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

IAMSE Cafe Virtual Sessions

3/31/2020 MedEd Mailbag: The Virtual Teacher with Kelly Quesnelle
4/2/2020 Leading by Example: Practicing Self-care in a Time of Crisis with Adi Haramati
4/7/2020 MedEd Mailbag: Being Productive in Your Own Space with Kelly Quesnelle
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
4/14/2020 MedEd Mailbag: Free Resources During COVID-19 with Kelly Quesnelle. Resources discussed and shared during this session can be found below.
4/16/2020 Q&A with the IAMSE President with Neil Osheroff
4/23/2020 IAMSECafe Welcomes Medical Science Educator EIC with Peter de Jong
4/30/2020 MedEd Equity During COVID-19 with Heather Christensen
5/7/2020 COVID-19 and the New Medical School with Amber Heck and Michael Lee
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
5/21/2020 Faculty Development in the COVID-19 Era with Alice Fornari
5/28/2020 IAMSE Ambassadors – Mexico, China, Caribbean with Raul Barroso, Sateesh Arja and Zhimin Jia
6/11/20 Communities of Practice in a Virtual World with James Pickering
6/25/20 The Future of Medical Education Conferences: What SHOULD it look like? with Bonny Dickinson
7/9/20 Partnering with medical students to discover educational solutions for on-line learning with Emily Bird
7/23/20 The Disappearing Pathology Instructor with Amy Lin and Regina Kreisle
8/13/20 IAMSE Ambassadors – Pakistan, Australia, and Finland with Di Eley and Yawar Hyatt Khan
8/27/20 Mentoring to Make a Difference with Katie Huggett – Literature references can be found here.
9/1/20 Networking 102 – Networking Outside the Box with Kelly Quesnelle
9/15/20 Team-Based Learning in the Virtual Environment with Drs. Raihan Jumat, Irene Lee and Peiyan Wong
10/6/20 Technology and Education with Edgar Herrera Bastida
10/20/20 The future of education programs for residents and medical students with Lourdes Lopez
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.
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.
12/1/20 Resiliency with the IAMSE Cafe hosts.
12/15/20 Unconventional Teaching Methods with Jon Wisco
1/5/21 Best Practices for Mentoring with an Eye and Ear Toward Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice with Heather Christensen
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.
2/2/21 To teach, or not to teach (to the test), that is the question with Jon Wisco
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
3/2/21 Conducting and Disseminating Medical Education Scholarship
3/16/21 Career impacts of the COVID Year with Lisa Coplitt
4/6/21 IAMSE 2021 Annual Conference Preview with Mark Hernandez
4/20/21 The New Horizon of (Medical) Education with Cafe Hosts
5/4/21 Outreach Programs with Kelly Quesnelle
5/18/21 Building bridges between health science educators from diverse programs with Jennifer Lamberts, Jayne Reuben and Jonathan Wisco
6/1/21 The State of Medical Educators in Developing Nations with Sylvia Olivares and Smart Mbagwu
7/6/21 Virtual Simulations with Jon Wisco
7/20/21 Incorporating Telehealth Into Basic Science Education with Jon Wisco

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 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.

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.

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

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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

Last Call for IAMSE Toolkit Proposals Due July 31, 2021

The mission of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is to advance health profession education through teacher development and to ensure that the teaching and learning of medical science continues to be firmly grounded in foundational sciences and the best practices of teaching. We strive to achieve this by: providing multidisciplinary, interprofessional and cross-cultural forums for discussion of issues affecting medical science education and educators; designing and evaluating current and innovative means to teach the sciences fundamental to health professions, and sharing the results for the development of all health professions educators and; serving as an international voice to enhance appreciation of the crucial role of medical sciences in health and health care. 

IAMSE Toolkits will provide information on a topic that is relevant specifically to health professions educators. The toolkits will be created and presented in a unique way to be practical for IAMSE members at their home institutions. An example of a current IAMSE Toolkit can be found here. Toolkits can vary in presentation and style, but ideally will address one of the following categories: 

  • Assessment
  • Curriculum Development
  • E-Learning
  • Instructional Methods
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Student Support
  • Faculty Development
  • Educational Scholarship 

Toolkits directed to a category not listed here will be considered given sufficient justification. At this time, we are not accepting submissions for discipline-specific scientific content. To view the entire description of this project, including formatting and disclosure, please read the full release here.

Submit your proposals before July 31, 2021 by using the online form here.

In case of questions, please contact

You Can’t Miss the IAMSE Annual Conference in 2022!

IAMSE is pleased to invite you to join us at our next year’s annual meeting. Learn more about this exciting event and keep your calendars open!

June 4 – 7, 2022
Denver, CO, USA

Conference Program
The IAMSE meeting offers many opportunities for faculty development and networking, and brings medical sciences and medical education across the continuum together. This year’s main topic is Healthcare Educators, Learners and Providers: Building the Future Together. Confirmed keynote speakers are Jo Bishop (Bond University – AUS), Juliana Mosley-Williams (Salus University – USA), Janice Palaganas (MGH Institute of Health Professions – USA) and Louis Pangaro (Uniformed Services University – USA). The meeting offers workshops, focus sessions, oral and poster presentations, and several networking opportunities. In addition to the program, the IAMSE Fellowship and AMEE-ESME course will be offered. The 2022 annual meeting will be hosted by Rocky Vista University.

Who Should Attend?
The meeting is designed for all those who teach and lead curricula in the sciences of medicine and health. Participants include basic scientists and clinical medical faculty as well as members representing faculty from various other health care disciplines and educational disciplines. Also, students are always represented and involved in the program. This international meeting typically hosts over 25 nationalities from around the world.

About Denver
Denver, Colorado is a walkable, outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine, brilliant blue skies and breathtaking mountain scenery. Founded in 1858 as a gold mining camp, Denver is located at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level – exactly one mile high. Denver offers urban adventures for all ages, spring, summer, fall or winter. Explore The Mile High City without ever needing a car. Getting into the city center is easy with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station.

For more details, and information on past meetings, please visit

Thank you,
Maria Sheakley
Chair, IAMSE 2022 Program Committee

IAMSE Welcomes GRIPE Members to Association

On July 1, 2021, the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) welcomed over 60 institutions and affiliated faculty from the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) to its membership. This decision to integrate GRIPE with IAMSE is based upon a shared vision of improving health professions education underpinned by a commitment to both excellence and inclusion. IAMSE is excited to welcome this long-standing group of international pathology educators and researchers.

GRIPE’s core values are innovation and collaboration in order to assume responsibility for improving pathology education through developing resource materials, evaluating student performance, fostering professional growth through life-long learning, exchanging resources, building and bettering the GRIPE Digital Question and Image Bank, and promoting the professional identity of pathology educators. 

It is the hope of the IAMSE Board of Directors that this union will join two like-minded educational organizations to create a broader community of global leaders in health professions and medical education. The combination of state-of-the-art resources made available by each organization to all its members, together with access to professional development opportunities, is at the heart of GRIPE’s vision to advance the quality of pathology education and research. The positive culture among the existing GRIPE membership will build upon the strong and effective collaboration that is a hallmark of IAMSE. A union between these two groups will foster more collaboration and opportunities for members to share in the body of knowledge that informs all health science educators. It will also allow IAMSE members to have access to the GRIPE Digital Question and Image Bank in the near future.

We are excited to welcome this group of new members and look forward to the opportunities we will create together.

Neil Osheroff, PhD
President, IAMSE

Register Now for the IAMSE Fall 2021 Webcast Audio Seminar Series!

“Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So, make it a good one.” Christopher Lloyd delivered this famous line as Doc Brown in the 1990 classic, Back to the Future III. What Dr. Emmett Brown meant was that we are all in control of our own destiny and have the ability to make the future as great as we want it to be. The Fall 2021 IAMSE Webinar Series will explore just that, making the future of medical and health sciences education ‘a good one.’ The virtual age of learning is no longer in the future. It is here, and IAMSE wants to equip medical science educators with the tools to successfully teach the next generation of health care professionals. Beginning Thursday, September 2 at 12PM Eastern, join IAMSE for:

Back to the Future: Maximizing Student Learning and Wellbeing in the Virtual Age

This five-part webinar series will explore theory and best practices in the delivery of content over virtual and online media while simultaneously promoting a positive learning environment and student wellbeing. Each session will provide the audience with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of future health science education including practical tools for successfully incorporating virtual learning.

Sessions in the Fall 2021 series include:

  • September 2 at 12PM EDT – Theresa Chan presents Developing Faculty for the Future of Health Professions Education
  • September 9 at 12PM EDT – Rachel Ellaway presents Creating Learning Entities: Augmentation in health professions education
  • September 16 at 12PM EDT – Andrew Binks and Adam Weinstein present 
    Reminders, Refocusing and Rethinking: Med Ed after COVID
  • September 23 at 12PM EDT – Kendra Gagnon presents 
    Hybrid Health Care Education: Rethinking student support and innovating for the future
  • September 30 at 12PM EDT – Jon Wisco, Jaya Yodh, Olivia Coiado and Luke Read present How COVID-19 Transformed Online Teaching and Learning: Or did it?

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

For more information about the free student member registration, email,

Say hello to our featured member Lucy Lan

Lucy Lan

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 the student winner of the 2021 Best Poster Award, Lucy Lan.

Lucy Lan
McMaster University, Canada

Congratulations on recently winning an award for your presentation at the annual meeting! What led you to submit your abstract to IAMSE for this meeting? 
We were excited to share our work on immersive virtual reality with an international audience of leaders in education. The IAMSE annual meeting exceeded our expectations – the conversations around virtual learning during and beyond COVID-19 were certainly very engaging.

Your award comes with a waived membership in the Association. What are you most looking forward to doing/learning/experiencing as a student member of IAMSE?
I am looking forward to learning about insights gleaned from the many models of medical training around the world. Furthermore, there are many innovations in technology and competency-based curricula that can inspire future projects.

What interesting things are you working on outside the Association right now? Research, presentations, etc.
We are continuing work on simulation in surgery – COVID has prompted numerous technological innovations in surgical education, and certainly virtual simulation is one that will persist. We’re looking at competency-based surgical curricula as well. Outside of this, I look forward to contributing to podcasts as engaging and accessible learning tools for medical professionals at all levels of practice.

Tell me a little bit about the research of your winning presentation? What really excites you about this topic?
Immersive virtual reality (iVR) is an expanding surgical simulation modality involving the use of head-mounted goggles that allow users to feel physically present in an operating room. We systematically reviewed literature on the effectiveness of iVR for surgical skills acquisition. We found that iVR improves procedural time, task completion, global rating scale scores, and implant placement accuracy. We are excited to demonstrate the efficacy of a technology with so much potential. It is highly realistic while remaining low-cost and accessible. Software can be developed to adapt to individual trainees, simulate rare cases or complications, or allow experienced surgeons to learn new techniques, all while preserving patient safety. Furthermore, its multiuser modes allow for virtual teaching and applications in global surgery. Immersive VR is emerging in teaching hospitals and industry, and we are looking forward to seeing its implementation over the next few years.

Anything else that you would like to add? 
I would like to give all credit to my co-authors on this project, especially Randi Q. Mao. Please be on the lookout for this future leader in medical education!

Save the Date for the Fall 2021 Webcast Audio Seminar Series

Join us Thursday, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 for the IAMSE Fall 2021 Webcast Audio Seminar Series titled: 

Back to the Future:
Maximizing Student Learning and
Wellbeing in the Virtual Age

“Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So, make it a good one.” Christopher Lloyd delivered this famous line as Doc Brown in the 1990 classic, Back to the Future III. What Dr. Emmett Brown meant was that we are all in control of our own destiny and have the ability to make the future as great as we want it to be. The Fall 2021 IAMSE Webinar Series will explore ust that, making the future of medical and health sciences education bright. The virtual age of learning is no longer in the future. It is here, and IAMSE wants to equip its members with the tools to successfully teach the next generation of health care professionals. As such, this five-part webinar series will explore theory and best practices in the delivery of content over virtual and online media while simultaneously promoting a positive learning environment and student wellbeing. 

The series will begin on September 2, 2021 with a presentation by Dr. Theresa Chan in which she will describe current work and future directions for successful online learning environments in medical education. On September 9, Dr. Rachel Ellaway will provide a theoretical framework for online learning environments and describe the varied roles of technology in learner engagement. Drs. Andrew Binks and Adam Weinstein will share their perspectives on the changing landscape of medical education following the COVID-19 pandemic in the third webinar on September 16. The fourth webinar session on September 23 will be led by Dr. Kendra Gagnon, who will share her experiences with building professional identity, promoting student wellbeing, promoting diversity, and supporting socialization when students are physically disconnected in online and hybrid health sciences education programs. The series will conclude on September 30 with a panel of faculty and students from diverse institutions and disciplines as they discuss ways in which COVID-19 has transformed online teaching and learning across both the basic and clinical sciences. Current outcomes data from the changes brought about by the pandemic will be highlighted.

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

Further details about the Fall 2021 series will be coming soon, so keep an eye on your inbox. For more details on our archives of previous seasons, please visit

#IAMSE22 Call for Focus Sessions Due September 1, 2021

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce the call for focus sessions for the 26th Annual IAMSE Conference to be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado, USA June 4-7, 2022. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for faculty development and networking, bringing together medical sciences and medical education across the continuum of health care education.

The purpose of a 90-minute Focus Session is to “focus in” on a specific topic in a small group discussion format. Groups of 10-50 individuals consider a particular topic in an interactive format. Formats can be variable. For instance, the Session Leader may arrange for the pros and cons of a particular issue to be presented by a mini-panel discussion. Alternately, the group may be subdivided and certain tasks assigned to be developed for summary during the last 20-minutes of the session. Discussion in a paradigm of professional development is the goal, so not more than one-third of the time is to be used for a formal presentation (half of the time if using panel discussion format).

All abstracts must be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site found here.

Submission deadline is September 1, 2021.

Abstract acceptance notifications will be returned by November 1. Please contact for any questions about your submission.

We hope to see you in Denver next year!

Thank you,
Maria Sheakley
Chair, IAMSE 2022 Program Committee

Congratulations to the IAMSE Grant Recipients

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 2021 annual meeting, seven faculty grants were given totaling $27,453. In addition, IAMSE, with the support of ScholarRX, awarded one student grant totaling $2,123.

Student Award
Jessica Zimo
Electronic Residency Application Service Student Ease of Use 

Faculty Awards
Emily Johnston
Shopping for Health: A Virtual Reality Educational Intervention

Curt Pfarr
Blending Humanities with Basic and Clinical Science in a Cancer Review Course

Kathryn Behling
Towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Creating Targeted Faculty Development 

Kathryn Thompson
Using Hands on Culinary Medicine Modules to Improve Nutrition Education in Medical Students

Jon Wisco
An Ultrasound Simulator App for the Smartphone

Heather Christensen
Using a Cultural Humility Inventory to Assess the Medical School Curriculum 

Martin Schmidt
Effectiveness of Quiz-Enhanced Podcasts for Basic Science Review in Clinical Courses

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 on our website

Thank you,
IAMSE Educational Scholarship &
Student Professional Development Committees

Congratulations to the 2021 Poster & Oral Presentation Award Winners

This year, IAMSE showcased over 250 poster and oral presentations, with 18 posters and 16 oral presentations nominated for an award. These awards recognize the most outstanding medical education peer-reviewed presentations at the IAMSE annual meeting. The first author on the winning poster receives a plaque, one year of IAMSE membership, and access to one series of the IAMSE Audio Seminars.

A full listing of this year’s Best Poster Presentation Award nominees and Best Oral Presentation Award nominees can be found at

Outstanding Poster Presentation
The Impact of Team-Based Learning on the Critical Thinking Skills of Pharmacy Students
Jody Takemoto – California Health Sciences University (USA)

Outstanding Poster Presentation (Student)
Immersive Virtual Reality (iVR) Improves Procedural Duration, Task Completion, and Accuracy in Surgical Trainees: a Systematic Review
Lucy Lan – McMaster University (CAN)

Outstanding Oral Presentation
Community Building Amid COVID-19: Strategies for Interaction With a Gen-Z Class
Aniela Mendez and Mildred Lopez – Tecnologico de Monterrey (MEX)

Outstanding Oral Presentation (Student)
Leadership Lessons for Medical Students: Crisis Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Stephanie K. Lin – Hofstra University (USA)

Please join us in congratulating the winners of this year’s awards. If you are interested in submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation for the 2022 Annual Conference you may do so beginning in October. More information will be shared later this year.

Spaces Remain in the IAMSE 2021 Virtual Fellowship Program!

Don’t miss your last opportunity to join the newly revised Medical Educator Fellowship (MEF) Program, presented by IAMSE. In addition to updates to the existing program to enhance engagement, mentorship, and collaboration, IAMSE will now offer members and non-members the option of completing the MEF Program 100% virtually, from any location around the globe.

As a prerequisite, applicants are required to complete the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Program.

Applications for the next cohort
will be accepted until July 1, 2021.

For questions about the Fellowship or how to register, please contact We thank you for your interest and look forward to supporting you in achieving your professional goals in educational scholarship.

Last Call for #IAMSE22 Pre-Conference Workshop Abstracts – Due July 1

Don’t miss your last chance to submit an abstract for a Pre-Conference Workshop or Faculty Development Course for the 26th IAMSE Annual Meeting. This meeting will take place in Denver CO, USA, from June 4-7, 2022. As a reminder, proposals are to be submitted in the format requested through the online proposal submission site.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 1, 2021.

As a reminder, the focus of these workshops should include:
•    Leadership/Advancement as a Medical Educator
•    Research/Scholarship/Publications
•    Instruction/Assessment
•    Technology

We offer two options for these courses: six-hour faculty development courses and three-hour pre-conference workshops.

Pre-Conference Faculty Development Course
A Faculty Development Course is 6 hours in length and enrollment is limited. Instructors are asked to combine appropriate amounts of didactic presentation with significant “hands-on” opportunities for participants. For the participants, a certificate of attendance will be available after completion of the course.

Pre-Conference Workshop
Pre-conference workshops are sessions of 3 hours in length with mainly “hands-on” opportunities for participants. The enrollment to a workshop is limited. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after the completion of the workshop.

If you have any questions about submitting your proposal, please contact IAMSE via email at

Congratulations to the 2021 IAMSE 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.

Medical Educator Fellows Completing the Fellowship in 2021:

  • Judith Aronson – University of Texas Medical Branch (USA)
  • Kathy Pittman – Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (USA)

Please join me in congratulating our new fellows. If you are interested in the IAMSE Fellowship program, please visit our website here.

Thank you,
Amber Heck
Chair, Educational Scholarship Committee