#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

Resources for Educators During COVID-19

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

ANZAHPE Webinar “Confronting Contexts” FREE for IAMSE Members

ANZAHPE ONLINE is the virtual professional development program of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE). The program has been designed to deliver a rich academic experience as an alternative to the 2020 face to face conference and will run from July to December 2020 as monthly events.

We invite IAMSE colleagues to join the ANZAHPE community for the next event of the professional development program, and are pleased to offer complimentary registration to IAMSE members.

Title: Confronting Contexts

Presented by: Professor Rachel Ellaway
When: 13 Aug 2020 1:00 PM AEST (UTC+10:00)

REGISTER HERE – Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

About the Session
Dr. Rachel Ellaway will guide a reflective inquiry exploring key concerns in thinking about context in health professional education. Context is always with us; we are never not in context. Context is also a polysemic concept that both unites and divides us. If contexts are all unique then how can we talk systematically about context in health professional education? Pattern and pattern language theory can help with this. For some, education contexts are simply the background, the passive setting for active health professional education. For others, the contexts of training are selected to afford certain educational advantages. And for others, contexts are carefully designed and configured to optimize learning outcomes. How can we reconcile these different perspectives?

Learning happens in many different contexts; learners move between contexts all the time. To what extent and in what ways does the ability to adapt to new contexts and make the most of them play a role in health professional education?

About the Presenter
Dr. Rachel Ellaway is a professor of medical education in community health sciences and co-director of the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. An internationally renowned scholar and leader in medical education, her substantial contribution is reflected in 328 presentations, 201 publications and 24 book chapters.

Rachel was awarded the 2019 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Duncan Graham Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education.

This interactive session on ‘Confronting Contexts’ will stimulate you think about the impact that contexts have on health professional education.


IAMSE members please register using the Guest category and enter the code GUEST. Registration is essential to receive the Zoom link.

The final sessions of the IAMSE Spring Webcast Audio Seminar Series to Begin August 13

We are happy to announce that the final three sessions of the Spring Webcast Audio Seminar Series will be delivered live beginning Thursday, August 13! Picking up where we left off in mid-March, we have a lineup of exciting and knowledgeable speakers ready to discuss Health Systems Science beginning with Drs. Clifford Packard and Mamta Singh discussing incorporating and evaluating HSS in the clinical clerkship.

Clifford Packer and Mamta Singh

Health Systems Science in the Clinical Clerkship Years
Presenters: Clifford Packer and Mamta Singh – Case Western Reserve University
Session: August 13, 2020 at 12pm Eastern Time

As Medical Schools integrate Health Systems Science into the curriculum, one of the areas that remain a challenge is the clinical years. Traditional clinical care has very little flexibility to incorporate HSS if approached with a pure scheduling lens. However, there are ample opportunities in daily workplace learning to recognize how HSS impacts clinical decision making and ultimately clinical care. In this session, the facilitators will share how they have or plan to incorporate and evaluate HSS in the clinical clerkship and demonstrate how SOAP-V is a great example of integrating clinical reasoning and value-based care thus integrating clinical and health systems science at the bedside.

For more information, archives from this series’ previous sessions and to register for the Spring 2020 Audio Seminar Series, please click the links below.

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Say hello to our featured member Sara Fletcher

Sara Fletcher
Vice President & Chief Learning Officer
Physician Assistant Education Association

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 IAMSE member and PAEA VP and CLO Sara Fletcher, PhD.

How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
I have been an IAMSE member for 6 years.

Looking at your time with the Association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you most looking forward to?
I have most enjoyed participating in the Webcast Audio Seminar series. I also appreciate all the collaboration between IAMSE and PAEA and look forward to working together in the future.

What interesting things are you working on outside the Association right now?
Research, presentations, etc. Publishing a book on leadership

How is the field of PA education changing and adapting during the pandemic?
Budgets are shrinking. Students are demanding quality education continue even if they are learning remotely. Therefore, faculty are trying to adjust to teaching online – some with little or no experience. Major disruption is underway, and some institutions will innovate and thrive while others will struggle to survive.

Anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks to IAMSE for being such a great partner!
Want to learn more about the Physician Assistant Education Association? Visit their website here.

Subscribe to Medical Science Educator Table of Contents

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Springer offers MSE journal subscribers a first look at the newest articles as soon as they are available, so you never miss a breakthrough. To subscribe, visit Springer online here. In the right column, four headings down, you will see “Alerts for this journal.” Simply enter your email address to receive the table of contents for Medical Science Educator by email every time a new issue is published.

I hope you will enjoy reading our journal Medical Science Educator. If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you,
Peter GM de Jong, PhD

Did you know about IAMSE writing groups?

IAMSE now offers an open forum for any writer, editor, researcher or student member looking to collaborate or get feedback on their writing projects. Located on the member’s-only website under the Connecting with IAMSE tab, IAMSE Writing Groups offer blogs and forums for member collaboration.


To begin posting, simply click the Join the Group link. From there, you can post, ask questions, join a group or start your own!

If you have any trouble with the online writing group please feel free to reach out to

Don’t Miss These Great IAMSE How-to Guides

As you may know, IAMSE has published three how-to manuals: the How-To Guide for Active Learning and the How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning as well as a Japanese Translation of the How-To guide for Team-Based Learning.

How-To Guide for Active Learning. This manual is a compilation of teaching strategies in active learning to adapt to your own large group settings. Each chapter is a specific description of a strategy written by authors who are experienced in using the strategy in a classroom environment with students. The Manual chapters are designed to be accessible and practical to the reader. The manual is edited by Alice Fornari and Ann Poznanski.

How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning. This “How-To” Guide for Team-Based Learning is a manual that provides an overview of the fundamental components TBL and serves as a blueprint for instructors considering using this technique. The manual also identifies factors that will facilitate or sabotage a successful implementation of TBL. Authored by Ruth Levine and Patricia Hudes, both internationally recognized experts in the field of TBL.

How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning Japanese Translation. IAMSE is proud to announce that we now have a Japanese translation of this “How-To” guide! The How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning was authored by Ruth Levine and Patricia Hudes and translated by Yukari Igarashi,  Mariko Iida, Yoko Shimpuku, Yoichiro Miki, and Hiromi Seo.

If you’d like to purchase a digital copy of any of these manuals, please visit the IAMSE store here. Each manual is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. Please note: These manuals are for individual use only.

*Reminder* Call for IAMSE Toolkit Proposals – Due July 31

Toolkit Proposals Still Being Accepted
Due July 31, 2020

There is still time to submit your proposal for an IAMSE Toolkit. 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
Proposals 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, 2020 by using the online form here.

In case of questions, please contact

Thank you,
IAMSE Publications Committee

Congratulations to the 2020 IAMSE Distinguished & Early Career Award Winners

IAMSE, on behalf of the Educational Scholarship Committee, would like to congratulate Carol Nichols and Amber Heck on receiving the Distinguished Career Award and Early Career Award, respectively.

Distinguished Career Award winner Carol Nichols

Early Career Award winner Amber Heck.

View the award presentation here

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. Nichols and Dr. Heck on being honored at the 24th Annual IAMSE Meeting in early June. Good luck to both of you in all your future endeavors.

#IAMSE21 Call for Focus Sessions – Due September 1

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce the call for focus sessions for the 25th Annual IAMSE Conference to be held at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa in Cancun, Mexico from June 12-15, 2021. 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, 2020.

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

We hope to see you in Cancun next year!

Thank you,
Mark Hernandez
Chair, IAMSE 2021 Program Committee

Congratulations to the 2020 Best Poster and Oral Presentation Award Winners

This year, IAMSE showcased over 120 poster and oral presentations, with 13 posters and 6 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 here at

Poster Award Winner: “Imposter Syndrome And Class Gender Ratios In Osteopathic Medical School” presented by Jessica Carlson on behalf of Courtney Shill Russell of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (USA). View the poster here.

Oral Presentation Award Winner: “Outcomes Assessment of the NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids Module” presented by Michael Healy of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and NEJM Group. View the oral presentation here.

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 2021 Annual Conference you may do so beginning in October. More information will be shared later this year.

Congratulations to the 2020 IAMSE Student & Faculty Educational 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 2020 annual meeting, five faculty grants were given totaling $24,646. In addition, IAMSE, with the support of ScholarRx, awarded four student grants totaling $9,457.

Student Awards
Harini Aiyer
A Child-to-Child Health Education Program for Students in Northern Saskatchewan

Maniraj Jeyaraju
MicroSkills Curriculum: Teaching the Novice to Acquire Sublingual Microcirculation Videos

Tobias Krussig
Food as Medicine: University Park Proposal

Clayton Youngers
An Exploration of First-in-Family (FiF) Physicians’ Journey Into Medicine for the Development of Effective Pipeline Programs

Faculty Awards
Arkene Levy
Enhancing LGBTQI Cultural Competency Education in an Undergraduate Medical Curriculum

Holly West
Straight to the Point: Engaging Learners Through Focused Micro-lectures Using the TED Masterclass Training Program

M. Ariel Cascio
Learning with Others: Academic Outcomes and Student Acceptance of Multiple Peer-Based Learning Group

Olivera Nesic-Taylor
Educational Strategy to Improve Evidence-Based Clinical Reasoning of Medical Students

Joseph D. Fontes
The Association of Medical Student Engagement with Components of Flipped Classroom and Summative Exam Performance

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,
IAMSE Educational Scholarship & Student Professional Development Committees

Say hello to our featured member Thomas Schmidt

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 profile was written by long-time IAMSE member, Thomas Schmidt, PhD.

Thomas Schmidt, PhD
Professor-Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa, USA

As I look forward to my retirement this month from the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, I also welcome this opportunity to reflect on the important role that IAMSE has played in my academic career as a basic scientist. I feel very fortunate to have been a Charter Member of our international organization and have certainly been gratified to witness its growth, both in terms of membership as well as stature within the broader medical education community. I sincerely hope that as an active IAMSE member I have, in some small way, contributed to that progress by serving on the Board of Directors, Chairing the Program Committee for the 2004 Annual Meeting, and subsequently chairing the Nominating and Development Committees.

These opportunities have certainly contributed to my personal development as a medical educator and for that I am very grateful. In 2010 I was extremely proud and honored to receive the IAMSE Master Teacher Award. That recognition is certainly one of the most gratifying experiences for me in my 37-year academic career at the University of Iowa. Another important “award” that I have been fortunate to receive has been the friendships that I have been so lucky to develop with many IAMSE members. Thanks so much to all of you!

Attending the Annual IAMSE Meetings, whether they were held in the United States, Mexico, The Netherlands or Scotland, has always been a great opportunity for me to present some of my own educational research as well as to think “outside the box” in terms of new advances in all aspects of medical education. Equally important, these annual meetings have enabled me to reconnect with colleagues and good friends from around the globe. Who can forget those exciting silent auctions!

I certainly want to take this opportunity to thank the entire IAMSE team, especially Julie Hewett and Amoritia Strogen-Hewett, for all their help and encouragement. The work you do is invaluable and IAMSE simply couldn’t thrive without your enthusiasm and dedication. I’d also like to express my appreciation to Dr. Peter G.M. de Jong, Editor of Medical Science Educator, for his continued support. Serving as a reviewer for the journal has been both a privilege as well as a responsibility, and I hope to continue serving IAMSE in that capacity after I retire.

Before my concluding remarks, I’d like to share with you a few quotes that have inspired me over the years. I think these brief statements speak in meaningful ways to why we all should strive to achieve our highest potentials as medical educators.

“A teacher affects eternity; he (she) can never tell where his (her) influence stops.”
Henry B. Adams

“Above all, I believe that teaching is an honor: to be able to influence, motivate and encourage the upcoming generation of professionals in the health sciences.”
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My very best wishes and heartfelt thanks again to IAMSE. Continued success to all of its members, both now and in the years to come.

Stay well!

Respectfully yours,
Tom Schmidt