Heather Christensen to Explore MedEd Equity During COVID-19 at #IAMSECafe

Stay connected with your colleagues around the globe and join us for this week’s IAMSE Cafe round table discussion. Join our moderators, Kelly Quesnelle from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Heather Christensen from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine on Thursday as they facilitate a conversation focused on how COVID-19 has affected professionals in different ways.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10AM EST – MedEd Equity During COVID-19. Heather Christensen will join the Cafe to discuss the new IAMSE subcommittee, EnGAGE, and how different groups of professionals in the medical education world have been impacted by COVID-19. She will discuss issues and strategies surrounding productivity, efficiency, and work-life balance on a personal level.

To join the meeting please click here.
The meeting password is IAMSECafe or, if you are calling in from a phone, the numeric password is 778130.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

#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

We understand some of the unique challenges you are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a company, are putting together resources to help you keep up with your courses as well as stay up to date with the latest research and evidence-based practices for addressing this new coronavirus.

LWW Health Library

Bates’ Visual Guide

5 Minute Consult
Primary health care is important to everyone, and now more than ever it’s important that you have access to evidence-based diagnostic and treatment content. To help you with caring for all of your patients, we are offering 30-day free access to Use code 5MC30DayAccess73173 to sign up.

A Review from Medical Science Educator from Dr. Elizabeth McClain

Each month the IAMSE Publications Committee reviews published articles from Medical Science Educator. This month’s review, written by Dr. Elizabeth McClain is taken from the article titled Student Interaction in Small Private Online Courses (doi:10.1007/s40670-017-0380-x) published in Medical Science Educator, Volume 27, (pages 237–242), 2017 by Sabine Uijl, Renée Filius and Olle Ten Cate.

As a medical educator, I felt this article was appropriate for review as many educators have been challenged to transition to online formats this spring due to the global impact of the Corona Virus. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity for disruptive innovation in online learning. Many colleges and universities have experienced mandatory campus closures forcing faculty to transition to remote education. This coupled with mandates for social distancing and shelter at home requirements has increased concerns of social isolation its impact on student learning.

The authors provide a descriptive study investigating the value of social interaction in small private online courses (SPOCs). The study evaluated the interaction among and between learners and instructors in four online courses with under 40 students per class. The online interactions were grouped into 3 categories. 1) The functional/technical category focused on questions about the online learning environment, technical issues or basic course instruction. 2) The content-specific category focused on course topics and the course. 3) The social interactions category included interpersonal interactions or discussions focused on social content.

The authors observed that the highest percentage of posts across all four online classes were categorized by social interaction posts. In addition, more than ninety percent of the social interaction posts were generated by students to another student, or to the whole class. Overall, this peer to peer interaction played a major role in all the online courses. The social nature created involvement and student cohesion, as well as student satisfaction with the online learning format. In our current global pandemic, we need to consider how quickly our student’s lives have shifted from in-person engaged learning to isolated remote learning. The authors’ findings in this study have important relevance to ease this transition for our students. Research has shown that student engagement in peer discussions is an essential component of effective learning.

My takeaway from this study is that learners need a sense of belonging and social engagement to learn effectively. In our present sense of social isolation with COVID-19, we have an opportunity to support the transition for our students in the online learning environment. Considering this study, if we create smaller student online groups and facilitate social student to student discourse without mandating it in the course, it will foster social engagement. This paired with academic engagement will foster essential social connections associated with effective learning environments that can improve our student cohesion and learning outcomes.

Elizabeth K McClain PhD, EdS MPH
Vice Provost and VP Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology and Public Health
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
IAMSE Publication Committee

How to Connect With the IAMSE Admin Team

To better support your membership needs, it may be helpful to know the members of the IAMSE Admin Team and what they do for the Association. While we are all working remotely we are still available by email and phone.

Julie K. Hewett, CMP, CAE
Julie has been supporting IAMSE for over 21 years in many ways. Currently, she is responsible for Board and Committee support and conference management. Julie will continue to oversee the rest of the management team to support the overall needs of the Association.

Danielle Inscoe, QAS
Danielle manages all day-to-day operations of the Association and serves as direct support for the many committees within the association, including the IAMSE Board.

Cassie Chinn, MAJ, QAS
Communications Director
Cassie serves IAMSE as the liaison of communications between and among the membership. She helps create messaging to get the word out about what goes on within the Association.

Amoritia Strogen-Hewett, QAS
Conference Logistics
Amoritia handles all conference logistics. She works closely with the annual program committee to structure, plan and execute each meeting, ensuring its success.

Elizabeth Davidson, MFA
MSE Editorial Assistant
Liz currently serves as the MSE Editorial Assistant and Editorial Assistant for the IAMSE Manuals. She will also play a major role in abstract management for the annual conference.

How to Connect with the Team
By mail:
c/o JulNet Solutions, LLC
1000 5th Avenue
Suite 100
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: +1-304-522-1270
Fax: +1-304-523-9701

By Email:

#IAMSECafe Welcomes Medical Science Educator EIC Peter de Jong!

Stay connected with your colleagues around the globe and join us for this week’s IAMSE Cafe round table discussion. Join our moderators, Dr. Kelly Quesnelle from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Dr. Peter de Jong from Leiden University Medical Center on Thursday as they facilitate a conversation focused on academic publishing in the COVID-19 era.

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10AM EST – Peter de Jong, PhD, Editor in Chief of Medical Science Educator, will share tips for turning your research into academic scholarship intended for publication. He will also share how Medical Science Educator is responding to the global pandemic and how some of today’s experiences can be converted into scholarship.

To join the meeting please click here.
The meeting password is IAMSECafe.
We look forward to seeing you this week!

#IAMSE20 Conference Cancellation

Dear Colleagues,

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great regret that we announce that the 2020 IAMSE Annual Meeting, Scaling New Heights: Envisioning the Future of Health Sciences Education, that was to be held in Denver, CO, USA, will no longer be held in its original face-to-face format. The IAMSE Board and Executive Committee are in unanimous agreement that the best course of action is to cancel the in-person event. The decision to cancel our much-anticipated meeting was not an easy one to make, but our first priority lies with the health and safety of our colleagues around the globe.

I want to recognize and thank so many of you for the work you have put into this meeting over the past two years as planners and presenters. We are especially thankful to Bonny Dickinson who has led conference planning and to the Annual Program Committee for their work. They have responded graciously to our announcement to cancel the face-to-face meeting and are in full support of this decision.

Even though we will not be meeting in person this year, we are pleased to announce that we have shifted our focus to create a virtual event that promises to be robust and educational. Here is what we currently have planned (more details will follow):

  • Virtual Plenary Presentations – Each of our four plenary speakers has agreed to present a virtual delivery of their planned presentation as a live webinar.
  • Poster and Oral Presentations – In order to afford as many individuals as possible the opportunity to present their work, we are establishing a repository where presenters can deposit their posters or recorded talks.
  • Abstracts – As with previous meetings, poster and oral abstracts will be published in a special issue of Medical Science Educator, which is the journal of IAMSE.
  • Awards  The awards and grants normally associated with the annual meeting will still be conferred. Individuals will be recognized through online announcements and will be honored at the 2021 meeting.
  • Workshops and Focus Sessions – Unfortunately, it will not be possible to include pre-conference workshops and focus sessions in the virtual event because of their need for synchronous engagement. Discussions are currently underway to potentially deliver some of these sessions in the future in a virtual format.
  • Payments – All individuals who have paid registration fees for the conference, pre-conference workshops, or other ancillary functions will be reimbursed in full. Alternatively, they will have the option of deferring fees toward the IAMSE Annual Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, June 12-15, 2021.

The virtual event that will replace the in-person meeting will be open to all individuals at no cost. More information will follow in the coming days.

Specific information will be coming to registered attendees regarding reimbursement options.  Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible. Please note that you will need to cancel your hotel and airline reservations directly. Any questions regarding these reservations should be directed to the booking company, hotel, or airline that you worked with for your trip.

Business Meeting – Consistent with our bylaws, each June we hold our annual business meeting as a public event to inform members about the current state of IAMSE. We will still hold this meeting, albeit virtually, and will send along more information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to evaluate and work through this complex and rapidly changing situation. Most of all, thank you for your engagement with IAMSE. I look forward to seeing you at future meetings.


Neil Osheroff, PhD
President, IAMSE

#IAMSECafe Presents MedEd Mailbag and Q&A With IAMSE President

Stay connected with your colleagues around the globe and join us for this week’s IAMSE Cafe round table discussions. Join our moderators, Dr. Kelly Quesnelle from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine on Tuesday and Dr. Neil Osheroff, IAMSE President, from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine on Thursday as they facilitate conversations focused on resources and benefits available to medical science educators around the globe and the latest developments within IAMSE.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 10AM EST – MedEd Mailbag: Free Resources During COVID-19. Join Kelly as she shares the best free resources for educators that have been made available during the global pandemic. Join the discussion and share your favorite resource before the session on Twitter by using #IAMSECafe.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10AM EST – Q&A with the IAMSE President. Join Neil Osheroff from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as he discusses the response of the Association to the COVID-19 crisis, the Annual Meeting and his vision for the future of IAMSE. He will also be happy to discuss how the pandemic has affected teaching at his university.

Join any of these webinars by clicking:

Password for the session is IAMSECafe

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Jon Wisco to Discuss Online Anatomy Instruction at the #IAMSECafe

Join us today for the next session in the IAMSE Cafe virtual discussion series. We are excited to welcome Dr. Jon Wisco from Boston University School of Medicine to discuss online Anatomy instruction and its possible positive affects in the face-to-face classroom.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 10AM EST – How Re-thinking and Re-designing Anatomy Instruction Into the Online Space Can Lead to Better Classroom and Cadaver Lab Learning Experiences. Join Jon Wisco from Boston University School of Medicine in a discussion about how the paradigm shift of what and when anatomy content can be taught, and how it contributes to classroom and lab learning experiences.

Join any of these webinars by clicking:

We look forward to seeing you today!

Say hello to our featured member Francisco Raúl Barroso Villafuerte

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 Francisco Raúl Barroso Villafuerte.

Francisco Raúl Barroso Villafuerte
Head of Basic Science (first and the second year)
School of Medicine in the Health Science Division
Anahuac University of Mexico

How long have you been a member of IAMSE? 
I have been a member since January 2020.

Tell me a bit more about the IAMSE Ambassador Program that you are a part of.

The IAMSE Ambassador Program is to open frontiers for science educators around the world. Right now, we are 7 Ambassadors from different regions in the world and we are looking to increase the number of members from different cultures and backgrounds. With this, I’m sure we will enrich IAMSE and let the members and the new members through the embassy share a lot of different experiences and knowledge.

Looking forward to your time with the Association, what are you most looking forward to? Committee involvement, conference attendance, WAS series, manuals, etc.?

I’m participating in the committee for the 2021 Annual Program, I’m also very excited to take the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) course and to be a candidate for the Medical Educator fellowship

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

Outside of IAMSE, I have been working and collaborating with international and national leaders of the learning industry to develop our own content of virtual reality with a methodology that we are also developing in our University. I’m also a member of the Mexican Anatomy Society and the Pan American Anatomy Society with whom I’ve been developing new strategies in virtual reality and digital anatomy.

I’m working with Editorial El Manual Moderno (Mexico) writing a textbook of Human Anatomy that will be released in December 2020. I’m also doing research on cognitive impairment related to nutritional status in the elderly as part of my job at Anahuac University and to graduate for my Ph.D. in Science.

As a new member, what is a standout benefit that made you want to engage with IAMSE?
The worldwide networking, the great opportunities to continue learning and the opportunity to share my research and experience to inspire others and to get inspired by other members.   

Anything else that you would like to add?

I just want to thank all the IAMSE members and the committees (2021 Annual Meeting and Ambassador program) for the kind and warm welcome. I hope I can give a little bit of what I have been receiving from everyone in IAMSE.


Stay tuned to upcoming announcements regarding Dr. Villafuerte and the preliminary cohort of IAMSE Ambassadors in the coming weeks!

#IAMSECafe presents MedEd Mailbag & Online Anatomy Instruction

Stay connected with your colleagues around the globe and join us for this week’s IAMSE Cafe round table discussions. Join our moderators, Dr. Kelly Quesnelle from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine today and Dr. Jon Wisco from Boston University School of Medicine on Thursday as they facilitate conversations focused on how to help us all have the most successful instruction and transition possible.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10AM EST – MedEd Mailbag: Being Productive in Your Own Space. Join Kelly as she takes your questions about transitioning and adapting to an online learning environment while in your natural habitat. This open discussion will be led by the audience.
You can also join us this Thursday where Dr. Jon Wisco will join the group to discuss successful online anatomy instruction.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 10AM EST – How Re-thinking and Re-designing Anatomy Instruction Into the Online Space Can Lead to Better Classroom and Cadaver Lab Learning Experiences. Join Jon Wisco from Boston University School of Medicine in a discussion about how the paradigm shift of what and when anatomy content can be taught, and how it contributes to classroom and lab learning experiences.

Join any of these webinars by clicking:

We look forward to seeing you this week!

IAMSE20 Conference Update #2

Each year, IAMSE is committed to holding a high quality, safe scientific meeting for educators from around the globe. Depending on the developing situation with COVID-19, we are committed to moving forward with an event for our membership. The format may be a hybrid in-person/virtual meeting with online presentations for attendees still under travel bans or an online event consisting of webinars and shared online content.

No matter the format, our meetings rely on the participation of the brightest minds in medical science education. We understand the hurdles that everyone is facing in transitioning classes online, working remotely and staying positive while looking ahead. We know that uncertainty remains with respect to the feasibility of participating in the annual meeting. It is with these things in mind that we remind you of the suspension of the Early Bird Deadline until May as we continue to adapt and plan the annual meeting. Our goal is simply to maximize IAMSE member participation in our event, whatever shape it takes.

We are planning a meeting in uncertain times and it is our sincere hope that COVID-19 will be safely contained in the very near future. The steps we have taken so far and the actions proposed for the future are purely designed to make the coming weeks easier for our participants and planning committee.

We welcome your feedback moving forward. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at

Many thanks,

Neil Osheroff, PhD
President, IAMSE

Bonny Dickinson,  PhD, MS-HPEd
IAMSE President-Elect and 2020 Annual Program Chair

Adi Haramati to Present Practicing Self-care in a Time of Crisis

Join moderator Dr. Kelly Quesnelle this morning as she welcomes Adi Haramati, PhD from Georgetown University to the second IAMSE Cafe virtual discussion. Dr. Haramati will be sharing techniques for self-care during this, and other, times of high stress and crisis.


Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10AM EST – Leading by Example: Practicing Self-care in a Time of Crisis. Adi Haramati of Georgetown University School of Medicine will lead a discussion about the importance of utilizing a number of mind-body techniques to reduce stress and promote resilience. We will also share how many of us have incorporated simple tools into our virtual reality with peers and learners.

Join the webinar by clicking: The link will remain the same for each session so make sure to bookmark it!

Be sure to joins us next week as we host another MedEd Mailbag session with Dr. Quesnelle on Tuesday and welcome Dr. Jon Wisco to discuss the shift to online Anatomy instruction on Thursday.