Florence (Flossy) Eddins-Folensbee, M.D. is currently Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Her oversight of the medical education program encompasses myriad formative and educational experiences and activities designed to foster the professional development of the next generation of physicians. She leads a comprehensive curricular reform integrating basic and clinical sciences vertically and horizontally; incorporating active learning principles, pedagogies, and technology; and fostering the development of self-directed and lifelong learning skills and appraisal.
Prior to joining the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, in 2011, Dr. Eddins-Folensbee served as Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine where she played a leadership role in the recruitment, selection, and education of approximately 200 medical students each year. Upon completion of graduate medical (1983) and post-graduate psychiatric training (1988) at Baylor College of Medicine (serving as Chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident 87/88), Dr. Eddins-Folensbee joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty, serving as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Education from 1992-2008. She was a member of the Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators from 2003-2011 and a 2003 recipient of the Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards in Evaluation and Teaching as well as Educational Leadership. She was also a 2008 recipient of the Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award in Development of Enduring Educational Materials, and a 2010 (second award) recipient of the Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation.
Dr. Eddins-Folensbees current research projects and publications include stress and burnout in medical students, the role of students in medical school admission activities, medical education curricular reform, and developmental phases of medical students. Additionally, Dr. Eddins-Folensbee co-authored a chapter on teaching child development to medical trainees; was a co-contributor in the creation of Adolescent Depression and Suicide: An Interactional CD-ROM designed to assist primary care providers in the recognition, treatment and appropriate referral of depressed and suicidal youth; and was primary author of a curriculum entitled Child and Adolescent Development for Medical Learners, published in 2012 by the Association of American of Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL. She is the co-author of a series of parenting articles designed for parents of elementary and middle school aged youth, which has been enthusiastically received by the Houston Community. Dr. Eddins enjoys contributing to lay magazines such as Parents and Parenting on such topics as the moral development of children and the emotions of early childhood. She is the mother of four children, ages 13-23, and delights in her positions at the School of Medicine which allow her to simultaneously draw from her loves of motherhood, psychiatry/medicine, and education.