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Learn more about planning and executing Project Medical Education at your institution with guidance from individuals who have hosted PME before.

Audrey Goodnight, Director, Events and Protocol at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR)

Audrey Goodnight

UNR has hosted an annual PME event since 2015.

Why PME?
Project Medical Education is a fantastic model to share how the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is contributing to a Healthy Nevada through education, clinical care, research, and diversity and inclusion. The intimate and immersive experience is a worthwhile investment in participants who in turn become advocates.

How did you do it?
Guests to UNR Med's Project Medical Education are community influencers from a diverse array of backgrounds. We invite elected officials, community partners, medical partners, campus affiliates and university friends. Participation is limited to fewer than 20 guests to ensure those investing their time are getting the most out of it. The day-long event is fast paced as guests are exposed to four years of medical education. The event is experience-based with many hands-on opportunities as guests visit our anatomy lab, simulation labs, skills lab and clinics. PME has helped us forge stronger medical partners thus enriching our students' experiences. In addition, we've enhanced campus and community relationships and awareness. Our PME participants become a larger part of our UNR Med family with many of them opting to participate in our Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process.

Any Advice to future PME hosts?
Authentic interactions leave great impressions. If you have students who are able to participate, guests love hearing directly from them. A collaborative approach is essential for a successful PME event. Give yourself ample time to plan, and work with the endorsement of your senior leadership.


Photos from UNR Project Medical Education events.

Ross Frommer, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs and Associate Dean at Columbia University Medical Center

Ross Frommer

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has hosted an annual PME event since 2011.

Why PME?
Project Medical Education is an excellent way to educate stakeholders about the missions of and day-to-day activities at an academic medical center.

How did you do it?
Each year we invite local residents, community leaders, and elected officials and their staff to spend the day at Columbia University Medical Center. This full day program allows participants to meet with faculty, staff, and current students, giving them the opportunity to see up close how we carry out our patient care, education, research, and community service missions. Sessions include Medical Education, Mental Health, Research and Clinical Care, Public Health, Oral Health, and Nursing. A highlight of our program this year was our Nursing session, during which a few lucky participants were able to don scrubs and join our students in a surgery simulation. Interactive sessions like these give participants a firsthand look at the state-of-the-art technology being used at the Medical Center and a better understanding of CUMC's commitment to providing the best medical education possible.

Any advice to future PME hosts?
Planning all logistical details ahead of time is crucial. It's also a great idea to get participant feedback after, and make the program interesting and hands on. Something may go off-track during the course of the day, but be sure to have fun with it anyway.


Photos from CUMC's Project Medical Education event in 2017.

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Jared Dashoff
Public Affairs Specialist
Telephone: 202-828-0441