Spring 2016 WAS Archive Now Available

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce that the archives for the 2016 Spring Series of the Webcast Audio Seminars, Curriculum Design and Evaluation, 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

#IAMSE17 – See you in Burlington! Last Minute Information Before You Go!

We are just a few days away from the 2017 IAMSE Meeting in Burlington, Vermont. As you are preparing for your trip, there are a few items to note/remember!

  • As with nearly all conference hotels, air conditioning tends to be cooler than many like – pack the extra sweater or jacket just in case!
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes. While the hotel is flat and easy to walk, it is more enjoyable in comfortable shoes.
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel is available by the Sheraton hotel shuttle. The shuttle is available for hotel guests daily from 4:30 AM through midnight. To arrange for the shuttle, please call the hotel at +1-802-598-9518.
  • An informational desk will be set up at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel on Friday, June 9th from 10 AM – 5 PM if you have any questions.
  • All sessions are located at the UVM Davis Center. Room locations are listed within the meeting app for each session. If you’re not sure where to go, please be sure to stop by the registration desk in the Scarlet Oak Lounge on the third floor of the Davis Center!
  • Parking permits are available to park on UVM’s campus. Please email the Admin Office at if you need a parking permit and have not already done so.
  • Beginning Saturday, a shuttle bus will run between the Sheraton and various hotels to the Conference Center and vice versa. This service is offered on a limited number of times per day. A detailed bus schedule has been published in the meeting app, on the conference website (, and will also be available at the registration desk.
  • Don’t forget to download the meeting app! You can download the app here: Once downloaded, use the search feature in the app to search for IAMSE and find the 2017 Meeting. If you don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you can still view the app in your mobile browser by visiting

Due to travel, the IAMSE Administrative Office will be closed during the Meeting. We will still be answering emails, but may be slightly slower than usual. If you have any last minute questions or concerns, please be sure to let us know via email at!

#IAMSE17 – Things to do and see in Burlington Vermont

Burlington, Vermont is a beautiful, small city located on the shores of Lake Champlain, in between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains in the Champlain Valley. Along with countless outdoor activities, and scenic vistas, Burlington gets national attention for its music and food scenes, daytime adventures, and vibrant nightlife. This small city is a vacation destination for visitors and a quality-of-life dream for residents. If you have some downtime before, during, or after the IAMSE Meeting, be sure to visit some of the wonderful things Burlington and Vermont have to offer!

  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival – The Jazz Festival will be held June 3-11, 2017. If you arrive in Burlington before the IAMSE Meeting begins, be sure to check out the music of the jazz festival! More information on the jazz festival may be found here.
  • Church Street Marketplace – Downtown Burlington’s award-winning open air mall is a hub of activity where you’ll find historic architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music and over 100 places to shop and dine. For more information on the Church Street Marketplace, click here.
  • Waterfront Park/ECHO/Bike Path – Right off the city’s Main Street, the Waterfront neighborhood is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. Explore the local ecosystem at the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, take a ride on Burlington’s scenic eight-mile bike path or lay out a picnic spread in Waterfront Park.
  • Shelburne Museum – Nearly 40 buildings, filled with various exhibits, span the museum’s 45 acres. There’s even a respectable collection of impressionist paintings, featuring the works of Degas, Cassatt, Manet and Monet. More information on the Shelburne Musem may be found here.
  • Craft Breweries – Vermont has a very successful craft brewery scene. If you like craft beer and craft cider, be sure to set aside some time to visit a few breweries! Some breweries include: Queen City Brewery, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Company, and Citizen Cider.
  • Shelburne Farms is a working farm set on the shore of Lake Champlain. It has 1,400 acres of pastures, woodlands, gardens, and historic buildings that are a beautiful setting for learning as well as strolling, photography and relaxing. In addition to historic barns, the campus includes the Market Garden, woodlands, dairy, and The Inn at Shelburne Farms, which contains a world-class restaurant. Visit them through our Virtual Tour. Admission is free.
  • Have more time to see Vermont? Take a ride along Lake Champlain on an eight-mile bike path for some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The lovely resort town of Stowe (home to the Trapp Family Lodge and the Topnotch Spa) is an easy 45-minute drive, and Montreal is less than two hours away.

There’s still time left to register for the IAMSE Meeting if you haven’t already done so! Be sure to visit to register today.

IAMSE Admin Office Closed for Memorial Day

The IAMSE Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30th. We would like to wish everyone a safe holiday weekend!

#IAMSE17 – Congratulations to the 2017 Travel Award Winners

We would like to extend our congratulations to four individuals who have been awarded the 2017 IAMSE Travel Award.

The awardees for 2017 are:

Junior Faculty:
Audrey Vasauskas, PhD
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dothan, Alabama, USA

Chante Richardson, MBA, PhD
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dothan, Alabama, USA

Yunxiang Chu
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Bersabel Woldemariam
Touro University Nevada
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Henderson, Nevada, USA

The IAMSE Conference Travel Awards support students or junior faculty to attend the IAMSE Annual Meeting.

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 26.

The importance of training students to integrate concepts of ethics into medical conversations is becoming increasingly important in an era of personalized medicine. Conversations regarding the implications of genetic information including variants of known and unknown significance require an understanding of ethical concepts including patient welfare, respect for autonomy, social justice and shared decision making. Often, however, the topics of ethics and medical genetics are taught separately in distinct courses. This creates a challenge in terms of a student’s ability to integrate and transfer prior knowledge to a novel clinical scenario. One approach to address this challenge is discussed in a recent study entitled Design of a Platform to Discuss Ethical Considerations of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: a Case for Integration of Ethics in Foundational Science Medical Curriculum, published in Medical Science Educator, Volume 26 (pages 213-219), 2016, by authors HG Pine, H Gillis, T Weiler and J Fortun from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University (FIU).

FIU developed an approach utilizing a large case-based discussion (CBD) integrating ethics and medical genetics that takes place towards the end of two concurrent courses in “Genes, Molecules and Cells” and “Ethical Foundations in Medicine”. Students were given an opportunity to apply and transfer prior knowledge from these course to a novel clinical scenario involving a preimplantation genetic diagnosis. The activity included learning objectives for both genetics and ethics. Students were required to defend their reasoning for embryo transfer recommendations and to address shared decision making. Two iterations of these sessions took place in two subsequent years. The first iteration was assessed for student satisfaction of the integration by a five-point Likert scale with comments. The second iteration included, in addition, a pre- and post-CBD multiple choice question quiz designed to test transfer of prior knowledge. During the first iteration, the diagnostic and ethical considerations were discussed separately, while in the second iteration the diagnostic and ethical considerations were discussed simultaneously.

Based on the analysis of the scores and comments, students were satisfied with the sessions. The authors found that the assessments of the second, more integrated session, in which ethical issues were discussed simultaneously with genetic issues, yielded higher Likert scores and more frequent positive comments surrounding the success, importance and value of the integration. The analysis of the pre- and post-CBD quizzes showed a statistically significant improvement in correct responses. These results suggest that transfer of prior knowledge to novel clinical scenarios can be promoted by integrated sessions, particularly when the integrated topics are discussed simultaneously rather than sequentially.

#IAMSE17 – Poster Award Nominees and Abstracts Now Online

The poster abstracts for the 2017 IAMSE Meeting are now listed online. Abstracts are listed in one of eight categories:

Assessment & Evaluation;
Curriculum & Evaluation;
Instructional Methods;
Student Support;
Technology Innovation

This year, we have 17 posters that are in the running for the Best Poster Presentation Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding medical education peer-reviewed presentation at the IAMSE Annual Meeting. The first author on the winning poster will receive 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 may be found online here.

Have you registered for the 2017 IAMSE Meeting? Registration is still available online at! We hope to see you there!

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 Editors’ discretion.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Approved announcements will be published in the September issue of the journal.

#IAMSE17 – Additional Hotel Information

Registration for the 2017 IAMSE meeting is exceeding our expectations! We are happy to welcome so many of our colleagues from all over the world to Burlington, VT in just a few weeks from now. As a result of this high attendance, the Sheraton Burlington Hotel has run out of rooms for IAMSE Meeting Attendees. Because of this, we would like to offer information on other hotels in the area for anyone without a hotel reservation.

The DoubleTree by Hilton is 1 mile from the Davis Center. Click here to visit the DoubleTree’s website.

The Holiday Inn Burlington is 0.9 miles from the Davis Center. Click here for the Holiday Inn’s website.

The Comfort Inn & Suites is also 0.9 miles from the Davis Center. To visit the Comfort Inn’s website, click here.

We are looking forward to meeting many of you at the meeting!

IAMSE – Search for Editor-in-Chief for IAMSE Manuals

As you all should know, IAMSE began the publication of IAMSE Manuals a couple of years ago. These short how-to manuals are envisioned as affordable, accessible guides to timely topics in medical education.

After the publication of two IAMSE Manuals, we believe that the viability of this venture is clear. As a result, we have been in negotiation with Springer, the publisher of our journal, Medical Science Educator, to also publish IAMSE Manuals. With the growth of this venture we seek an Editor-in-Chief for IAMSE Manuals. The document linked here describes and outlines the requirements for the position.

Any interested members should send a letter of application and CV in one file via e-mail to Brandi Hinkle in the IAMSE Administrative Office at Please write Editor-in- Chief in the subject line. The letter should indicate your interest in the position and why you feel you are qualified to take on this role. Closing date for receipt of application materials is June 1, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed by a search committee, some candidates will be interviewed via conference call and recommendations will be made to the Publications Committee which will in turn make recommendations to the Board of Directors which will make the final decision.

#IAMSE17 – Silent Auction Reminder

As the 2017 IAMSE Meeting gets closer, we would like to remind you one more time about our silent auction. The purpose of the money raised from the silent auction is to fund scholarships for attending the annual meeting. It is important to support and foster the interests and scholarly activities of the younger generation who will one day step into our shoes. This year, two people will visit the meeting in Burlington with support from this fund. We hope this year’s event will be even more successful than before!

Please let us know which items you will donate by emailing Brandi Hinkle at, so we can create the item list.

Thank you for considering your contributions to this important endeavor. We look forward to seeing you in Burlington in June!