT COMLS, I would like to establish a fellowship training program and expand the educational opportunities not only for medical students, and residents but also for primary care providers. With the prevalence of diabetes today (approximately 29 million Americans and about 30% of hospitalized patients), proper care both in ambulatory and hospital settings has become increasingly important. I hope to be able to provide training for residents and mid-level providers for primary care in order to meet the needs of patients. At the same time, I would contribute to the expansion of patient care and education in endocrine conditions including thyroid diseases, pituitary, adrenal and metabolic bone disorders. In conclusion, my experience at PSU COM has been both rewarding and stimulating. I hope to utilize the experience and level of excellence I acquired in service to the UT COMLS. I intend to continue to pursue personal and professional growth, and hope my efforts and contributions may serve to enhance the quality of academic, education, patient-care and service goals.

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  • John Y Jun


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