In The News!


Be on the lookout for our RESIDENTS ON THE MOVE at this year's American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in New York City May 5-9, 2018.  Six of our residents will be presenting in various capacities (poster presentation, Research Colloquium and more) at this prestigious national event, some are presenting multiple times! Drs. S, Brar, O. Edukuye, C. Hoffman, C. Rashad Smith, K. Simon, and V. all ROCK! #teampsych

We would like to give a big shout out to 3 of our residents for placing 2nd and 3rd place in this year's Georgia Psychiatric Association's Joe and Hope SKOBBA Poster Presentation Competition!  V. Kumar, MD and C. Rashad Smith, MD, for "An Evaluation of Patient Follow-up Visit Correlations of Psychiatric and Primary Care Appointments" and Simran Brar, MD for "Cultural Stigma and Observed Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in a Local South Asian Community: A Community Needs Assessment".  

We would like to recognize Dr. Vipan Kumar and program alum (now faculty) Dr. Roohi Abubaker for having their poster on "Ketamine Use in Treatment Resistant Depression" accepted for the European Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in France March 3-6, 2018,  KUDOS! 

Our former Associate Program Director and current Psychiatry faculty member, Dr. Glenda Wrenn led the 2017 Inaugural Kennedy-Satcher Mental Health Equity Conference on Tuesday, November 28th.  To quote Dr. Satcher, "There is No Health, Without Mental Health".  We are proud of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute's (SHLI) ongoing efforts to strengthen community health and actualize the vision of MSM ... Leading the Creation and Advancement of Health Equity. 
shliPictured from left to right (Dr. Eugene Herrington, Dr. Vipan Kumar, Dr. Simran Brar, Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Ellen Yancey, Dr. Glenda Wrenn, Dr. Gail Mattox, Dr. Kisha Holden, Dr. Rashad Smith

Once again our awesome Program Director is out in these Atlanta streets being great!  Dr. Cosby was selected to represent Morehouse School of Medicine and the Psychiatry Residency Training Program on one of Atlanta's largest urban radio stations, V-103.  Dr. Cosby spoke about mental health stigmas on the October 16th Ryan Cameron Morning Show for the kick off of "Hip Hop Doc Week" October 16-19 presented by Grady Memorial Hospital. 


PGY-3 and current MSM Resident Association President, Kevin M. Simon, MD was interviewed by Atlanta's Fox 5 News.  Dr. Simon is a member of the Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform and he spoke up in regards to the inhumane treatment of detainees.  For more information, click here.

PGY-3 Resident Rashad Smith, MD (pictured below in back) volunteered his time to speak at the Reach One Each One Lunch and Learn event as part of a youth medical mentoring presentation.  Dr. Smith also received kudos for his words were inspiration from the event organizer. Represent!



Our Program Director, Dr. Cosby, continues to make us proud. She just received the Best MD4 Teacher Award at the Morehouse School of Medicine Annual Faculty Appreciation Gala. This event is sponsored by the MSM medical students and took place April 28, 2017 at the Fernbank Museum. So well deserved!

We are also delighted to announce that Dr. Deirdre Cosby is also the recipient of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) 2017 Faculty Member of the Year Award!!! She is honored for her outstanding service and dedication to residents, students and the entire GME community at large.

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The GME 2017 Resident of the Year Award is our own Dr. Jordan Howard!  Dr. Howard is a native of Fresno, California. In 2007 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in natural science and Spanish from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Howard worked as a reproductive health assistant with Planned Parenthood.  Dr. Howard graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine in 2012. This year, Dr. Howard also earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in healthcare management from Davenport University online.  Currently, Dr. Howard is serving as one of our Chief Residents and has been involved in many research projects and has written several published articles.  His article, "Should Psychiatrists Perform Competency-to-be-Executed Evaluations?" was featured in the August 2016 issue of The American Journal Of Psychiatry Residents.  Dr. Howard is an active member of the Grady Transgender Task Force, a committee organized to prepare for the opening of a transgender clinic at Grady Hospital this year.  Following graduation from residency, Dr. Howard plans to stay in Atlanta to work in correctional mental health as well as continue in a role with the MSM Department of Psychiatry.  Congratulations!!!

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Dr. Howard was also one of the first of 10 graduate recipients to receive the Morehouse School of Medicine's Loan Repayment Program Award.  He was selected to receive $25,000 per year in loan repayments for two years for remaining in the state of Georgia after graduation!  In receiving this assistance, Dr. Howard can now begin to shift priorities to passion-work versus salary.  Congratulations Dr. Howard!!!!


simonDr. Kevin Simon was our program's 2017 recipient for Resident of the Year. In addition, Dr. Simon was voted by the Morehouse School of Medicine's M3 students as one of the six residents selected to be honored for the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!  Dr. Simon was chosen from a competitive field of applicants to participate in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Educational Outreach Program (EOP) supported by the AACAP Endowment.  This program provides residents with the opportunity to receive a formal overview of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, establish mentorship relationships with distinguished members and experience the 2017 Annual AACAP Meeting in Washington D.C. this October! KUDOS Dr. Simon!


MeyyazhaganBrarDr. Kanaka Meyyazhagan (PGY-4) and Dr. Simran Brar (PGY-3) presented a poster at the Annual American Psychiatric Association (APA) meeting in San Diego entitled "Developing Interest in Psychiatry Careers Among Medical Students." Their project received a write-up on the website! is a medical magazine and website that provides medical news and conference coverage for physicians. <<click here for write-up>>

Effective February 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee accredited our General Psychiatry Residency program with the status of CONTINUED ACCREDITATION! The RRC commended the program for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME's Program Requirements and Institutional Requirements without any new citations! 

Current PGY-4 resident and APA SAMSHA Fellow Swathi Krishna, MD had the opportunity to co-author an APA Blog post regarding mental health themes and themes of suicide and self-harm on the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why." Check out the blog here>>

vkumar#TEAMMSMPSYCH is once again making big moves! Current PGY-3 Resident Vipan Kumar, MD has had his painting and poem on PTSD accepted and will be featured on the webpage of next month's edition of The American Journal of Psychiatry's Resident Journal. Way to go, Doc! <<click here to view>>



hoffmansimonSending a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Christopher Hoffman, MD for being awarded the APA SAMSHA Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year! This fellowship is one of the oldest most respected and admired resident fellowships in the APA.

Fellow PGY-2 resident, Kevin Simon, MD was awarded the APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship! The aim of this fellowship is to create the next generation leaders in public psychiatry. The program creates opportunities for residents to participate in important APA activities, plan workshops at IPS, and interact with thought leaders in the field of public psychiatry. 

brarkrishnaSwathi Krishna, MD
 (PGY-4) and Simran Brar, MD (PGY-3) have had their poster titled "Cultural Stigma and Observed Barriers  to Mental Health Treatment in a Local South Asian Community:  A Community Needs Assessment" accepted to present the the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health in Greenville, SC on May 12-13, 2017. The Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health provides an opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate across disciplines and share research findings utilizing evidence-based outcomes in order to improve patient-centered care. For more information on this event please click here.

simonPGY-2 Resident Kevin M. Simon, MD was offered a Travel Scholarship to attend the 5th Annual Lown Institute in Boston, MA, May 5-7, 2017. The Lown Institue is a think tank dedicated to research and public communication to expose the deep-rooted failures and injustices in our health care system, and to helping clinicians, patients and communities develop a shared vision for a better health system.  


reynaFormer Alumna (2008-2011) Reyna L. Gilmore, MD of Cincinnati, Ohio has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2017 by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of healthcare.  Some of her many accomplishments include: The Inaugural Resident of the Year Award at Morehouse School of Medicine (2011); the EY Williams Resident of Distinction Award presented by the National Medical Association (2011); and the Brian McConville, MD award upon completion of her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship (2013). For more information, please click here:

ranjanOne of our past graduates, Assistant Professor Ranjan Avasthi, MD has had his team's case published as one of the "cases that test your skills" in Current Psychiatry.  Please click on link for more information on this extremely interesting case on a patient who was unresponsive and mute after he smoked 'Spice". 


simonDr. Kevin Simon is making headlines! He was just offered a GAP (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry) Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. He was chosen based on his accomplishments, academic achievement, initiative, leadership and writing skills. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! In addition, his abstract titled "Empowering Trainees and Guiding Careers: Mentors and Sponsors in Clinical and Organized Psychiatry" has been approved for the 2017 APA Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, May 20-24, 2017.


wrennOn November 16, 2016, Morehouse School of Medicine Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science and SHLI Division of Behavioral Health Director Glenda Wrenn, M.D., was appointed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo as one of 13 nationally recognized subject matter experts to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.  <<Click here to read the full HHS press release.>>


wrennvinsonTwo of our core faculty members, Drs. Sarah Vinson and Glenda Wrenn, are featured on WABE 90.1 FM -- which brings NPR news, music, the arts and PBS programming to the Atlanta area -- where they spoke on the topic "Mental Health Providers Wrestle Post-Election Fears, Trauma"  <<click here to read and listen>>



For another year, our program has earned APA's 100% Club Platinum Level status! This achievement is a testament to our program and our residents' commitment to the psychiatric profession. Some of the few benefits our program has to look forward to with this status:

  • A practice resource gift for each resident and program director
  • Priority access to moderator positions at the Annual Meeting and IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • Welcome kits for incoming chief resident(s)
  • Access to SET for Success, including more than 60 premium courses on the APA lLearning Center.


gilmoreWomen of Distinction Magazine selects Reyna Gilmore, MD, as a Distinguished Professional in her Field!!!  Reyna LaShawn Gilmore, MD, became Board Certified in Psychiatry after completing her residency at Morehouse School of Medicine and her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! <<click here for more info>>


herringtonA big KUDOS to our own Eugene Herrington, Ph.D., MSW, M.Div, LCSW, for receiving the NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) Lifetime Achievement Award at their Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN! Dr. Herrington was presented with this prestigious award by NAADAC President, Dr. Kirk Bowden.  The award is presented to individuals who have established outstanding services through a lifetime of consistent contributions to the advancement of the addiction professional and its professionals at a national level.

sherilOur own Dr. Sheril Kalarithara along with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society, and the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis are organizing a series of FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS followed by a psychological discussion of the movie, led by a psychoanalyst and OPEN TO ALL. There will be four (4) events this academic year and the inaugural screening of the season will be held Saturday, October 29th @ 4pm at Harland Cinema on the Emory University Campus. Dr. Ralph Roughton will discuss the critically acclaimed and award winning 45 Years, a "subtle examination of the persistence of the past and the fragile (in)stability of the present." The Observer wrote that the lead performances "turn an apparently everyday story of a marriage in a quiet crisis into something rather extraordinary." <<MORE INFORMATION>>

wrennOur own Dr. Glenda Wrenn will serve as moderator in a community conversation on “Combating Mental Health Stigmas in the African American Community”.  Panelists include Dr. Leroy Reese, Jasmine Banks, and David Love.  This conversation is free and open to the public.  This conversation is the springboard for Tony award winning director, Kenny Leon, and True Colors Theatre season opening production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning family drama “Proof.” “Proof” is a play about a young woman’s struggle with her possibly inherited mental illness, and how her family and friends respond to her breakdown. “Proof” is playing at the Southwest Arts Center October 25 – November 20 Wednesday – Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2:30pm & 8pm, and Sunday @ 2:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$50. <<MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE>>

Dr. Glenda Wrenn's beloved mentor, Ken Wells, MD (UCLA/RAND), has written and produced an opera about the life of Elyn Sacks, lawyer, advocate and person living with schizophrenia.  The opera (that shares the name of her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold) is a powerful educational experience and inspiring depiction of the best and worst parts of healthcare;  one that challenges us to consider the dignity of those living with severe mental illness.  Dr. Wrenn was honored to view the live production and debut in Los Angeles earlier this summer and for a limited time, the opera will be livestreamed at

howardPGY-4 and Chief Resident Jordan Howard, MD, has just had his article "Should Psychiatrists Perform Competency-to-be-Executed Evaluations?" published in The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal! <<click here for article>>


simonPGY-2 Resident Kevin Simon, MD, has had his book review entitled "A Legal Solution to Health Inequality" published in the August edition of the journal Health Affairs. This journal is rated number one in cost-effectiveness among scholarly periodicals in Health Policy and Services as well as Health Care Sciences and Services.
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*Announcement* Grady Medical Ethics Grand Rounds, Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Grady Trauma Auditorium noon - 1pm.  Special Guest Speaker will be Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD and her presentation is titled "Achieving Health Equity:  Tools for A National Campaign Against Racism".  

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vinsonDr. Sarah Vinson was recently on WABE 90.1 FM's "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress" where she gave advice on how to talk with children about the recent shootings and violence in general.

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Representing #TEAMPSYCH for Morehouse School of Medicine at this year's Annual American Psychiatric Association Meeting which was held in Atlanta, Georgia (May14-18, 2016). Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP, Kevin M. Simon, MD, and Chris Hoffman, MD, presenting on the topic "Leading System Change Toward Integrated Care: Unfunded, Not Ready, Unsure? Start Here"

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Morehouse School of Medicine is one of the sponsors to host a community discussion on children's mental health and criminal justice issues on May 14, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. This discussion is titled "Community Knowledge Exchange: Hope for Our Children and Communities."  It will be hosted on the main Morehouse School of Medicine campus, in the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) Main Auditorium at 720 Westview Drive, SW. A networking reception will follow. Please see attached flyer for more information and to reserve your seat at <<more>>

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Annual Dewitt C. Alfred, Jr. MD Psychiatric Research Symposium - Topic: Integrated Care: Getting to Outcomes. 

swathivipanPlease join us in congratulating Drs. Swathi Krishna, Vipan Kumar, and Farzana Bharmal and Kisha Holden on winning 2nd Place for the GPPA Skobber Poster Competition! This is for their work in Quality Improvement: An Assessment of the Documentation of Quality Measures in Grady Behavioral Health.  


The MSM community had the fortunate opportunity to engage  with and listen to thought leaders at the "Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity" Forum.  The core focus being mental health, illness, and addiction.  Panelists included:

  1. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy - Leading political advocate for mental illness, co-founder of the Kennedy Mental Policy and Research Center
  2. Elizabeth Ofili, M.D., MPH - Professor Cardiology and National Academy of Medicine Inductee
  3. Camara Jones, M.D., PhD, MPH - President, American Public Health Association
  4. David Satcher, M.D., PhD - 16th U.S. Surgeon General, Founder of Satcher Health Leadership Institute

A great question posed by Dr. Jones: "What is the difference between Health Equality and Health Equity?" #ThisisHealthEquity

1st pic: Drs. Kevin Simon and Glenda Wrenn with Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy

2nd pic: Dr. Kisha Holden (Deputy Director, SHLI) with opening remarks




Sarah VinsonMSM Assistant Professor Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D., explains what not to discuss with family members during the holidays <<MORE>>

She also speaks on the need for the African-American community to break its silence on mental illness during an interview with In America. <<MORE>>


wrennGlenda Wrenn, M.D. was appointed to serve on the National Alzheimer's Scientific Patient and CaregiverAdvisory Council of the newly approved PCORI-funded Alzheimer's and Dementia Patient/Caregiver-Powered Research Network (AD-PCPRN). She will serve as a member of the DIversity Leadership Group.  Also, congratulations to Dr. Wrenn, who will be inducted as an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Fellow on May 16, 2016 at the APA's Annual Meeting Convocation of Distinguished Fellows Ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Glenda Wrenn, MD, Monifa Seawell, MD, and Otega Edukuye, MD (PGY-1 Resident) co-authored a recent educational case report that was published about the Academic Psychiatry Elective they developed for Morehouse School of Medicine Medical Students. <<MORE>>


100% Club/Platinum Level for Our Residency Program!

The APA 100% Club was established to encourage residents throughout the United States and Canada to join the APA with fellow trainees in their programs. Many psychiatric residency programs come very close to making 100% Club each year, but fall a little short. In order to honor those programs for their efforts, the 100% Club has been expanded to three levels of Gold, Silver and Bronze, as well as the addition of a Platinum level which will recognize programs that have been part of the 100% Club Gold level for the past five consecutive years. We are the only residency program in Georgia in the 100% Club! 

In order to reach Platinum Level, Residency Programs must have been a part of the 100% Club Gold Level for the past five consecutive years. Benefits include:

  • $200 APA Publishing Gift Certificate for the Residency Program
  • Special Gift for Each Resident
  • 5 year Program Participant Recognition Plaque
  • Recognition in Psychiatric News and APA website for the Residency Program

Click here to watch the entire State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction.

Fifty-two years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy, gave a special address to the U.S. Congress on mental health in the United States and signed the Community Mental Health Act into law.  In 1999 The Surgeon General’s report issued under former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, put mental health back on the map.  In 2008, then Congressman Patrick Kennedy helped pass the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act.   In 2010, the Affordable Care Act extended insurance to millions of Americans.    

Yet, 96% of Americans site mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse as a major health problem. A new poll* suggests that 93% of the public believes that the current methods for addressing mental health need to change.    

And, that’s exactly why Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and The Kennedy Forum have formed a strategic partnership to launch the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, headquartered at MSM’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

The partnership was announced jointly by Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, and Bill Emmet, executive director of The Kennedy Forum on Tuesday, February 3rd during the first State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction (SOTU) at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  MSM’s Dr. David Satcher and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, both long-time advocates and leading authorities in mental and behavioral health, captivated a standing room only audience during the one hour SOTU which was streamed live to a global audience.

Both Kennedy and Satcher agree that this first State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction is a first step in the right direction. “Dr. Satcher and I agree that the state of mental health and addictions in America is challenging for our citizens, and we need significant change,” said Patrick Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum.   

The Center will address a handful of issues critical to the future of mental and behavioral health including: equity and quality, integration and innovation. “Over the next year we will promote progress in these four areas. We will bring accountability to goals through the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research. And starting next year at this time, we will be here to tell the story of their progress,” said Dr. David Satcher, executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. 

MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice added, “I fully embrace and endorse this historic step toward addressing mental health. I am pleased that the partnership will benefit from our 40 years of leading the fight for health equity.  Mental health plays a vital role in overall health and it is an area that deserves attention.  We will fully support the efforts of the Kennedy Center and The Satcher Health Leadership Institute toward bringing parity to the overall health of every human being, especially to those who are overlooked and who suffer disproportionately.”

*The public opinion research, commissioned by the new Center and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies.


wrenn The Kennedy Forum, in which Drs. Glenda Wrenn and Harry Heiman are co-directors and  members  of its focus group, recently released the issue brief titled "Fixing Behavioral Health  Care in America-  A National Call for Integrating and Coordinating Specialty Behavioral Health  Care with the Medical  System" highlighting the Kennedy Forum's mental health policy and  research.<<MORE>> 


representFrom left to right, Christopher Hoffman, M.D. (PGY-1), Simran Brar, M.D. (PGY-2), Sarah Vinson, M.D. (Faculty), Annelle Primm, M.D., MPH, and Kevin Simon, M.D. representing at the Health Disparities Research Seminar Series, "Dismantling Mental Health Disparities in Post-Uprising Baltimore and Beyond" - September 29, 2015





Swathi Krishna, M.D. 

PGY III Resident

2015-16 Recipient of the APA/SAMSHA Minority Fellowship Award




Drs. Glenda Wrenn and Fatima Kasiah (Graduate 2015) were recently published in the Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics on using a self-service kiosk to identify behavioral health needs in a primary care clinic serving an urban, underserved population <<more>>





 Kevin Simon, M.D. one of our incoming interns, has co-authored a recent publication in  Psychiatric Services <<more>>






 Fbharmalarzana Bharmal, M.D.

 Associate Program Director 

 Graduate, Inaugural Class of 1995 

 2015 APA Distinguished Fellow 




adjuroja apaTolulope Aduroja, M.D.

 Graduate, Class of 2003

 2015 APA Distinguished Fellow






 ranjan Ranjan Avasthi, M.D.

  Graduate, Class of 2010

  2015 APA Fellow

  Georgia Assembly Representative

  Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2015-2017



Ebony Gaffney, M.D., MPH, ebony

Graduate, Class of 2013

2015 APA Fellow





Juliet Muzere, D.O., 2015 GME Resident of the Year Award
muzereDr. Muzere has published several articles as well as presented  posters at regional and national conferences. She served as a peer reviewer for the APA Residents' Journal and served as a guest editor in a past issue. She has several accolades such as the American Psychiatric Association/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Minority Fellowship (APA/SAMSHA), John O. Gaston Psychiatry Resident of the Year Award, Edith M. Fresh Psychotherapy Award, Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and the MSM 3rd Annual William E. Booth Resident Research Day (2nd Place Poster Presentation). She also placed in the 2012 Morehouse School of Medicine "Humanism and Medicine" essay contest.



Tiffany Burns, 2015 GME Program Manager of the Year Award
burnsSince coming to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Ms. Burns has helped to establish and maintain the maximum the Full Accreditation for the program during its three (3) ACGME site visits. After the last official site visit in 2009, the Department presented her with an Achievement Award as Outstanding Program Manager. In November 2011, Tiffany became certified by the National Board of Certification for Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (TAGME).