IAMSE Winter Web Audio Seminar “Competency-Based Medical Education: Understanding the Principles”

Competency-Based Medical Education: Understanding the Principles
Presenter: Linda Snell
January 11, 12 PM ET

This webinar will lay the foundation for future sessions in this series. We will discuss the definition and define the common terms that are used in competency-based medical education (CBME). The reasons for why we need to change our current education system, and how CBME may address these, will be discussed. We will describe the five components of CBME and models for implementing this new education paradigm across the continuum of medical education.

For more information and to register for the Winter 2018 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

Consider Donating to IAMSE This Year

On behalf of IAMSE and the Development Committee, we hope you have a joyous holiday season and wish you a happy and prosperous new year. We ask that you consider including IAMSE in your year-end charitable giving plans. Your gift would support the IAMSE mission to advance health professions education through teacher development and to ensure that medical science education continues to be firmly grounded in foundational sciences and includes the best practices of teaching by providing travel awards that would enable junior faculty members to attend our meetings and to access our educational resources.

Donating is easy – please access the “Make a Donation” button on the IAMSE website under the “Connect” subheading or by clicking here. A contribution in any amount would help greatly.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

IAMSE – Winter 2017 Well-being WAS Archive Now Available

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce that the archives for the 2017 Winter Series of the Webcast Audio Seminars, Creating a Culture of Well-being at an Academic Health Center, are now available 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.

If you have any questions or problems accessing the archives, please just let us know at

IAMSE Call for Connects Announcements – Deadline December 30

The next issue of the electronic membership newsletter of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), IAMSE Connects, will be published in January. The purpose of this newsletter is to connect the IAMSE membership with information, opportunities, resources and each other.

We are very pleased to dedicate one section of this newsletter to recognize the professional accomplishments of our members but we need your help! Have you received awards or promotions or landed a great new job in the last year? We would like to know about it and celebrate your accomplishments in our newsletter.

Please send your news to Brandi Hinkle at or submit it online here for inclusion in the next edition. Sorry, we can only include professional accomplishments in the newsletter, but welcome you to share your personal news on the IAMSE Facebook page! Thanks for your help!

Deadline: December 30, 2017.

IAMSE – Medical Science Educator Call for Announcements

In every issue of Medical Science Educator, we publish an announcements section. In this section we share information that is of interest to the readership of the journal. Individual IAMSE members wishing to post medical education related announcements in the Journal are invited to send their requests to the Editorial Assistant at Announcements may be IAMSE-related, announcements from other medical education organizations, medical education conference information or international issues affecting medical education. Announcements will be published at the Editor’s discretion.

Deadline for inclusion in the March issue: December 22, 2017

IAMSE – Final Reminder – Educational Scholarship Grant Applications Due December 15!

The application deadline for Educational Scholarship grant proposals is quickly drawing near! The deadline for submitting applications is December 15, 2017. Applications are to be submitted on the submission page found here before the deadline. Instructions for grant proposals may be found here and on the grant submission page.

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 2018 IAMSE meeting.

IAMSE – Fellowship Program Information

Did you know that IAMSE has a 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.

The program is divided into three phases:

  1. Completion of an AMEE Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) program
  2. Completion of two, day-long faculty development courses
  3. Completion of a project which results in educational scholarship and demonstrates application of content themes at the participant’s home institution

More information on the Fellowship Program may be found on the IAMSE website under the Programs & Services heading.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact IAMSE at

#IAMSE18 – Last Chance to Submit a Poster Abstracts – Deadline 12/1

The deadline for poster abstract submission is quickly drawing near! As a reminder, IAMSE is currently accepting Oral and Poster abstract presentations to be presented at the 22nd Annual IAMSE Conference. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5 PM ET!

Please click here to submit your abstract
Please note: The first time you enter the site, if you have not already done so previously, you will be required to create a user profile.

The 2018 IAMSE Meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 9-12, 2018. All abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations must be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site. Authors will be notified with a decision regarding their abstract submission by March 1. There is no limit to the number of abstracts you can submit.

Featured Member: Amanda Fales-Williams

As a veterinary pathology educator, I greatly appreciate IAMSE for the expansion of research and teaching tools along with publishing opportunities. When I first joined IAMSE in 2008, I was working towards tenure, in search of guidance on teaching professional students as well as how to conduct studies to improve their learning experiences. Thus, I sought a broader range of colleagues and research venues focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning in medical education. I found these things and more through the connections made through IAMSE, sometimes with fellow veterinarians, but also with educators from a variety of medical disciplines. This truly drives home the point for me that while our species-focus may vary, the learning needs of professional students are consistent. Thus, IAMSE has proven to be a valuable resource to me as a teacher, student advisor, and researcher. As a pathologist, I find that I straddle the realms of basic and clinical science, teaching general pathology to first-year students and necropsy (autopsy) practicum to fourth-year students. Both populations would exclusively focus on clinical information if left up to them; I feel successful when fourth-year students trace their knowledge back to roots in basic science. Of the many valuable things I gained from IAMSE meetings over the years, my favorite has to be the sessions on Mind-Body Medicine. While all medical professions are becoming more focused on this goal today, IAMSE (via Dr. Haramati et al.) was the first to provide data and solutions on the positive impact of wellness strategies. This has had personal and professional benefits for myself, my residents, and my students. I’m grateful for this community and for all of the work that’s been done over the years to foster the culture of medical education scholarship!

IAMSE – What Conferences Are You Attending? Let Us Know!

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.

IAMSE – Administrative Office Closed November 23-24

As those of us in the United States prepare for Thanksgiving, we would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU for being a part of our success and daily lives.

The IAMSE Administrative Office will be closed on November 23-24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume normal business hours November 27.

We are truly grateful for the support you have provided to us at IAMSE. As we begin looking forward to 2018, we are excited for the new opportunities that may lay ahead.

IAMSE – Publications Committee MSE Article Review

Every month, the IAMSE Publications Committee reviews published articles from the archives of Medical Science Educator or of its predecessor JIAMSE. This month’s review is taken from MSE, volume 27.

Physicians are faced with the fast pace of medical innovation and also need to understand the importance of evidence-based medicine in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Additionally, there is a significant need to train individuals who will enter into academic medicine and who will pursue careers as physician-scientists. Medical schools are faced with the challenge of providing experiential opportunities for their trainees that foster critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills in order to train the next generation of physicians to meet the challenges associated with the evolution of medical practice and to understand the importance of research in medicine. One approach that has been recommended by the American Association of Medical Colleges is to provide opportunities for medical students to engage in research. Many institutions offer summer research programs for medical students, but it is essential to assess the outcomes associated with such programs in order to determine their effectiveness and how such programs should evolve to continue to foster the acquisition of skills and knowledge that will enable the physicians of tomorrow to meet the changing landscape of medical practice. To begin to address these questions, students and preceptors who participated in the Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) were surveyed to understand short- and long-term outcomes associated with the program after 15 years. The findings of the survey and their implications are discussed in a recent study entitled Faculty and Student Evaluations of a Medical Student Summer Research Program: a 15 Year Analysis, published in the Medical Science Educator, Volume 27, (pages 75-82), 2017, by authors T Ho, A Agarwal, J Khambhati, S Sarfaty and AE Hirsch from Department of Radiation Oncology at BUSM.

The authors determined that the MSSRP has played a strong positive role in exposing students to research and that overall, there was a high level of satisfaction on the part of both students and preceptors who participated. Importantly, it was determined that the highest level of satisfaction for students correlated strongly with preceptor availability and the potential for the ongoing studies to result in tangible outcomes such as publications. Conversely, preceptors expressed their highest level of satisfaction in connection with students who were able to integrate effectively into existing research teams. These findings strongly support the importance of having strong mentorship, and providing a collaborative environment. They also support the importance of fostering the ability of students to work in a team. Importantly, it was also determined that research during the first year of medical school has a significant impact on student attitudes towards the role of research and their likelihood of pursuing research throughout medical school and beyond. Finally, exposure to research opportunities in the first year appeared to affect the choice of a medical specialty and the competitiveness of residency programs to which students applied. In summary, the MSSRP at BUSM effectively promotes the development of physicians with an appreciation of the importance of evidence-based medicine and the role that physician scientists play.