Volume 4 Issue 3 October 2014
  Connecting through the Annual Meeting!

Welcome to the Fall newsletter! We know you’re buried in one of the busiest times of year for academic work, but don’t worry -- planning for the next IAMSE meeting is well underway!  The theme for the 2015 meeting will be "From islands to integration: identifying the gaps and building bridges," with an emphasis on helping members and attendees become enriched in the health sciences education & experience.

Here’s a sneak peek at the plenary speakers:

Dr. Suzanne Stensaas, from the University of Utah School of Medicine,  will be speaking on how technology has and will help us achieve curricular integration.
Dr. Leslie Fall, from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University, will be speaking on changing our paradigm for how we communicate and reach across disciplines to achieve integration.
Dr. Deirdre Bonnycastle, from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine will be speaking on how we can inspire students to become more involved in didactic instruction through the use of integrative, multi-sensory active learning approaches.
Dr. Paul Worley, from Flinders University School of Medicine, Australia will be speaking on integrating basic sciences and clinical sciences instruction through community based learning.

As you look at your goals for the academic year, don’t forget that the IAMSE meeting is a great place to share your work! The deadline for poster submissions is December 15, 2014.

Also, the IAMSE Conference Travel Awards ($1500) support students or junior faculty to attend the IAMSE Annual Meeting. Any IAMSE member who will attend the 2015 Annual Meeting is eligible to apply, though preference will be given to those submitting a proposal for a poster abstract. Applications (including a current CV, a 300 word personal statement and abstract of work, if applicable) must be submitted via e-mail, in duplicate, to: linda@iamse.org and steinj@upstate.edu by February 3, 2015.

Connecting Through Membership ...

We’ve tallied a remarkable number of new members since the start of 2014! Now our job is to keep everyone coming back for more. If you see a name you know, please reach out and say a special “welcome!” from a fellow IAMSE member (and don’t forget to renew your own membership too!)

Salam Abdo
Kashif Ahmad
Heba al-hussaini
Jennifer Allie
Sebastian Alston
Kim Askew
Jennifer Baccon
Robert Baer
Jose Barral
Bruce Benjamin
Lauren Block
Matthew Boegehold
KeriLyn Bollman
Judith Brenner
Lynn Byars
Raeann Carrier
Neal Chamberlain
Allison Chatterjee
Jeffrey Chipman
Andrew Clithero
Alissa Craft
Williem Dassen
Michael Dell
Gary Doolittle
Dianne Durham
Rajuno Ettarh
Frank Filipetto
Robert Gee
Samara Ginzburg
Thomas Green
Ilene Harris
Glori Hinck
Theresa Hudachek
Carol Kamin
John Kappenberg
James Knapp
Cierra Lewis
Chris Lynch
Clyde Matava
Kay-to-py Montiel
Lisa Nash
Oladapo Olasoji
Cheryl O'Malley
Ruth Ellen Pearlman
Don Peska
Timothy Peters
Sandra Pfister
Maria Plummer
Kelly Quesnelle
Ritchie Raquel
Patrick Reynolds
Rebecca Rowe
Gregory Saggio
Christine Savi
Mavis Schorn
William Sexton
Greg Shanower
E Shen
Jennifer Smith
Mike Smith
Nikolaus Stosiek
Margaret Thomas
John Thornburg
Peter van Dam
Claudio Violato
Michael Wiles
Emmanuelle Williams
Steve Williams
Nicole Woods

More Member News

Peter Anderson presented a keynote workshop on virtual microscopy and technology enhanced learning to faculty from 12 Ethiopian medical schools.  The program was organized by the University of Alabama-Birmingham Sparkman Center for Global Health to help Ethiopia meet the needs of a rapidly expanding medical school enrollment.

Roger Geiss, an IAMSE Charter Member, was named the 2014 recipient of the Michele Raible Distinguished Teaching Award in Undergraduate Medical Education, a national honor awarded by the Association of Pathology Chairs. 

Peggy Weissinger has been named the new associate director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University Medical Center. 

Amy Wilson-Delfosse has been promoted to Professor and appointed as the Associate Dean for Curriculum in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Ivan Sissa provides us the first in a new feature of the newsletter, a highlighted school, program or country:

“News from the Middle of the World”

The College of Health Sciences of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is located in the South American country of Ecuador, also known as “the middle of the world.” The School of Medicine, part of the College of Health Sciences, was founded in 1994 and offers a unique six-year, dual degree program combining Liberal Arts and Medicine (BA/MD).

Since its beginning, the School of Medicine has graduated approximately 200 physicians. Most of the graduates are studying, practicing, researching and teaching around the globe. They bring great pride to the school because they embody the type of students and professionals that our faculty aims to create.

In the last 5 years, USFQ has invested many resources in the establishment of its own teaching hospital and a state of the art Simulation Center to train a greater variety of health care workers. These two new institutions help demonstrate the growth and caliber of the USFQ School of Medicine. Furthermore, USFQ was granted the highest ranking (Category A) after the 2013 National Higher Education Council (CEAACES) accreditation process. To continue on this path of innovation and leadership, we hope to offer a broad-based, quality post-graduate program in Medical Education and are working through the ACGME-I accreditation process.

Finally, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the group of professors whose research on Medical Education has permitted USFQ to be represented at each of the last three IAMSE annual meetings!  

Connecting Through the Website ...

In response to feedback from the membership, the IAMSE Board of Directors formed an ad hoc committee, led by Chris Burns, to review and modernize the current IAMSE website. The charge included making the site more relevant to the membership, reflective of a professional organization, and easily updatable. The committee has completed a review of the existing website and has identified opportunities to improve the aesthetics, functionality, content, and timeliness. A proposal is in progress to secure design support and move forward with the redesign. In the near future, the committee will be reaching out to the membership and other stakeholders for input on the new design.

Connecting Through Resources...

Through the Publications Committee, IAMSE has embarked on a new publishing venture – IAMSE Manuals. These digital manuals are envisioned as a low-cost, accessible way for educators to learn about select topics important to medical educators (Please be honest and purchase multiple copies for multiple users instead of duplicating copies). The first guide, written by experts in TBL, is described below and can be ordered here.  Watch for the next IAMSE manual -- Active Learning in Large Group Settings -- expected to be available early in 2015. 

How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning
Ruth Levine, Patricia Hudes
The purpose of this manual is to provide the reader an overview of the fundamental components of Team-Based Learning (TBL) and its advantages over conventional instructional methods. It serves as a blueprint for instructors who wish to begin teaching TBL in a course or curriculum and it identifies factors that will facilitate or sabotage a successful implementation of TBL.

Medical Science Educator Update

This fall our online journal Medical Science Educator will publish a supplement on the IAMSE annual meeting in Nashville. As per tradition, in this issue the abstracts of the posters at the meeting, the Outstanding Poster Award winner and contributions of three of the keynote speakers are presented.

To avoid that you might miss the publication of a journal issue, Springer offers email alerts to keep up to date with latest issue of Medical Science Educator! If you did not do yet, please sign up for the Table of Contents alerts. To subscribe, visit www.medicalscienceeducator.org and provide your email address at the right side of the page.

Connecting Through Conferences ...

The Generalists in Medical Education Conference
November 8-9, 2014 - Chicago, IL, USA

2014 AAMC Medical Education Meeting
November 6-7, 2014 - Chicago, IL, USA

NVMO meeting
November 6-7, 2014 - Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands

2015 GRIPE Winter meeting
January 29-31, 2015 - Tallahassee, FL, USA

12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) 2015
February 4-8, 2015 at - National University of Singapore, Singapore

TBLC 2015 Annual Conference
March 5-7, 2015 - St. Petersburg, FL, USA

AACOM/AODME 2015 Annual Conference
April 22–25, 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Save the Date

19th Annual IAMSE Meeting
June 13-16, 2015 in sunny
San Diego, California!

Download the meeting flyer here!

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