MedEdWorld Webinars

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Spring 2016

Click on each date below for a description of the session. If two times are listed, the webinar is presented twice.

  • February 24: Diversity and gender in medical education: a workshop for experts
  • March 9: Hacking Medical Education- Reflections on the AMEE Hackathon
  • March 23: Accreditation of Medical Schools is for More Than Regulation
  • April 19: The Curriculum Positioning System (CPS): A Dynamic, Interactive Approach to Curriculum Mapping
  • May 4: How effective are selection methods in the healthcare professions?
  • May 18: Discussion Storylines: A helpful framework for writing the most difficult section of your research paper
  • June 2: Assessing Assessment: Best Practices in Assessment for Schools Who ASPIRE to Excellence

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Diversity and gender in medical education: a workshop for experts
Wednesday, February 24; 4am & 9am

Presenter: Peter Verdonk & Janusz Janczukowicz
Societies are becoming increasingly diverse, as are patients and medical students. Teachers often feel they know too little regarding such diversity, find it hard to address diversity issues in their teaching, and fear for awkward situations in the classroom. The aim of this webinar is to support both clinical and non-clinical teachers, students, and administrators interested in implementing and developing curricula on diversity, including designing, delivering and assessing both explicit (stand-alone) courses and integrating diversity and equality with all components of medical curricula. This webinar will discuss how diversity teaching relates to the rest of the curriculum and what are the tensions in providing a safe learning environment to diverse students and teachers.

Hacking Medical Education- Reflections on the AMEE Hackathon
Wednesday, March 9; 6am &12pm

Presenter: Natalie Lafferty & Rakesh Patel
The first international medical education hackathon was held at the AMEE conference in Glasgow 2015. In less than 48 hours teams of medical students, software developers, coders and designers developed prototype solutions to support and improve medical education from the perspective of learners. This webinar will provide an insight into what happened at the AMEE Hackathon and the ideas that emerged and developed over the weekend. Participants identified that learning was one of their key motivations in participating in hackathon events and we will consider whether the ‘hackathon’ model has a wider application in medical education beyond just hacking technology solutions. For example, can ‘hackathon’ style learning activities support creative learning and nurture team working and problem solving skills? The potential for this approach to be integrated into curricula and also applied to curriculum and healthcare service design will also be explored. The session is likely to be of particular interest to those interested in innovation in medical education and how we can develop learning activities that help prepare students for the increasing changes in healthcare.

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Accreditation of Medical Schools is for More Than Regulation
Wednesday, March 23; 7am

Presenter: Dan Hunt & Barbara Barzansky
Interest around the world in medical school accreditation increased when the organization that grants access for international medical school graduates to US postgraduate training announced that after 2023, only graduates from schools that had accreditation from a “recognized” accreditor would be accepted. Without the accreditation from a recognized accrediting authority, these graduates would not have an opportunity to interview and compete for US residencies and fellowships. This webinar will discuss the difference between the accreditation of institutions (such as universities), which most countries have, and the specific accreditation of medical education programs, which will be required to retain access to US residencies. The rigorous recognition process for accreditation systems, administered by the World Federation for Medical Education, will be described, as will the purpose of accreditation, which is much more than just enforcing minimum standards for medical education programs.

The Curriculum Positioning System (CPS): A Dynamic, Interactive Approach to Curriculum Mapping
Tuesday, April 19; 9am & 11am

Presenter: Mark E. Quirk
A curriculum map presents all of the important aspects of the curriculum. According to Harden: “The windows through which the curriculum map can be explored may include: (1) the expected learning outcomes; (2) curriculum content or areas of expertise to be covered; (3) student assessment; (4) learning outcomes; (5) learning locations; (6) learning resources; (7) timetable; (8) staff; (9) curriculum management; (10) students.” (2001, p123). Much like a GPS, a curriculum map can guide personalized learning by continuously monitoring performance outcomes in relation to competencies and milestones at the individual and group levels. Much like a GPS Maps are essential for curriculum and faculty development and can serve as a foundation for shared and self-directed learning. The Curriculum Positioning System (CPS) is a novel interpretation of the interactive curriculum map offering a panoramic view of the ‘living’ medical education experience. Engaging the CPS, faculty and learners establish learning destinations and waypoints, plot courses for learning, create personalized alternative routes, reflect on their journeys and renew future teaching and learning plans.

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How effective are selection methods in the healthcare professions?
Wednesday, May 4; 5am & 8am

Presenter: Fiona Patterson
Across the globe, selection and admissions processes continue to attract strong public interest, and often criticism regarding accuracy, fairness and widening participation. Whilst academic achievement is consistently a good predictor of subsequent performance, it cannot be assumed that those with high academic ability alone can be trained to become competent clinicians. Little research attention has focused on methods that reliably evaluate important (non-academic) personal attributes, values and motivational qualities. In this webinar, in exploring these issues, results of a new systematic literature review are presented to examine the quality of evidence for various selection methods. Implications for both policy and practice are discussed.

Discussion Storylines: A helpful framework for writing the most difficult section of your research paper
Wednesday, May 18; 9am & 11am

Presenter: Lorelei Lingard
The Discussion is arguably the most important section of the paper, and also the most difficult section to write. To be effective, your Discussion must avoid the common pitfalls of mere summary, meandering commentary and dramatic arm-waving. And of course your Discussion must follow standard conventions: summary of main findings, interpretation of their meaning in the context of existing knowledge, consideration of their implications for practice or theory, reflection on methodological limitations and suggestion of future directions. But just following these conventions will not ensure a powerful Discussion. Why not? Because your Discussion also needs to tell a good story. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies for organizing your discussion to tell a compelling and coherent story. Three common ‘storylines’ will be illustrated with examples from the medical education literature: “Coming full circle”, “Deep exploration” and “Surprising insight”. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to choose among these storylines and how to use them to shape the story ‘arc’ that must grow between a paper’s Introduction and Discussion sections. This webinar is intended for writers at introductory and intermediate levels of experience writing for publication.

Assessing Assessment: Best Practices in Assessment for Schools Who ASPIRE to Excellence
Thursday, June 2; 9am & 11am

Presenter: Debra Klamen & Anna T. Cianciolo
A medical school’s assessment program is essential not only for tracking student progress, but also for driving curriculum and representing institutional values. AMEE recognizes the importance of assessment via its ASPIRE to Excellence award in this area. Winning this award requires successful implementation of a variety of best practices in educational assessment. This webinar is intended to assist medical educators interested in designing and implementing a comprehensive assessment program for undergraduate training, to include pre-clinical and clinical instruction. Webinar participants will be able to appreciate the key ingredients of assessment in institutions exhibiting excellence, understand what convincing evidence is needed for a successful ASPIRE application, and better prepare for the ASPIRE application process.

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Autumn 2015

Click on each date below for a description of the session. If two times are listed, the webinar is presented twice.

  • October 1: Promoting Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in the Health Professions: An Educational Imperative
  • October 14: Teaching sociology in undergraduate medical education
  • October 27: Objective Structured Teaching Encounters (OSTE’s): Faculty Development assuring “reflection in action”
  • November 12: Communities and community relationships in medical education: a critical realist systematic review
  • November 17: Why and under which conditions does problem-based learning enhance deep learning?
  • November 25: Entrustment decisions in the clinical workplace – how to merge these with assessment
  • December 9: Using Competency-Based Medical Education to Improve the Health of People who are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD


Promoting Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in the Health Professions: An Educational Imperative
Thursday, October 1; 9am

Presenter: Aviad Haramati, Georgetown University School of Medicine, USA
Background: Reports from various sources suggest that chronic stress and burnout is prevalent in the health professions, affecting close to 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 appreciative inquiry, also lead to increased empathy and improved well-being. Moreover, physicians who are more mindful engage on more patient-centred communication and have more satisfied patients.

Goal of webinar: In this webinar, Dr. Haramati will share recent developments from an international congress convened to address these issues, and will discuss some of the interventions being employed, for individuals and institutions, that have been shown to reduce stress and burnout of promote resilience and well-being for students, faculty and practitioners.

Teaching Sociology in Undergraduate Medical Education
Wednesday, October 14; 5am & 9am

Presenter: Dr Simon Forrest, Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart, Dr Tracey Collett & Dr Jeni Harden, BeSST, UK
Background: In the UK Sociology is recognized as a core discipline within medical curriculum. However there is significant variation in both the content and mode of delivery and assessment across institutions. In 2010, the UK Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching network (BeSST) convened a group to design a core sociology curriculum for clinical educators. The outcome is a new consensus document for sociology teaching in medical education.

1. Outline the development of the core curriculum
2. Use an example of a theme within the core curriculum to discuss learning teaching and assessment of sociology within medical education
3. Identify best practice for teaching sociology in medical education drawing on experiences within different contexts.

Who Should Attend: Medical educators interested in sociology in medicine. Previous knowledge or experience is not required.

Objective Structured Teaching Encounters (OSTE’s): Faculty Development assuring “reflection in action”
Tuesday, October 27; 8am & 11am

Presenter: Alice Fornari, Hofstra Northshore-LIJ School of Medicine, USA
Summary: OSTEs are performance-based encounters, which use scripted standardized learners to portray common/difficult educational scenarios. They can also provide medical education leaders with program evaluation and teaching effectiveness measures. This webinar will describe an OSTE professional development effort using a clinical skills facility with standardized learners. The focus is to review the application of a “standardized encounter” with clinical educators (trainees & faculty). The goal is for this webinar is for participants to gain knowledge on developing and implementing an OSTE faculty development program. The content of the OSTE will be on skill development appropriate for giving feedback, teaching and mentoring with "standardized learners" in a structured environment. A multi-station OSTE session requires a preparation and implementation process that will be reviewed. This preparation must consider formative assessment to assure feedback is reliable and valid. The strengths of OSTEs brings challenges too that will be discussed. To conclude this webinar will offer you exposure to OSTE cases and assessment tools to use in your home institution. The OSTE Objective Structured Teaching Exercises (OSTE) is being adapted to use with clinical faculty and trainees who are in education roles in the clinical setting, the suggested audience for this webinar.

Communities and community relationships in medical education: a critical realist systematic review
Thursday, November 12; 8am & 10am

Presenter: Rachel H. Ellaway, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada
Background: the relationships between medical schools and communities have long troubled and inspired medical educators and medical education programs. A group at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine recently conducted a BEME critical realist systematic review into communities and community relationships in medical education.
Aim of webinar: Dr. Ellaway will reprise the review, describe the literature on communities in medical education, and explore the diverse relationships between communities and medical education programs, along with their practical, ideological, theoretical, and political dimensions. In doing so, she will propose a range of methods and approaches to advance scholarship in this critical aspect of the medical education mission.
Who the webinar is aimed at: All those with an interest in the role and function of communities in medical education.

Why and under which conditions does problem-based learning enhance deep learning?
Tuesday, November 17; 4am & 8am

Presenter: Diana Dolmans, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Summary: Problem-based learning environments are implemented worldwide and highly appreciated by students and teachers. The knowledge that students acquire is comparable to that acquired in traditional learning environments. But problem-based learning offers more, in that it prepares students to collaborate with others, communicate clearly and deal with uncertainties - important skills for being successful in the later profession. In addition, these environments are assumed to actively involve students in their learning by discussing problems, applying what has been learnt to the problem under discussion, and integrating different literature resources, which are assumed to encourage a deep approach to learning. But, under which conditions does problem-based learning enhance a deep learning approach in which students try to understand what is being studied? What is the influence of the context; e.g. perceived workload and assessment? This webinar is aimed at discussing both scientific insights and practical insights about why and how problem-learning environments can be innovated and optimized.

Entrustment decisions in the clinical workplace – how to merge these with assessment
Wednesday, November 25; 4am & 9am

Presenter: Olle ten Cate, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Background: Assessment in the clinical workplace is notorious difficult, often with low reliability, and error-prone. Competency-based training askes for better information of trustworthy graduates. Many scholars study and write about ways to improve assessment in the workplace. This webinar is about one approach.

Aim: The aim of the webinar is to explore the possibilities of translating the everyday practice of asking trainees to do things - and thereby entrusting them with essential components of practice – with assessment. This alignment of daily practice and assessment using entrustable professional activities may serve reliability, validity and practicality. While the webinar will not proved the ultimate solution, current thinking about entrustment decision-making will be discussed.

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in assessment in the workplace using EPAs

Using Competency-Based Medical Education to Improve the Health of People who are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD
Wednesday, December 9; 8am & 10am

Presenters: Kristen L. Eckstrand, Carey Roth Bayer, Jennifer Potter & Andres Sciolla, USA
Background: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people experience health disparities compared to their heterosexual peers. Individuals born with differences of sex development (DSD) experience care disparities due to iatrogenic or unnecessary medical tests and procedures. Medical schools in Canada and the United States are using competency-based medical education to improve the health of these populations. Curricular and policy changes to support these efforts are outlined in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) publication Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, or Born with DSD: A Resource for Medical Educators which provides practical information to guide implementation of change initiatives and a framework for program and learner assessment.

This webinar will provide participants with:
1. An overview of the AAMC LGBT, gender nonconforming, and DSD health competencies and curricular resources. (10 min)
2. An analysis of institution-specific opportunities and challenges to curricular and institutional climate change. (10 min)
3. An overview of resources available to lead curricular and institutional climate change to advance the health and well-being of these populations. (10 min)
4. An opportunity to ask questions of the presenters, discuss the framework and resources, and provide insight on how this model applies to their country’s healthcare and healthcare education context. (30 min)

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Spring 2015

Click on each date below for a description of the session. If two times are listed, the webinar is presented twice.

  • March 10: Developing Reflective Writing using Patchwork Texts
  • March 25: Curriculum blueprinting and learner feedback
  • April 23: Educational Scholarship Grantsmanship: How to Write Promising Grant Proposals
  • May 7: Ambulatory Care: Teaching beyond the hospital wards
  • May 20: Social Accountability: Medical education and the global environment
  • June 3: Followership and Professional Identity

Developing Reflective Writing using Patchwork Texts
Tuesday, March 10; 6am & 11am

Presenter: Ayona Silva-Fletcher, Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, UK
Reflection is an essential component of teacher-development programmes, and reliable, valid methods to teach, assess, and evaluate reflection are critical. Developing reflective practitioners is not an easy task. Many struggle to identify the difference between thinking and purposeful reflection. Academic reflection is not a random thought process but, as defined by Dewey, an ‘active, persistent, and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further conclusions to which it tends.’ Participants from science-based disciplines find reflection particularly difficult, considering the process of reflection to be subjective and concluding that it is an inappropriate method through which to contest knowledge. The patchwork-text approach is a narrative process that is predominantly focused on the personal development of the individual.
The aim of the webinar is to describe: the use of the patchwork-text approach in developing reflective writing in the healthcare professions; and how to mark reflective essays using criteria specifically developed for this purpose. The webinar will be useful to those involved in developing reflective writing in staff and students in the healthcare professions.

Curriculum blueprinting and learner feedback
Wednesday, March 25; 9am & 12pm

Presenter: Steve Pennell & David Stokes, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Memorial University (MUN), Faculty of Medicine, developed a curriculum blueprinting system to manage the complex relationships between learning outcomes, content and assessment. The system, called CBlue, supports a spiral curriculum model for the Medical Doctor (MD) programme. It works with a learning management system (LMS or VLE) and a question bank system to produce comprehensive blueprints and learner feedback forms. The aim of this webinar is to demonstrate how a new curriculum blueprinting system works with a university LMS and a secure question bank system that also enables learners to receive performance feedback on their summative assessments. The target audience for this webinar is curriculum committee members, curriculum developers, accreditation and assessment leads.

Educational Scholarship Grantsmanship: How to Write Promising Grant Proposals
Thursday, April 23; 9am & 11am

Maria Blanco, Tufts University School of Medicine, USA
The need to promote educational research and faculty development grants is well documented in the medical education literature. Still, this literature highlights the need to assist medical educators with educational research efforts, such as writing research proposals. The purpose of this session is to assist medical education scholars with writing high quality proposals, and identify useful resources to advance their educational scholarship through grantsmanship. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: identify challenges of and strategies for writing effective grant proposals; and recognize elements of a strong grant proposal.

Ambulatory Care: Teaching beyond the hospital wards
Thursday, May 7; 6am & 10am

Presenter: John Dent, AMEE, UK
Clinical teaching in both hospital wards and routine outpatient clinics is inevitably opportunistic and possibly less valuable for student learning than previously thought. The time has now come to identify alternative clinical teaching venues which can provide students with a more structured approach to learning with patients more representative of their learning needs. Outpatient clinic teaching can be improved by consideration of student needs, provision of dedicated space and recruiting additional teaching staff. Additional venues less often considered for student teaching may be developed. These may include screening clinics, other healthcare professionals and visits to the radiology department, the day surgery unit or clinical investigation units for endoscopy or cardiology. Innovative ambulatory care teaching venues can also be created. Examples include a dedicated teaching clinic where “selected” new patients are seen in a student-centred environment. In the Ambulatory Care Teaching Centre a structured learning programme can be created using “simulated” or “bank” patients. In the Integrated Ambulatory Medicine Programme outpatients are used to augment students’ clinical skills and ware-based learning. Strategies to facilitate student learning in each of these ambulatory care teaching venues include, outcome-based learning, integrated learning, study guides, structured logbooks and patient-based scripts.

Social Accountability: Medical education and the global environment
Wednesday, May 20; 6am & 9am

Presenter: Stefi Barna, Norwich Medical School, UK
The Global Consensus for Social Accountability calls on medical schools to identify and respond to future health challenges, and recognises the importance of environmental determinants of health. The value of aligning environmental protection and health promotion agendas has become ever more apparent, as highlighted by the 2009 Lancet Commission on health and climate change, the World Health Organisation and the World Organisation of Family Doctors. Yet this dimension of social accountability requires considerable development in medical schools. The aim of this webinar is to review the UK’s consensus learning objectives for sustainable healthcare (; consider the extent to which medical schools can and should address environmental dimensions of health as part of the social accountability agenda; and identify opportunities and barriers to enhancing teaching and research on environmental determinants of health at your medical school. This webinar will be of interest to medical educators interested in social accountability, innovation in teaching, or environmental determinants of health. Previous knowledge or experience is not required.

Followership and Professional Identity
Wednesday, June 3; 5am & 10am

Presenter: Judy McKimm, Swansea University, UK
For decades, most of the literature on leadership and management has taken the role of the ‘follower’ to be at best fairly passive or in many cases, followers are absent from the literature and research studies. Although we know that leaders cannot exist without some sort of followers, the literature has been so focussed on leaders themselves that followers have not been researched into much at all. Since the mid-2000s, increasing attention is being paid to followers, not only to their activities and typologies in respect of how leaders can best ‘manage’ followers but more recently suggesting that followers are more highly influential on leaders’ behaviours and success than previously thought. What is very interesting and relevant to healthcare educators is the very recent focus on leaders’ and followers’ social identity formation and this presentation sets the context of such research in the light of educational practice, student learning and leadership development. This webinar aims to provide participants with: an understanding of the literature on followership, including the most recent research areas; how followership theories relate to the co-creation of leaders’ and followers’ social identity creation and development; and opportunity for discussion and debate about these theories and how they apply to the healthcare and healthcare education context.

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