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AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Filed under: Happenings — Sara Grethlein on February 19, 2015 @ 1:46 pm

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is honored to be one of 11 schools selected to receive a $1 Million grant from the American Medical Association – Accelerating Change in Medical Education (AMA-ACE) grant program. Working groupwith the Regenstrief Institute (a medical informatics research organization) and with enthusiastic support from our health systems partners (Eskenazi Health and Indiana University Health), we have created a teaching electronic medical record populated by 10,000 deidentified patient records to use as a learning lab.

Healthcare is no longer typically provided by a heroic physician visiting his patient and carrying a doctor’s bag of curatives. Medicine in the 21st century is a team effort with a range of professionals collaborating to select from a bewildering array of high tech diagnostics and therapeutics. Providing care requires knowledge of healthcare finance, quality improvement, and patient safety principles in addition to skills such as navigating electronic medical records.

Because US medical school graduates are ill prepared for the complex world they will practice in, the IUSM AMA-ACE grant project will:

  • Advance faculty competence and confidence as educators in systems based practice so that they can prepare students to
  • Engage in healthcare with quality focused inter-professional teams to
  • Harness the power of data to improve the health of patients, practices and populations

To accomplish these goals, we have initiated curricular innovation for students. A critical element of this project is the Jump Start faculty development program created to strengthen our faculty’s knowledge and skills in systems based practice. We have recruited 32 Quality Systems Coaches (QSCs) statewide to serve as facilitators for our students at our 9 campuses.


The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is collaborating with the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education to provide immersion learning. QSCs will participate in 2 full day retreats, complete 12 online modules that include an overview of the healthcare system and workforce issues, mechanisms for cost control, access to care, population health, medical ethics and rationing, quality improvement, patient safety and student development theory. They will have systems-immersion opportunities with health care system leaders (e.g. CEO, CFO, and CIO) that will include a project with these leaders. This program started January 26, 2015 with the first retreat for QSCs who will begin to deliver the curriculum to second year students in August 2015. We are now designing the curriculum for the third year student component of our grant, which will be implemented in 2016.


We are fortunate to have the engagement of leaders such as the Vice President for System Quality and Safety facilitating the integration of our faculty into their regional health systems. Since we are teachicollage2ng new content, we have also developed innovative assessments. Part of the Jump Start program is training with our tools to ensure an equivalent experience for our learners across the state. QSCs who complete the Jump Start program earn CME, a certificate in Medical Informatics for Teaching Quality from the Regenstrief Institute, and 4 credits in our Academy of Teaching Scholars program.


Faculty Development in Simulation Series

Filed under: Teaching Matters — Lorie Shuck on February 10, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

The following is a guest post by Dylan Cooper, MD
Interim Director, Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Director of Simulation Education, Department of Emergency Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

Are you interested in learning more about simulation and how it can benefit your learners?  The Simulation Center is offering a Faculty Development in Simulation Series this spring.  Local experts from IUH, IUSM and IUSON will lead sessions on Creating a Simulation, Running a Scenario, Debriefing, Assessment and Scholarship.  All IUSM faculty and fellows are invited to attend and CME will be provided.  For more info and to RSVP click here:


Applications sought for a Problem Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) Competency Director

Filed under: UME Matters — Lorie Shuck on December 22, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

The IUSM Office for Undergraduate Medical Education is seeking a Problem Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) Competency Director.

The IUSM PBLI goal is to ensure that students will be able to actively set and pursue clear learning goals and exploit new opportunities for intellectual growth and development. The PBLI Competency Director will provide insight and expertise into the development of curricular activities, assessments and programs to support this goal. The selected individual will also provide significant creative and administrative input into the development and delivery of a new longitudinal course utilizing a teaching electronic medical record as a tool for the integration of lifelong learning skills into the clinical practice of medicine. The PBLI competency director will also (more…)

Applications sought for new medical education position: Quality Systems Coach

Filed under: Teaching Matters — guestblogger on November 4, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

The following is a guest post by Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, PhD, Program and Evaluation Director, Indiana University School of Medicine

Applications sought for the new medical education position: Quality Systems Coach

UPDATE: This job posting has been closed and filled.

As a part of the AMA Acceleration Change in Education grant, UME is recruiting faculty to serve as Quality Systems Coaches (QSCs) for medical students.

Quality Systems Coaches (QSCs) will teach and evaluate a small group of medical students in systems-based practice through the newly-designed innovative virtual health system (vHS) curriculum using a teaching electronic medical record (tEMR).

“The QSCs will become an important part of our medical students’ experience (more…)

EC Moore Symposium Call for Proposals

Filed under: Teaching Matters — Butch Humbert on October 21, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

Have you put together an innovative way to teach a topic or to assess a learner’s ability and thought it would be great to share these ideas with others? Or are you interested in learning about new ideas and innovations in teaching? Then the upcoming EC Moore Symposium is for you, and the next installment will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.

The symposium has a variety of formats all designed to showcase excellence in teaching. These include posters presentations, concurrent sessions (which are short 15 minute oral presentations followed by a 5 minute discussion), 5 minute ignite sessions focused on forward thinking ideas, as well as longer 60 minute workshops for more in depth topics. Each year the symposium brings in a national education leader to deliver the keynote address and I am certain this year will be no different.

This is a great opportunity to present your work in the area of education.   Submissions should focus on the teaching goals or the problem that the initiative was designed to address, a description of educational theories the initiative is based on and the impact of your project.

The call for proposals for the 2015 EC Moore symposium is now available. More information can be found here. Check it out today as submissions are due Saturday, November 1st.

Hope to see you and your excellent work at the symposium in March!


2015 E.C. Moore Symposium home page


Formative Assessment and Formative Feedback

Filed under: Assessment Matters — Melissa Alexander on October 16, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

Providing adequate formative feedback to students is a critical instructional task and an LCME Standard. LCME 9.7 requires that each student is provided formal formative feedback early enough during required courses or clerkships to allow ample time for remediation. That requires, at a minimum, that each course provides students with formal formative feedback at the mid-term. The Standard does consider feasibility issues, but those situations are exceptions. Barriers to providing effective informal and formal formative feedback are not insurmountable.

This blog presents one idea for providing feedback in both smaller and larger classes. There are many ways to effectively provide feedback, and some options are not feasible in some circumstances, so we invite faculty who have developed effective mechanisms for providing both informal and formal formative feedback on learning to share their ideas with colleagues in other disciplines and at other centers. (more…)

Develop Your Teaching Skills in Your Pajamas

Filed under: Teaching Matters — guestblogger on September 30, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

The following was provided by the IUSM Office of Faculty and Professional Development (OFAPD)

The Office of Faculty and Professional Development (OFAPD) has partnered with the Department of Family Medicine and an international consortium of faculty to create a series of Teaching Development Modules. These are 5-15 minute courses are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free to any IUSM faculty member. The modules address a variety of teaching techniques and are designed to meet the needs of our diverse faculty across the state. You can even use the modules to earn CME credit.

To gain access, (more…)

IUSM Faculty Recognition Award Opportunities

Filed under: Teaching Matters — Mark Seifert on September 25, 2014 @ 10:52 am

Have you benefited from the mentoring of a particularly dedicated and caring colleague? Have your students been inspired by an outstanding educator to work hard and achieve beyond what they imagined themselves capable of? Do you or someone you know approach teaching and learning through a scholarly lens? Do you know of a colleague who is exceptionally engaged and committed to volunteerism, community based learning, outreach, partnerships, or curricular engagement? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you have an opportunity to nominate individuals to be recognized for the great gifts and talents they provide to our faculty, learners, and community. Nominations are now open for several School-Wide Faculty Awards listed below (with links for further information on eligibility requirements and nomination procedures). (more…)

Oncourse to Canvas Transition, Revised Plan

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on September 19, 2014 @ 10:52 am

Oncourse to Canvas Transition, Revised Plan

As you are likely aware, Indiana University has selected Canvas as the new Learning Management System (LMS) to replace Oncourse. In May of this year we announced a phased-in approach to transitioning IUSM courses from Oncourse to Canvas. The recent news about the timing change for the new curriculum has caused us to rethink our transition timeline. Since our current second year courses will continue to be offered until at least 2017, they will need to transition to Canvas as Oncourse will no longer be available after 2016. To that end, we are including the second year courses into our transition plan, with the goal of all courses transitioning in 2015-16. (more…)

Sink or Swim: How Not to Approach Self-Directed Learning

Filed under: Assessment Matters — Melissa Alexander on September 10, 2014 @ 5:04 pm


Imagine a non-swimmer signing up for swimming lessons and being plunged into a deep pool without instructions on how to swim. Anyone capable of rational thought at that moment might be thinking it would be nice if the instructor had given them some instructions on how to swim before pushing him in. Assuming the student survives his “lesson”; can you imagine the instructor evaluation form he would fill out? Students new to expectations for self-directed and life-long learning can feel as though they’ve been pushed into deep water with no swimming skills. (more…)

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