#IAMSE17 – Poster Award Nominees and Abstracts Now Online

The poster abstracts for the 2017 IAMSE Meeting are now listed online. Abstracts are listed in one of eight categories:

Assessment & Evaluation;
Curriculum & Evaluation;
Instructional Methods;
Student Support;
Technology Innovation

This year, we have 17 posters that are in the running for the Best Poster Presentation Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding medical education peer-reviewed presentation at the IAMSE Annual Meeting. The first author on the winning poster will receive a plaque, one year of IAMSE membership, and access to one series of the IAMSE Audio Seminars.

A full listing of this year’s Best Poster Presentation Award nominees may be found online here.

Have you registered for the 2017 IAMSE Meeting? Registration is still available online at! We hope to see you there!

IAMSE – Medical Science Educator Call for Announcements

In every issue of Medical Science Educator, we publish an announcements section. In this section we share information that is of interest to the readership of the journal. Individual IAMSE members wishing to post medical education related announcements in the Journal are invited to send their requests to the Editorial Assistant at Announcements may be IAMSE-related, announcements from other medical education organizations, medical education conference information or international issues affecting medical education. Announcements will be published at the Editors’ discretion.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Approved announcements will be published in the September issue of the journal.

#IAMSE17 – Additional Hotel Information

Registration for the 2017 IAMSE meeting is exceeding our expectations! We are happy to welcome so many of our colleagues from all over the world to Burlington, VT in just a few weeks from now. As a result of this high attendance, the Sheraton Burlington Hotel has run out of rooms for IAMSE Meeting Attendees. Because of this, we would like to offer information on other hotels in the area for anyone without a hotel reservation.

The DoubleTree by Hilton is 1 mile from the Davis Center. Click here to visit the DoubleTree’s website.

The Holiday Inn Burlington is 0.9 miles from the Davis Center. Click here for the Holiday Inn’s website.

The Comfort Inn & Suites is also 0.9 miles from the Davis Center. To visit the Comfort Inn’s website, click here.

We are looking forward to meeting many of you at the meeting!

IAMSE – Search for Editor-in-Chief for IAMSE Manuals

As you all should know, IAMSE began the publication of IAMSE Manuals a couple of years ago. These short how-to manuals are envisioned as affordable, accessible guides to timely topics in medical education.

After the publication of two IAMSE Manuals, we believe that the viability of this venture is clear. As a result, we have been in negotiation with Springer, the publisher of our journal, Medical Science Educator, to also publish IAMSE Manuals. With the growth of this venture we seek an Editor-in-Chief for IAMSE Manuals. The document linked here describes and outlines the requirements for the position.

Any interested members should send a letter of application and CV in one file via e-mail to Brandi Hinkle in the IAMSE Administrative Office at Please write Editor-in- Chief in the subject line. The letter should indicate your interest in the position and why you feel you are qualified to take on this role. Closing date for receipt of application materials is June 1, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed by a search committee, some candidates will be interviewed via conference call and recommendations will be made to the Publications Committee which will in turn make recommendations to the Board of Directors which will make the final decision.

#IAMSE17 – Silent Auction Reminder

As the 2017 IAMSE Meeting gets closer, we would like to remind you one more time about our silent auction. The purpose of the money raised from the silent auction is to fund scholarships for attending the annual meeting. It is important to support and foster the interests and scholarly activities of the younger generation who will one day step into our shoes. This year, two people will visit the meeting in Burlington with support from this fund. We hope this year’s event will be even more successful than before!

Please let us know which items you will donate by emailing Brandi Hinkle at, so we can create the item list.

Thank you for considering your contributions to this important endeavor. We look forward to seeing you in Burlington in June!

#IAMSE17 – Dr. Roger Koment, Founder of IAMSE, to Attend 2017 IAMSE Meeting

IAMSE is pleased to announce that the association’s founder, Roger Koment, PhD, will be our guest of honor at the 2017 IAMSE Meeting in Burlington, Vermont.

Roger Koment received his PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and his initial direction was to pursue a medical research path. Following completion of a fellowship at the University of Miami, he joined the faculty at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine where, as a professor and medical research scientist, he helped train more than 1,500 medical students, scores of graduate students, and uncounted numbers of baccalaureate students in the fundamental principles of infectious disease. Many more students, residents, and physicians were impacted through his teaching, including well over 1,000 international physicians he helped prepare for the USMLE.

The concept of IAMSE began in 1988, when Dr. Koment organized the Special Interest Group on Basic Science Education within the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). He wanted to insure that basic scientists were involved in the planning for training physicians for the 21st century of medical practice. In 1993, he and others decided to create an organization that would be independent, yet parallel, to this Special Interest Group, called the Basic Science Education Forum (BSEF. Between 1993 and 1997, the Basic Science Education Forum attracted individual members from over 400 medical institutions among 87 countries. Three meetings were convened (in 1993, 1995 and 1997). By mid-1996 it became evident that managing a global organization of such proportions with only the efforts of volunteers already holding full-time faculty appointments would no longer be feasible. On June 22, 1997, during the Third Biennial International Conference in Charleston, SC, Dr. Koment announced the dissolution of the Basic Science Education Forum and the formation of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) in its place. This action became effective on July 1, 1997.

IAMSE members owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Roger Koment for his vision and his perseverance and tenacity to establish this vital and vibrant educational organization. We look forward to honoring him at the 2017 Annual Meeting, in Burlington, VT.

If you’re not yet registered for the 2017 IAMSE Meeting, please be sure to do so online at! We look forward to seeing you there!

IAMSE Exhibiting at AACOM/AODME Annual Conference

The 2017 joint American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) Meeting will be taking place in Baltimore, MD (USA) from April 26-29, 2017. The IAMSE booth will be present at the conference to exhibit and to reach out to colleague educators. If you plan on attending this meeting, do not forget to swing by, to pick up your special IAMSE membership ribbon and to say hello to the IAMSE representatives!

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IAMSE – Medical Science Educator Call for Manuscripts

Call for Manuscripts – Medical Science Educator

Medical Science Educator, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), publishes scholarly work in the field of health sciences education. The journal publishes four issues per year through Springer Publishing. We welcome contributions in the format of Short Communication, Original Research, Monograph, Commentary, and Innovation. Please visit our website for a more detailed description of these types of articles.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

IAMSE – 2017 Board of Directors Election Results

It is our pleasure to announce to you that we have two newly elected and one re-elected members of our Board of Directors. Thanks to all who participated in our recent election process. These new Board members will initiate their terms immediately following the June annual conference.

Newly Elected:

Jennifer Baccon
Penn State University

Bonny Dickinson
Western Michigan University


Wilhelmina Hols-Elders
University Medical Center Utrecht

We’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to both Kathryn Huggett and Richard Vari, who are leaving the Board of Directors, for their service to IAMSE.

Please join us in congratulating our new and returning Board members as they join our continuing efforts to make IAMSE the preeminent international venue for faculty development and collaboration in health sciences education.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meeting in Burlington, Vermont this June! It’s not too late to register and participate in what promises to be a fantastic meeting in a wonderful setting! Information on the meeting and registration may be found online at

#IAMSE17 – Workshop: Integration of Clinical & Basic Sciences as a Road to Entrustment

During the upcoming IAMSE meeting in Burlington, there will be a number of terrific pre-conference sessions for your consideration.  We are very excited to offer this workshop on the topic of Integration of Clinical and Basic Sciences as a Road to Entrustment, presented by Amy Wilson-Delfosse, Leslie Fall, Ann Poznanski, Tracy Fulton, James Nixon. and Brian Wilcox.

The 2015 Institute of Medicine report on “Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare” notes that diagnosis and diagnostic errors have been largely unappreciated in efforts to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. One of the primary roles of medical training programs is to help learners develop medical decision-making skills, and to do so with graduated levels of independence. Effective cognitive integration of the basic and clinical science concepts plays an essential role in enhancing diagnostic accuracy for novice clinicians. Furthermore, deliberate practice in transferring knowledge obtained in one clinical context to solve a new problem, or the same problem in another context, is critical to the development of clinical expertise.

Unfortunately, many students who have demonstrated adequate basic science understanding in the pre-clinical curriculum are often unable to apply this knowledge to clinical problem-solving. Meanwhile, the basic science knowledge of clinical instructors is often encapsulated, challenging their ability to help students integrate basic and clinical science concepts. A process for “unpacking” clinical instructors’ knowledge and reinforcing its connections to clinical decisions would facilitate student activation of their basic science knowledge, improving both diagnostic accuracy and long-term retention. In return, students who are able to use basic science concepts to defend clinical decisions may improve the “diagnostic accuracy” of their clinician preceptors’ entrustment decisions.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of cognitive integration and knowledge encapsulation
  • Identify basic science concepts that underlie day-to- day clinical decision making
  • Describe how understanding basic science concepts improves clinical decision-making
  • Demonstrate evidence-based strategies to “unpack” knowledge to improve cognitive integration at the bedside.

Following a review of the literature on clinical reasoning, cognitive integration and encapsulation, participants will identify key clinical decision-making points relevant to common clinical scenarios. In collaborative teams of basic scientists and clinicians, workshop participants will discuss underlying basic science concepts which inform these decisions, potential decision-making pitfalls, and the role of basic science application in avoiding patient harm.

Have you already registered for this special workshop at the 2017 IAMSE Meeting? If not, there’s still time to do so! Please register before April 1st to secure workshop participation. For more information on the 2017 IAMSE Meeting and to register, visit