Mastering the Skills of the Modern Medical Educator (Optional Add-On)


Friday, October 16 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm

This program delves more deeply into the educator’s skills development as a teacher, a content creator, and an institutional leader. Choose among the following three focused tracks to tailor your education to your current and future professional needs:

Track 1: Successful Career Development for the Clinician-Educator

Through a series of highly interactive workshops, you will explore the skills educators need to climb an institution’s promotion ladder and succeed in a career in academic medicine. You will learn strategies for:

  • Navigating a successful career path
  • Spearheading educational innovations
  • Becoming an educational change agent
  • Identifying your personal leadership style
  • Managing your time to stay clinically and academically productive
  • Turning your work into peer-reviewed scholarship

Career Advancement in Academic Medicine: Climbing the Ladder and Navigating the Maze

In this workshop, you will learn about strategies for career development and academic advancement (and why they differ) and will get practical tips for disseminating your ideas, growing your reputation, and expanding your influence. Learn how to:

  • Build an educational niche based on your experience and passions
  • Aspire toward leadership roles that are personally rewarding and meaningful to your career advancement
  • Attain greater visibility for your work and accomplishments
  • Align your activities with what is prioritized in academic promotion processes

Key Leadership Skills for the Successful Medical Educator

Do you think of yourself as a leader? We guarantee you are – whether you are leading a class, course module, clerkship, residency, fellowship, division, department, YOU ARE A LEADER. Each of us has innate leadership tendencies and styles, but we may need to adapt the style to the context. Some educators need to utilize a range of leadership styles in a given day. Just like we are “always teaching” we are “always leading.”  In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify and leverage personal assets— key features of your own leadership style—to lead improvement initiatives
  • Lead people and initiatives in a medical education environment comprising professionals of varying ages (and how your leadership style may be perceived and interpreted by individuals of one age group vs. another)
  • Apply current principles and practices for inclusive and transparent leadership
  • Implement strategies to lead change at your institution emphasizing diversity of approaches and an open communication approach

The importance of understanding different generations will be discussed with a goal of giving you tangible skills to lead different people in different contexts.

Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity through Better Time Management

Striking a balance between clinical and medical education demands is difficult, but there are ways to remain highly productive in both roles. This portion of the program offers productivity tips that can immediately serve you well throughout your professional career. 

Ideas and education presented here include strategies, productivity tools, tips and techniques to:

  • Enhance professional productivity
  • Reduce distraction and procrastination
  • Decide when to say “Yes” and how to say “No” without compromising your career
  • Find the right mentor
  • Get to email “zero”
  • Leverage technology and apps for significant productivity improvements
  • Achieve better work-life balance
  • Improve professional job satisfaction

Helping You Help Yourself: Advocating and Negotiating

Many careers in medical education do not follow a straight path and there are innumerable opportunities, challenges, branch points and discussions where you will be faced with difficult decisions. Making good decisions that enable you to rise up through the academic ranks and maintain your ability to do what you love often requires the ability to advocate for oneself and negotiate successfully. This session will provide you with strategies and approaches to:

  • Recognize your strengths and identify areas for improvement
  • Understand how to advocate for yourself and what you need to succeed
  • Overcome typical roadblocks that may prevent advancement
  • Identify successful techniques for negotiating successful outcomes

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Track 2: Taking Your Teaching to the Next Level ♦ 

This special three-part program examines the new challenges and requirements for medical educators and provides strategies and up-to-date techniques to address them in order to improve your teaching effectiveness in the classroom and at the bedside. 

Concept Mapping: Creating Windows into the Learner's Thinking and Reasoning

Studies of medical errors show that roughly half of the mistakes made in clinical care have a cognitive component —a mistake in thinking. Given the explosion in medical knowledge in recent years along with an increased emphasis on quality and safety, medical educators have an ever greater obligation to ensure that learners have strong clinical reasoning skills. The question is how to effectively teach critical thinking. Much of what we do as practicing clinicians is intuitive; not so for students who struggle to put a case together. This portion of the program provides strategies and best practices to teach clinical reasoning that is less susceptible to cognitive biases and helps your students to avoid many of the most common thinking mistakes that plague medicine and result in medical malpractice.

  • New perspectives gained through this program will not only help you to improve the performance of your students but also help you to advance your own clinical reasoning.

Flip, Not Flop: Practical Strategies to Ensure Your Flipped Classroom Is a Success

In a very practical and interactive session, you will learn educational principles underlying the “flipped classroom” as well as strategies for planning, organizing, and facilitating these sessions to optimize knowledge transfer and deep understanding. Additionally, you will learn effective methods that build on preparatory video materials to optimize in-class instruction. 

Art of Debriefing: Exploring Motivations of Learner Behavior

Debriefing is a collaborative discussion between learner and educator following a clinical or simulated encounter. High-impact debriefings focus on guided self-reflection with the intention of exploring thought processes that drive observed behaviors. Engaging with learners in this manner has been shown to result in deep learning and improved clinical performance. Given the growth of simulation-based education modalities and the increasing patient complexity and acuity represented in our practices, clinician educators must be facile in techniques that probe for understanding to facilitate transfer of experiential learning to high-risk clinical practice. This portion of the program reviews the basics of effective debriefing and explores strategies to employ these techniques in clinical teaching, communication encounters, and simulation, with all levels of learners.

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♦ Track 3: Medical Education Scholarship: From Creating a Curriculum to Publishing Your Work ♦ 

As educators, we are always creating, implementing and evaluating new curricula and novel ways to teach. Creation and assessment of curricula and teaching methods, and assessment of students, must be done in a rigorous way. This can seem daunting, especially for those who have not had formal training. This track is intended for those who are conducting scholarly work or aspire to do so. Participants will learn the skills of curriculum development, basics of survey design and analysis, skills for running your own focus group and the importance of this qualitative methodology, and tips and tricks to take your scholarship to the next level by getting publications and recognition.

Components of this unique and highly engaging track include the following sessions:

Curriculum Design and Development

Utilizing Kern’s six step approach, learners will be taught how to create and implement a new curriculum. This interactive session will highlight the utility of a needs assessment; demonstrate the importance of clear and actionable learning objectives, and discuss various methods for assessment of the learner and evaluation of the curriculum.  Strategies to approach challenges with curriculum development will be explored and learners will leave with tangible skills they can immediately utilize.

Do You Strongly Agree? Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Survey Design

Surveys are important tools not only for needs assessments, but also for testing, assessing, and evaluating. Receiving high-quality data from a survey is wholly dependent on the questions that are asked. This interactive session will review best practices for survey design and style through creation of survey questions, critique of questions and review of evidence for best practices in survey design. This session will provide participants with techniques to:

  • Design the “perfect” survey question
  • Choose the appropriate response options by understanding the pros and cons of open- and closed-ended questions, anchors, Likert scales
  • Create surveys that will improve your chances of getting responses by learning tricks of using color and design elements such as back buttons, skip patterns and forced choices

Running Your Own Focus Group: An Immersion Experience

Focus groups are an important aspect of qualitative research. In this highly interactive and engaging session, participants will learn the necessary steps of running a focus group by participating in a focus group themselves. This is the ultimate learning-by-doing experience. After this session, participants will have the ability to run their own focus groups by learning the following skills:

  • Deciding when to utilize a focus group vs an interview
  • Choosing the right number of participants for a group
  • Creating a focus group guide; asking the right questions and the right number of questions
  • Facilitating a focus group and learning how to manage challenging participants
  • Understanding the first steps in qualitative analysis

Scholarship and Dissemination: Maximizing the Impact of Your Work

Getting published is a vital part of academic career advancement; however, it can be difficult to disseminate your teaching successes in a way that adds to the medical education literature. This workshop provides strategies and practical tips for you to:

  • Transform your teaching activities (e.g., curricula, assessment tools, novel teaching methods) into scholarly products
  • Effectively present and package your ideas as publishable work
  • Explore other forms of dissemination (e.g., non-traditional publications, social media) as mechanisms to share your ideas

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Friday/Saturday Add-On Bundle Discount

Sign up for any of the above Friday Add-Ons along with the Saturday Half-Day Add-On, and receive a $100 discount. Learn more about the Saturday Add-On, "Incorporating Technology into Your Teaching."