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2013 Forty Under 40: Matthew Holley

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Age: 36

Curriculum and Instructional Design Director for Medical Student Programs, Department of Family Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine


From frat boy to fundraiser to faculty—that’s how Matthew Holley describes his career trajectory.

First, the Indianapolis-based North-American Interfraternity Conference (“the NCAA of fraternities,” Holley said) hired Holley to present leadership programs at campuses across the country. The travel wore him down, so he decided to go back to school and get into not-for-profit management. He was accepted into the master’s program at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, which led to fundraising positions with the Damien Center, Alpha Chi Omega and the Indianapolis Zoo.

In 2009, he started working toward his doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Holley now has a faculty appointment in the Department of Family Medicine as well as an administrative role as curriculum and instruction design director for medical student programs. In that role, he looks at the curriculum delivered to students in family medicine and figures out ways to change or improve it.

“We’re in a unique position where IU is the second-largest med school in the country, so the things we do and create here have the opportunity to make an impact on med schools across the country,” he said.

Right now, Holley is looking at how issues related to health disparities are taught to medical students as they’re going through the family medicine clerkship. The focus is on access, affordability and other barriers to providing health care.•
 

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