Dr. Ezgi Tiryaki is a practicing neurologist specializing in ALS and the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Tiryaki was the University of Minnesota's Neurology Residency Program Director and a formal Faculty Advisor to dozens of medical students. As an educator who creates an environment of honesty, trust and inquiry, she was inducted into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.Dr. Tiryaki holds a medical degree and doctorate from Hannover Medical School in Germany and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology and a fellowship in Neurophysiology at Indiana University. She has a total of five board certifications (Internal Medicine, Neurology, EMG, Neuromuscular Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. She has led highly specialized interprofessional teams at ALS Centers of Excellence at HCMC and the Minneapolis VA for over a decade.Dr. Tiryaki's current focus at the VA is to improve educational resources and the trainee experience in the clinical learning environment. As a result of institutional data and learner feedback, she has promoted the development of upstander training for educators and learners to successfully address harassment. She advances interprofessional education through community building across all health professions and facilitates collaborative relationships with the University of Minnesota and health professions schools.She was appointed as one of three faculty to lead the University's Rothenberger Leadership Academy: A longitudinal, cohort-based training program for physicians that are recognized as emerging leaders for MHealth Fairview and the medical school. Dr. Tiryaki also developed a dedicated year-long, 12-module, physician development curriculum for early career faculty and teaches the Foundations of Leadership Excellence (FLE
) program in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs. Her guiding principle is to strengthen self-reflection, leadership and coaching skills in medical educators and learners. Her mission is to empower her patients and learners to grow, find purpose, and take charge of their lives.