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    2022 Medical Education Fall Webinar Series

    We are pleased to announce our Fall 2022 AAMC Medical Education Webinar Series. Each webinar will take place on Wednesdays, from 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET. Please reference the list below for recorded and upcoming webinars.


    What works for whom and in what context? Realistic Evaluation for Educational Projects

    Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    In their seminal work, Ray Pawson and Nick Tilley describe a realistic approach to evaluation. Evaluations are designed to learn from programs and initiatives to modify and improve their effectiveness. Realist philosophy promotes the goal of detachment and objectivity in evaluation; however, the realistic evaluation framework is not as reductionist as a strict scientific approach to evaluation. Essentially, evaluation needs to be realistic and is an applied form of research that does not posit absolutes but options. Therefore Realistic Evaluation is often times summed up as “What works for Whom and in What circumstances”. This session will provide attendees with a brief background and structure of the Realistic Evaluation framework. Attendees will then work through Context, Mechanism, and Outcomes of real-world educational examples. At the end of the session, participants will be able to apply a realistic framework to their educational projects and initiatives.


    What's next for the Core EPAs? Reflection on the AAMC pilot and the future of competency-based education in medical school

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    The Core EPAs for Entering Residency Pilot project tested the feasibility of implementing 13 entrustable professional activities (EPAs) at 10 U.S. medical schools. Over the course of six years, the forty members of the Core EPA pilot developed curriculum, assessment strategies, and rendered summative entrustment decisions across diverse institutions. The purpose of this session is to reflect on the process of implementation to describe successes and limitations in our ability to meet the objectives of the pilot and goals for next steps.


    Past Webinars

    Technique over Recipe: Using Guiding Principles to Inform Well-Being Interventions

    Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    Well-Being interventions and programming for medical students and residents have expanded significantly in recent years. Concern exists, however, that these initiatives may not be leading to significant improvements in student and resident mental health. It is tempting for those engaged in designing and implementing well-being programming to rely on curricula or seek specific toolkits that can be plugged into their program, but an alternative approach may be helpful. Rather than looking for "recipes" for well-being programming, it may be beneficial to instead use key techniques or guiding principles to inform this work. In this session, the presenters will provide an overview of guiding principles in three well-being and mental health domains: systems-based assessment and interventions, individual-focused assessment and interventions, and mental health services and resources. After these presentations, participants will have the opportunity to discuss these principles and implications for the development and enhancement of well-being interventions in their own institution, department, or program.

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    Suicide Prevention: Best Practices in Continuous Quality Improvement in UME and GME

    Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    Trainee suicide is a top concern in UME and GME. In this interactive session, we discuss practical ways of identifying trainees in early stages of distress in order to provide early intervention and prevent tragedy. We focus on the powerful preventative benefits of conducting weekly proactive individual wellness check-ins, offering instant referrals as needed, and aggregating response data to inform a school-wide wellness dashboard, using off-the-shelf tools such as Early Alert.

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    To Compress or Not to Compress: Perspectives on the Implications of Pre-Clerkship Curriculum Duration

    Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    Many schools are undergoing curricular reform that involves shortening the preclerkship learning phase as a key component. When time becomes a limited commodity, educators must make deliberate curricular decisions that balance theory-grounded pedagogical strategies, available resources, evolving regulatory requirements, and consideration of the complex relationship between student well-being and learning. This session will explore the educational theories underlying decisions about duration of preclerkship curricula, compare and contrast preclerkship curricula of different lengths using the experience of two institutions as case studies, and debate the potential strengths and opportunity costs of these curricular decisions from the standpoint of several key educational considerations.

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    Lessons Learned from the Last Two Years: Creating Effective Mentorship Programs

    Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    By the end of this webinar, following large and small group break-outs, participants will be able to:

    • Identify critical components of effective and meaningful faculty mentoring, including in formal mentorship programs, with attention to program outcomes and how to measure them.
    • Describe the importance of considering DEIB when developing and implementing a mentorship program.
    • Analyze mentorship strategy and program effectiveness during the pandemic.
    • Commit to playing a role in promoting quality mentorship experiences that incorporate DEIB principles.

    Recording will be available here shortly

    Identifying and Addressing Structural Barriers for Medical Students with Disabilities

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    Students with Disabilities are an increasingly important population in medical education. A November 2021 American Medical Association Report urges medical schools to accelerate the inclusion of persons with disabilities, mitigate barriers to improve learning environments, and hire a designated and qualified disability resource professional. Additionally, new research from the pathways study illuminates structural barriers in the learning environment. Using the power of story-telling presenters will guide the audience through the educational pathway of two medical students with disabilities, identifying barriers for this population through the lens of recent research findings and provide recommendations for improving disability access.

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    Experts, equipment, education, and wine: Strengthening the educational technology culture through creation of an EdTech Incubator

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 12:00-1:15 p.m. ET

    In this session, participants will be engaged in active discussions around innovative approaches to integrating current and emerging technologies in education and will leave with ideas they can take back to their home institutions. Facilitators will discuss the creation of the EdTech Incubator at the Ohio State University and the processes used to identify strategic priorities and establish working groups to accelerate faculty engagement, plan for curriculum integration and assessment, and lead implementation.

    Recording will be available here shortly