#IAMSE18 – Featured Member: Giulia Bonaminio

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 Elizabeth McClain, PhD, EdS, MPH.

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I remember very clearly the day in November of 1992 when I walked into the AAMC Annual Meeting session entitled “GEA Special Interest Groups: Basic Science”. I had just joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine after a post-doctoral fellowship in medical genetics. This was a new career as a medical educator working on an exciting curriculum revision with basic science faculty. From involvement in this special interest group to the Basic Science Education Forum to modern day IAMSE, this community of educators has been my professional home.

Twenty-five years later I am the Associate Dean for Medical Education and a Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and can honestly say that I have grown up in this organization. I have learned from and collaborated with experts in all fields of health professions education. As I reflect over these years of involvement with IAMSE,

four important areas come to mind: friendship, mentorship, leadership, and scholarship. From annual meetings to serving on committees, I have established numerous connections with educators from around the world, many of whom I am honored to call my friends. I was also fortunate to be mentored by very distinguished individuals, including Roger Koment, IAMSE’s Founder. It was with Roger’s encouragement that I became involved with the leadership of the organization and served as Board Member, Vice President, and President. IAMSE has provided opportunities to conduct medical education scholarship as well as the venues for dissemination. These positions and activities not only opened doors in the world of academic medicine, they contributed to professional advancement and promotion.

I look forward to continuing to learn from as well as serve this organization which has given so much to me and others. I encourage all members to stay involved or become involved in the numerous opportunities and activities that IAMSE provides including committees, web seminars, annual meetings, and Medical Science Educator. I cannot imagine what my career would have been like without IAMSE.

Congratulations to the 2018 IAMSE Educational Grant Winners

Dear Colleagues,

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) wishes to encourage and support scholarship in medical science education and funds multiple research grants every year. At the 2018 annual meeting, four faculty grants were given totalling $17, 838. With the support of ScholarRx, IAMSE also awarded two student grants totalling $4,965. In addition, the Principal Investigator of each funded project will be awarded an additional $1,500 travel award to present the results of their grant research at a future IAMSE meeting.

Faculty Awards
Tania Jenkins
A Qualitative Investigation of Female Resident Physician Burnout in Frontline Specialties

Aaron Marshall
Medical Nutrition Therapy Immersion to Enhance the Learning and Use of Nutrition Counseling

Janet Trial
Pediatric Core Clinical Skills Objective Clinical Skills Exam

Joanne Willey
An Analysis of Medical Educators’ Needs in Promoting Self-Directed Lifelong Learning

Student Awards
Maimi Al-Sabiry
Professional Identity Formation in GP Residency

Jan Willem Grijpma
Student preferences for learning from tutorials: A Q-methodological study

Congratulations to this year’s grant award winners. We are eager to see and hear about your findings. More information regarding IAMSE Educational Grants, including information on submitting yourself for consideration, can be found at our website.

Thank you,
Joe Stein
IAMSE Educational Scholarship Committee

Congrats to the Distinguished and Early Career Award Winners!


David Harris

                                Nicole Woods                                                             David Harris

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Educational Scholarship Committee, I’d like to congratulate Nicole Woods and David Harris on receiving the Distinguished Career Award and Early Career Award, respectively.

The Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship  recognizes an IAMSE member who has a distinguished record of educational scholarship, including educational research and dissemination of scholarly approaches to teaching and education. Candidates should be Professor, Associate Professor, or equivalent rank, or have demonstrated greater than 10 years of educational scholarship. Additionally, candidates must have a significant record of engagement within IAMSE.

The Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation honors an IAMSE member who has made significant innovations to the field in the short time they have focused their careers toward enhancing teaching, learning and assessment. Candidates for this award will be Assistant Professor or equivalent rank, or have demonstrated less than 10 years of educational scholarship.

Congratulations to Dr. Woods and Dr. Harris on being honored at the 22nd Annual IAMSE Meeting in early June. Good luck to both of you in all your future endeavors.

Thank you,
Joe Stein
Chair, Educational Scholarship Committee

Congratulations to Shaadi Fouad Elswaifi – 2018 IAMSE Outstanding Reviewer

Reviewer-Award-2018Dear Colleagues,

Shaadi Fouad Elswaifi received the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) 2018 Outstanding Reviewer Award during the Association’s annual meeting in Henderson, NV (USA).
This award is a recent initiative of the Editorial Board of Medical Science Educator, the peer-reviewed journal of IAMSE. The award is presented annually to recognize one of the journal’s reviewers for his/her outstanding peer review efforts over the past year. The recipients are selected based on several criteria including reviewer performance and delivering the reviews in a timely manner.

Congratulations Dr. Elswaifi!

Thank you,
Peter de Jong
Chair, IAMSE Editorial Board

Congratulations to the 2018 Finnerty Award Recipient, Aviad Haramati

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to congratulate Aviad Haramati on receiving the Edward Patrick Finnerty Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual IAMSE Meeting in June.

This award is bestowed upon an individual member who has demonstrated a sustained involvement in and commitment to the advancement of the International Association of Medical Science Educators through their many types of service to the organization at the maximal level of performance.

The special nature of this award makes it one for which a member may not apply, but rather, it represents the superlative level of recognition that the organization, through selection by its Board of Directors, can provide to a most worthy individual whose work on behalf of IAMSE has shown a consistent history of distinguished accomplishments.
It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude to his continued efforts and outstanding support that we bestow this award to our dear friend and colleague, Aviad Haramati. Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do for IAMSE.

Thank you,
Richard Vari
President, IAMSE

Congratulations to the 2018 Medical Educator Fellowship Recipients

On behalf of the Educational Scholarship Committee, we’d like to congratulate those who have completed this year’s  IAMSE Medical Educator Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship program is designed to develop well-rounded medical education scholars with additional evidence of specialized achievement that enhances and supports career advancement.

The program is divided into three phases:

  1. Completion of an AMEE Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) program
  2. Completion of two, day-long faculty development courses
  3. Completion of a project which results in educational scholarship and demonstrates application of content themes at the participant’s home institution

Medical Educator Fellows Completing the Fellowship in 2018

  • Beth Levant (University of Kansas Medical Center)
  • Thejodhar Pulakunta (Dalhousie University)
  • Ali Alkhawaji (Dalhousie University)
  • Robin Harvan (MCPHS University)
  • Rosa Elena Torres-Panchame (LIU Brooklyn)

Basics of TBL in a Day

We are looking forward to exploring the team-based learning strategy with you in two workshops at IAMSE on Saturday, June 9. We want to serve as catalysts to help you use team-based learning more effectively.

This is a full day activity with two workshops.

The first three-hour workshop titled “Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL” is followed by an hour-long lunch break and then a second three-hour workshop titled “Creating an Effective TBL Module” builds on the knowledge and skills from the first workshop. The goal of the activity is for participants to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the fundamental components of Team-Based Learning (TBL), the sequence of components of TBL, and the benefits of TBL.

Pre-reading for Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL:
The Least You Need to Know About Team-Based Learning
Introduction to Team-Based Learning

By the end of the Fundamental Principles and Practices of TBL Workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main advantages of Team Based Learning (TBL).
  • Describe the essential elements of TBL.
  • Explain why these elements are essential.
  • List the sequence of events in the Readiness Assurance Process (RAP), describing the importance of each component.
  • Describe what makes an in-class activity a ‘4 S’ activity.

Pre-reading for Creating an Effective TBL Module:
Creating a TBL Module
Designing A TBL Module

By the end of Creating an Effective TBL module workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use backward design to create a TBL module.
  • List the sequence of steps for designing a TBL module.
  • Construct team application exercises that adhere to the ‘Four S’ framework.
  • Construct team application exercises that will engage a team in high-level thinking.
  • Closely link team application exercises to the readiness assurance process.
  • Select the best format for application exercises (MCQ, gallery walk).

We realize that you have many responsibilities competing for your time. However, if you humor us by carving out some time for personal study before Saturday, we believe you will be richly rewarded for your effort.

Best regards,

Amy Lin
Abbas Hyderi
Hugh Clements-Jewery

#IAMSE18 – Featured Member: Elizabeth McClain

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 Elizabeth McClain, PhD, EdS, MPH.

Liz McClainI joined IAMSE in 2017 and attended last year’s 21st Annual Meeting in Vermont as a new member. Throughout the conference there were multiple opportunities to engage so I jumped in on the planning committee for our 22nd Annual Conference. It has been a great experience and I have truly enjoyed working and learning from everyone involved in IAMSE! This organization is an amazing resource, including the webinars, articles from the Medical Science Educator Journal, manuals, and the fellowship opportunity and I have used them all!

As a medical educator, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity for diverse role at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM). I serve as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at WCUCOM. In my role I oversee academic advising implementing the Appreciative Advising theory driven model and provide student education on public health, bioethics, inter-professional education and child advocacy. I also work with faculty and residents throughout Mississippi on medical education research and leadership.  My research interests include early identification and intervention for academic at-risk students. I also focus on public health, health behaviors and barriers and ethics and academia-industry educational partnerships. I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) and a fellow of the National Academy Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME). As I attend my second IAMSE Conference I am excited see what results of what our team put together with the great direction of our conference chairs. I will also look forward to connecting with new and old friends and continuing to engage and learn from the wealth of knowledge and expertise provided through IAMSE.

Call for Connects Announcements, Deadline July 6


The next issue of the electronic membership newsletter of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), IAMSE Connects, will be published in July. 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 page! Thanks for your help!

Deadline: July 6, 2018.

#IAMSE18 – Download the Meeting App

Our mobile app for IAMSE 2018 is ready to download on your iPhone, iPad, or Android! You can download it here. Once downloaded, use the search feature in the app to search for IAMSE and find the 2018 Meeting. If you don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you can still view the app in your mobile browser by visiting

Once installed,

you’ll have instant access to awesome features, like:

  • The full event schedule
  • Social sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Detailed info about speakers and exhibitors
  • Notifications of important updates, special offers, and more
If you have any last minute questions or concerns – please let us know! (

#IAMSE18 Saturday Workshop Spotlight with Magdalena Pasarica & Denise Kay

The first day of our 22nd annual meeting is packed with workshops, seminars and speakers. Saturday’s activities will cover a variety of topics including writing engaging cases, an introduction to game-based teaching and mind-body physiology. During the morning sessions, IAMSE welcomes Magdalena Pasarica and Denise Kay to give an introduction to lifestyle medicine.

An Introductory Guide for Introducing Lifestyle Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Curriculum

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This workshop is for participants interested in introducing lifestyle medicine at their institutions, as well as instructors interested in innovative approaches to active learning and in teaching whole person health care.

Lifestyle medicine is an evidence based science in which changes in lifestyle are recommended to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases. Lifestyle includes nutrition, activity, sleep, smoking, and other behaviors.

In this interactive workshop, participants receive: (a) an introduction to lifestyle medicine competencies, (b) examples of lifestyle medicine integration in an undergraduate medical curriculum, (c) a learner and an instructor perspective of a curriculum designed to integrate lifestyle medicine into the assessment and management of chronic diseases, and (d) an opportunity to develop a customized logic model for implementing lifestyle medicine in their institution.

If you haven’t registered for the 22nd Annual IAMSE Meeting there is still time! Visit the conference page for more information and to get yourself registered.