#IAMSE16 Meeting Highlight: Olle ten Cate

The 20th 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.

Olle ten Cate: Entrustment Decision-Making in competency-Based Teaching and Assessment in Health Professions Education [UMC Utrecht]

Olle ten Cate attended medical school at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has spent his professional life from 1980 serving medical education. In 1986 he completed a PhD dissertation on peer teaching in medical education. Until 1999 he was closely involved with all of the University of Amsterdam’s major preclinical and clinical curriculum reforms, education research, program evaluation and educational development. In 1999 he was appointed full professor of Medical Education at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and program director of undergraduate medical education at University Medical Center Utrecht. Since 2005 he leads the Center for Research and Development of Education at UMCU. His research interests include curriculum development, peer teaching, competency-based medical education, and many other topics. From 2006 until 2012 he served as president of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education. In 2012 was appointed adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, next to his work in Utrecht. He has published extensively in the medical education literature (250+) and supervised and supervises many doctoral students (25+) in medical education research.

Have you registered for the 20th Annual IAMSE Meeting? You can register online at

#IAMSE16 – Early Bird Deadline Reminder

The 2016 IAMSE Annual Conference is right around the corner! The Early Bird Deadline is Friday, April 1. Currently, registration is $575/$675 for member/non-member. After the Early Bird Deadline, rates will increase to $650/$725 for member/non-member registration. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate!

The IAMSE attendee room rate begins at  €110 per night at the Holiday Inn Leiden. The special room rate is for the nights of June 3-8, 2016. This special rate will only be available until April 4, 2016.

After April 4, the hotel cannot guarantee a room for IAMSE attendees, so be sure to book your hotel before the cut off!

To make your reservations, please click here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at We’re looking forward to seeing you in Leiden!

IAMSE Exhibit Booth at AACOM

The 2016 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Meeting will be taking place in Washington, DC from April 6-9, 2016. 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 AACOM Meeting, please click here.

IAMSE – Manuals Available for Purchase

Did you know that IAMSE has published two how-to manuals: the How-To Guide for Active Learning and the How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning?

How-To Guide for Active Learning: This manual is a compilation of teaching strategies in active learning to adapt to your own large group settings.

Each chapter is a specific description of a strategy written by authors who are experienced in using the strategy in a classroom environment with students. The Manual chapters are designed to be accessible and practical to the reader. The manual is edited by Alice Fornari and Ann Poznanski.

How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning: This “How-To” Guide for Team-Based Learning is a manual that provides an overview of the fundamental components TBL and serves as a blueprint for instructors considering using this technique. The manual also identifies factors that will facilitate or sabotage a successful implementation of TBL. Authored by Ruth Levine and Patricia Hudes, both internationally recognized experts in the field of TBL

If you’d like to purchase one or both of these manuals, please visit the IAMSE store here. Each manual is $5 for members or $10 for non-members.

The IAMSE manuals are for individual use only and are not to be copied or distributed.

#IAMSE16 – Grand Extravaganza to Utrecht

This year the Grand Extravaganza of the IAMSE Annual Meeting in Leiden will take us to Utrecht. This city in the center of the Netherlands is one of the oldest Dutch cities and has been very influential in the past. There are still remains visible from the Roman empire of 2000 years ago.

The participants of this activity will do a guided city tour (walk), followed by a guided boat tour through the canals ending up with a dinner at city castle Oudaen. Transportation from the conference hotel to Utrecht and back will be by coach.

The Grand Extravaganza is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 and costs $150 per person. The fee covers all transportation, food and beverage, and all fees associated with the tour. The number of places is limited, so make sure you register in time for the IAMSE Conference and the Grand Extravaganza through the website

We hope you’ll be in Leiden for the meeting and that you will join us on this exciting tour to Utrecht!

#IAMSE16 Meeting Highlight: Geoff Norman

The 20th 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.

Geoff Norman: Competency-Based Education: Milestones or Millstones? [McMaster University]

Geoff Norman is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from McMaster University in 1971, and subsequently a M.A. in educational psychology form Michigan State University in 1977. He is the author of 10 books in education, measurement and statistics, and 300 journal articles.

His primary research interest is in cognitive psychology applied to problems of learning and reasoning. He has won numerous awards, including the Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1989, the Award of Excellence of the Canadian Association for Medical Education in 1997, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association, Division I, in 2000, the Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Medical Council of Canada in 2001. He presently holds a Canada Research Chair. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. In 2008, he won the prestigious Karolinska Prize for lifetime achievement in medical education research. He received an honorary degree from Erasmus University in 2010. In 2012, he was appointed the Querido Chair at Erasmus University.

Have you registered for the 20th Annual IAMSE Meeting? The early bird deadline is April 1st, so make sure you register before then if you want the reduced rate! You can register online at

#IAMSE16 – Active Learning: It Takes A Team to Make it Happen

20151111_123707During the upcoming IAMSE meeting in Leiden, there will be a number of terrific pre-conference sessions for your consideration.  We are very excited to offer this workshop on the topic of Active Learning in the classroom.

There is an overlap between small group and large group teaching strategies. Small groups, by their nature, tend to be interactive, using problems or cases to frame discussion among peers and a faculty facilitator. Large groups can become passive and focus on PowerPoint delivery of content. The faculty presenter can get caught up in the role of sage on the stage losing interactivity with the audience. This workshop offers strategies to transition to engaged and active learning.

Participants will:
1. Define the role of the flipped classroom model of education and apply to active learning strategies.
2. Dialogue with experts who use active learning techniques to facilitate learning; increase knowledge of the technique
3. Share additional techniques and adoption strategies
4. Be introduced to the IAMSE Manual: Active Learning

Outcomes: Participants will understand how the flipped classroom model fosters active learning principles. Participants will be able to bring active learning strategies for large group teaching back to their institution. The overall outcome is a positive feeling about introducing new strategies into their teaching of large group sessions. Finally participants will be made aware of a new IAMSE resource, a manual on Active Learning, and be introduced to author experts who are resources to guide them in adopting new active learning strategies.

For more information on the 2016 IAMSE Meeting and to register, click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Advance Faculty Development”



Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Advance Faculty Development
Presenters: Andrea Berry, Julie Bridges Catalano, and Don Robinson
March 31, 12 PM ET

LCME has emphasized the importance of continuous quality improvement (CQI) to ensure AndreaBarrymedical schools have plans in place to meet programmatic goals and outcomes. In order to remain compliant, programs must utilize quality improvement principles, such as those used in the broader healthcare context, to evaluate and develop programming. OfJulieC-B particular interest to this talk, CQI must be applied to faculty professional development (LCME Element 4.5) and in giving feedback to faculty (Element 4.4).

Inspired by the 2015 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter Congress, this presentation will use a rapid fire Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) format to demonstrate progress made with two essential faculty development programs, Resident as Teacher and an Active Learning series, at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Participants will explore the types of data that were DonRobisonutilized to make decisions and changes in the faculty development programs while developing an understanding of the principles that drive CQI.

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


IAMSE Web Audio Seminar Series “Essay Exams: Beyond Knowledge and Recall of Factual Information”

AmyW-D KlaraPapp

Essay Exams: Beyond Knowledge and Recall of Factual Information
Presenters: Amy Wilson-Delfosse and Klara Papp
March 24, 12 PM ET

A firmly held belief in medical education is that assessment drives learning. Students generally learn what they need to learn to succeed on required assessments. As part of our curriculum redesign a decade ago at Case Western Reserve University SOM, we switched from almost exclusively multiple-choice to open-ended essay type questions. The switch occurred after vigorous debate. The leadership believed that constructed response-type questions promoted more desirable study methods and required conceptual organization and synthesis of information on the students’ part more so than multiple choice. This shift was supported by our faculty. During this webinar, we will review our experience with open-ended assessments as well as the lessons learned using open-ended essay type questions for the assignment of student grades during Foundations of Medicine and Health. We will share a sampling of our faculty’s comments and insights regarding the assessment of student performance using open-ended essay type questions. We will explore evidence behind the commonly held view that open-ended items require that students both search for and retrieve information whereas multiple choice test items require only that students recognize and pick the correct answer out from among a list of incorrect choices (ironically enough, called distractors), i.e., that different assessment formats place different cognitive demands on students.

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

#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.