#IAMSE16 – ESME Program with Ron Harden and Aviad Haramati


IAMSE is pleased to offer the very successful, AMEE-sponsored course: Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME), led by two distinguished educators: Prof. Ronald Harden, University of DundeeRMHarden and Prof. Aviad Haramati, Georgetown University. The ESME course requires a separate registration and is held on a full day prior to the IAMSE conference, continues with special discussion sessions during the conference, and concludes with a full afternoon on the final conference day.

This course explores numerous themes including: learning outcomes and curricular planning, teaching and learning methods, assessment strategies, educational scholarship and the teacher as a leader. The course is ideal for faculty educators who are eager to learn about the principles of health professions education or for seasoned individuals interested in exploring new ideas and trends. Upon completion of the ESME course (with certificate), Adi Haramatiparticipants are eligible to enroll in the IAMSE Fellowship program.

Teaching this course with Prof. Harden is an honor and a delight. We are always struck by the rich discourse and engaged discussion of the dedicated participants, some of whom either new to education or have recently assumed new curricular responsibilities and others who bring years of experience.” — Aviad Haramati

For more information and to register, click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “Testing your test: Assessing the Quality of Test Items”

Veronica MIchaelsenTesting Your Test: Assessing the Quality of Test Items
Presenter: Veronica Michaelsen
March 17, 12 PM ET

For an assessment to be an acceptable measure of student learning, it must be a valid and reliable and contain high quality test items. But how can you determine if your assessment makes the grade? Psychometric and item analysis data are often provided and allow for a post-hoc analysis of an assessment and yet few of us have formal training on how to interpret these data. This web seminar will review the types of statistics that are generally provided, how these numbers are derived and the waysin which they can be interpreted. Participants will learn about some general guidelines used in determining the quality of test items as well as hear about some of the exceptions to those rules.

For more information or to register for the Spring Audio Seminar Series, click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “Planning for Curriculum Mapping”

DinaKurzweilPlanning for Curriculum Mapping
Presenter: Dina Kurzweil
March 10, 12 PM ET

Curriculum mapping acts as a catalyst for opening up lines of communication among all educators. The use of curriculum mapping encourages leadership, faculty and staff to have conversations within their own department, school, and university, increasing collegiality and breaking down silos.

This session will introduce the audience to topics and conversations focusing on how curriculum mapping gets started. The session will provide some best practices, challenges, and things to consider before engaging in curriculum mapping. Finally we will discuss some of the hidden aspects and impacts of curriculum mapping.

For more information or to register for the Spring Audio Seminar Series, click here.

#IAMSE16 – Site Host Peter de Jong

Peter de JongI am very excited about IAMSE selecting Leiden to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IAMSE Annual Meeting. The city of Leiden hosts the country’s oldest university (founded in 1575) and almost from the very beginning a Medical School has been in place. So it should not surprise you that Leiden has a very long tradition and excellent record in the field of medical science education. Throughout the city you still find impressive milestones from that legacy. Nowadays, Leiden University Medical Center is a modern high quality healthcare facility delivering patient care, biomedical research, and education in the health care professions across the entire continuum. Leiden Medical School is eager to share their experiences and knowledge in this field with the meeting participants. Therefore please do plan to join us in The Netherlands this June to meet your fellow educators from around the world and to enjoy the wonderful country and its welcoming people.

For more information on the 2016 IAMSE Meeting or to register, please visit

Peter GM de Jong
Leiden University Medical Center
2016 IAMSE Annual Meeting Site Host

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “Instructional Design – Learning Objectives; Backwards Design, Blooms Taxonomy”

Michelle Yoon PortraitInstructional Design – Learning Objectives; Backwards Design, Blooms Taxonomy
Presenter: Michelle Yoon
March 3, 12 PM ET

It is often said that medicine and healthcare is both a science and an art. Likewise, teaching is often referred to as both a science and an art, and the same can said specifically in reference to teaching in medical science education, or health professions education. But before good teaching can occur, it is important to examine the process of developing of learning experiences through systematic instructional design.

“What do you want your students to know?” “What do you want them to be able to do?” “How do you gauge or calibrate the complexity of learning?” This web audio seminar will enable participants to thoughtfully answer these questions, by introducing them to the juxtaposed perspectives of the iterative 5-step Dick and Carey model, and Wiggins & McTighe’s Backward Design Model of instruction design (ID). The session will connect these instructional design paradigms to Bloom’s Taxonomy so that participants will be able to think globally about systematic instructional design in the context of cognition or learning domains.

Participants will be introduced to designing instruction in a methodical, step-by-step, iterative way that allows them to calibrate instruction involving varying levels of complexity. This session will also allow participants to see how designing good instruction can also begin with using learning objectives and goals as a guiding map to help design specific pieces of instruction. Participants will learn how good instructional design can–and should–bridge, or align, learning objectives with assessment in the instructional process.

For more information or to register for the Spring Audio Seminar, please click here.

IAMSE 2016 Spring Audio Seminar Series Registration Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2016 Spring Audio Seminar Series is now open! Sessions begin Thursday, March 3 at 12 PM ET.

Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Curriculum development and evaluation in the modern health sciences environment poses many challenges from the perspective of course developers. Faculty members face an ever-increasing demand to develop integrated courses that incorporate active learning and that are also matched to assessment and program evaluation criteria. To meet this demand and provide quality education programs, faculty members must have a thorough understanding of course design. The IAMSE Spring Series will cover several key topics to help course directors design courses based on carefully planned objectives and expected student outcomes, assess student performance using several types of questions, and perform detailed program evaluation to help gauge course effectiveness and promote successful quality improvement. Session 1 will explore issues related to instructional design with emphasis on creating measurable learning objectives using Blooms Taxonomy, and utilizing a backwards design approach to course development. Session 2 will focus on how to use curriculum mapping to identify content gaps and undesired redundancy within programs. The next two sessions will demonstrate how to perform post-hoc multiple choice item analysis using psychometric data and how to design effective essay questions that assess student knowledge. The final session will concentrate on methods to connect program evaluation to continuous quality improvement.

March 3 – Instructional Design – Learning Objectives; Backwards Design, Blooms Taxonomy – Presented by Michelle Yoon

March 10 – Planning for Curriculum Mapping – Presented by Dina Kurzweil

March 17 – Testing your test: Assessing the Quality of Test Items – Presented by Veronica Michaelsen

March 24 – Essay exams to assess medical knowledge in a large health professions education class – Presented by Amy Wilson-Delfosse and Klara Papp

March 31 – Applying quality improvement principles to advance faculty development – Presented by Andrea Berry, Julie Bridges Catalano, and Don Robinson

Click here to register or for more information on the Spring 2016 Audio Seminar.

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IAMSE Call for Master Teacher and Master Scholar Nominations

Since 2007, IAMSE has honored member medical educators with two prestigious awards, the Master Scholar and Master Teacher awards. We now open the nominations for the 2016 Master awards, which will be presented at the annual meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands, in June.

The Master Scholar Award recognizes an IAMSE member who has a distinguished record of educational scholarship, including educational research and/or dissemination of scholarly approached to teaching and education. This could include development of multimedia medical education programs, research in the areas of curriculum design and evaluation, student assessment, or innovative programs and methods.

The Master Teacher Award honors an IAMSE member who, over the course of many years, has consistently demonstrated extraordinary excellence in teaching, both at his/her institution and within IAMSE. Any teaching can be recognized, but nominations of members who have been active teachers at the annual IAMSE meetings or web seminars are particularly encouraged.

Qualified candidates may self-nominate, or be nominated by an IAMSE colleague.

Details regarding each award, required application materials, and deadlines are found here. All nomination/application packets must be received by Brandi Hinkle ( no later than February 29, 2016.

Registration for the 2016 IAMSE Meeting Now Open

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 20th Annual Meeting of IAMSE, to be held June 4-7, 2016 in Leiden, The Netherlands, 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 Olle ten Cate, Cees van der Vleuten, Marlies Reinders, and Geoff Norman.

Additional meeting details and registration can be found at

#IAMSE16 – Luke Mortensen

Luke MortensenThis year’s annual meeting has a focus on learning assessment. We will be led in our discussions and deliberations throughout the event with internationally-renowned plenary speakers such as Drs. Cees van der Vleuten, Olle ten Cate, Geoff Norman, and other innovation leaders. The language of assessment takes on a world of terminology and best-practice trendings that enliven our daily academic conversations and research (rubrics, evaluation, generational learning needs, formative/summative, feedback, learning portfolios, entrustable professional activities, competency, judgement, peer-assessment, self-reflection, objective/subjective, TBL, PBL, resilience, etc.) and will prove to be the basis for our meeting’s posters, oral sessions and workshops. Our beautiful venue in Leiden could not be more inviting and conducive to our gathering and to our individual and group exploration of the quaint and historical Dutch surroundings. Please do plan to join us in The Netherlands this June 2016; there will be much to experience both professionally and culturally so bring yourself, your colleagues, and your families!

Luke Mortensen
2016 IAMSE Annual Meeting Program Chair


The 2016 Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) will be taking place in Singapore from January 13-17th. IAMSE will again be offering the successful workshop on getting your manuscripts published, and will be delivering for the first time an IAMSE sponsored symposium on the topic of Teaching the Sciences in Health Profession Education. Also, the IAMSE booth will be present at the conference to exhibit, so if you plan on attending this meeting, do not forget to swing by and say hello!

For more information on the APMEC Meeting, please click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar “How to Publish Your Results”

How to Publish Your Results
Presenter: Peter de Jong
February 4, 12 PM ET

In publishing scholarly work, there are several opportunities available to present your results to a specific audience. One way of sharing your results is presenting at conferences on medical education. These conferences can be found at a national as well as an international level. The most common types of conference contributions are the oral and poster presentations. Presenting at a conference can be a good and maybe even the most appropriate way to publish your work. Another option is publication in a (scientific) medical education journal. For publishing in a journal, not only the writing skills of the author are important. At least as important is choosing the right strategy in submitting the work to the most appropriate journal. It is also useful to know how the Editorial Office and Editorial Board of a journal handle the manuscripts received. Knowledge of these last two aspects can significantly increase the chances for acceptance of the manuscript. The session will give the attendees more insight in the editorial processes of a journal and several concrete strategies to increase the chances of acceptance of their work. The presenter will showcase the internal procedures of IAMSE’s journal Medical Science Educator to explain the attendees what is happening behind the scenes of a journal. Some general advice will be given in order to make the process of submission as successful as possible. At the end of the session the participants will have a better understanding of ways to publish their results.

For more information or to register for the Winter Audio Seminar, please click here.