Maureen Gecht-Silver, MPH, OTD

Associate Director of Medical Student Education University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine
137 HHDBS, MC 663
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Biographical Info

Associate Director of Medical Student Education


​Milwaukee, Wisconsin


OTD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016


Masters of Public Health, UIC


UIC DFM Faculty Development Fellowship

UIC Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship


Chronic Disease Management
Motivational Interviewing and Self-Management
Occupational Therapy
Medical Student Education
Interprofessional Education
Curriculum Development

Maureen Gecht-Silver came to UIC in 1994 with over 16 years of experience as an occupational therapist working with patients with chronic health conditions and physical disabilities. Through her entire career she has maintained an interest in helping clients play an active role in managing their own health conditions and in teaching health professionals to gain increased satisfaction from their work by inspiring the patient’s active role. She has continued to develop this work through providing complex case management in the Family Medicine clinic and instruction in self management and motivational interviewing skills to medical students, Family Medicine residents, Occupational Therapists and other health professionals.


2005 National Health Information Awards – Bronze Award in Patient Education


Gecht-Silver M, Lee D, Ehrlich-Jones L, Bristow M. Evaluation of a Motivational Interviewing Training for Third-Year Medical Students. Fam Med 2016;48(2):132-135.

Gecht-Silver, M., Lee, D., Ehrlich-Jones, L., & Bristow, M. (2016). Evaluation of a Motivational Interviewing Training for Third-Year Medical Students. Family medicine, 48(2), 132-135.

Gecht-Silver MR: Joint protection for the upper limb. Up-to-Date Online Journal, 18.3: June 2016 (since 2014) In: UpToDate [Internet]. Waltham (MA): UpToDate Inc. c1992

Gecht-Silver MR and Duncombe AM: Patient information: Arthritis and exercise. Up-to-Date Online Journal, June 2015 (since 2007) In: UpToDate [Internet]. Waltham (MA): UpToDate Inc. c1992.

Gecht-Silver MR, Duncombe AM: Overview of joint protection. Up-to-Date Online Journal, 18.3: May 2015 (since 2005) In: UpToDate [Internet]. Waltham (MA): UpToDate Inc.


Faculty Speaker UIC Occupational Therapy Department 2008-present
T-Trainer Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (2004) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (2012)
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) member

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