Dr. Oma Morey received her Ph.D. in Adult Education and Gerontology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. She holds the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine (SOM) Department of Internal Medicine and Senior Medical Educator in the Office of Educational Development (OED). Her educational background includes a PhD in Adult Education and Gerontology from the University of Texas, Austin, a MS in Business Communications and Human Resource Development from Amberton University in Dallas, and a BA in Speech/Drama/Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio. She is currently completing a second Ph.D. from Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK in Health and Social Care with a focus on qualitative research and performative social science.
Dr. Morey had been teaching teachers, trainers, managers and public speakers for over 20 years in the private and public sectors. After receiving her PhD in Gerontology, she changed her focus from industry to medical education accepting a position at Stanford University’s Faculty Development Center. She came to UTMB in 2004 as a geriatric medical educator and has been working in OED since 2005. She currently is responsible for training and coaching facilitators for Practice of Medicine and Problem-based Learning in the first and second year SOM courses and the Teaching Skills Workshop Series which is open university-wide. Dr. Morey teaching specialties include: classroom teaching techniques, teaching methodologies, small group facilitation skills, presentation skills and communication skills. Her research focuses include: using research-based theatre as a tool for health professional education and caring for people with dementia. One of her accomplishments was the writing and production of her research-based theatre production, “The Long Journey Home: Caring for a Loved One with Dementia,” which was produced at UTMB in June, 2009.