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Medical Education Day 2018 Friday, September 21

The Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME) and the Department of Medical Education hosted its eighth annual Medical Education Day, a full-day dedicated to outstanding teaching and scholarship.

Feinberg faculty, students and staff gathered to celebrate and examine the future of medical education. The day included a series of workshops, innovative didactic lectures, discussions, a keynote by Richard K. Reznick, MD, MEd, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, and an awards ceremony celebrating excellent educators at Feinberg.

“I’m very excited that so many people participated in the activities of Medical Education Day. It is super gratifying to me, as someone who has been here for 13 years, to work at a place where medical education is so highly valued and that provides a venue to help people become better educators[...]”

-Walter Eppich, MD, MEd, director of FAME

In a morning session on teaching management of microaggressions, small groups of attendees discussed examples of implicit bias and microaggressions in the hospital setting and explored strategies to reduce their occurrence.

Other sessions from the day included how to engage learners with iPad teaching, improving skills in telephone talk, measuring educational outcomes and developing “chalktalks” — brief teaching sessions that use visual aids to cover a topic, with a focus on student participation.

During a series of short presentations, Noah Weingarten, a fourth-year medical student discussed Second Opinions, a student group that provides pro-bono consulting to local healthcare non-profits.

Patricia Vassallo, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, delivered a presentation on inclusive teaching strategies and navigating differences in learning styles and personality types.

Richard Reznik, MD, MEd, delivered his keynote address on competency-based medical education in residency training.

“In my mind, competency-based medical education is fundamentally about the issue that every training hour is precious, and we need to make the most of it,” said Reznik.

During the closing reception, Walter Eppich, MD, MEd, and Mary McBride, MD, MEd, associate director of FAME, presented the winners of the John X. Thomas, Jr. Best Teachers of Feinberg Award and the FAME Outstanding Teacher Award.

Congratulations to the outstanding Feinberg faculty members who were honored at the Medical Education Day awards ceremony! Read the full news story here.

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