Assistant Professor – Clinical
Director of Outreach and Community Programming
Associate Academic Program Director - Part One LSI Curriculum
Dr. Melissa Quinn earned her doctorate in Anatomy from The Ohio State University in 2015. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2011, as a PhD student, Dr. Quinn earned her MS from Chatham University and taught at local colleges in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, Dr. Quinn is an Assistant Professor – Clinical in the Division of Anatomy where she teaches human gross anatomy and embryology to medical students as well as team teaches in many of our graduate courses, including Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Quinn is active in the College of Medicine and serves many roles including Associate Academic Program Director for Part One of the Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI) medical curriculum.
Dr. Quinn is a strong advocate for supporting students and mentoring them along their path towards professional school, research, and/or academia. She actively mentors MS and PhD students pursing their passions. She is active in the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). She is a Central Region Director of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of HAPS.
She has received many teaching awards while at Ohio State including Best Teaching and Learning Methods (TLMs) for her work in Part One of the medical curriculum in 2019 and 2021, the 2020 Ohio State University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, the 2021 Part One Excellence in Education Award, the 2021 LSI Medical School Curriculum Inspire Award, as well as the 2022 Division of Anatomy’s Excellence in Education Award. In May 2022, she received the College of Medicine’s highest teaching award, Professor of the Year, for her significant impact on the training of medical students.
Dr. Quinn’s research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative approaches in teaching the anatomical sciences including ultrasound and anatomy. She continues to use her dissertation work as well to help students succeed in the curriculum. Dr. Quinn’s other passion is community outreach. She is the Director of Outreach and Community Planning for the Division which provides outreach opportunities for high school students, community members, firefighters, paramedics, etc. Dr. Quinn is also the author of an anatomy atlas: Quinn/Flannery: Atlas of Human Anatomy 1st edition.
Dr. Quinn’s scholarly work focuses on developing and evaluating innovative approaches in teaching the anatomical sciences.
Education and Training
PhD, Anatomy - The Ohio State University, 2015
MS, Biology - Chatham University, 2009
BA, Biology - Washington & Jefferson College, 2007
- 2022 Professor of the Year, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2022 Division of Anatomy’s Excellence in Education Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2021 Courage to Teach, Humanism in Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2021 Inspire Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2021 Excellence in Education – Part 1, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2021 Best Teaching and Learning Methods – Neurological Disorders Block, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2020 The Ohio State University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award
- 2019 Candy Apple Award – Neurological Disorders Block, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- 2019 Best Teaching and Learning Methods – Bone and Muscle Disorders Block, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
DePhilip, RM and Quinn MM (2022). Adaptation of an Anatomy Graduate Course in Ultrasound Imaging from In-Person to Live, Remote Instruction. Anatomical Sciences Education, 15, 493-507. doi: 10.1002/ase.2177.
Grachan JJ and Quinn MM (2021). Anatomists Assemble! Integrating Superheroes into the Anatomy and Physiology Classroom. Advances in Physiology Education, 45 (3), 511-517. doi:10.1152/advan.00202.2020.
Shah VS, Allman A, Verbeck N, Quinn MM, Prats MI (2020). Ultrasound’s Impact on Pre-Clinical Medical Student Neurology Unit Grades: Findings After 2 Years. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 40 (9), 1903-1910. doi:10.1002/jum.15573.
Hunter LD, Mosley CF, Quinn MM, Cray JJ, Baker AS, Burgoon JM, Kalmar E, McHugh KM (2020). A novel approach to gross dissection of the human pelvis and perineum. Anatomical Sciences Education, 13(2), 618-627. doi: 10.1002/ase.1932.
Quinn MM, Smith T, Kalmar EL, Burgoon JM (2018). What type of learner are your students? Preferred learning styles of undergraduate gross anatomy students according to the index of learning styles questionnaire. Anatomical Sciences Education, 11(4), 358-365. doi:10.1002/ase.1748.
Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2015). Understanding our students and how they learn: preferred learning styles of undergraduate gross anatomy students. Clinical Anatomy, 29(1), 95.
Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2015). What type of learner are you? Learning Styles of undergraduate gross anatomy students. HAPS Educator, 19(2), 80-81.
Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2014). Best practices in multiple choice question writing and item analysis for undergraduate instructors. HAPS Educator, 18(3), 32.
Quinn, M.M., & Burgoon, J.M. (2013). Development of a summer dissection course for graduate and undergraduate student advancement. Clinical Anatomy, 26(8), 1054.