Medical Education Innovations Shine at Fifth Annual Department of Medicine Education Day

More than 50 educators gathered on February 21, 2020, for the fifth annual Department of Medicine Education Day. The half-day event brings together faculty leaders focused on undergraduate and graduate medical education, plus learners and staff members from throughout the Department of Medicine.

The day began with Grand Rounds, which included back-to-back talks by residents and faculty members conducting research supported by Department of Medicine Education Innovation Grants. 

  • Internal medicine residents Timothy Rowe, MD, and Katherine Fell, MD, presented “Resident-Directed Curriculum for Bedside Ultrasonography” about their novel learner-driven curriculum.
  • Madelyn Alvarez, MD, MS, Women's Health medical director, William S. Middleton VA Hospital, and director, VA Advanced Fellowship of Women's Health National Coordinating Center, presented “Call of Duty: Medical Education,” which reviewed her work exploring what gaming can bring to medical education.
  • Miguel Leal, MD, FACC, FHRS, assistant professor (CHS), Cardiovascular Medicine, and director of the cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology fellowship programs, shared “Empathy Training: A New Competency?” The talk described the impact formal empathy training has had on cardiovascular medicine fellowship programs. 

Following this, attendees participated in interactive workshops on such topics as using standardized videos to elicit perspective in determining learner mistreatment, building a fellow-directed professional development program, teaching well-being, and first-hand accounts of successfully applying for Department of Medicine Education Innovation Grants and using them to build a career.

Christine Seibert, MD

Above, Christine Seibert, MD, professor (CHS), General Internal Medicine, and associate dean for medical student education and services at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, leads a workshop on learner mistreatment.

Nizar Jarjour, MD

Above, Nizar Jarjour, MD, professor, Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, talks with Sean O'Neill, MD (in white), and Jordan Kenik, MD, MPH, (in green), both clinical assistant professors, Hospital Medicine.

Adam Gepner, MD, and Mariah Quinn, MD, MPH

Above, Adam Gepner, MD, clinical adjunct assistant professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Mariah Quinn, MD, MPH, assistant professor (CHS), General Internal Medicine and the department’s director of medicine provider well-being, lead a workshop on how educators can teach well-being.

A Great Success

“Our fifth Department of Medicine Education Day has been a great success!” said Laura Zakowski, MD, professor (CHS), General Internal Medicine, and associate vice chair for undergraduate medical education.

Bennett Vogelman, MD, professor (CHS), Infectious Disease, vice chair for education, and director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, agreed, expressing his excitement at “how wonderful it is to see such talented medical educators, at all levels, come together today and share their work.”

Caitlin Peirce, MD

Above, chief resident Caitlin Peirce, MD, enjoys one of the Education Day workshops. 

Some of the Education Committee’s projects in 2019 include writing review letters for assistant professors following their Grand Rounds presentations; creating a “Grand Rounds Checklist for Success” that can be used for any didactic lecture; developing standardized peer review forms for clinical and classroom teaching; and reviewing and awarding grants in both education innovation and faculty development.

For more photos and testimonials from the event, visit the Education Day web page.


Banner photo: Dr. Laura Zakowski enjoys an interactive workshop at the fifth annual Department of Medicine Education Day. Credit: Clint Thayer/Department of Medicine

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