Drs. Louise Aronson and Anna Chang have just completed the Medical Education Research Fellowship (MERF) at the China Basin site of the Office of Medical Education.
Drs. Patricia O'Sullivan, Anna Chang, Louise Aronson, Arianne Teherani, and Bridget O'Brien
Every two years, OME sponsors two faculty medical educators for a two-year fellowship that comes with 20% salary support. The fellowship, awarded through a competitive application process, allows the recipients to "get away from it all" and focus on their scholarly work in medical education with the goal of developing expertise in an area of medical education research as a means to becoming an independent medical education researcher and an educational leader locally and nationally. The MERF is appropriate for faculty with significant formal experience in education achieved through completion of the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program, a similar advanced training in another setting (APGO/Solvay Scholars, etc.) or a master's degree in Education.
Each Thursday from July 2008 to June 2010, Anna and Louise participated in the MERF educational research curriculum and mentoring activities with the Educational Research Group, which includes our full-time researchers, Drs. Boscardin, O'Brien and Teherani, and the director of the program, Dr. O'Sullivan. With the aim of providing the fellows with protected time away from the clinical environment to concentrate on scholarly work in education, OME not only paid their salary one day a week, but also provided office space in the Professions Education Resource Center (PERC). PERC was founded at China Basin in 2008 to support educational research among UCSF faculty and students, and is run by Dr. O’Sullivan and supported by OME staff members Victoria Ruddick and Jason Wang, with part-time support from Allison Chen. Dr. O’Sullivan has long wished to be able to provide fellows with research space and support, and Louise and Anna were the first MERFs to take advantage of the benefit, thanks to our expansion to China Basin.
The MERF curriculum is structured around weekly meetings with Dr. O'Sullivan. These meetings may be augmented by participation of other faculty members from both OME and AME, including sessions with the medical librarian; participation, including presentation of articles and work in progress, at ESCape;* completion of CHR educational programs; service on AME innovations and scholarship committees (if eligible); attendance at and participation in AAMC and WGEA; active membership in the RIME section of AAMC; and teaching in faculty development workshops and/or the Teaching Scholars Program. The first six months focus on building from the literature a submission to the Research in Medical Education Conference as an entrée to the national medical education community. The researchers each plan a preliminary study in their areas of interest that will be completed within one year. In the second year, the goal is to submit a grant proposal in the fall, and conduct a second research study in the theme area. They continue to both publish and present in their theme areas during the year.
Over the past two years, Dr. Aronson’s research focused on reflective learning, and the assessment of reflective ability in learners. She has produced several publications and has received funding to continue study in this area.
Dr. Chang’s research during the fellowship focused the factors which predict a need for remediation in clinical performance. She has published in this area and is engaged in ongoing study related to learners’ ability to identify remedial learning needs.
In addition, MERF strives to create an opportunity for the two fellows to work together. Drs. Aronson and Chang are undertaking a collaborative systematic review of the literature entitled, “A Systematic Review of Teaching Methods for Geriatrics Education with Medical Students.”
*ESCape is a weekly Educational Scholarship Conference where educational researchers can present abstracts, manuscripts, PowerPoint presentations or learning materials they have developed and receive constructive criticism from members of the growing educational research community at UCSF.
Shelley Adler, PhD, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine Sandrijn VanSchaik, MD, PhD, Dept. of Pediatrics
Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Dept. of Medicine Anna Chang, MD, Dept. of Medicine, VAMC
Eva H. Chittenden, MD, Dept. of Medicine Audrey Foster-Barber, MD, PhD, Dept. of Neurology
Huiju Carrie Chen, MD, MSEd, Dept. of Pediatrics Michael Rabow, MD, Dept. of Medicine
At the end of August, OME, OET and ISU will roll out a major upgrade to the ISIS application – ISIS 3.0. We need your help to get it ready for its close-up!
Development on ISIS 3.0 is nearly complete, and includes a redesigned searching interface, document uploads, and several other new features. Before we can release ISIS 3.0 to all ISIS users, we need about 10 of our most dedicated ISIS users to give it a thorough going over to make sure it’s ready for action.
Are you someone who uses ISIS on a regular basis as a part of your job? Do you like things done right? Want to get a first look at ISIS 3.0? Beta testers are an important part of the development team – right up there with the programmers and database administrators! ISIS 3.0 Team Beta will spend time with the new ISIS, explore its functionality, perform their usual ISIS tasks and – most important! –- report back on any bugs/errors/glitches that are discovered.
Team Beta members will need to be able to commit about 4-5 hours to the project during the week of August 9. You’ll complete a 1-hour orientation on August 10 with Bonnie and Jen, and then you can expect to spend about 3-4 hours on testing and writing up your findings. We will provide you with a testing script and guidance to get you started – and a special, thank-you gift once you complete your testing!
We will need representation from every ISIS user role, and so we’ll be selecting testers with that in mind. Contact Bonnie or Jen if you’d like to volunteer, or if you have any questions. Thank you!
The Academy of Medical Educators is delighted to welcome Jim Beaudreau, who joined the staff as Senior Programs Analyst on July 26. In addition to administering the new member process, managing the Innovations Funding grants program, and overseeing Education Day program development, Jim will serve as the Academy’s financial analyst and technology specialist and contribute to many other areas of the Academy’s work.
Jim has a Masters of Public Administration from SF State University and a BS in Political Science from Northeastern University. He was previously the Education and Policy Director for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and has also served as a Senior Research Associate with the AAMC. Please drop by Room LR-102 to say hello!
The School of Medicine invites applications from UCSF School of Medicine faculty members for appointment as Director of the Pathway to Discovery in Health and Society (H&S), one of the five pathways in the inter-disciplinary and inter-professional Pathways to Discovery program at UCSF.
The H&S Pathway focuses on careers of inquiry, discovery and innovation that advance health by engaging society. It includes a broad range of activities from health-relevant basic research in the social and behavioral sciences, applied research in health policy and health systems improvement, and work in social advocacy and community health improvement. H&S includes a strong emphasis on health equity and addressing health disparities. The Pathway has dynamic programs for both undergraduate and graduate medical education, and partners with units and programs across UCSF interprofessionally and especially at San Francisco General Hospital.
The new director will be supported by (20-25%) time by the Office of Medical Education. The H&S Director will report to the Director of the Pathways Program as one of the directors of the five individual Pathways (Clinical and Translational Research, Global Health, Health and Society, Health Professions Education, and Molecular Medicine).
The selected faculty member will lead and work with H&S co-directors in educational program development and implementation. Responsibilities will include overseeing and contributing to the design and delivery of H&S educational programs and curricula for both UME and GME; maintaining support and relationships with campus units that partner with H&S; overseeing H&S trainee, core faculty, and mentor performance; chairing meetings of H&S faculty co-directors; representing H&S to the Pathway Program including at meetings of the Pathway Directors; stewarding the H&S budget including funding for trainee project work; and working with the Director of the Health Professions Education Pathway in supervision of the H&S program coordinator.
The ideal candidate will have prior working experience in the Pathways to Discovery program or demonstrated leadership in interdisciplinary curricula, educational programs, and/or research. Interpersonal skills that create collaborative professional partnerships with faculty and learners are required.
Dan Dohan, PhD. has led the H&S pathway since its inception in 2008 and is stepping down later this summer. Dan has done an outstanding job in this role, organizing H&S into a highly successful pathway.
The Summer Curriculum Ambassador program provides support and mentoring for students to pursue a curriculum or medical education project. Students partner with course faculty to develop a specific curricular project. Successful proposals combine student curricular interests, in identified curricular priority areas, with appropriate faculty advising. Students also work on team projects to enhance cross-block integration and consistency.
This year we have 27 students (22 Medical, 2 School of Pharmacy, 1 School of Nursing, 1 Physical Therapy, 1 Dentistry) working on projects in the following areas:
Interprofessional Health Education (IPHE)
The IPHE team will continue to work with the IPHE taskforce and educational leaders across the professional schools to develop Interprofessional curricula. Project Leader: Renee Courey
Team-based Learning (TBL)
The TBL cross-block project group will work with the Team-based Learning educators group to plan implementation of TBL into our curriculum. This work will include providing an updated review of the literature and recommendations regarding faculty development and assisting in planning for team-based learning activities in the new Library Teaching & Learning Center opening January 2011. Project Leader: Tracy Fulton
Several students will participate in one of three MD Portfolio working groups that will meet during the summer. These are Training & Implementation; Requirements & Student Asessment; and Curricular Integration.
Dr. Irby announced the appointment of Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, as the new Director of the Pathways to Discovery Program. Dr. Aronson will replace Dr. Josh Adler, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of UCSF Medical Center, whose exceptional leadership guided the transformation of the Areas of Concentration Program into the Pathways to Discovery Program. His vision resulted in a unified program that trains over 200 learners across the school to become leaders in health innovation. Through his leadership, Pathways now includes expanded resident participation and the Pathways Funding Agency, which ensures equitable access to information and support for student innovation.
Dr. Aronson, an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Co-Director of the UCSF Medical Humanities Initiative, comes to us with a strong background in education. She divides her time among teaching, her clinical practice, her research focused on training physicians and other health professionals in geriatrics and in reflective skills for lifelong learning, and the development of the UCSF Medical Humanities Program.
She studied history and medical anthropology at Brown University and received her MD degree from Harvard. At UCSF, she completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine, a Clinician-Educator Fellowship and a Geriatrics Fellowship. Dr. Aronson later received a Master's in Fine Arts degree in fiction writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her creative writing appears in literary journals and the popular press. She is the recipient of a Geriatric Academic Career Award, a Teaching Scholars Fellowship and a Medical Education Research Fellowship.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Adler for his outstanding service and in welcoming Dr. Aronson to her new appointment.
The UCSF-MUHAS Academic Learning Project collaboration is funded by a special Gates Foundation Twinning Grant. The grant seeks to "Twin" to universities together for an opportunity to "Learn" from each other -- in other words, the project is to be mutually beneficial to each institution.
One such aspect of the project is the relationship between UCSF's new Teaching and Learning Center and Muhimbili's new Centre for Health Professions Education. Each are to serve as centers for excellence in health professions education.
Kevin Souza has worked on both projects, bringing lessons learned from UCSF to the Muhimbili project. During his recent visit to Tanzania as part of the collaboration (June 16-July 7), Souza witnessed the beginning of construction on the new Centre, which seeks to be a focus of innovative education, research and training for the East Africa region.