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#IAMSECafe Archives & COVID-19 Resources for Medical Science Educators

IAMSE Cafe Virtual Sessions

11/15/2022 Best Practices for Preparing a Successful Grant Proposal for the IAMSE Educational Scholarship and Curriculum Innovation Grants with Amanda Chase, Amber Heck, and Algevis Wrench
11/1/2022 Should I Stay or Should I Go? When Your Next Career Move is Somewhere Else with Katie Huggett
10/18/2022 The Aquifer Sciences Curriculum Database: A Collaborative Development between the IAMSE community and Aquifer with David Harris and Dr. Tracy Fulton
10/4/2022 Sharable Open Education Resources (OER) With ScholarRx with David Harris
9/20/2022 Mitigating Implicit Bias in Medical School Curricula with Jacqueline Powell and Jayne Reuben
9/6/2022 Early Career Award Winner with Jaya Yoda
8/16/22 Toolkits for Medical Science Educators: A Resource for Professional Development and an Opportunity for Scholarship with Nicole Deming, Amber Heck and Jon Wisco
8/2/22 Moving Up in MedEd with Christina DeLucia and Diana Lautenberger
7/19/22 Summer Reading with Chasity O’Malley – Chat Log
6/21/22 IAMSE 2022 Meeting Recap with Kelly Quesnelle
5/3/22 Mentoring in Health Professions Education with Alice Fornari and Darshana Shah
4/19/22 How to Make the Most of Conference Attendance with Heather Christensen
4/5/22 #IAMSE22 Annual Meeting Preview with Maria Sheakley
3/15/22 Third Party Resources with Kelly Quesnelle
3/1/22 Assessment Styles with Jon Wisco
2/15/22 What is the Optimal Timing of Course Evals? with Jon Wisco
2/1/22 Maintaining Professionalism Through Fatigue with Wendy Lackey
1/18/22 Practical Tips for Connecting With Students with Jon Wisco
1/4/22 The Changing Landscape of MedEd with Adi Haramati, Giulia Bonaminio, Frazier Stevenson, Amy Wilson-Delfosse and Neil Osheroff
12/7/21 IAMSE New Member Meet and Greet with Kelly Quesnelle
11/16/21 Technology in Health Sciences Education During COVID-19: Gains, Losses, and Transformations with Poh Sun Goh and Sol Roberts-Lieb
11/2/21 IAMSE Fellowship and ESME at IAMSE with Adi Haramti, Amber Heck and Amanda Chase
10/19/21 IAMSE Ambassador Program: Global perspectives on medical and science education with Claudio Cortes and Joseph Grannum
10/5/21 Teaching and Incorporating the Health Humanities with Alice Fornari2/2/21 To teach, or not to teach (to the test), that is the question with Jon Wisco
9/21/21 Open Forum to Discuss Basic Science in the Clinical Years with Kelly Quesnelle
9/7/21 Meaningful, Sustainable Transdisciplinary Collaboration: What would it look like? with Atsusi Hirumi
8/17/21 Opportunities for Health Sciences Education in One Health with Margaret McNulty and Rebecca Lufler
8/3/21 Evaluations of Our Teaching with Wendy Lackey
7/20/21 Incorporating Telehealth Into Basic Science Education with Jon Wisco
7/6/21 Virtual Simulations with Jon Wisco
6/1/21 The State of Medical Educators in Developing Nations with Sylvia Olivares and Smart Mbagwu
5/18/21 Building bridges between health science educators from diverse programs with Jennifer Lamberts, Jayne Reuben and Jonathan Wisco
5/4/21 Outreach Programs with Kelly Quesnelle
4/20/21 The New Horizon of (Medical) Education with Cafe Hosts
4/6/21 IAMSE 2021 Annual Conference Preview with Mark Hernandez
3/16/21 Career impacts of the COVID Year with Lisa Coplitt
3/2/21 Conducting and Disseminating Medical Education Scholarship
2/16/21 The paradigm shift implications on courses and curricula as a result of moving to pass/fail USMLE Step 1 with Doug Gould
1/19/21 The Basic Sciences and the Medical Humanities: An Integrative Approach with Hedy Wald. Suggested reading and faculty development opportunities discussed during the call.
1/5/21 Best Practices for Mentoring with an Eye and Ear Toward Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice with Heather Christensen
12/15/20 Unconventional Teaching Methods with Jon Wisco
12/1/20 Resiliency with the IAMSE Cafe hosts
11/17/20 Learning During and From a Crisis: The Student-Led Development of an online COVID-19 Curriculum with Abby Schiff and Katie Shaffer
Links from the conversation during this session can be found below.
11/3/20 Teaching Race and Medicine: Unlearning what we think we know with Staci Leisman
Links from the conversation during this session can be found here.
10/20/20 The future of education programs for residents and medical students with Lourdes Lopez
10/6/20 Technology and Education with Edgar Herrera Bastida
9/15/20 Team-Based Learning in the Virtual Environment with Drs. Raihan Jumat, Irene Lee and Peiyan Wong
9/1/20 Networking 102 – Networking Outside the Box with Kelly Quesnelle
8/27/20 Mentoring to Make a Difference with Katie Huggett – Literature references can be found here.
8/13/20 IAMSE Ambassadors – Pakistan, Australia, and Finland with Di Eley and Yawar Hyatt Khan
7/23/20 The Disappearing Pathology Instructor with Amy Lin and Regina Kreisle
7/9/20 Partnering with medical students to discover educational solutions for on-line learning with Emily Bird
6/25/20 The Future of Medical Education Conferences: What SHOULD it look like? with Bonny Dickinson
6/11/20 Communities of Practice in a Virtual World with James Pickering
5/28/2020 IAMSE Ambassadors – Mexico, China, Caribbean with Raul Barroso, Sateesh Arja and Zhimin Jia
5/21/2020 Faculty Development in the COVID-19 Era with Alice Fornari
5/14/2020 Evolving Anatomical Education during the COVID pandemic: What will this mean for the future of anatomy teaching? with Jon Wisco, Richard Gonzalez and Lane Fortney
5/7/2020 COVID-19 and the New Medical School with Amber Heck and Michael Lee
4/30/2020 MedEd Equity During COVID-19 with Heather Christensen
4/23/2020 IAMSECafe Welcomes Medical Science Educator EIC with Peter de Jong
4/16/2020 Q&A with the IAMSE President with Neil Osheroff
4/14/2020 MedEd Mailbag: Free Resources During COVID-19 with Kelly Quesnelle. Resources discussed and shared during this session can be found below.
4/9/2020 How Re-thinking and Re-designing Anatomy Instruction Into the Online Space Can Lead to Better Classroom and Cadaver Lab Learning Experiences with Jon Wisco
4/7/2020 MedEd Mailbag: Being Productive in Your Own Space with Kelly Quesnelle
4/2/2020 Leading by Example: Practicing Self-care in a Time of Crisis with Adi Haramati
3/31/2020 MedEd Mailbag: The Virtual Teacher with Kelly Quesnelle

 

Resources for Educators During COVID-19

Harvard Medical School Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum
One of the greatest difficulties facing everyone nowadays is a lack of clarity about what is going on and what lies ahead. We students especially feel a need to deepen our knowledge of the situation, as we are often viewed as resources by our friends and family. However, it soon became clear how challenging it was to process the wealth of information coming our way. A team of us at Harvard Medical School set out to quickly collate and synthesize accurate information about the pandemic to share with those who do not have the time or resources to research it themselves.
Additional resources include: Curriculum for Kids, an article written by the team discussing the curriculum and an opportunity to give direct feedback to the developers.

AAMC COVID-19 Resource Hub
The AAMC continues to monitor guidance from federal, state, and local health agencies as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Find information and updates from AAMC on this emerging global health concern.

Acland Anatomy
Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy contains nearly 330 videos of real human anatomic specimens in their natural colors.

MedEd Portal Virtual Resources
This collection features peer-reviewed teaching resources that can be used for distance learning, including self-directed modules and learning activities that could be converted to virtual interactions. As always, the resources are free to download and free for adaptation to local settings. The collection will be reviewed and updated regularly.

BlueLink Anatomy
From the University of Michigan Medical School

Aquifer
Aquifer is offering free access to 146 Aquifer signature cases, WISE-MD (Surgery), and WISE-OnCall (Readiness for Practice) through June 30, 2020, to all current Aquifer institutional subscribers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kaplan iHuman
With i-Human Patients, students experience safe, repeatable, fully-graded clinical patient encounters on their devices anywhere, anytime.

Online MedEd
The unprecedented COVID‐19 crisis has upended the medical and medical education landscape. Our aim during this difficult and confusing time is to support you with what we do best—concise, high–yield videos to help you get up to speed efficiently and effectively—so you can feel confident with however you’re being called on to adjust.

ScholarRX Bricks
In response to a request for assistance from a partner medical school impacted by COVID-19, ScholarRx has agreed to make its Rx Bricks program available at no cost to M2 students for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This comprehensive, online resource can assist schools implementing contingency plans necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Osmosis
You can raise the line by training healthcare workers who don’t have experience treating COVID-19. Encourage healthcare workers you know to complete this free CME course on COVID-19 so they’re prepared to fight the virus.

AnatomyZone
Top quality anatomy videos, all for free.

Harvard Macy
Crowdsourced List of Online Teaching Resources Collated by the Harvard Macy Institute (@HarvardMacy)

Anatomy Connected

Chronicle of Higher Education

Dartmouth SOM Interactive Rad/Anatomy

Firecracker
We understand some of the unique challenges you are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a company, are putting together resources to help you keep up with your courses as well as stay up to date with the latest research and evidence-based practices for addressing this new coronavirus.

LWW Health Library

Bates’ Visual Guide

5 Minute Consult
Primary health care is important to everyone, and now more than ever it’s important that you have access to evidence-based diagnostic and treatment content. To help you with caring for all of your patients, we are offering 30-day free access to 5MinuteConsult.com. Use code 5MC30DayAccess73173 to sign up.

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 visitwww.IAMSEconference.org.

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 http://www.iamseconference.org.

Last Call for #IAMSE23 Poster & Oral Abstracts

Deadline December 1, 2022

Don’t miss your chance to submit your abstract for oral and poster presentations for the 27th Annual IAMSE Conference! The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for training, development, and mentoring, to meet the needs of learners and professionals across the continuum of health professions education.

This year, through the support of our partners at the Mexican Association of Faculties and Schools of Medicine (AMFEM), we are happy to accept poster abstract submissions authored in Spanish for presentation at a dedicated Spanish-language poster viewing session during the annual conference. Please note that this is offered only to poster abstracts. 

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 Stefanie Attardi at support@iamse.org, by November 10, 2022. This offer includes any student’s poster abstract submitted in Spanish.

Please note: The first time you enter the site, you will be required to create a user profile. “Even if you submitted in previous years, you will 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. Once the submission deadline is passed, authors will no longer have access to their abstract submissions.

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 2023. Please contact support@iamse.org for any questions about your submission.

We hope to see you in Cancun next year!

IAMSE #VirtualForum22 Welcomes Oregon Health’s Erik Brodt

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) invites you to join us for our inaugural Virtual Forum! Join us December 2-3 and 5-6 as we host workshops, ignite talks, posters, lightning talks, roundtable discussions and more. Borders come in all forms, from geo-political to socio-economic, from online to face to face, and from diversity to experience levels. This forum will feature conversations that showcase the borders but give actionable suggestions on how to remove them and build community. The third of our four ignite speakers is Erik Brodt from the Oregon Health & Science University in the United States. He will present Accelerating Possibilities for American Indians & Alaska Natives in US-MD Granting Medical Schools on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

Accelerating Possibilities for American Indians & Alaska Natives in US-MD Granting Medical Schools

Erik Brodt, UCLA Oregon Health & Science University
Presented on Tuesday, December 6, 2022


The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACoE) aims to amplify Indigenous voices in the health workforce. Native Americans live sicker and die younger than any other group of people in America, and are underrepresented in the health professions. We believe in a new generation of Native American health leaders who hold the potential and the solutions to improve health care for all.

Free Workshop for Students: New Educator and Scholar Training (NEST)

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) invites your students to join a free Professional Development Workshop for Students, presented by Tao Le (USA). This highly interactive workshop will introduce student participants to a framework for medical education professional development and promote major domains including curricular design, pedagogic strategies and education scholarship (Chen et al., 2017; Freret et al., 2017). For these three areas, learners will be provided with a short overview of the theory and best practices in the subject area. Students will then break out into facilitated small groups to work on structured worksheet exercises with flipcharts, followed by an opportunity to report back to the main group with discussion. At the conclusion, key themes that integrate these areas will be summarized, discussed, captured and disseminated as a work product creating a dialogue about needs and building blocks of medical education.

The workshop will be delivered twice to accommodate as many students from all over the world:
Offering 1: Friday, December 2, 2022, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Eastern
Offering 2: Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern

Any student who is not a current member of IAMSE and wishes to join us either for the NEST workshop or for the full Virtual Forum, please reach out to support@iamse.org to be added to our student listing. IAMSE student members will be able to register by clicking the button below. 

The workshop is part of our inaugural Virtual Forum scheduled for December 2-3 and 5-6. For more information on the Forum, please visit www.iamseforum.org. Forward this email to your students so they can take advantage of this opportunity!

A Medical Science Educator Article Review From Dr. Aditi Kesari

This month the IAMSE publications committee review is taken from the article titled ‘Pathology Rotations Embedded Within Surgery Clerkships Can Shift Student Perspectives About Pathology’ (2022) by Alexander S. Taylor, Lauren Kroll-Wheeler and Madelyn Lew. 

Multiple advantages of an integrated curriculum have been documented in literature such as appreciation of clinical relevance of foundational sciences, early exposure to clinical medicine, formation of professional identity, laying of an educational foundation for team-based collaborative care, etc. The significance of horizontal and vertical integration in medical education is evident from the fact that the number of publications related to integrated curricula has also gone up in recent times.

This article discusses an approach that allows the integration of pathology with surgery in the medical curriculum. The authors indicate that while medical students are exposed to basic principles of pathology in their preclinical curriculum, there remains a need to expose the students to the clinical practice of pathology and help them recognize pathology as a medical specialty. To achieve this, a mandatory 1-week pathology rotation was incorporated during surgery clerkship at the University of Michigan Medical School. This pathology rotation included various learning opportunities such as autopsy observation, surgical pathology sign-out sessions, case-based small group sessions, and web-based modules.

To evaluate the effectiveness of this rotation and assess medical student perspectives as well as the perspectives of the educators, surveys were administered to students, pathology faculty, and residents. The student perspectives suggested that the rotation helped them in understanding the workflow in pathology and appreciating the significance of pathology in patient care. Thus overall, the medical students were satisfied with the rotation experience. Faculty and residents on the other hand felt that the presence of medical students during sign-outs decreased their overall efficiency. Some residents also felt that presence of students had an adverse effect on their own learning. Based on these results the authors do anticipate some changes in this pathology rotation that could address some of these issues.

Overall, this unique pathology rotation that is embedded in surgery clerkship does hold great potential in providing students with an integrated experience to learn the clinical significance of pathology and can be adopted by other medical schools with or without modifications.

Aditi Kesari, MBBS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Education
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (USA)

IAMSE #VirtualForum22 Welcomes UCLA’s Aaron Panofsky

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) invites you to join us for our inaugural Virtual Forum! Join us December 2-3 and 5-6 as we host workshops, ignite talks, posters, lightning talks, roundtable discussions and more. Borders come in all forms, from geo-political to socio-economic, from online to face to face, and from diversity to experience levels. This forum will feature conversations that showcase the borders but give actionable suggestions on how to remove them and build community. The second of our four ignite speakers is Aaron Panofsky from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States. He will present Confronting Misappropriation: A Case Study in Racist Counterscience on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Confronting Misappropriation: A Case Study in Racist Counterscience

Aaron Panofsky, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology
Presented on Monday, December 5, 2022


This presentation draws from a long-term project on racist and white nationalist genetic misappropriations. It shows open science infrastructures and norms of intellectual freedom have been exploited to create a racist counterscience on the boundaries of legitimate scientific research institutions. Racist misappropriations of science create a series of various dilemmas for scientific researchers. How should we respond?

Reminder* #IAMSE23 Poster & Oral Abstracts

Deadline December 1, 2022

As a reminder, the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 27th Annual IAMSE Conference. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for training, development, and mentoring, to meet the needs of learners and professionals across the continuum of health professions education.

This year, through the support of our partners at the Mexican Association of Faculties and Schools of Medicine (AMFEM), we are happy to accept poster abstract submissions authored in Spanish for presentation at a dedicated Spanish-language poster viewing session during the annual conference. Please note that this is offered only to poster abstracts. 

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 Stefanie Attardi at support@iamse.org, by November 10, 2022. This offer includes any student’s poster abstract submitted in Spanish.

Please note: The first time you enter the site, you will be required to create a user profile. “Even if you submitted in previous years, you will 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. Once the submission deadline is passed, authors will no longer have access to their abstract submissions.

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 2023. Please contact support@iamse.org for any questions about your submission.

We hope to see you in Cancun next year!

Register Now for the IAMSE Winter 2023 Webcast Audio Seminar Series!

Implementing effective, advanced active learning instructional methods into the classroom can be a challenge for health professions educators. Game-based teaching is a promising and increasingly popular learner-centered teaching approach that stimulates engagement, motivation, and effective learning. The Winter 2023 IAMSE Webinar Series will survey the use and benefit of games in health care education and address strategies for incorporating games into the basic science curriculum.  
The series will provide an overview of existing literature, including the theories underlying the use of games in medical education, and empirical findings from recent research studies, including a peek into the future of game-based learning. Invited speakers will provide practical strategies to incorporate well-known game formats into instructional sessions such as TV quiz shows, medical escape rooms, virtual reality technologies, and “serious games,” with a special emphasis on immediate feedback and formative assessment. 

Beginning Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 12PM Eastern, join IAMSE for:

Not Just Fun & Games:
Game-based Learning in
Health Professions Education

Sessions in the Winter 2023 series include:

  • January 5 at 12 pm EST – JR Georgiadis presents Gamification in Biomedical Education
  • January 12 at 12 pm EST – Michelle Carroll Turpin and Jeremey Walker present Trivia Reimagined: Making Questions Fun & Educational
  • January 19 at 12 pm EST – Amy Beresheim and Adam Wilson present Escape Rooms: Breaking Away from the Lull of Lackluster Curricula
  • January 26 at 12 pm EST – Michael Cosimini and Sarah Edwards present Card and Board Games for Health Professionals Education
  • February 2 at 12 pm EST – Teresa Chan, Eric Gantwerker, and Satid Thammasitboon present Foresight, Insight and the Quest to Transform Learning through Game-Based Learning

As always, IAMSE Student Members
can register for the series for FREE!

Please email support@iamse.org for details about FREE registration for IAMSE student members

Say hello to our featured member Inaya Hajj Hussein!

Our association is a robust and diverse set of educators, students, 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 Inaya Hajj Hussein.

Inaya Hajj Hussein
Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences
Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine (USA)
Chair, IAMSE Public Affairs Committee

How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
I have been a member since I joined OUWB School of Medicine in 2012

What brought you to IAMSE? Why did you decide to join and how did you get more involved with the Association?
Prior to joining OUWB School of Medicine, I was mostly a molecular biology researcher in addition to teaching Anatomical Sciences. My background was in immunology and microbiology and was mostly involved in bench research on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. After my move to OUWB in 2012, I became involved in medical education and started to engage in scholarly activities focused on medical education. This new line of research took me to a new domain. I am very grateful to our Foundational Medical Studies department, which made the OUWB School of Medicine an institutional member of IAMSE.

IAMSE, with its international aspect, provided me with the opportunity to meet pioneers in medical education. I have gained a lot of experience from my participation in IAMSE’s Annual Conference and have met colleagues with similar passions and interests from all over the world that further promoted collaboration at the national and international levels.

Looking at your time with the Association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to? 
I always look forward to the next Annual Conference! Where will the next meeting be held? What will be the theme? What is trending now or what’s new in medical education and how can I get more involved with anticipation to get inspired and bring back exciting new ideas? I also look forward to connecting with new colleagues, creating more collaborations, developing new initiatives in medical education, and increasing my engagements with the association. 

I have been involved in many ways such as presenting at the annual meeting either as a poster, oral, or focus session presenter, and being a committee member of the Student Professional Development Committee (SPDC), EnGAGE Committee, and the Publications Committee. Currently, I serve as the chair of the Public Affairs Committee. I still look forward to more involvement in the annual meetings programs and workshops. 

Tell us a little bit about the Public Affairs Committee. What benefits does the monthly Public Affairs Report provide to IAMSE members? How can members contribute to this resource?
The Public Affairs Committee monitors the latest and most important developments in medical education around the world, then summarizes them, gives a general overview, and provides these to the membership in regular monthly reports. The Public Affairs Committee consists of 4 members including the chair and vice chair. The chair is an IAMSE member and reports to the Publications Standing Committee. Such an exchange is very enriching and stimulating.

IAMSE members can contribute by contacting me at hajjhuss@oakland.edu at any time with suggestions, comments, and special announcements that may be of interest to the membership and that may help improve the report. Members can also send us inspirational quotes to be included as “quote of the month” in the monthly report and other relevant material. 

What interesting things are you working on outside of the Association right now? Research, presentations, etc.
On March 11, 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic, the academic world abruptly shifted into a remote virtual realm. At OUWB, we sought to leverage this unique situation. With the use of Zoom™, we removed the geographic hindrances posed by the pandemic and assembled a passionate Global Community of Anatomical Sciences Educators (GCASE) from the five continents with the aim of continuing scholarly activities and increasing a network dedicated to education and scientific exchange. The GCASE was approved as a new member society of the International Federation of Anatomy Association (IFAA). We meet regularly and currently we are editing a special issue that highlights various aspects of anatomical sciences in the Journal of Academic Development and Education (JADE). I am one of the Co-editors.

I am also passionate and interested in adopting and developing new teaching strategies that stress co-creation and interactive self-directed learning, taking advantage of the most recent advances in information technology.

Anything else that you would like to add?
I would encourage the international members to get more involved in IAMSE. I believe IAMSE is a unique organization that will help educators to connect worldwide and grow into a community focused on medical education. Of most importance to me, being an immigrant from Lebanon and featured as an IAMSE member, I hope to attract more women in the field from the Middle East to join the IAMSE organization. Education in general is a critical area of empowerment for women and this is often neglected in the Middle East. I would like to seize this opportunity to be part of strengthening the connection between education, health, gender equality, and empowerment in line with the vision and mission of IAMSE.

IAMSE #VirtualForum22 Welcomes Carle Illinois’ Warren Gary Lavey

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) invites you to join us for our inaugural Virtual Forum! Join us December 2-3 and 5-6 as we host workshops, ignite talks, posters, lightning talks, roundtable discussions and more. Borders come in all forms, from geo-political to socio-economic, from online to face to face, and from diversity to experience levels. This forum will feature conversations that showcase the borders but give actionable suggestions on how to remove them and build community. The first of our four ignite speakers is Warren Gary Lavey from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine in the United States. He will present Medical Students Want and Need to Learn Climate Change Impacts and Advocacy on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Medical Students Want and Need to Learn Climate Change Impacts and Advocacy 

Warren Gary Lavey, Carlie Illinois College of Medicine
Presented on Monday, December 5, 2022

Climate change is a major determinant of health and condition for providing medical education. Patients are presenting with a range of impacts to multiple organ systems; community health needs are growing; students are seeking to contribute to sustainability; and healthcare students and professionals are developing innovative solutions to local and global challenges.

IAMSE #VirtualForum22 Session Spotlight: Leading with Emotional Intelligence 

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) invites you to join us for our inaugural Virtual Forum! Join us December 2-3 and 5-6 as we host workshops, ignite talks, posters, lightning talks, roundtable discussions and more. Borders come in all forms, from geo-political to socio-economic, from online to face to face, and from diversity to experience levels. This forum will feature conversations that showcase the borders but give actionable suggestions on how to remove them and build community. We are excited to showcase the preconference workshop Leading with Emotional Intelligence to Build a Healthy Workplace, presented by Sarada Bulchand (Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School).  

Sarada Bulchand, PhD

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
to Build a Healthy Workplace

Presenter: Sarada Bulchand, PhD
Block 1 Pre-Conference: Friday, December 2, 2022, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Eastern
Block 2 Pre-Conference: Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern
Description: Emotional Intelligence is a key leadership skill that supports career advancement and personal wellbeing. As medical education advances, educators navigate a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world and workplace. Managing difficult situations effectively and working collaboratively towards common goals is imperative to personal and organisational success. This workshop will help attendees build self awareness, self regulation, perspective taking and relationship management. The session comprises hands-on activities, reflections and an action plan to apply at the workplace. Learnings from this session can be used for self development and faculty and learner development in any university or organisation.

As a reminder, the early bird deadline for the Virtual Forum is November 1. Register now and save $50!

Save the Date for the Winter 2023 Webcast Audio Seminar Series

Join us every Thursday in January and the first Thursday in February for the IAMSE Winter 2023 Webcast Audio Seminar Series.

Not Just Fun and Games:
Game-based Learning in Health Professions Education

Implementing effective, advanced active learning instructional methods into the classroom can be a challenge for health professions educators. Game-based teaching is a promising and increasingly popular learner-centered teaching approach that stimulates engagement, motivation, and effective learning. The Winter 2023 IAMSE Webinar Series will survey the use and benefit of games in health care education and address strategies for incorporating games into the basic science curriculum.   

The series will provide an overview of existing literature, including the theories underlying the use of games in medical education, and empirical findings from recent research studies, including a peek into the future of game-based learning. Invited speakers will provide practical strategies to incorporate well-known game formats into instructional sessions such as TV quiz shows, medical escape rooms, virtual reality technologies, and “serious games,” with a special emphasis on immediate feedback and formative assessment.  


As always, IAMSE Student Members can register for the series for FREE! Email support@iamse.org 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 2023 series or our archives, please visit www.iamse.org.

A Medical Science Educator Article Review From Dr. Rachel Porter

This month the IAMSE publications committee review is taken from the article titled Rapid Feedback: Assessing Pre-clinical Teaching in the Era of Online Learning (15 June 2022) by Daniel Walden, Meagan Rawls, Sally A. Santen, Moshe Feldman, Anna Vinnikova & Alan Dow. 

Having recently embraced novel virtual learning methods, the authors sought to enhance the evaluation of their implementation through the use of rapid student feedback. Recognizing the limitations of summative evaluations, they augmented their required end-of-course feedback model by adding a less formal, optional survey after each learning session. Students provided their responses to three brief survey items deployed via a web link, QR code, and learning platform, within 48 hours of each session. This collected a Likert scale rating along with free text comments that were then collated and emailed to faculty. The investigators then studied both instructor and student perceptions of the rapid feedback process.

The approach was implemented for 49 of the 50 sessions within a second-year MD program course. The investigators analyzed the number of forms submitted by students, as well as their submission method (QR code or LMS link) and timing, and the ratings for passive versus active learning sessions. They purposely did not analyze qualitative comments from the students but rather focused on measuring faculty perceptions after having received the quantitative ratings and qualitative feedback from students in the rapid format.

Though the student response rates were fairly low (18%), the reactions to the process – from students and faculty – were generally positive. 91% of participating students reported feeling more involved in the feedback process, 70% noted that changes were made in response to their feedback, and only 28% reported feeling that the frequent ask for feedback was burdensome. Faculty participation was higher, with 68% of course instructors responding to the survey. Of those, 42% felt the rapid feedback was more helpful and 50% agreed it was more specific compared to end-of-course feedback. Two-thirds (67%) of the group reported being able to implement feedback in ways that improved subsequent sessions, and 69% indicated they would like to see rapid feedback continued in the future.

Though this response suggests positive faculty reception, the authors did note that some of the instructors who taught more sessions within the course commented that the mere possibility of reading negative student comments was “terrifying.” In their discussion, they recommended training for students in effective feedback, to curtail overly specific, hurtful, or unprofessional comments. Other drawbacks were noted pertaining to low student response rates and the challenges of creating learning environments conducive to effective feedback.

This article was a stimulating read and timely given the relationship of rapid feedback to the implementation of novel teaching methods related to online learning. The need for effective and actionable feedback on teaching and learning is a common one across educational contexts and can be particularly challenging in the health professions. While summative end-of-course surveys often provide the information needed for institutional and accreditation requirements, they can lack specificity, and their timing precludes immediate adjustments in response. Rapid feedback is a promising strategy and this article presents a study that illustrates both the promise and the inherent drawbacks. The authors provide thoughtful discussion and practical suggestions for those of us tackling similar challenges.

Rachel Porter, PhD
Senior Education Strategist
Duke University Physician Assistant Program