Past Events 2010-2011

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Past Events 2010-2011

Introduction to Tutorial for Prospective Tutors
September 16, 2010
Sam Kennedy, PhD

Medical Education Grand Rounds: Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Medical Education
September 17, 2010
Charles Hatem MD - Harold Amos Academy Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
A discussion of the capabilities of teachers that ought to be required in medical education.
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Medical Education Grand Rounds: A Taxonomy of Listening and its Clinical Symptoms
October 8, 2010
Abraham Fuks MD - Professor in the Department of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology, McGill University
Patients continually indicate that a "doctor who listens" is at or near the top of their lists of desired attributes in describing their ideal physician. At the same time, the complaints that "doctors do not listen" is ubiquitous. This seminar explores this apparent paradox by dissecting the following questions:

  • What is listening and how can it be understood?
  • What work does listening perform in the clinical encounter?
  • Why is it the armature upon which the clinical method is anchored?
  • What are the syndromes of deafness found amongst clinicians and what is their pathogenesis?
  • Can listening skills be taught and if so, how?

Preparing medical students to become attentive listeners - J. Donald Boudreau, Eric Cassell, & Abraham Fuks MD
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Medical Education Day 2010: The Hidden Curriculum
October 26, 2010
Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD
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Medical Education Grand Rounds: Learning from Failure in Health Care: Frequent Opportunities, Pervasive Barriers
November 12, 2010
Amy Edmondson PhD - Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
The notion that hospitals and medical practices should learn from failures, both their own and others, has obvious appeal. Yet, healthcare organizations that systematically and effectively learn from the failures that occur in the care delivery process, especially from small mistakes and problems rather than from consequential adverse events, are rare. This talk explores pervasive barriers embedded in healthcare's organizational systems that make organizational learning from failure difficult and recommends strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning from failure, emphasizing the critical role of leadership.
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Medical Education Grand Rounds: Learning from Teaching Evaluations: the Harvard Business School Experience
December 10, 2010
Willis Emmons PhD – Senior Lecturer and Director of the Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard Business School
Learning from Teaching Evaluations: the Harvard Business School Experience / The aim of this session is to explore how student evaluations of teaching (SETs) can be used for faculty development. SETs are commonly used for other purposes, such as performance appraisal of faculty, promotion and tenure decisions, teaching awards, and course selection by students. The literature on those more common uses is both extensive and growing. In contrast, research on the use of SETs for faculty development is considerably more limited, perhaps reflecting the fact that such developmental perspective is also relatively rare in practice. This session: a) offered participants a forum to discuss their individual and institutional experiences with SETs; b) shared the quantitative, qualitative and procedural approaches we use at HBS’s Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning to help faculty draw on SETs for their own development as teachers in different stages of their academic careers; and c) engaged participants in an active exercise of analyzing evaluation puzzles, drawing on data from actual SETs (disguised to protect confidentiality), and work together to tease out their underlying meanings, identify developmental opportunities, and outline processes for pursuing those opportunities.
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Introduction to Tutorial
January 13, 2011
Sam Kennedy, PhD

Medical Education Grand Rounds: Using Multimedia & Education Technology to Enhance Teaching
February 11, 2011
David Roberts MD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Do you already use podcasts, wiki's, webinars in your teaching?  Or do you get hives even thinking about using a Blackberry?  An extensive range of multimedia and education technology tools are available to medical educators today.  This session provides an introduction to some of these new tools and highlight ways for both the tech novice and the early adopter to enhance their teaching.
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IHC - Brigham & Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital
February 16, 2011

  • Deborah Levy and Graham McMahon -- “Medical Residents’ Attitudes to Goals of Care Discussion”.
  • Ariel Frey – “A Resident as Educator Curriculum for Pediatric Morning Report”
  • Graham McMahon and Jo Shapiro – “Interns Experiences of Unprofessional Behavior in the Hospital”

Feedback and Evaluation Mini Symposium: Identifying Barriers, Developing Best Practices
February 17, 2011
Thomas J. DeLong, PhD
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IHC - Children's Hospital / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
March 16, 2011
Teaching Effective Patient Communication Skills
Delivering Difficult News to Family Members: The BIDMC Family Meeting Project
Presented by: Laura K. Rock, MD
Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS): Difficult Prenatal Conversations
Presented by: Stephen D. Brown, MD, David M. Browning, MSW, BCD

Addiction Awareness Project
March 28, 2011
Liz Gaufberg, MD, MPH
The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Academy at Harvard Medical School present Addiction Performance Project, developed and produced by Outside the Wire, LLC, with medical consultation from Liz Gaufberg, MD, MPH, HMS Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry. The performance is designed to be highly interactive and is comprised of three parts:

  • Dramatic Reading: Award-winning professional actors perform Act 3 of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night.
  • Expert Panel: Physicians and addiction specialists discuss their professional experiences with substance abuse and addiction.
  • Audience Discussion: Expert facilitator uses play’s key themes to discuss the challenges and opportunities in caring for addicted patients. Participants will also be asked to reflect on the use of theater and the arts in medical education.

Academy Membership Meeting
April 1, 2011
Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD
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2011 Spring Symposium on the Science of Learning: Implications for Medical Education from the Neurosciences and Social Sciences
April 1, 2011
2011's symposium addresses a topic of immediate importance to HMS teaching faculty: namely, how to maximize learning through lectures. Whether learners are present in the lecture hall or view videotaped lectures remotely, they rely upon aural and visual senses to receive information. Drawing upon research in both cognitive psychology and the neurosciences, the speakers will describe how adults process visual information and will explore with the audience implications for effective lecturing.
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Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD
Enhancing Learning in Lectures:
Psychological Principles Underlying Compelling PowerPoint Presentations
David J.M. Kraemer, PhD
From Lab to Lecture Hall: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience Concerning Visual Learning and Instruction
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Medical Education Grand Rounds: The Scientific Approach to Teaching: Research as a Basis for Course Design
Friday, April 8, 2011
Eric Mazur, PhD
Discussions of teaching -- even some publications -- abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. This session discusses some research a group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.
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IHC - Massachusetts General Hospital / Brigham and Women's Hospital
April 27, 2011

  • MGH Inpatient Clinician Educator Service - Peer Observation of Inpatient Teaching Faculty in Medicine
  • Lisa Breen, MD and Sarah Peyre, PhD – Peer Observation of Surgery Faculty Teaching in the Outpatient Setting
  • Helen Riess, MD – Improving Empathy and Relationship Skills In Resident Physicians: Results of a Randomized Trial

Medical Education Grand Rounds: Reflections of a Clinical Teacher
Friday, May 6, 2011
Elizabeth Breen, MD, Susan Frankl, MD, Alberto Puig, MD, Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD, Charles Hatem, MD
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IHC - Mt Auburn Hospital / Children's Hospital
May 18, 2011

  • Mount Auburn Hospital: “Effect of an Intervention to Improve House-Staff Performance of Targeted Communication Skills” Beth Lown and Matt Carmody
  • Children’s Hospital: “ I-PASS: A Multicenter Handoff Improvement Study” Christopher Landrigan

Mini-Symposium: Peer Observation of Teaching
June 2, 2011
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To provide a forum for HMS faculty to discuss and learn how to initiate a “Peer Observation of Teaching” program as a mechanism for faculty development and educational collaboration. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe current peer observation of teaching programs at HMS
  • Describe current faculty attitudes towards peer review (Results of Faculty Survey)
  • Outline the elements needed to introduce peer observation of teaching in courses, clerkships, and residency programsIdentify barriers to implementation of peer observation programs and propose solutions
  • Participate in a community of HMS faculty interested in peer observation of teaching and create opportunities for collaboration

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