Medical Education Grand Rounds

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Medical Education Grand Rounds

Medical Education Grand Rounds are a series of 1.5 hour monthly sessions, open to all HMS faculty. 


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Medical Education Grand Rounds: From Recipes to Relationships: Recent research and conceptualizations of feedback

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
3:30 -5:00PM ~ RSVP 
TMEC 250

Subha Ramani, MBBS, MMEd, MPH, FAMEE

Medical education frequently showcases techniques and skills of giving feedback. Faculty development sessions traditionally focus on feedback providers (teachers) not receivers (learners). Recent research argues that the true impact of feedback lies in learner assimilation, improvement in practice, and professional growth. Yet, teachers and learners continue to speak different languages regarding adequacy and quality of feedback. 

Research emphasizes that feedback conversations are complex interpersonal interactions influenced by sociocultural factors. "Feedback culture" is a concept that is challenging to define and to animate.  How can we translate new knowledge of feedback as a sociocultural phenomenon to the practice of feedback in real-life teaching settings?

During this session, we will define elements that constitute feedback culture and describe strategies to foster self-awareness, reflection, and behavior change. We will compare therapeutic alliances between physicians and patients with educational alliances between teachers and learners. We will discuss frameworks for feedback that focus on learner impact. We will discuss the influences of a "learning culture"  in fostering growth-enhancing feedback and learn to apply these principles in day-to-day teaching.

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