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Teresa Chan to Present “Developing Faculty for the Future of Health Professions Education”

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. The 2021 IAMSE Fall Webcast Audio Seminar Series will begin next Thursday, September 2 at 12pm Eastern! This five-part series will explore strategies in making the future of medical and health sciences education as bright as possible. The first session in the series will feature Teresa Chan from McMaster University.

Developing Faculty for the Future of Health Professions Education 

Presenter
Teresa Chan, HBSc, BEd, MD, FRCPC, MHPE, DRCPSC

Session
September 2, 2021 at 12pm Eastern Time

Description
What does the future of medical education look like? Join Dr. Teresa Chan in an interactive digital workshop to think through what the near future of medical education might look like.

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

  • identify some hard and soft trends in the future of medical education;
  • name one area of interest they’d like to explore;
  • find an accountability buddy to set a goal for their own future development.

There is still time to register yourself or your institution for the series. Is your institution already registered? Reach out to your administrative contact to get signed up for weekly updates.

*Last Call* #IAMSE22 Focus Session Abstracts Due September 1, 2021

Don’t miss your last chance to submit a focus session abstract 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.

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 support@iamse.org for any questions about your submission.

We hope to see you in Denver next year!

Check out the IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminar Series Archives!

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce that the archives for “Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Navigating an Altered Landscape for Successful Selection of Future Health Care Providers,” the 2020 Fall mini-series of the Webcast Audio Seminars are now online!

The Webcast Audio Seminar archives are located on the IAMSE website under the Events heading as Web Seminars. Here, you will be able to search the archives or browse by year and series.

Registration for the Fall 2021 series is now open! Join us beginning September 2, 2021 for this five-part series. Sessions and speakers 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.

If you have any issues accessing the archives, or if you have any trouble registering for the Fall 2021 series, please just let us know at support@iamse.org.

We Hope to See You Exhibit at #IAMSE22 in Denver, CO, USA!

We are pleased to extend your company an invitation to be an exhibitor at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Annual Conference to be held on June 4-7, 2022, at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, CO, USA!

At the annual IAMSE meeting, faculty, staff, and students from around the world who are interested in medical science education come together in faculty development and networking opportunities. Sessions on curriculum development, assessment and simulation are among the common topics available at the annual meetings.

For more information on exhibiting, please see our exhibitor brochure for pricing and details or please contact the IAMSE office at support@iamse.org or by phone at +1 (304) 522-1270. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Thank you for supporting IAMSE and we look forward to seeing you in Denver!

*Reminder* #IAMSE22 Focus Session Abstracts Due September 1, 2021

There is still time to submit a focus session abstract 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 support@iamse.org for any questions about your submission.

We hope to see you in Denver next year!

Say hello to our featured member Jody Takemoto

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 winner of the 2021 Best Poster Award, Jody Takemoto.

Jody K. Takemoto
Education and Assessment Professional
ScientifiCation

Congratulations on recently winning an award for your presentation at the annual meeting! What led you to submit your abstract to IAMSE this year? 
Thank you and many thanks to IAMSE for welcoming the opportunity to share this information with the IAMSE membership. The literature is void of quantitative studies demonstrating the impact of TBL on critical thinking skills. Being data-driven educators, (my team and I) conducted a study to learn more about this.  We found that proper implementation of TBL had a positive quantifiable effect on critical thinking.

Looking at your time with the Association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to? Committee involvement, conference attendance, WAS series, manuals, etc.?
There are quite a number of things about IAMSE that I enjoy. I had really enjoyable moments getting to know folks from across the globe who are passionate about medical science education through various outlets like the web seminars, professional development opportunities including the Medical Science Educator reviewer workshop, and conferencing of course! The friendly climate of IAMSE where we are colleagues, using first names, and in support of one another is energizing!!!! I am excited to attend the 2022 conference in Denver and build on these relationships.

What interesting things are you working on outside the Association right now?
My interests focus on building assessment experience through various freelancing avenues, diversifying my research techniques to include more social science methods, and building my own business. Most importantly, doing my part to help the COIVD-19 vaccination efforts by dispelling media rumors and being an advocate for underrepresented peoples.

Tell me a little bit about the research of your winning presentation? What really excites you about this topic?
My team and I are passionate about team-based learning (TBL) and its soft skill benefits. The impact of TBL on soft skills exists as a plethora of anecdotal qualitative evidence, namely surveys on student and educator perceptions and student achievement. In this study, we used a validated tool to quantitatively characterize the impact of TBL on critical thinking skills. It was quite interesting to have the various critical thinking skill dimensions broken down to see changes. I was particularly interested in looking at the improvement in the numeracy dimension because I teach pharmacokinetics, everyone’s favorite subject… 

Anything else that you would like to add? 
When not focusing on research, scholarship, and assessment, my favorite pastime includes cuddling with my fur baby, volunteering for professional organization committees, learning more about assessment, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

I’m looking forward to growing with IAMSE personally and professionally. I’m also excited to meet more members of the IAMSE and staying connected virtually until we meet again!

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 support@iamse.org.

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 www.iamseconference.org.

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.

Sincerely,
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 support@iamse.org,

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 support@iamse.org 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 www.iamse.org.