Randi N. Stanulis, Ph.D.
Using our Wisdom of Practice as a Teaching Tool
As I participate in conversations with faculty in CHM, I am struck by the wisdom that each of you hold. As you plan and teach, you bring knowledge from a variety of perspectives and settings. You certainly bring a "
wisdom of practice" to your role as an educator. I often consider how I use experience as a teaching tool rather than making an assumption that when I share an experience, that sharing in itself is promoting learning in a useful way.
Lee Shulman, an influential scholar who once held a joint appointment in OMERAD and the College of Education, wrote about the wisdom of practice in medicine and teaching. Shulman argues that we
assume that those who practice in a profession develop a level of "skilled performance" that comes from experience. But does having more experience always mean that we develop more skill? Did we develop this skill through repeated exposure or did we develop this skill through repeated exposure coupled with reflection on habits that were being internalized? How were we assisted by an expert to analyze our developing expertise? Because we gain wisdom from experience, does that necessarily mean that we know how to use that wisdom to teach others? Or do we believe that merely telling students of our experiences, that the telling in itself automatically becomes a learning experience?
Through classroom and clinical learning experiences, we are trying to foster in our students the ability to develop practical reasoning--the link between judgment and action. Practical judgment ends with a choice, an action. Indeed, we each have developed a way that we approach complicated cases in our practice. But do we necessarily reflect on how we learned to reason through a complicated case in order to draw conclusions, and how your own teachers helped you internalize key ideas to consider when reasoning in the moment? In order to bring this wisdom of practice to bear fruit in preparing future physicians, it is critical that we are able to untangle what we do and how we do it to create teaching moments in our practice.
Using your wisdom of practice as a teaching tool: While you are planning and teaching, consider ways to use your wisdom of practice to promote learning.
Question to consider while you plan (related to wisdom of practice)
How can I use my experience as
one example to consider among alternatives as I pose questions related to this topic?
Question to consider while you teach (related to wisdom of practice)
How can I talk through my
decision-making process and reasoning about a specific situation to help students learn from my example from practice?
Reference: Shulman, L. (2004).
The wisdom of practice: Essays on teaching, learning and learning to teach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Office of Medical Education Research and Development
College of Human Medicine
Professor, Department of Teacher Education
- AAMC GEA National Grant Program
The Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) announced the call for National Educational Research Grant proposals.
Research projects that focus on advancements in medical education are eligible for consideration.
Phase one of the process requests a letter of intent. The LOIs will go out for peer review, with a limited number of submissions invited to submit full proposals.
Complete information about the call and the format for the LOI is available on the
The deadline for the LOI is February 27, 2017.
Questions can be directed to Brian Mavis. Chair,
GEA National Grant Committee.
- 2017 CGEA Regional Spring Meeting Registration
The AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs Spring Conference is March 29-31, 2017 in Chicago. The main conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, with pre-conference activities on Wednesday.
The CGEA Meeting is hosted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and will take place at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.
Using a variety of learning strategies, this conference aims to establish a forum for disseminating best practices in medical education and to equip medical educators with the necessary skills to develop, implement, and maintain successful curricular programs at all levels of training.
For more information and to register for the conference, please visit:
- Register today for the last webinar (February 2nd) of the IAMSE Winter Seminar Series sponsored by OMERAD and FAD
February 2, (12pm-1pm ET): Cultivating Resilience and Reducing Burnout for Health Professionals: The Power of Presence, Reflective Practice and Appreciative Dialogue (Michael Krasner)
Please note that free access to the OMERAD-FAD IAMSE seminar series is limited to CHM faculty and staff only. This includes anyone who has an MSU-CHM appointment and interacts or works with CHM students. Registered participants receive weekly reminders about the live webinars, handouts, and links to session's recordings when these become available online.
As a registered participant, you would be able to access the webcast seminars from the comfort of your office, or conference room.
Upon registration, your information would be verified and you will receive a reminder about the session and access instructions.
For any questions related to registration and access to the OMERAD-FAD sponsored IAMSE webinars, please contact:
|Faculty Development: Lifelong Faculty Development Sources
As academics, our responsibilities change over time. Here are some places--within and outside Michigan State University--to find the faculty development you need.
- CHM Shared Discovery Curriculum Website
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY RESOURCES
This website contains general information about the curriculum, and information specific to students and educators.
- CHM Educator
maintains a list of online resources to enhance your teaching in the classroom, clinic or bedside.
- College of Human Medicine Website
- Health Sciences Digital Library
The College website contains information about medical education, patient care, and research. Click on the Faculty & Staff link to see links for medical educators.
- Electronic Medical Textbooks
This library, part of the MSU Libraries, contains links to popular databases, point of care resources, and medical topics, including videos such as the Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination and OSCE Clinical Skills Videos.
- Library Workshops
The Library presents seminars and workshops on use of software, including QGIS, Endnote, Zotero, and other topics such as 3D printing, audio analysis, and use of the laser cutter.
- MSU Net ID
The MSU NetID is a unique, alphanumeric identifier assigned to all current MSU faculty, staff, students, and retirees. MSU NetIDs provide access to the official MSU network and many other online services on campus, such as the university's e-mail service.
- Professional Development Services
MSU provides professional development in several areas such as business analysis, communication, finance, management, and project management.
- SPARTAN ID Card
The Spartan ID card provides a wide variety of services, including
access to buildings and parking gates and MSU Library services.
For faculty in East Lansing, you can get your ID at the ID office located in the International Center. For Grand Rapids faculty, call Grand Rapids Human Resources at 616-233-1678.
RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Coursera is a website that provides access to varied college courses from institutions such as Stanford and Johns Hopkins. For example, searching for "medicine" shows courses such as Case Studies in Personalized Medicine, and Tropical Parasitology. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. Some courses are free and some have an associated cost.
DR-MERL stand for Dependable Reviews of Medical Education Research Literature. This is a collection of reviews of the latest research in medical education. The archives go back to February 2012.
- Faculty Focus Newsletter
This is a free eNewsletter from Magna Publications that describes teaching strategies for higher education. Sign up available in the website.
Lynda.com is an online library of thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. In the East Lansing area, the Capital Area Library provides free access for CADL library card holders. Those in Grand Rapids can access it through the Grand Rapids Public Library or the Kent District Library.
MedEdPORTAL, a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, facilitates the open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources. Its collections include Interprofessional Education, Lifestyle Medicine, and LGBT and DSD patient care.
- Reflective MedEd
- Tomorrow's Professor
This eNewsletter from Stanford seeks to foster a diverse, world-wide teaching and learning ecology among its more than 60,000 subscribers at over 950 institutions and organizations in more than 100 countries around the world.
David R. Brown, MD, Jamie B. Warren, MD, MPH, Abbas Hyderi, MD, MPH, Ronald E. Drusin, MD, Jeremy Moeller, MD, Melvin Rosenfeld, PhD, Philip R. Orlander, MD, Sandra Yingling, PhD, Stephanie Call, MD, Kyla Terhune, MD, Janet Bull, MA, Robert Englander, MD, and Dianne P. Wagner, MD, for the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Entrustment Concept Group, Finding a Path to Entrustment in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Progress Report from the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Entrustment Concept Group, Academic Medicine.
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An interactive gallery featuring examples of CHM blended and online learning projects by B-CLR.
Resources are arranged by topic, addressing issues common to educational scholarship, including definitions of scholarship, formulating resource questions, methodology and research design as well as dissemination via poster or publication.
A medical education listserv maintained by OMERAD.
Peer-reviewed international open access journal for disseminating information on the education and training of physicians and other health care professionals.
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