Peer Observation of Teaching Symposium

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Peer Observation of Teaching Symposium

Title:  Mini-Symposium: Peer Observation of Teaching
Dates/ Time: Thursday June 2, 2011 – 12:30 to 5:00 pm

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Goal:  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


Schedule of Events:

12:30 -1:00 PM     

Registration and bag lunch

1:00 -1:15 PM  

Welcome, Symposium Goals, and Plan for the Day  
 Susan Frankl, MD

Why Peer Observation of Teaching?
 Richard Schwartzstein, MD

1:15 - 1:25 PM

Results of the Academy Interest Group Survey on Peer Observation of Teaching

Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Professor Thomas Kane
Lori Newman, MEd

1:25 - 2:15 PM

Keynote Address: Thomas Kane, PhD
Using Observation to Identify Effective Teaching Strategies
Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Faculty Director of the Center for Education Policy Research

Professor Kane will reflect on lessons learned and insights gained from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s national Measures of Effective Teaching Project. He will address how observation of teaching allows better understanding of the connection between teacher effectiveness and student achievement, and discuss how the MET project was able to attain buy-in and acceptance of its nation-wide, videotaped observations of 3000 teachers.

2:15 - 2:30 PM


2:30 - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions: Steps to Introducing a Successful Observation of Teaching Program

Large Group Teaching (L. Newman, R. Schwartzstein)

Small Group Teaching/Inpatient Case-based Teaching (L. Fishman & G. McMahon,  D. Hunt & T. Peters)

Ambulatory Teaching (L. Breen, S. Burgin)

3:30 - 3:45 PM 

Break (Coffee and Cookies)

3:45 - 4:15 PM 

Rapid Response: Debriefing of the Workshop Sessions led by Susan Frankl, MD

4:15 - 4:45 PM

Panel Discussion/Question and Answer Session
Moderator: Richard Schwartzstein, M.D.

Kathleen Finn, MD -- MGH Collaborative Peer Observation Program for the Inpatient Ward Service 
Susan Frankl, MD -- Primary Care Clerkship
Thomas Kane, PhD -- Measures of Effective Teaching Project
Randy King, MD -- Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine Course
David Roberts, MD -- Harvard Pulmonary & Critical Care ICU Didactic Sessions

4:45 - 5:00 PM

Wrap-up: Next Steps
Richard Schwartzstein, M.D.

Event Materials:

Chism, Nancy Van Note. Peer Review of Teaching: a Sourcebook. Chapter 2. 1999.

Walsh, Colleen. Changing how Teachers Improve. 2011. Harvard Gazette.

Working Backwards From Perfect: How Hoshin Planning Can Help You Achieve an Ideal Future

Symposium abstracts submitted by panelists


Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Harvard Medical School designates attendance at this activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.