Say Hello to Our Featured Member 2019 Annual Meeting Site Host Rick Vari

Our association is a robust and diverse set of educators, researchers, medical professionals, volunteers and academics that come from all walks of life and from around the globe. Each month we choose a member to highlight their academic and professional career and see how they are making the best of their membership in IAMSE. This month’s Featured Member is our 2019 annual meeting site host, IAMSE President Rick Vari.

Rick Vari, PhD
Professor & Senior Dean for Academic Affairs
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Why was the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine the right choice for the 2019 IAMSE meeting?
We are the right choice for the meeting this year because we did a fabulous conference several years ago and we were already in the queue for a future IAMSE meeting. We had some scheduling issues with our original site for 2019 and we were able to step in and fill the void. We have a wonderful hotel site (at the Hotel Roanoke), and the people who came from all across North America for the Collaborating Across Borders V: An American-Canadian Dialogue on Interprofessional Healthcare and Practice, in 2015 really enjoyed it. As a relatively new medical school, we are excited about continuing our growing success in medical education; hosting the IAMSE meeting is a real honor for us.

What opportunities will attendees see in Roanoke that they’ve not seen in years past?
Roanoke is a beautiful city to have a conference. We’ve localized the venue, which is a major goal for IAMSE. Attendees and exhibitors will appreciate the layout of the conference site. We are adjacent to the Roanoke Market Square with restaurants, breweries, and shopping featuring local items. There are just lots of opportunities for networking and entertainment. The program is outstanding with presentations and sessions on current and future challenges facing health sciences educators. International abstract submission is up, so more colleagues from other parts of the world may be attending. Increased student participation will be another highlight. This year, IAMSE is also hosting a Taste of Roanoke Street Fair which will replace the annual gala dinner. IAMSE 2019 is going to be a very easy conference to attend. If you can stay for the Grand Extravaganza on Tuesday afternoon it is going to be very special with a hiking trip to a beautiful location on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a visit to the Ballast Point brewery (East Coast operation) for dinner. 

Can you tell me more about this new event?
We are blocking off the Market Square in downtown Roanoke. We will have tastes of local food, beverages, and music. This is a chance to interact in a casual fun setting with lots of local food and a live band! It’s going to be a lot of fun.

What session or speaker are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to, of course, the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs meeting.  I’ve enjoyed being president and interacting with the Board and Committee Chairs in this planning session provides IAMSE with a sense of solid direction.  The plenary sessions also look very strong. I’m interested in the Gen Z session (Generation Z: The New Kids on the Block) and How to Use Disruptive Technology to Make Education Better – Not Just Different.

It sounds likes there is much to look forward to this year. Anything else you’d like to share?
The local response from the other medical schools in the area in support of the IAMSE meeting in Roanoke has been very strong.  As a new school, this is a tremendous opportunity for us and the other medical schools in the area to get better acquainted.

To learn more about the 2019 IAMSE Annual Meeting, including the plenary speakers, workshops and networking opportunities, or to register, please

Reserve your spot before March 15 to ensure the Early Bird Discount!

IAMSE at GRIPE 2019 in New Orleans

The IAMSE booth will be exhibiting at the annual winter meeting of the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) in New Orleans, LA on January 24-26, 2019. IAMSE Association Manager Julie Hewett will also be delivering a pre-conference workshop titled, “Using Social Media to Disseminate Your Scholarly Work.” If you plan on attending this meeting, don’t miss this session and do not forget to swing by the IAMSE booth and say hello!

Information on the GRIPE Meeting can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration for the 23rd Annual IAMSE Meeting is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 23rd Annual Meeting of IAMSE, to be held June 8-11, 2019 in Roanoke, VA, USA, is now open. At this annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) faculty, staff and students from around the world who are interested in medical science education join together in faculty development and networking opportunities. Sessions on curriculum development, assessment and simulation are among the common topics available at the annual meetings.

Featured plenary speakers include Don Cleveland, Claudia Krebs, Craig Lenz and Geoff Talmon.

Additional meeting details and registration can be found at

Save the Date for the IAMSE Winter 2020 Webcast Audio Seminar Series

Join us every Thursday in January and the first Thursday in February for the IAMSE Winter 2020 Webcast Audio Seminar Series.

The theme for the Winter series is “How is Health Science Education tackling the Opioid Epidemic?” where we will feature several speakers from across the US. The Winter IAMSE web-based seminar series will provide a comprehensive synopsis of these efforts to respond to the opioid crisis.

As always, IAMSE Student Members can register for the series for FREE! Email for more information.

Details about the series will be coming soon, so keep an eye on your inbox. For more details on the upcoming Winter 2020 series or our archives, please visit

Submit Your Manuscript to 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 by 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.

I look forward to receiving your submissions.

Thank you,
Peter G.M. de Jong, PhD

#IAMSE20 Poster and Oral Abstract Submissions Due December 1

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations for the 24th Annual IAMSE Conference to be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, CO, USA from June 13-16, 2020. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for faculty development and networking, bringing together medical sciences and medical education across the continuum of healthcare education.

Please click here to submit your abstract today.

Please note: The first time you enter the site, you will be required to create a user profile. Even if you did submit in previous years, you need to create a new account. All abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations must be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site.

Students who would like feedback on a draft of their abstract prior to final submission should email it to the Student Professional Development Committee, care of Mary Dereski, by November 8, 2019.

Submission deadline is December 1, 2019.

There is no limit on the number of abstracts you may submit, but it is unlikely that more than two presentations per presenter can be accepted due to scheduling complexities. Abstract acceptance notifications will be returned in March 2020.
If you need help submitting your abstract, please contact us at
Thank you,
Bonny Dickinson, PhD, MS-HPEd
Chair, 2020 Program Committee

IAMSE Fall 2019 WAS Session 5 Highlights

[The following notes were generated by Andrea Belovich, PhD.]

IAMSE Webinar Series, Fall 2019

Speaker: Valerie O’Laughlin and Teri Turner
Title: “Beyond See one, Do one, Teach one – Developing Trainees as Medical Educators”
Series: Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education

The final installment of the IAMSE Fall 2019 Web Seminar series, “Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Profession Education,” was presented on October 3rd by Valerie O’Loughlin PhD and Teri Turner MD, MPH, M.Ed. Dr. O’Loughlin is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Medical Science program at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor, Associate Program Director of House Staff Education, and Vice-Chair of Education of the Pediatrics Department at Baylor College of Medicine. In this webinar, “Beyond See one, Do one, Teach one – Developing Trainees as Medical Educators,” Dr.’s O’Loughlin and Turner discussed the necessity, challenges, and strategies associated with training both graduate (PhD) students and residents to become future medical educators.

Dr. O’Loughlin began the seminar by discussing the need to train PhD graduate students as medical educators. As modern PhD programs continue to shift their focus towards molecular and cellular biology research, graduate expertise shifts away from the whole-organism knowledge needed to effectively teach a medical curriculum. This trend, combined with the retirement of existing faculty, is contributing to shortages of qualified educators in many disciplines, including Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology. In addition, the retirement of experienced faculty and the growing number of medical programs being established underscores the need for future faculty who are well-versed in education methodologies, effective pedagogy, and assessment of curricular change. Since medical education is time-intensive and research faculty time is limited, the development of PhD-level training programs specific to Medical Education arises as a solution.

Elements of medical education training that can be incorporated into new or existing PhD programs include providing opportunities for developing teaching experience and discussions about pedagogy, learning theories, curricular development, and education frameworks. Consortia such as the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) can provide resources and support for Medical Education training. The CIRTL consortium is comprised of numerous R1 institutions and provides tools such as online resources and classes, national meetings, and learning communities to promote graduate-through-faculty preparation for STEM teaching programs and the assessment of teaching as research.

As an example of a formal medical educator PhD programs, Dr. O’Loughlin presented the Education Track in Anatomy PhD at Indiana University School of Medicine1. Established in 2008, this program accepts 1-4 students per year and trains students in all of the anatomical disciplines essential to teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Coursework includes biomedical sciences, education and statistics, along with supervised teaching experiences in the anatomies (funded through graduate teaching assistantships). The research component and doctoral thesis is focused on a medical education or anatomy education topic and provides students with the skills to produce scholarship necessary for tenure and promotion. Graduates of the Education Track in Anatomy PhD program are in high demand, with many receiving job offers prior to graduation.

While Medical Educator PhD programs have demonstrated value, there are challenges to developing and implementing them. Perceptions of educational research as “non-science,” bureaucratic hurdles, availability of qualified advisors/mentors, and availability of funding to support graduate student training can be sources of resistance. However, using examples of successes of other programs and highlighting the rewards of such programs can help promote acceptance of Medical Education PhD programs, especially considering the desirability of graduates from these programs and their ability to serve in place of adjunct faculty during training. Emphasizing the research component of these programs can also demonstrate their value to institutions—PhD thesis projects can be used to evaluate institutional curricular reform and help advance the field of medical education.

After Dr. O’Loughlin addressed PhD Medical Education training programs, Dr. Turner discussed strategies and innovations in the training of residents as clinical faculty. These strategies leverage role-modeling and observational learning as effective teaching modalities in the clinic, as well as more formal teaching methods. Residents especially play a particularly important role in teaching medical students and need professional development both in being effective role models and in being effective educators.

Contrary to the notion that the teacher identity forms after the physician identity, a survey conducted by Dr. Turner and her colleagues suggested that the teacher identity forms earlier than previously thought (unpublished data). This supports the implementation of teaching experiences, rotations, and fellowships relatively early in training—even as early as the third year of medical school. Further examination of residents’ attitudes and motivations to teach also informs which approaches should be taken to provide training as medical educators. As a majority of residents are either intrinsically motivated to teach or wish to teach but view clinical duties as an external barrier to teaching, the focus of teaching programs should be on removing as many barriers as possible and providing professional development opportunities in teaching skills.

Best practices in developing medical education training programs for residents include the development of a year-long spiral curriculum rather than using a one-time workshop. Use of a logic model also helps to maintain the program’s focus by tracking objectives and competencies of the program, and provision of flipped classroom and practice applying learned principles is encouraged. Dr. Turner provided an extensive list of resources to aid in the development of a curriculum for training residents as teachers. Training programs can also offer electives, rotations, tracks, or degrees in medical education. As an example, Dr. Turner’s program offers a fellowship in Medical Education with the option to obtain an M.Ed. or equivalent.

Dr. Turner also provided a survey of innovative ideas for resident medical education training. Innovative motivation strategies include implementation of coached medical student teaching competitions, TED talk master classes, criterion-based and peer-reviewed membership in an Academy of Distinguished Resident Educators, and academic designation as “Clinical Instructors.” Mentored teaching approaches for junior learners such as “Teaching Up” and “Teaching Across” promotes confidence by teaching core knowledge “up” to more experienced learners and encouraging residents to teach “across” to other disciplines, medical professions, and community faculty. Role modeling and “near-peer” teaching has been observed to be effective in teaching, especially in terms of professionalism and quality improvement, as senior peers are viewed as approachable by their juniors, better able to understand their juniors’ perceptions, and can offer focused guidance.

Dr. Turner concluded the seminar with an emphasis on the importance of providing feedback as an integral part of learning and teaching. Techniques such as the objective structured teaching encounter (OSTE), observation checklists, audiotape or videotape teaching, and peer coaching are all helpful methods for evaluating teaching skills and providing feedback. Dr. Turner concluded with a list of evaluation tools and references, including several sources through the MedEdPORTAL and IAMSE designed for many different levels of learners.


  1. Brokaw JJ, O’Loughlin VD. 2015. “Implementation of an education-focused PhD program in anatomy and cell biology at Indiana University: Lessons learned and future challenges.” Anat Sci Educ. 8:258-265.

IAMSE Program and Review Committees Now Seeking Volunteers for 2021 Annual Meeting

The time has come to begin planning the 2021 Annual IAMSE Meeting to be held in Cancun, Mexico! The first step in the process is to form the Program and Review Committees.

The role of the Program Committee is to establish a theme and schedule for the program, select and invite pertinent speakers, and collaborate on various tasks as needed in order to provide the membership with an outstanding annual meeting. Your availability for a one-hour monthly Zoom video meeting and ready accessibility by email from January 2020 through the program in June 2021 is expected, in addition to great ideas and a collegial spirit! The Review Committee, which will work with the Program Committee, will oversee the abstract review and selection process. This work will roughly take place between December 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 by email only (no video meetings involved).

For both committees we are seeking a broad representation of professional educators, basic scientists, clinical scientists, and instructional technologists from around the world. The names of participating members will be credited in the conference program.

If you would like to be considered for a position on one of these committees please send a brief statement of your interest and qualifications to by November 15. We would like to complete selections by December 15 so we begin our meetings by phone in January 2020.

We hope that you will consider becoming involved in this important and collegial work.

For additional information or questions please contact

Thank you,
Mark Hernandez
2021 Annual Program Committee Chair

IAMSE on the Road at PAEA 2019

The IAMSE booth will be exhibiting at the 2019 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum in Washington, DC, USA on October 10-12, 2019.

If you plan on attending this meeting, do not forget to swing by the IAMSE booth and say hello!
Information on the 2019 PAEA meeting can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Say Hello to Our Featured Member Marieke Kruidering-Hall!

Our association is a robust and diverse set of educators, researchers, medical professionals, volunteers and academics that come from all walks of life and from around the globe. Each month we choose a member to highlight their academic and professional career, and see how they are making the best of their membership in IAMSE. This month’s Featured Member is Dr. Marieke Kruidering-Hall.

Marieke Kruidering-Hall, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology
University of California San Francisco

How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
Wow time flies. I Just received my 15-year membership certificate. I still remember my first IAMSE meeting. I distinctly recall meeting colleagues from other schools who were also course directors for the “first integrated course” in their curriculum. It was so helpful to share tips and experiences. I also distinctly recall how Giulia Bonaminio made sure we felt welcome to IAMSE and made sure it was fun as well.
In your years with IAMSE, how have you interacted with the association?
I have been in attendance (of the annual meeting) almost every year, only missing the meeting if I could not come due to illness. I have presented preconference workshops on small group instruction, critical reflection, open-ended exam question writing and presented posters on several aspects of pharmacology education in our curriculum.

What projects are you currently working on professionally? 
At UCSF I am course director for the first integrated course of the medical school curriculum as well as director of courses for students at risk of underperforming. I teach pharmacology to medical, pharmacy and dental students. In addition, I am a facilitator for the weekly inquiry small groups that happen every Monday throughout the year.

Research wise, currently I am involved in an analysis of perceptions & psychometrics of open-ended exam questions with colleagues from Case Western, Hofstra and UCSF.

As a multi-year member, what is a standout benefit that keeps you engaged in IAMSE?
I continue to enjoy participating in workshops and learning more about many important topics like exam question writing, research methods and leadership styles. I also see this as a great venue where students whom I mentor on educational projects can present their work and enjoy the benefit of attending the educational meeting.

Moreover, IAMSE  is a venue where important conversations about topics like the ever-increasing amount of knowledge at our students’ fingertips can be discussed across disciplines and across continents.

Anything else that you would like to add?
YES! IAMSE is where I found other pharmacology medical educators and we stayed in touch. We started our Pharmacology educators Interest group (Phig). As a group, we co-presented “Themes and Threads, Oh My: Managing a Longitudinal Discipline Across an Integrated Curriculum” at the 2019 annual meeting.

We share monthly zoom meetings during which we compare our curricula, plan our collaboration and research efforts. I look forward to the zoom call every month!
Without IAMSE  this would not have happened !! THANK YOU!

IAMSE Fall 2019 WAS Session 4 Highlights

[The following notes were generated by Will Brooks, PhD.]

IAMSE Webinar Series, Fall 2019

Speaker: David Rogers MD, MHPE, FACS, FAAP and Melissa Klein MD, MEd
Title: Innovative Faculty Development Programs: Two Case Studies
Series: Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education

The IAMSE 2019 Fall Webinar Series, Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education, continued on September 26, 2019 with a presentation by Dr. David Rogers, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Dr. Melissa Klein, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Their webinar entitled “Innovative Faculty Development Programs: Two Case Studies” provided listeners with a close look at two longitudinal faculty development programs directed by the presenters.

Dr. Rogers led the webinar off with a description of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA), which is co-sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine and Collat School of Business. The HLA was developed to provide leadership training to both faculty and staff who had the potential to take on leadership roles within the institution – emergent leaders. The program is funded through a philanthropic gift, which has prevented participants from needing to fund their own participation. The HLA operates with four educational goals:

  • Teach participants about the history and operations of the health system and academic health centers.
  • Enhance and develop the leadership abilities of the participants.
  • Facilitate the development of strategic thinking skills, focusing on opportunities and challenges facing academic health centers.
  • Activate participants’ evaluation of their own individual aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, and commitment to leadership.

Participants are selected by an advisory group from among nominations across multiple units within the academic medical center including the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Professions, Nursing, Optometry, and Public Health. Each cohort of participants represents a diverse group of faculty and staff including emergent and established leaders. Dr. Rogers noted that the diversity of each group is an enriching element of the program. To date, 260 individuals have taken part in the HLA in its first decade (2009-2019).

The HLA is a seven-month program that includes an opening weekend retreat held off-campus, monthly day-long sessions, individual readings, and small group projects. The opening weekend includes participation in physical challenges as part of a high-ropes course, which allows participants to step away from their professional identity and build trust and teamwork. Monthly meetings include a range of topics including leadership and strategic planning, communication, negotiation, building a vision, and academic medical center finance and operations. Time is also allocated at each monthly meeting for small group work and networking. Each small group conducts a project throughout the program that culminates in a group presentation and submitted white paper. Rather than scholarship, most projects address a practical problem faced by the medical center or one of its units. Individual readings are taken from the assigned book, The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner as well as journal articles.

Dr. Klein continued the webinar with a description of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholar’s Program (ESP). The ESP was developed to provide training to academic pediatricians in the area of educational scholarship, which Dr. Klein defined as the dissemination of curricular innovations, evaluation tools, and teaching methodologies. Because the ESP is housed within a national professional association, mentorship, collaboration, and networking between individuals at different institutions have become an important element of the program.

The Educational Scholars Program was initiated in 2006. Scholars enrolled in the 3-year program complete a longitudinal curriculum and mentored educational research projects. Four key components comprise the ESP: educational scholarship skills, mentorship, an educator portfolio, and networking. The first year of the curriculum focuses on educational scholarship and includes a day-long session at the Academic Pediatric Association’s annual meeting, asynchronous online coursework, and monthly calls with peer groups. During this year scholars will identify their scholarly project. In year 2, the focus shifts to the nuts and bolts of educational research. Instruction in both quantitative and qualitative methodology occurs at the annual meeting and through online coursework. Year three focuses on scholarly dissemination, leadership, and networking; it includes a third full-day session at the annual meeting and additional online coursework.

After 10 years (2006-2016), participants from 80 institutions had taken part in the first 8 cohorts of the ESP. Most of the 170 scholars were women and were at junior faculty ranks. The scholarship output from program participants has included research publications, publications in MedEdPORTAL, national presentations, and educational grants. 98% of graduates have reported at least 1 publication, funded grant, or educational leadership position.

IAMSE Fall 2019 WAS Session 3 Highlights

[The following notes were generated by Andrea Belovich, PhD.]

IAMSE Webinar Series, Fall 2019

Speaker: Bonny Dickinson, PhD and Maria Sheakley, PhD
Title: Congratulations! You’ve been promoted! Introducing the IAMSE Educator Toolkit
Series: Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education

The third installment of the Fall 2019 IAMSE Web Seminar Series, “Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education,” was presented on September 19, 2019 by Dr. Bonny Dickinson, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine and Dr. Maria Sheakley, Professor of Physiology and Vice Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. In this webinar, “Congratulations! You’ve been promoted! Introducing the IAMSE Educator Toolkit,” Dr.’s Dickinson and Sheakley provided an overview of IAMSE resources available to medical educators who are looking to create and strengthen their educational portfolios for promotion and tenure applications.

The first portion of the presentation was given by Dr. Dickinson, who provided the background for the creation of the IAMSE Educator Toolkit. The Toolkit was developed by the Committee for the Advancement of Medical Science Educators (CAMSE), a subcommittee of the IAMSE Professional Development Committee. Instituted in 2015, CAMSE is charged with supporting the efforts of educators, facilitating communication about critical issues affecting medical education and educators, and examining the current state of institutional operationalization of guidelines for the recognition, reward, and promotion of educators. The work of CAMSE in developing the IAMSE Educator Toolkit, was, in part, a response to the widespread lack of knowledge surrounding the resources available to guide medical educator promotion and career development.

According to a 2017 IAMSE Member Survey (published in Medical Science Educator in 2018), faculty awareness of publications and guidelines meant to assist in promotion was modest and institutional adoption of such published guidelines for promotion was poor. In addition, the survey revealed that a majority of faculty are not aware of their own institution’s guidelines for promotion and tenure. These findings were identified as challenges to faculty promotion and tenure, in addition to several other major challenges identified in 2007, which faculty seeking promotion are still faced with today. These include lack of protected time for scholarship, lack of recognition for alternate forms of scholarship, differing perceptions of the relative value of educational contributions compared to others, lack of mentorship, lack of assistance in writing publications, and lack of understanding of how to publish or present educational work.

Dr. Dickinson concluded her portion of the webinar by summarizing the documentation that the IAMSE Educator Toolkit can provide to help faculty seeking promotion and tenure overcome the many challenges to advancement. he Toolkit helps educators develop portfolios beyond the curriculum vitae and the educational/teaching philosophy statement by framing (and documenting) their contributions in the five domains of educator activities: 1) Teaching, 2) Learner Assessment, 3) Advising and Mentoring, 4) Curriculum Development, and 5) Educational Leadership and Administration. Although not the focus of this webinar, Dr. Dickinson also mentioned that CAMSE has developed a companion toolkit, the Evaluator Toolkit, to provide guidance to those evaluating applications for promotion and tenure.

Dr. Maria Sheakley continued the webinar with a brief history of educational scholarship and the development of the Q2E model that gave rise to the IAMSE Educator Toolkit. In 1990, Boyer’s “Scholarship Reconsidered,” identified education as a true modality for promotion was advocated, efforts to promote the role of education as a true modality for promotion and scholarship became more widespread. In 2006, the AAMC GEA Consensus Conference on Educational Scholarship identified the five domains of educator activity (mentioned previously), which can be used to promote scholarship and excellence. Furthermore, to aid in illustrating the quality of these educational activities and relating them to scholarship, the Q2E (Quantity, Quality, and Engagement) model was designed to assess excellence and engagement for producing documentation for promotion. According to the Q2E model, “Excellence” can be assessed through both the quantity and the quality of the educational activities, and “Engagement” can be assessed through evidence of a Scholarly approach to activities (e.g., the work is informed by knowledge in the field) and through scholarship (e.g., contribution to the field’s knowledge through local, regional, national, and/or international dissemination).

CAMSE then used the Q2E model to frame development of the IAMSE Educator Toolkit. The Toolkit was designed to assess Quantity and Quality of educational activities by quantitifying information about the activity (e.g., number of leaners taught, how often, how much time devoted to the activity, etc.). Viewing Quantity/Quality together with Engagement on a continuum, these values are documented through evidence of an informed approach to the educational activity, activity outcomes, reflective critique of that activity, and finally through dissemination of the work (scholarship).

Dr. Sheakley then discussed the role of the IAMSE Educator Toolkit in developing an educator portfolio for promotion. In contrast to the CV, which lists all activities, the purpose of the educator portfolio is to document and showcase achievements that are representative of the educator’s work, highlighting the depth, breadth, impact and accomplishments of the work for presentation to a promotion and tenure committee. To aid educators in highlighting their achievements and developing their portfolios, the CAMSE created worksheets to apply to each of the five domains of educator activities (Teaching, Learner Assessment, Curriculum Development, Mentoring and Advising, and Educational Leadership and Administration).

Dr. Sheakley finished the webinar by encouraging educators to study their institution’s Promotion and Tenure guidelines and determine if a template already exists. The IAMSE Educator Toolkit can be used as a template to create a portfolio narrative if none is available, or it can be used to identify important elements of the CV to highlight. After choosing activities to highlight and determining where they fall along the Q2E-continuum, educators can fill out the toolkit worksheets to create portfolios and narratives that encompass the quality, quantity, excellence, engagement, and scholarship of educator achievements.

The IAMSE Educator Toolkit and its companion, the IAMSE Evaluator Toolkit, will be available as free resources from the IAMSE website.

Exhibit Space Still Remains for the 2020 IAMSE Meeting in Denver, CO (USA)

June 2020 is just around the corner and the preparations for the next IAMSE annual meeting are at full speed. I, therefore, would like to remind you about the opportunity to participate in supporting the International Association of Medical Science Educators at our 2020 Meeting.

I have included a copy of our exhibitor brochure for your review. Download Here

The 2020 Annual IAMSE Meeting will be held June 13-16, 2020 at the Hilton Denver City Center hotel in Denver, CO, USA. At the meeting faculty, staff and students from around the world who are interested in medical science education join together in faculty development and networking opportunities. Sessions on curriculum development, assessment and simulation are among the common topics available at the annual meetings.

I look forward to working with you to make this educational event successful for all involved.
I hope to see you in Denver!

Good things happening? Share with IAMSE!


The next issue of the membership newsletter of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), IAMSE Connects, will be published in October. The purpose of this newsletter is to connect the IAMSE membership with information about our society, about opportunities to get involved with IAMSE, and about each other.

We are very pleased to dedicate one section of this newsletter to recognize the professional accomplishments of our members but we need your help! Have you received awards or promotions or landed a great new job in the last year? We would like to know about it and celebrate your professional accomplishments in our newsletter.

Please send your news to Cassie Chinn at or submit it online here for inclusion in the next edition. Sorry, we can only include professional accomplishments in the newsletter, but welcome you to share your personal news on the IAMSE Facebook and Twitter pages! Thanks for your help!

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Thank you,
Jennifer Baccon
Chair, IAMSE Membership Committee

IAMSE Fall 2019 WAS Session 2 Highlights

[The following notes were generated by Andrea Belovich, PhD.]

IAMSE Webinar Series, Fall 2019

Speaker: Darin Latimore, MD
Title: Recruiting, Retaining and Developing a Diverse Faculty
Series: Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education

The Fall 2019 IAMSE Web Seminar Series entitled “Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education,” is focused on providing participants with practical tips for developing their own skills as well as insight into how to become engaged with and possibly improve the faculty development culture within their institutions. The second installment of this series, entitled, “Recruiting and developing a diverse faculty,” was delivered by Dr. Darin Latimore, the Deputy Dean for and inaugural Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Latimore holds leading roles in developing a comprehensive plan for furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Yale School of Medicine, including a robust recruitment and retention program for faculty and students from historically underrepresented medical communities. During his talk, Dr. Latimore outlined the need for growing the underrepresented minority (URM) component of the physician workforce, explored best practices for robust recruitment of URM faculty in medicine, and summarized effective strategies medical schools have used to retain URM faculty.

Dr. Latimore first emphasized the need for recruiting and retaining URM faculty, which he defined to include Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American/Pacific Islander faculty. When comparing demographic data between United States medical school faculty1 and the general United States population2, there is a much lower percentage of URMs in faculty (especially in the ranks of associate and full professor1) compared to the general population. In particular, the percentages of faculty from URMs Dr. Latimore identified have not increased by even 1% over the last 15 years across all medical schools.

To underscore the value of diversity in medicine, Dr. Latimore discussed several studies across multiple fields (including business and academia) to show that teams rich in diversity produce higher quality of outcomes3,4,5,6,7. In addition, the patient-physician race concordance is highly relevant for medical care, as patients are more likely to visit physicians with a similar race/ethnicity as themselves8 and tend to perceive physician-patient communication as being poorer when there is a racial/ethnic discordance9. Dr. Latimore stated that URM physicians are also more likely to see underinsured or uninsured patients of all ethnicities, emphasizing the role URM physicians play in addressing healthcare inequity in the United States.

To recruit URM faculty, Dr. Latimore suggested developing learners in the campus “pipeline” by intentionally developing an inclusive culture and allowing URM learners (medical students, residents, and fellows) opportunities to envision themselves (and/or remain) as faculty10. He also discussed examples of such efforts being implemented at Yale School of Medicine, including URM mentorship programs, curriculum revisions to focus on health equity, and mitigation of microaggressions, harassment, and discrimination more proactively when reported. Yale also provides several opportunities for URM learners to network and interact with URM faculty, including a lecture series given by MD, PhD, and resident Yale alumni. Anecdotally, Dr. Latimore discussed that post-exit interviews report that these interventions have led to greater engagement with Yale and the community.

Dr. Latimore next discussed strategies to recruit URM faculty through proactive prospecting. Prior to posting job opportunities, utilize existing faculty networks, NIH-funded grant databases, and conference activities to identify potential candidates10. Unconscious bias training, increasing diversity of search committees and charging search committees to identify candidates of diverse backgrounds can help identify qualified URM faculty candidates11. Contacting diversity subcommittees of organizations can also help when deciding where and how to advertise job postings or locate potential URM candidates. Finally, ensuring the candidate search process and the interview experience are equitable across all demographics is essential to successful recruitment11.

Dr. Latimore also discussed Yale University’s holistic approach to faculty recruitment packages. Rather than offering recruitment packages through individual departments, Yale utilizes a centrally located fund that allows for strategic application and flexibility to adjust funding priorities based on need. The Yale University 50 million Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative has facilitated 65 recruitments campus-wide over 3 years, and funds up to 50% of faculty salary (or non-salary requirements) for up to 3 years12.

One of the major challenges to recruiting diverse faculty is the lack of “critical mass” of URM faculty at medical schools to attract other potential candidates13. The cohort recruitment method encourages the recruitment of multiple URM faculty simultaneously to rapidly establish a diverse environment. This method of recruitment has been effective for institutions with very few URM faculty.

Shifting towards the retention of URM faculty, Dr. Latimore discussed two major factors as being important: fostering an inclusive culture at the institutional level and having formal programs geared towards URM professional development and networking at the individual level. Using the University of California San Diego School of Medicine as a case study, Dr. Latimore described a Junior faculty development program (National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine: NCLAM) with an 87% (13/15) retention rate of participating URM faculty hired in 200514,15. For comparison, USCD has a 58% retention rate of all faculty recruited in 2005, including URM and women faculty subgroups15. This comprehensive program (with funding assistance from a center of excellence grant) provides structured mentorship and sponsorships to junior faculty and is especially proactive in including URM and women junior faculty. The program offers counseling, completion of a professional development project, and several sessions with mentors. Mentors agree to partner with their mentees on projects, critique scholarly work, promote mentees at networking events, advocate for leadership roles for mentees at conference sessions, and encourage invitations to submit manuscripts.

An example of a faculty retention program implemented at Yale is the Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion (M.O.R.E.), a self-run faculty organization supported by Dr. Latimore’s office and the Dean16. The organization offers network/community-building events and open lunches based on topics including appointments and promotion groups, increasing URM presence in leadership, internal and external grant opportunities, and resources to handle bias and discriminatory behavior. In addition to hosting an annual professional development retreat, each department is encouraged to have a junior URM faculty mentorship program run by senior URM faculty. Other initiatives at Yale to promote URM faculty development and retention include a pilot junior faculty coaching program, with a (1-5 year) professional development plan as an outcome, participation in AAMC minority professional development programs for junior and mid-career faculty, and coordinated sessions with media experts to help minority faculty increase career exposure and influence at the national level17.

Dr. Latimore also discussed the importance of developing diverse leaders who will not only mentor URM faculty to encourage individual development but also actively seek and advocate career advancement opportunities for their faculty as a sponsor18. For institutions looking to establish these sponsorship initiatives, it is important to consider the compatibility between mentors and mentees to promote faculty satisfaction with mentorship.

Dr. Latimore concluded by emphasizing the importance of working on institutional climates to promote successful inclusion and retention of URM faculty. Understanding and monitoring the institutional culture is challenging, but focus groups, one-on-one meetings, and exit interviews can help identify areas that need improvement. Since even the most excellent URM faculty may not be able to thrive in a culture of bias hostility or exclusion, inclusive environments are needed, and the environment must be developed as much as the individual faculty.

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