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

Traveling far and wide to learn about medical education? Do tell!

As you may know, IAMSE maintains a listing of Medical Education Conferences on our website. We’d like to expand our listing of conferences, but to do this, we need your help!

Will you be attending any Medical Education Conferences this year or next year? If you are, please let us know! You can send this information to us via email at

Currently, the listing of conferences is located on the IAMSE website under the Events heading as Events of Interest. Here, you will be able to find information on other conferences that may be of interest to you.

#IAMSE20 Call for IAMSE-ScholarRx Educational Research Grants

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to once again be accepting applications for the IAMSE-ScholarRx Educational Research Grant Program.

All IAMSE student members are eligible to submit a grant proposal. All students will need to have a faculty mentor sign off on the proposal confirming that all policies will be met. Proposals must be accompanied by a letter from an appropriate institutional official confirming that the institution will pay to send the student to the IAMSE meeting the year following project completion to present the results of the proposed work; timing of the presentation is flexible as to be appropriate for the completion of the project.

Applications are to be submitted on the submission page found here by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 15, 2020.

All information regarding the IAMSE-ScholarRx Educational Research Grant Program, including the application process, eligibility, proposal format, and evaluation criteria, can be found on the IAMSE website here.

Thank you,
IAMSE Student Professional Development Committee

IAMSE on the Road at NVMO 2019

The IAMSE booth will be exhibiting at the annual meeting of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on November 21 -22, 2019. IAMSE will be presenting a symposium in session C7 on Thursday afternoon, called: “Innovating medical science education by integrating online courses in classroom teaching”. IAMSE members James Pickering and Marlies Reinders will present two examples of MOOC integration into campus teaching.

If you plan on attending this meeting, please consider joining us at our symposium and don’t forget to swing by the IAMSE booth and say hello!

Information on the 2019 NVMO meeting can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

A Review from Medical Science Educator from Dr. Steven Crooks

This month the IAMSE Publications Committee review is taken from the article titled Medical Biochemistry Without Rote Memorization: Multi-Institution Implementation and Student Perceptions of a Nationally Standardized Metabolic Map for Learning and Assessment published in the Medical Science Educator, Volume 24, (pp 87-92), by Douglas B. Spicer, Kathryn H. Thompson, Michelle S. Tong, Tina M. Cowan, Tracy B. Fulton and Janet E. Lindsley.

As a medical educator, I’m always interested in learning about new instructional approaches that emphasize meaningful learning over rote learning—especially in subjects, like biochemistry, that are notoriously perceived as isolated from patient care. Consequently, I was pleased to discover an article recently published in Medical Science Educator by Spicer and colleagues (see reference below) examining the effects of an intervention designed to facilitate meaningful learning in medical biochemistry.

By way of background, the authors cite the growing worldwide problem of metabolism-related chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, stroke) and the failure of medical schools to adequately prepare medical professionals to address this problem. They attribute the cause of this problem to biochemistry curricula that emphasize rote memorization of facts over the diagnosis and treatment of patient problems. Furthermore, they claim this emphasis on extensive factual knowledge (e.g., Krebs cycle) causes students to experience excessive cognitive load, poor retention, and undue stress.

To address this problem, the authors proposed shifting the curricular emphasis from memorizing facts (e.g., enzymes and intermediates) to gaining a deeper understanding of how those facts relate to disease, diagnosis, and patient care. To enable this shift from memorization to application, the authors proposed providing students with relevant factual information in an adjunct display (e.g., graphic organizer) that can be referenced as needed during higher-level learning activities (including assessment) within the context of patient care. The authors hypothesize that this approach will enable students to direct their limited cognitive resources toward acquiring the larger picture of skills germane to patient care, as opposed to memorization and fact recall.

To test their hypothesis, the authors elicited student perceptions about the advantages and disadvantages of using MetMap, a graphic organizer containing medically relevant factual information (e.g., metabolic pathways). MetMap was developed by Stanford University School of Medicine faculty, in collaboration with the Association of Biochemistry Educators, and can be downloaded from Stanford’s Lane Medical Library website (see Pathways of Human Metabolism: MetMap is currently used at several medical schools both as a teaching tool and as a reference for students during assessments.

The authors obtained survey responses from MS1 and MS2 students (N=481; 84% response rate) who had been using a searchable, digital version of MetMap in their studies. The students responded to open-ended questions eliciting their perceptions about the advantages and disadvantages of MetMap during both learning and assessment. Using thematic content analysis, the researchers identified emergent themes from the responses.

In terms of advantages, the students felt that MetMap was useful for both learning and assessment. More specifically, it helped them to visually and mentally organize information in a manner that promoted deeper learning and application. Students also enjoyed the decreased emphasis on memorization and felt that this reduced their exam anxiety. In terms of disadvantages, some students expressed reduced motivation for and time spent studying. They also expressed fears of being unprepared for licensing exams.

In this era of competency-based education, EPAs, and milestones, we need more research on instructional tools—such as MetMap—that can help students to lift their focus beyond memorization of facts to the development of real competence. As we advocate for competency-based education, it’s important that we also provide the tools and strategies that will make this important effort possible. In this spirit, I commend the developers of MetMap for making this tool publicly available; hopefully, more in-depth research will be conducted on this and similar tools designed to facilitate professional competencies.

Thank you,
Steven Crooks, PhD

#IAMSE20 Poster and Oral Abstract Submissions Still Being Accepted

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) would like to remind you that abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations are still be accepted for the 24th Annual IAMSE Conference to be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, CO, USA from June 13-16, 2020. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for faculty development and networking, bringing together medical sciences and medical education across the continuum of healthcare education.

Please click here to submit your abstract today.

Submission deadline is December 1, 2019.

There is no limit on the number of abstracts you may submit, but it is unlikely that more than two presentations per presenter can be accepted due to scheduling complexities. Abstract acceptance notifications will be returned by March 15, 2020.

Three IAMSE Members Receive AAMC’s 2019 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

This year several IAMSE members have been named winners of the AAMC’s Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, sweeping three of the four awards offered in 2019. These winners are Dr. Kevin Krane, IAMSE 20 year member, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA; Dr. Cathleen C. Pettepher, Assistant Dean of Medical Student Assessment, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN; and Dr. Mohammed K. Khalil, Clinical Associate Professor, Histology and Anatomy, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville SC. The complete story about the awards can be found here.

Dr. Kevin Krane

Dr. Cathleen C. Pettepher

Dr. Mohammed K. Khalil

The Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards were established by the AΩA medical honor society in 1988 to recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves in medical student education. Each year four educators from across the country are awarded this distinguished honor. IAMSE members who have received this award in previous years include Robert Carroll, Joseph Grande, Richard Vari, Dean Parmelee, Amy Wilson-Delfosse, John Pelley, Peter Anderson, Aviad Haramati and Edward C. Klatt.

The Board of Directors congratulates this year’s outstanding educators with their award!

Say Hello to Our Featured Member Stephen Hines!

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 Dr. Stephen Hines.

Stephen Hines









Stephen Hines, DVM, PhD
Berger Keatts Distinguished Professor (Teaching Excellence)
and Director of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Academy
Washington State University

How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
I’ve been an IAMSE member for approximately 10 years.

In your years with the association, what have you been up to? Committee involvement, conference attendance, WAS series, manuals, etc.? How have you interacted with IAMSE?
The IAMSE conference has been my primary activity with IAMSE. I look forward to the annual conference with anticipation as I know I will learn, that I will bring back several exciting new ideas, and that I will come home inspired. It’s always comforting to be reminded that we are all mostly confronting the same basic challenges – and that we are not in the battle alone. And I love the evidence-based approach that engagement with IAMSE fosters. I believe strongly that working from a scholarly base is what will drive the changes we need. This is also why I love the journal articles, IAMSE emails, and the manuals. Through our Teaching Academy we’ve also tapped into the IAMSE webinar series. I have not yet engaged in IAMSE committee work, but know that it’s time.

What are you working on professionally? Research, presentations, etc.
My focus at this time is improving career opportunities for faculty who are most deeply invested in our educational missions. As part of this work, we have developed a multi-institutional peer review of promotion packet process, an evidence-based format for creating more persuasive and reviewable promotion packets, and review teams. At WSU, we are working hard to elevate the status of faculty who teach. We are changing P&T processes so that faculty may be rewarded for excellent teaching, educational scholarship, innovation, and educational leadership through promotion and tenure. Until we change our institutions and institutional cultures, I believe we will continue to struggle to really “Make Teaching Matter.”

As a member, what is a standout benefit that keeps you engaged in IAMSE?
As noted above, I think IAMSE creates a unique space that feeds my need for growth and a community of practice focused on medical education. IAMSE has a much more inclusive feel than other organizations. I think that is a reflection in part of the diversity of members, including many basic scientists and people like me from fields like veterinary medicine.

Anything else that you would like to add?
I am often asked as Director of our Teaching Academy what organizations and conferences I would most recommend for junior faculty who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I inevitably point them to IAMSE first.

Visit the IAMSE Exhibit at the Generalists in Medical Education and AAMC Conferences in Phoenix, AZ

The Generalists in Medical Education will be holding their 2019 conference on November 7-8 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Information on this conference can be found here.
The 2019 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education Meeting will be taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, USA from November 8-12. Click here for more information on the AAMC meeting.
IAMSE Association Manager, Julie Hewett
The IAMSE booth will be present at both of these conferences to exhibit, so if you plan on attending these meetings, do not forget to swing by and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there!

Opportunities for Sponsorship at #IAMSE20 in Denver

IAMSE is delighted to invite you to exhibit at the 2020 IAMSE Annual Meeting on June 13-16, 2020 in Denver, CO, USA. As partners in medical education and healthcare, we offer exhibit space to commercial, non-profit and academic exhibitors in health professions education. The IAMSE meeting is a perfect place to display educational products and services and engage with meeting participants from around the world. We look forward to meeting our much-valued previous exhibitors again, as well as welcoming our first-time exhibitors. This exhibitor prospectus contains all exhibition package information, along with additional sponsorship opportunities.

Patron Exhibitor – $2,500

  • Two registration fees will be waived including all scheduled meals, breaks, receptions, social events and conference dinner
  • Two draped tables with two chairs are provided
  • Company brochure or literature sheet in each registrant’s packet
  • Company logo with hyperlink on the meeting website and company logo in the published program book

Supporter Exhibitor- $1,750

  • One registration fee will be waived including all scheduled meals, breaks, receptions and social events
  • One draped table with two chairs is provided
  • Company brochure or literature sheet in each registrant’s packet
  • Company logo with hyperlink on the meeting website and company logo in the published program book

Non-Profit Discipline-Based Society – $1,000

  • One registration fee will be waived including all scheduled meals, breaks, receptions and social events
  • One draped table with two chairs is provided
  • Company brochure or literature sheet in each registrant’s packet
  • Company logo with hyperlink on the meeting website

Contributor – $750

  • One unmanned display table where your materials will be on display
  • Company brochure or literature sheet in each registrant’s packet
  • Company logo with hyperlink on the meeting website

IAMSE offers several opportunities to financially support activities during the meeting, such as a keynote lecture, a lunch meeting or a refreshment break. Sponsorship of an activity includes the listing in all printed and digital scheduling materials as well as signage at your sponsored activity. For more information on these a la carte options, as well as registration for the 2020 meeting in Denver, can be found in our brochure here.

Registration for the IAMSE Winter 2020 Webcast Audio Seminar Series is Now Open!

Registration is now open for the IAMSE Winter 2020 Webcast Audio Seminar series. Sessions begin on January 9, 2020.

How is Health Science Education Tackling the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic poses a multifaceted challenge, but health science education is playing a significant role in combating this health care crisis. With the development of innovative curricula in pain management and substance abuse. The Winter IAMSE web-based seminar series will provide a comprehensive synopsis of these efforts to respond to the opioid crisis. After an introduction to the topic, the audience will learn about successful health science curricula that expand on existing coursework. Interprofessional education (IPE) is a crucial contributor to improved health outcomes, and the series will include a presentation on IPE that addresses the opioid crisis. The series will include an introduction to curricula about alternative and non-pharmacological approaches to pain management and conclude with a presentation on issues of substance abuse from a student affairs perspective. At the conclusion of this series, participants will have an in-depth understanding of the current educational strategies in response to the opioid epidemic including challenges and opportunities. Furthermore, the series will provide hands-on tips for participants wishing to develop or expand existing pain management curricula within their institutions.
Join us for each one-hour session beginning January 9, 2020 at 12PM EST.

Register Your Institution for the Series!

Register Yourself for the Series!

January 9, 2020 at 12PM Eastern – Responding to the Opioid Crisis: An Educator’s View
January 16, 2020 at 12PM Eastern – Using Undergraduate Medical Education to Increase the Number of Physicians Prepared to Prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatment
January 23, 2020 at 12PM Eastern – Methods for Incorporating Opioid Education into Health Professions Curricula
January 30, 2020 at 12PM Eastern –”Spinal Manipulation and Opioids: Navigating the Current Treatment Landscape” and “Reduce or Eliminate the Need for Opioids by Instituting Scientific Integrative Medicine as First-line Care.”
February 6, 2020 at 12PM Eastern – Medical Students and Substance Use: Challenges and Supports

For additional information or questions, please contact us via email at

And the best part is
IAMSE Student Members Register FREE!

For more information on the series, student discount code or to register for individual sessions, contact

Educational Scholarship Grant Applications Due January 15

As a reminder, IAMSE is currently accepting applications for the IAMSE Educational Scholarship Grant program. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2020. Applications are to be submitted on the submission page found here before the deadline. Instructions for grant proposals may be found here.

All IAMSE members are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Preference will be given to new projects, and must be relevant to the mission of IAMSE. The results of funded projects must be presented at a future IAMSE meeting. The initial funding award will be announced via email, and at the 2020 IAMSE meeting.

Applications Now Accepted for Faculty & Student Travel Awards Deadline December 15

The IAMSE Conference Travel Awards support students or junior faculty to attend the IAMSE Annual Meeting. The amount of the 2020 Travel Awards will be up to $1,500, and are meant to cover expenses related to attendance at the IAMSE annual meeting in Denver, such as conference registration, lodging, and airfare. Any IAMSE member who will attend the 2020 Annual Meeting is eligible to apply, though awards will only be granted to those with an accepted poster, oral or focus session abstract. Students are especially encouraged to apply.

Please note that we have separate forms for faculty and students.

Applications for faculty travel grants can be submitted here and the student applications can be submitted here.