Rick Vari – WAS Committee Chair

I have been a member of IAMSE for 15 years and love being a part of this association. The program at the annual meeting is always current, exciting and designed for maximization of interaction, faculty development and networking. They are also a lot of fun! Numerous opportunities exist for individuals in IAMSE to expand their educational horizon and build their educational leadership portfolio within the IAMSE family. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in many IAMSE activities including membership on meeting program committees, web seminar presentations, faculty development workshops, Membership Committee, Professional Development Committee, and serving two terms on the Board of Directors. For the past three years, I have had the distinct privilege and honor to Chair the Web Seminar Committee. This group of IAMSE colleagues works diligently all year long to bring to the IAMSE membership three web seminar series a year (5 sessions each) focused on the most current and interesting health sciences education topics. The committee also strives to connect these seminars to the annual meeting program and the themes and topics in our journal Medical Science Educator to provide a longitudinal education continuum for our membership. This association has become my educational family and I have been mentored by the best educators in the world. It is very special!

IAMSE Exhibiting at AAMC, NVMO, and The Generalists

In November, the IAMSE booth will be present at three medical education conferences to exhibit. First the IAMSE representatives will be present at the annual meeting of The Generalists in Medical Education, which will take place on November 10-11 in Seattle, Washington (USA). Information on this conference can be found here. After that the booth will be present at the 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education Meeting, also in Seattle, from November 12-14.  Click here for more information on the AAMC meeting. Finally the IAMSE booth will also be exhibiting at the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) in Egmond aan Zee in The Netherlands on November 17-18. Information on the 2016 NVMO meeting can be found here.

At all three meetings IAMSE members are involved in sessions and presentations. If you plan on attending one of these meetings, do not forget to swing by our booth and say hello! The IAMSE team appreciates your interest and presence. We look forward to seeing you there!

IAMSE – Winter 2017 Webcast Audio Seminar Save the Date!

IAMSE is pleased to announce the Winter 2017 Web Seminar!

Creating a Culture of Well-being at an Academic Health Center

Reports from various sources indicate that chronic stress and burnout is prevalent in the health professions, affecting over half of primary care practitioners and even more in several specialties. This trend may begin earlier with the observed decline in empathy during medical student and residency training and the alarming rates of burnout in medical and other students in the health professions. As educators, administrators and academic health leaders grapple with developing interventions to address these issues, evidence is emerging that programs aimed at fostering resilience and stress reduction such as mindfulness, reflective capacity and appreciate inquiry, also lead to increased empathy and improved well being. Furthermore, the AAMC, ACGME and other national organizations are working to improve the learning environment and facilitate the creation of a culture of well-being at academic health centers. The IAMSE 2017 Winter Web Seminar Series has an impressive panel of leaders who will share their expertise on trainee stress and burnout and curricular interventions that have been shown to address these issues. The series is designed to help faculty, course directors and administrators understand the issues and hear about successful approaches and innovations to improve the health and well-being of students, residents and faculty. In Session 1, Dr. Colin West will provide an overview to the issue of student stress and physician burnout and share outcomes from the large studies conducted by the team at Mayo Clinic. In Sessions 2-5, Drs. Stuart Slavin (St. Louis University), Catherine Pipas (Dartmouth), Adi Haramati (Georgetown) and Michael Krasner (University of Rochester) will describe the rationale and approaches they undertook at different institutions and in various learners and trainees. We hope that this series will bring these serious issues to your awareness and provide you with possible solutions and ideas on how to move forward at your institution.

January 5 – Physician burnout and distress – causes, consequences, and a structure for solutions – Presented by Colin West

January 12 – Improving Medical Student Mental Health: A Multi-faceted Approach – Presented by Stuart Slavin

January 19 – Strategies for promoting personal health & wellness and leading change at the individual level – Presented by Catherine Pipas

January 26 – The Imperative for Incorporating Mind-Body Medicine in Health Professions Education – Presented by Adi Haramati

February 2 – Cultivating Resilience and Reducing Burnout for Health Professionals: The Power of Presence, Reflective Practice and Appreciative Dialogue – Presented by Michael Krasner

Registration is set to open in November. Please visit for more information.

IAMSE Fall 2016 WAS Session 5 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

New Tools and paradigms for Assessing Professionalism in the Health Sciences

John D. Mahan, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University

  • Many definitions exist for “professionalism” and they have been around for a long time (ancient Greece)
  • Education and assessment of professionalism needs to be reinforced in our learners and ourselves (Health Sciences are professions-patients deserve it)
  • Overarching models exist linking the three constructs/models of professionalism: virtues, behaviors, and professional identity; each one being defined and described
  • The challenges to assessing each of the constructs/models were explored
  • Many assessment methods exist; nine were listed with examples and the following five were discussed in great detail:
    • Professionalism Mini-Evaluation Exercise (P-Mex)
    • Standardized Direct Observation Assessment Tool (SDOT)
    • 360° Multisource Feedback (MSF)
    • Reflection- A Window to Professionalism Development & Status
    • Professionalism Climate Assessment
  • Recommendations for assessment of professionalism
    • Link the assessment to the educational task and effort
    • Use multiple assessment methods that address multiple professionalism constructs/models

Be sure to save the date for the IAMSE Winter 2017 Webcast Audio Seminar Series beginning January 5!

#IAMSE17 – Call for Poster Abstracts – Due 12/15!

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations for the 21st Annual IAMSE Conference to be held in Burlington, Vermont from June 10-13, 2017. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for faculty development and networking, bringing together medical sciences and medical education across the continuum of health care education.

Please click here to submit your abstract today.

Please note: The first time you enter the site, you will be required to create a user profile. All abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations must be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site.

Submission deadline is December 15, 2016. Abstract acceptance notifications will be returned by March 1.

Students – Would you like someone to review your proposal before you submit it? If so, the IAMSE Student Research Committee members will review your proposal and give you feedback to improve your proposal. The deadline for this optional review is November 14, 2016 (one month before the actual submission deadline). Please send your proposal to

IAMSE Fall 2016 WAS Session 4 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

The Breadth and Depth of Standardized Patients in the Teaching and Assessment of Clinical Skills

Gayle Gliva-McConvey
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Heidi A. Lane EdD
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Carrie Bohnert MPA
University of Louisville School of Medicine

  • The evolution of standardized patient education has been ongoing since the 1960’s and today is an ever-expanding educational methodology that is utilized across the continuum of medical education.
  • Standardized patients can provide valuable feedback to learners across a variety of observable skills and techniques (e.g. interpersonal communication, professionalism, scrubbing, etc.).
  • Standardized patient feedback works in tandem with clinician feedback; it does not replace clinician feedback.
  • Studies report strong inter-rater reliability between physician and standardized patient checklists.
  • Standardized patients’ roles across the medical education spectrum are increasing in breadth in non-traditional areas such as mock interviews, customer satisfaction, business administration, etc.
  • Running a standardized patient program is a complex operation that involves adequate financial resources along with ongoing training and planning.
  • Focused training for all standardized patients is essential to optimize the learning encounter.

For more information on the final session or to register, please click here.

IAMSE Fall 2016 WAS Session 3 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

Entrustment deciscion making in EPA-based curricula
Olle ten Cate, Ph.D.
University Medical Center Utrecht

  1. Competency-based ME
    • Widely accepted
    • Based on competence, and not the amount of time spent in training
    • Analytic framework approach where the feature of the doctor is divided into seven areas, Medical Expert, Collaborator, Communicator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.
    • Several issues with this approach that lead to creating competencies in practice
  2. Entrustable Professional Activities
    • Defined as “units of professional practice (tasks) that may be entrusted to a learner to execute unsupervised, once he or she has demonstrated the required competence.
    • EPAs and competency are not the same
    • EPAs are units of work that must be done whereas competencies are a trait of an individual.
    • EPAs are work descriptors and competencies are person descriptors
  3. Current Issues in the Work Place
    • Assessment scores tend to be too high, not willing to assign failing grades
    • Assessment based on one feature rather than all areas
    • Assessments are not reproducible, standardized, subjective
    • Exposes a need for a reliable test
    • Observations cannot always be turned in to a score.
  4. Entrustment as an Assessment
    • Included several articles on this subject
    • Recognize ability + right + duty to act
    • Typical learner assessment tends to focus on evaluation of ability
    • Entrustment of learners tend to combine the evaluation of ability with the permission to act
    • and the readiness to be scheduled for service.
    • Values of those we trust: ability, integrity, reliability and humility
    • Two modes of Entrustment decisions
      • Ad-hoc: happens daily, based on presumptive and initial trust
      • Summative: based on grounded trust

For more information on the next sessions or to register, please click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “New Tools and Paradigms for Assessing Professionalism in the Health Sciences”

New Tools and Paradigms for Assessing Professionalism in the Health Sciences
Presenter: John Mahan
October 6, 12 PM ET

Professionalism is a critical component of both undergraduate and graduate medical education. Continual assessment of professionalism is necessary for mastery of this competency and to help learners understand and ultimately develop skills to avoid professionalism lapses. Individual behavior and attitudes are often affected by the overall work and learning environments and role modeling by attending physicians and peer pressure from colleagues can contribute to both positive and unprofessional behaviors.  This engaging webinar will provide grounding in the current state of professionalism assessment, insights on the obstacles and strategies  for assessing professionalism.

For more information and to register for the Fall 2016 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

IAMSE Fall 2016 WAS Session 2 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

Self-directed learning in your curriculum—getting from theory to practice.
Sandrijn Vanschaik, MD, PhD
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Douglas Larsen, M.D.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

William Cutrer, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

  • Physicians and health care professionals need life-long learning skills because of rapidly expanding medical knowledge
  • Self-regulated learning that links (goals/plans) to (actions/monitoring) to (assessment/reflection) in a circular fashion is the most optimal learning framework for taking the novice practitioner to expert
  • Student goal setting needs to be in an appropriate timeframe and a collaborative discussion between student and faculty
  • The Master Adaptive Learner develops life-long learning skills that can applied to learning now, the immediate future, and much later
  • Critical thinking and reflection are necessary at each of the steps in the process of self-regulated learning
  • Coaching from mentors/teachers/peers accentuates the success of self-regulated learning

For more information on the next sessions or to register, please click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “The Breadth and Depth of Standardized Patients in the Teaching and Assessment of Clinical Skills”


The Breadth and Depth of Standardized Patients in the Teaching and Assessment of Clinical Skills
Presenters: Carrie Bohnert, Heidi Lane, and Gayle Gliva-McConvey
September 29, 12 PM ET

Over the past five decades Standardized Patient methodology has evolved from its roots in teaching and assessing proficiency in communicating with patients., Standardized Patients (SPS) now perform a variety of roles in medical and non-medical education from undergraduate learning to licensure examinations to continuing education.  In this presentation, we will use a non-traditional definition of Standardized Patients (SPs):  “individuals who are trained to perform in a role in a standardized and repeatable way where presentation varies based only on learner performance.  SPs are used for teaching and assessment of learners in a broad range of skills in simulated environments.  SPs are trained to facilitate learning, provide feedback and evaluate learner performance.”

Three institutions (Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the University of Louisville) are represented in this presentation. Discussions will encompass the traditional and evidence-based ways SPs are integrated into medical curriculums for teaching and assessing clinical skills, and widening the lens to include teaching and assessment of skills that are historically taught by clinicians, as a solution for clinical teaching when clinician time is challenging. We will also present innovative uses of the SP methodology to challenge our audience’s imagination.

For more information and to register for the Fall 2016 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

#IAMSE17 – Plenary Highlight: Eric Mazur

The 21st Annual IAMSE Meeting is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know some of our keynote speakers! We have four plenary speakers this year, and we hope you enjoy their presentations.

Eric MazurConfessions of a Converted Lecturer [Harvard University]

I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students’ performance significantly

For more information on Dr. Mazur, please click here.

Be sure to Save the Date for the 2017 IAMSE Meeting! The Meeting will be held in Burlington, Vermont on June 10-13, 2017.

We hope to see you there!

IAMSE Exhibiting at PNEG Meeting

The 2016 Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) Annual Conference will be taking place in Columbus, Ohio from October 21-23. 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!

Click here for more information on the PNEG conference.