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Yasmin Carter PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North S7-119
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DivisionTranslational Anatomy

    InstitutionTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing

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    University of Bristol, Bristol, , United KingdomBAArchaeology
    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, CanadaMAAnthropology
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, CanadaPHDAnatomy & Cell Biology

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    Yasmin Carter Ph.D. serves as an Associate Professor of Translational Anatomy within the Department of Radiology at UMASS Chan Medical School. Additionally, she holds a secondary appointment within the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing. Dr. Carter assumes pivotal roles as the Director of Impact and Scholarship for the DRIVE initiative, Director of Vista Longitudinal Focus Topics (LFT) Integration, and currently serves as the interim Director of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) LFT.

    Dr. Carter's professional journey is marked by a spectrum of interdisciplinary experience. Her tenure as a core faculty member in Human Anatomy at UMass Chan Medical School commenced in 2015. Prior to this, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatchewan, Canada, with a focus on clinical imaging instruction. Her educational journey encompasses a Ph.D. in high-resolution imaging of bone from the Canadian Light Source (CLS) Synchrotron in Saskatoon, Canada, a master's degree in biological anthropology from Manitoba, Canada, and a bachelor's degree with first-class honors in human anthropology from Bristol, UK.

    Dr. Carter's responsibilities are multifaceted and encompass three overarching domains:

    Gross Anatomy: Dr. Carter plays a pivotal role as a core anatomy faculty member, delivering instruction to medical students at the T.H. Chan School of Medicine. She is dedicated to advancing health equity for gender and sexual minorities and is credited with introducing a pioneering module that integrates fundamental concepts of sex and gender into the anatomical curriculum. This innovative approach, developed by Dr. Carter, has not only been implemented at UMass Chan but has also gained international recognition. Furthermore, her development of the "female first" model of anatomical education has been incorporated into medical education texts.

    DRIVE: Dr. Carter is responsible for the creation of training programs and resources that support faculty development as part of the three-school initiative involving the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Graduate Medical Education. Her efforts are geared towards fostering a more diverse learning environment.

    LFT Integration: As part of the Vista Curriculum Revolution, Dr. Carter leads a dedicated team aimed at ensuring the appropriate and consistent integration of subjects historically underrepresented in medical education, particularly pertaining to Health System Science, Societal Forces in Health & Disease, and Health Equity. These initiatives are woven longitudinally throughout the preclinical and clinical years.

    Dr. Carter's professional pursuits extend to leadership development and skill enhancement. Notably, she is a 2023 American Medical Association Health System Science Scholar and has earned white and yellow LEAN belts. Her current focus lies in her Green Belt Project. She takes the lead in driving educational initiatives for students, faculty, and clinicians at all stages of their careers, which includes the Junior Faculty Development Program and the New England Teachers of Tomorrow course. Her mentorship has proved highly impactful, with her mentees securing grants and awards, including the Massachusetts Medical Society Technology Award in 2019. In recognition of her educational contributions, Dr. Carter was honored with a 2021 STAR teaching award and received a Dean's Commendation letter in 2022 based on exceptional student feedback regarding her educational experiences.

    Dr. Carter's scientific background has equipped her with a metric-driven approach to evaluating the impact of curricular updates and faculty development. This approach includes the development of AI-natural language processing analyses to uncover concealed patterns in learner and faculty needs. Her research endeavors span the fields of bone biology and human osteology.

    In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Carter engages in private consulting work with various industries, including fashion, sports, and outdoor gear manufacturers. She is a sought-after speaker and has delivered numerous keynote speeches and webinars, emphasizing the importance of cultivating an inclusive educational culture to enhance learner success. Dr. Carter also contributes her expertise as a sex and gender consultant for textbooks published by Wolters Kluwer and serves as a subject matter expert in anatomy and diversity for the Apple Design Award-winning app "Complete Anatomy."

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    Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014–2015 Department of Medical Imaging, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Focal Project: “Incorporating Clinical Imaging into the Undergraduate Curriculum”

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    1. Carter Y, Bennett DJ, Molla V, Wink AE, Collins AJ, Giannaris EL. A case of distal limb arterial tortuosity and dilation: observations and potential clinical significance. Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2022; 81(3):791-797. PMID: 34060644.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Carter, Y. The FASEB Journal. Incorporating LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and Gender-Neutral Considerations into Medical School Anatomical Education: First Steps. 2020; S1(34):1-1.
    3. Mullan, H.E. and Carter, Y. The FASEB Journal. Creating a 3D Printed Model of the Female Perineum to Supplement Traditional Cadaveric Education. 2020; S1(34):1-1.
    4. Carter, Y. The FASEB Journal. Trouble with Terminology: Confounding of The Terms “Sex” And “Gender” In the Anatomical Literature. 2019; S1(33):438-3.
    5. Burbridge B, Burbridge C, Costa J, Carter Y. ODIN: Adaptation of an HTML 5-Compatible DICOM Viewer for MIRC-TFS, Enhancing the Incorporation of Clinical Images into the Health Science Curriculum. Med Sci Educ. 2019 Mar; 29(1):11-17. PMID: 34457441.
    6. Ashique, A.M., Hart, L.S., Thomas, C.D.L., Clement, J.G., Pivonka, P., Carter, Y., Mousseau, D.D. and Cooper, D.M.L., . Lacunar-canalicular network in femoral cortical bone is reduced in aged women and is predominantly due to a loss of canalicular porosity. Bone reports. 2017; 7:9-16.
    7. Carter Y. The role of civility in trying times. Anatomy Now. 2017. View Publication.
    8. Maggiano IS, Maggiano CM, Clement JG, Thomas CD, Carter Y, Cooper DM. Three-dimensional reconstruction of Haversian systems in human cortical bone using synchrotron radiation-based micro-CT: morphology and quantification of branching and transverse connections across age. J Anat. 2016 May; 228(5):719-32. PMID: 26749084.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Carter Y, McKenzie A, Costa J, Burbridge B. . Adaptation of an internet-based DICOM viewer for use with the Medical Imaging Resource Center–Teaching File System (MIRC-TFS). The FASEB Journal. 2015; 1_Suppleme(29):692-7.
    10. Carter Y, Suchorab JL, Thomas CD, Clement JG, Cooper DM. Normal variation in cortical osteocyte lacunar parameters in healthy young males. J Anat. 2014 Sep; 225(3):328-36. PMID: 25040136.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    11. Carter Y, Thomas CDL, Clement JG, Cooper DML. Femoral osteocyte lacunar density, volume and morphology in women across the lifespan. J Struct Biol. 2013 Sep; 183(3):519-526. PMID: 23872433.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    12. Zhu Z, Wahid K, Babyn P, Cooper D, Pratt I, Carter Y. Improved compressed sensing-based algorithm for sparse-view CT image reconstruction. Comput Math Methods Med. 2013; 2013:185750. PMID: 23606898.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    13. Swanston T, Carter Y, Hopkins C, Walker EG, Cooper DM. . Developmental Fusion of the Malleus and Incus in a Late 19th-Century Case of Aural Atresia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 2013; 5(23):612-7.
    14. Carter Y, Thomas CD, Clement JG, Peele AG, Hannah K, Cooper DM. Variation in osteocyte lacunar morphology and density in the human femur--a synchrotron radiation micro-CT study. Bone. 2013 Jan; 52(1):126-32. PMID: 22995461.
      Citations: 49     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    15. Cooper DM, Chapman LD, Carter Y, Wu Y, Panahifar A, Britz HM, Bewer B, Zhouping W, Duke MJ, Doschak M. Three dimensional mapping of strontium in bone by dual energy K-edge subtraction imaging. Phys Med Biol. 2012 Sep 21; 57(18):5777-86. PMID: 22948244.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    16. Britz HM, Carter Y, Jokihaara J, Lepp?nen OV, J?rvinen TL, Belev G, Cooper DM. Prolonged unloading in growing rats reduces cortical osteocyte lacunar density and volume in the distal tibia. Bone. 2012 Nov; 51(5):913-9. PMID: 23046687.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    17. Carter Y. Through a Glass, Darkly: Clouded Perceptions of Feminist and Gender Archaeology. Journal of the University of Manitoba Anthropology Students' Association. 2010; 28(10).
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