Impact in Education: Amy Cannella, MD

Amy Cannella, MD

Amy Cannella, MD

Amy Cannella, MD, is the recipient of the Innovative Practices in Education Award. The award recognizes an individual or team that demonstrates ingenuity, courage and creativity in teaching, including innovations in use of educational technology, experiential learning, adoption of simulation and/or creative use of the classroom.

  • Name: Amy Cannella, MD
  • Title: Gerald F. Moore Professorship in Rheumatology in the UNMC Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
  • Joined UNMC: July 2005
  • Hometown: Grand Island, Nebraska

You are the recipient of the Innovative Practices in Education Award. How has innovation played a part in your teaching career?

I believe the educational process starts as a scaffold that is continuously expanded and filled by acquired knowledge. Once the foundation exists, I use innovation in education to complete the build. Innovative teaching that promotes both contextual and experiential learning is powerful. Some examples of innovation in my teaching career include curriculum design, modules, video games, laboratory experiences, simulation and live patient encounters.

Describe your proudest moment as an educator.

My proudest moments as an educator are when trainees tell me that I made a difference in their educational journey.

What advice would you give other faculty members who want to have an impact in education?

Investing in the next generation of medical professionals will be one of the most rewarding aspects of your professional career. Learners value educators who are committed, engaged, passionate and brave. Remember to have fun along the way.

Do you have a favorite quote or philosophy on teaching?

My philosophy in education is that learning should be fun, with engaging content, varied delivery, purposeful repetition and rigorous assessment.

Learn about the UNMC Impact in Education Awards.


  1. Peggy Moore says:

    Congratulations Dr. Cannella !

  2. Krishna Gundabolu says:

    Congratulations Amy! So well deserved recognition.

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