Look What Our Educators are Doing!

  • Drs. Knight, Criss, and Vari at TEACH Education Day reception
 The photos above showcase the 2018 TEACH Education Day scholarly poster display and their authors.
Click here to view all poster presentations authored by TEACH members and/or faculty.

Faculty Spotlight:  Learn more about Dean Learman!

Lee Learman, MD, PhD, Dean of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Dean Learman kindly provided us with some of his time to give the TEACH community a peek into his history and future in education. Dean Learman radiates excitement and passion for education as we discuss how he first became interested in teaching at an academic medical center. Before entering medical school, Dean Learman was a self-described “educator with a small e.” In his junior year of college at UCLA he entered the Department of Psychology’s Developmental Disabilities Immersion Program, a 6 month field placement at  Lanterman State Hospital, where he and a cadre of 24 other students attended classes, volunteered in the hospital, participated in community and school-based field work, and completed a mentored research project.  Dean Learman was so excited by the purpose and educational impact of this program that he decided to take the next year off to fill a 1-year coordinator position acting as the program’s teaching assistant and research coordinator. He recalls enjoying being a near peer helping other students understand statistics and complete their research projects. During his years in Boston pursuing a PhD in the middle of medical school, Dean Learman was an instructor for the required sophomore tutorial for psychology majors.   He was responsible for the design and implementation of the seminar-based curriculum situated at the residence hall where he and his wife were resident tutors. He recalls gathering the courage to ask the retired theorist and psychology giant, BF Skinner, to attend the seminar as a special guest, talk about his work, and answer the students’ questions. While training as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology, Dean Learman remembers how much he enjoyed teaching and helping students reach an “ah-ha” moment of understanding. As a chief resident he won the program’s most outstanding student educator award,  the first of many accolades reflecting his  commitment and dedication to teaching.

When Dean Learman was recruited to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for his first academic position, he expressed his interest in eventually become the residency program director, and negotiated to be appointed as the site director for student and residency education in obstetrics and gynecology at San Francisco General Hospital. He spent 14 years at UCSF immersed in patient care, research, and education, ultimately becoming a full professor and the residency program director, as well as director of curricular affairs for graduate medical education in the dean’s office. This was the foundational growth in academic medicine that served as a catalyst for his next steps.

A discussion of Dean Learman’s philosophy on education illustrated his mission for to include relevance in all aspects of medical education. “Especially for medical students, everything you teach has to pass the relevance test,” mused Dean Learman. He was adamant that in the spiral curriculum of medical education, there is a need to call for relevance at every stage. He has a strong belief that every topic can be made relevant and compelling, and strives to model this in his own teaching. There are two traditionally orphaned subjects that are near and dear to his heart, the skills of evidence-based medicine and doctor-patient communication. Using a flipped classroom model with integration of YouTube videos, Dean Learman was able to make even the driest components of evidence-based medicine relevant and interesting for past learners. During this discussion of education philosophy, Dean Learman also brought up the power of curiosity to drive intrinsic motivation to learn. He sees the value of reminding our learners to ask “why” questions about the foundational and clinical sciences and to reflect on their interactions with patients, peers, teachers, and other health professionals.

When asked about his greatest accomplishment as an educator, Dean Learman humbly shared a few highlights.  He received the established investigator award from the American Educational Research Association and was the UCSF nominee for the Kaiser excellence in teaching award and the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award.  He helped NBME develop new ways of testing skills in evidence-based medicine, and was chair, faculty, and project advisor for a national faculty development program focused on educational scholarship and leadership.     However, he feels the best award of all happens  when a past learner recognizes him at a national meeting and shares how his teaching or mentorship has had a direct impact on their practice or career. This anecdotal acknowledgement of the influence his teaching had on students and residents is the most meaningful accomplishment for Dean Learman.

As the Dean of a thriving medical school with endless potential for innovation and growth, Dean Learman also possesses and demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning, both in his role as clinician and educator. He is a regular attendee at national specialty and faculty development meetings. Dean Learman volunteers his time to review for several journals, a testament to his commitment for self-development. Lastly, and most importantly, Dean Learman not only sees the immense value in TEACH but is excited to volunteer both his time and expertise to our efforts. Dean Learman is a strong supporter of academies and was actively involved as both a leader and member of academies at his previous institutions.

We are excited to welcome Dean Learman to Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and TEACH. His fresh perspectives, years of experience, and wealth of knowledge are an incredible asset to our organization. There are endless possibilities ahead for Dean Learman and we can already see his dedication to excellence, innovation, and our learners. Dean Learman will play a pivotal role in ushering in a new era at the medical school, one he is clearly excited and well-prepared to play. While the shoes he was left to fill in the role of Dean are large, he is well-suited for the job.


 

TEACH Perks!

Welcome your new colleagues! Please join us in welcoming our new TEACH members for the month of July – Dr. John Tuttle, Dr. Erinn Hokanson, Dr. Kristin Bubel, Dr. Nichole Phillips, and Dr. Jill Price.

Perk Winner!  Congratulations to Adegbenga Bankole for being selected as our last quarterly TEACH Perk Winner! Each quarter the TEACH member who attended the most OCPD and/or TEACH sessions is awarded a Java-the-Hut gift card. So, if you are looking for stimulating faculty development and the opportunity to win an extra caffeine boost, join us for as many TEACH sessions as you can!

 


April 2019-June 2019 Academic Scholarly Activities

 State, Regional and National Faculty Presentations:

  •  Binks, A., LeClair, R., Holt, E., & Mutcheson, B., Types of Error Made in Formative and Summative Assessments. [Oral Presentation] presented at IAMSE, IAMSE; June 11, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Carvalho, H., & McCandless, M. J., Dramatization Promotes Learning and Engages Students. [Workshop Facilitator] presented at 23rd Annual IAMSE meeting, IAMSE; June 11, 2019, Roanoke.
  • Binks, A., LeClair, R., Holt, E., & Mutcheson, B., Types of Error Made in Formative and Summative Assessments. [Oral Presentation] presented at IAMSE, IAMSE; June 11, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Binks, A., LeClair, R., Holt, E., & Mutcheson, B., Types of Error Made in Formative and Summative Assessments. [Oral Presentation] presented at IAMSE, IAMSE; June 11, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Cleveland, J. L., LeClair, R., & Greenawald, J. H., Pharmacology as a continuum: a curricular model for spaced repetition, vertical and horizontal integration. [Oral Presentation] presented at IAMSE, IAMSE; June 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Greenawald, M. H., Chen, E. H., Daniels, L., Sweet, M. G., & Tu, P., Parallelism in Faculty and Resident Development: How Well-Being is Becoming a PERMAH-nent Pillar in the Curriculum. [Oral Presentation] presented at Society of Teachers and Family Medicine Conference; April 30, 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Lara-Torre, E., Nuances of the Mentoring Relationship. [Lecture] presented at 7th Annual SASGOG Meeting, SASGOG; May 2, 2019, Nashville, TN.
  • Nagler, A., Whicker, S. A., Howley, L., & Ziemnik, S., Utilizing CME Activity Evaluations to Enhance Education. [Workshop Facilitator] presented at Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); April, 2019, Chicago, IL.
  • Kees, D. W., & Bhagtani, H., Training the Learner: The Importance of Feedback. [Lecture] presented at Pediatric Faculty Development Series, Carilion Children’s; May 24, 2019, Roanoke, VA.

Faculty Publications:

  • Gates, R., Musick, D. W., Greenawald, M. H., Carter, K., Bogue, R., & Penwell-Waines, L. M. (2019, April 1). Evaluating the Burnout-Thriving Index in a Multidisciplinary Cohort at a Large Academic Medical Center. Southern medical journal, 112(4), 199-204. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000962. PMID: 30943536.

 Faculty Abstracts and Posters:

  • Carvalho, H., & Connor, B., The use of dramatization to teach Starling Forces in the microcirculation for first year medical students. [Poster] presented at 2nd PanAm 2019 Physiology Without Borders; May 29, 2019, Havana – Cuba.
  • Carvalho, H., Whicker, S. A., & Dane, F. C., Basic Science Faculty Conception of Learning and Teaching. [Poster] presented at Carilion Research Day, VTCSOM; April 9, 2019, Roanoke.
  • Cleveland, J. L., Greenawald, J. H., & LeClair, R., Pharmacology as a continuum: a curricular model for spaced repetition, vertical and horizonal integration. [Poster] presented at ACCP Academy, American Academy of Clinical Pharmacy; April 28, 2019, St. Louis, MO.
  • Criss, T. W., Rudd, M., Mutcheson, B., Musick, D. W., Pline, B., & Knight, A. L., Stressors and Coping Mechanisms of Medical Students. [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE); June 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Criss, T. W., Rudd, M., Mutcheson, B., Musick, D. W., Pline, B., & Knight, A. L., Stressors and Coping Mechanisms of Medical Students. [Poster] presented at 2019 Carilion Clinic Research Day; April 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Dinwiddie, S. B., Lareau, S. A., & Howell, J. R., Engaging Nurses and Bedside Staff in Injury Prevention Efforts. [Poster] presented at Carilion Clinic 12th Annual Research Day; April, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Kablinger, A. S., Attitudes of VA mental health professionals towards LGBTQ veterans. [Poster] presented at Carilion Research Day; April 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • McNamara, J. C., & Nolan, M. F., The development and use of clinically relevant learning activities in a human anatomy courses. [Poster] presented at IAMSE Annual Meeting, IAMSE; June 1, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Musick, D. W., Trinkle, D. B., Vari, R. C., & Mutcheson, B., Medical student perceptions concerning interprofessional education: do they change over time? [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Virginia Tech; June 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Musick, D. W., Trinkle, D. B., Vari, R. C., Pile, C. W., & Tabor, J., An Interprofessional Experience of Bioethics for Health Professions Graduate Students: The Ethics Health Care Team Challenge. [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE); June 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Nolan, M. F., An interactive method to facilitate durable learning and self-assessment in a basic medical science course. [Poster] presented at IAMSE Annual Meeting; June 1, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Parker, S. H., Musick, D. W., Vari, R. C., & Johnson, C. A., Integrating a longitudinal systems and safety science thread into a four year medical school curriculum. [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Virginia Tech; June 10, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Rudd, M., Whicker, S. A., Nagler, A., & Musick, D. W., Strength in Numbers: Using group peer-review for grant review. [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE); June 10, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Rudd, M., Whicker, S. A., Nagler, A., & Musick, D. W., Strength in Numbers: Using group peer-review for grant review. [Poster] presented at 2019 Carilion Clinic Research Day; April 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Saway, B., & Kablinger, A. S., Medical Students’ Knowledge and Perception of DBS. [Poster] presented at Carilion Research Day; April 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Trinkle, D. B., Musick, D. W., LeClair, R., Tabor, J., Bishop, N. L., & Johnson, C. A., Using a Culinary Health Experience to Teach Teamwork Skills: A New Interprofessional Education Experience. [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Virginia Tech; June 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Vari, R. C., Rudd, M., & Johnson, C. A., Reconnecting the mouth to medical education. [Poster] presented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Virginia Tech; June, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Whicker, S. A., & Rudd, M., Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare. [Poster] presented at 2019 Carilion Clinic Research Day; April 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.
  • Whicker, S. A., Rudd, M., & Kees, D. W., Getting to the Core of Residency Education: An institutional curriculum to meet accreditation needs. [Poster] presented at 2019 Carilion Clinic Research Day; April 9, 2019, Roanoke VA.
  • Whicker, S. A., Rudd, M., & Parker, S., Fostering the Development of Scholars through Collaborative Learning & Practice. [Poster] presented at 2019 International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Meeting; June 9, 2019, Roanoke, VA.