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#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 support@iamse.org 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 www.iamseconference.org.

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 support@iamse.org. 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 support@iamse.org.

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

Congratulations to Amber Heck 2021 MSE Outstanding Reviewer!

I hope you will join me in congratulating Amber J. Heck, Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center, on being awarded the Medical Science Educator (MSE) 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Award. Dr. Heck was presented with this honor during the International Association of Medical Science Educator’s (IAMSE) virtual annual meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Amber Heck
2021 Medical Science Educator Outstanding Reviewer Amber J. Heck

This award is an 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 their 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. Heck! 

Thank you,
Peter GM de Jong, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Medical Science Educator

Congratulations to the #IAMSE21 Finnerty Award Winner, Nehad El-Sawi

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Nehad El-Sawi on receiving the Edward Patrick Finnerty Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th 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. 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.

2021 Edward Patrick Finnerty Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nehad El-Sawi

Nehad El-Sawi is the Assistant Provost for Innovations and Educational Enhancement at Des Moines University Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. El-Sawi received her doctorate degree in Microbiology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; master of sciences from University of Dayton, Ohio and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California School of Medicine at Irvine. She has completed numerous postgraduate educational advancement programs including the Harvard Macy programs for Educators in the Health Professions; and Leaders in Healthcare Education; the University of Maastricht School of Medicine Program for Expanding Horizons in Problem-Based Learning in Medicine; the AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate; and the National Association of Community Health Center training of New Medical Directors.

Dr. El-Sawi has been actively engaged in medical student education for more than twenty years and has extensive experience, at both established and new medical schools, in curriculum design, student academic assessment, program evaluation, faculty development and accreditation and is an invited faculty at Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in Health Professions program.

During Dr. El-Sawi’s career, she had the opportunity to lead several medical education ventures, held offices in numerous professional organizations, and chaired regional and international conference programs. Her contribution to medical education has been recognized with several awards including the Missouri Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching and regional CGEA AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Best Research in Medical Education Established Investigator Award. It is noteworthy that Dr. El-Sawi is a charter member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) where she served on its Board of Directors twice, chaired the Program Committees for the 2005 (Los Angeles) and 2012 (Portland) annual meetings, chaired the Webcast Audio Seminar committee for seven years, and continues to serve on it as a committee member. She has also served on other IAMSE committees, regularly presented at annual conferences and published in Medical Science Educator.

It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude to her continued efforts and outstanding support that we bestow this award to our dear friend and colleague, Nehad El-Sawi. Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do for IAMSE.

Neil Osheroff
President, IAMSE

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 “Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education: Health Systems Sciences,” the 2020 Spring 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.

More information is coming soon for the upcoming Fall 2021 series. Keep an eye on your inbox! If you have any issues accessing the archives please just let us know at support@iamse.org.

Don’t Miss the IAMSE 2021 Virtual Fellowship Program!

It’s not too late to join the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) the newly revised Medical Educator Fellowship (MEF) Program. 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.

The primary goal of the MEF is to support the development of well-rounded healthcare education scholars through a program of targeted professional development and application of learned concepts to mentored research projects. The program is designed for healthcare educators from all backgrounds who wish to enhance their knowledge and productivity as educational scholars.

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.

IAMSE 2021 Fellowship Program Kick-Off Meeting
Presenters:
 Amber Heck and Kelly Quesnelle
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT) 

Join IAMSE Educational Scholarship Committee Chair Amber Heck and IAMSE Publications Committee Chair Kelly Quesnelle as they welcome the 2021 cohort of the Medical Educator Fellowship participants. This workshop will be a virtual session run through Zoom. A camera/microphone will not be required for attendees, but a microphone is encouraged to communicate with other mentors/mentees.

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

Say hello to our featured member Mark Hernandez

Mark Hernandez

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 2021 IAMSE Annual Program Chair, Mark Hernandez, PhD.

Mark Hernandez, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
I have been a member of IAMSE since 2009.

Looking at your time with the Association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to?
I have always enjoyed meeting new colleagues at the annual meetings, who I get to see again later in future meetings. This year I will complete my role as Chair of the 2021 Program Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors. (These roles have been) the most meaningful as I have been able to contribute despite the challenges and disruptions caused by the global pandemic, and the rapid changes impacting health sciences education. I am looking forward to a successful 2021 Program that will inspire all to re-engage in the dialogue for the future of health sciences educators. With leaders based in 5 different countries, the team worked very hard to plan a program that will be unique and inspiring. I will also look forward to and continue to engage at IAMSE events after the 2021 Annual Meeting as a member in different ways by presenting work and continuing to follow the webinar series.

Looking ahead to #IAMSE21, what opportunities will attendees see in this virtual meeting that they have not seen at an IAMSE meeting in previous years?
I think this will be a unique meeting as we believe the meetings after 2021 will have an in-person component, but which will also have a virtual option for those who are not able to attend. This program is about health sciences educators and students. We want to engage the students more than before as they will be our future educators. We also want to engage the audience located in different time zones. When the World Cup or Olympics take place every four years, we all look forward to live experiences, staying up late and getting up early to watch the events live as the replay is just not the same experience. However, at the IAMSE meeting, those who want to watch the recorded sessions can still engage live with the plenary speakers for a Q&A live forum later in the evening at 6:00 PM ET. This is a unique opportunity for IAMSE to engage live audiences in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, we will also have one of our IAMSE members who is a licensed and very talented yoga instructor provide virtual mindfulness exercises. These sessions will be held throughout the week to create a relaxing experience via Zoom after the long day of sessions and networking to prepare us for the next full day of virtual events.

What session or speaker are YOU most looking forward to this year?
Similar to the analogy of the World Cup or Olympic Games we all want to see the plenary talks and sessions, but it is really about the new presenters who will surprise us with enlightening talks and poster presentations. I am looking forward to all the sessions, poster sessions, and in particular, the plenary talks. 

My own personal favorite speaker will be the one delivered by Dr Hirumi (aka 2c). He is a professor of Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Central Florida and will bring a unique perspective as evident by his impressive portfolio. I have met 2c before and engaged in dialogues about the direction of medical education. Sometimes it seems when the medical education world rapidly transitioned to emergency remote teaching due to the pandemic, there were some theories that perhaps worked. I look forward to learning what Dr. Hirumi has learned during the past year to support education theories to share with the IAMSE audience.

What interesting things are you working on outside the Association right now? Research, presentations, etc.
My other personal interest as an educator is international medicine and global health. I am currently serving as Clerkship director of International Medicine Elective, and in a year when world travel was disrupted, we designed a contingency plan for our 4th-year medical students which involved bringing the educators domestically and from abroad, via Zoom, to a virtual global classroom, since our students were not able to travel. Participation in this course will help our students interested in global health prepare for future travel abroad as clinicians when international travel resumes. This is another reason my other favorite plenary speaker is also Camille Bentley from Rocky Vista University who will share with us about the challenges we face in education and the opportunities in Global Health.

Anything else that you would like to add?
I hope the camaraderie and connections we make in the Virtual 2021 Meeting are fruitful for the years to come later in Denver, Cancun and beyond.  


The IAMSE 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will be held June 12-17. For more information about the week of events, and to register, visit www.IAMSEconference.org.

Reminder* #IAMSE22 Pre-conference Faculty Development Course Abstracts Still Being Accepted

Proposals are still being accepted for Saturday Professional Development Workshops for the 2022 IAMSE meeting. The annual meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA from June 4-7, 2022.

Proposals will be accepted through July, 1, 2021. The IAMSE Professional Development committee will review all proposals and select 3-4 full-day workshops and 6-8 half-day workshops for the meeting.

A Pre-Conference Faculty Development Course is 3 or 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 if needed. IAMSE Saturday Professional Development Workshops focus on career/professional development, and the workshops should be useful for advancing the career of the attendee. The broad umbrella areas of focus for these workshops include:

  • Leadership/Advancement as a Medical Educator
  • Research/Scholarship/Publications
  • Instruction/Assessment
  • Technology

Saturday Professional Development Workshops proposals must include the following information:

  • Title of the workshop
  • Name and e-mail of organizer
  • Facilitator(s) information
  • Summary of the workshop and how it will advance the career of the attendee
  • Length of the workshop
  • Level of the workshop (introductory/intermediate/advanced)
  • Who should participate

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

If you have any questions about submitting your proposal, please contact IAMSE via email at support@iamse.org.