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In This Issue:

Director's Message
OMERAD Director Randi Stanulis
Dr. Randi N. Stanulis
With spring in the air, thoughts of new blossoms and new possibilities fill us with hope. In OMERAD, spring also means that we are ready to announce new members of our OMERAD faculty. With new faculty, we can extend and enhance the support we provide for CHM faculty community-wide. On behalf of the OMERAD office I am pleased to announce the hire of three new faculty:

OMERAD Faculty Chi
Dr. Chi Chang, a 2016 graduate from the MSU College of Education's Measurement and Quantitative Methods program and a graduate of CHM's Biostatistics program, is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Chang will join the OMERAD team as an Assistant Professor of Measurement in January 2018. Dr. Chang has a significant publication record and grant activities and is a fantastic promising young scholar. In addition to establishing her own line of research, Dr. Chang will work with the Assessment office to support analysis of performance data in the SDC, and will lead an inquiry group for faculty interested in publishing related to assessment data findings.

Binbin OMERAD Faculty
Dr. Binbin Zheng earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Technology from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. She has been a faculty member since that time in the Department of Educational Psychology at MSU. Dr. Zheng will join the OMERAD team as an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning in August 2017. Dr. Zheng has an impressive publication record and has already received awards for her scholarship. In addition to establishing her own line of research, Dr. Zheng will work with faculty in the Shared Discovery Curriculum, and will lead an inquiry group for faculty interested in publishing related to teaching and learning findings.
Pylman S. OMERAD Faculty
Stacey Pylman is completing her dissertation and Ph.D. in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at MSU. She currently serves as the Teacher Education Internship Coordinator for the Grand Rapids area. She has also served on the leadership team of the Mentors as Teacher Educators (MATE) project. Mrs. Pylman has already published scholarship in the area of mentoring and will join the OMERAD team as an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning in August 2017. Mrs. Pylman will work directly with community faculty and SDC faculty on teaching and learning projects that focus on teaching effectiveness and promoting UME and GME student learning.
Randi N. Stanulis, Ph.D.
Office of Medical Education Research and Development
College of Human Medicine 
Professor, Department of Teacher Education
- 2017 CGEA Call for Mini-Grant Proposals 

The Call for Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) Mini-Grant Proposals is now open. The CGEA seeks to promote scholarship in medical education and advance the community of scholarship within the Central region. 
A maximum award of $7,000 is available for multiple-institution projects and $5,000 for single-institution projects. Consistent with the requirements of scholarship, all funded projects must be collaborative and investigatory in nature, and their results must be made public, available for peer review, and freely available for others to build upon.  

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2017.
For more information see the CGEA Mini-Grant Proposals section on the CGEA web site.

- AAMC Curriculum Inventory in Context

Curriculum Inventory in Context (CIIC) is a regularly issued commentary article about reports generated from Curriculum Inventory data, each authored by a contributor from an AAMC member medical school.

Check out the 'Curricular Change is in the Air' CIIC commentary by Brian Mavis, PhD (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine) on the Curriculum Inventory Reports graph, Curriculum Change in US Medical Schools: Implementation of Change.
To access other CIIC articles, please visit:

- AMCAS Medical School Applications Infographic

AMCAS released a new infographic with interesting facts about 2016 applicants and enrollees. Find out information like the average applicant and enrollee MCAT score, the total number of community service hours enrollees provided, and the percentage of enrollees who speak a language other than English fluently.

AMCAS infographic

Download the 2016 AMCAS Infographic

In addition to the 2016 infographic, AMCAS released infographics for the 2014 and 2015 cycles last year. Take a look at all of them below and please share them with your colleagues and prospective students:

Spotlight: Clinician Educator Mentoring Program Scholarship Conference
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and Office of Medical Education Research and Development at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) offer a state-wide Clinician Educator Mentoring Program for clinician faculty who hold a "non-prefix" assistant professor rank in the health programs, fixed term or clinical/adjunct appointment systems with MSU-CHM. The program runs from January 2016 to May 2017. 
CEMP Program

The Clinician Educator Mentor Program (CEMP) is designed to prepare these MSU-CHM faculty for long-term success in their educational and scholarly roles. The program includes mentoring, a structured curriculum, and a scholarly project. The goals of the CEMP:
  1. To learn personal and professional perspectives through peer mentoring in groups facilitated by successful clinician educator faculty members
  2. To provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be successful in their faculty roles
  3. To design, conduct, and present a scholarly project of the caliber expected by peer-reviewed outlets
As this year's cohort wraps up, we invite you to attend the first Medical Education Scholarship Conference, highlighting the scholarly projects of faculty who have participated in the Clinician Educator Mentoring Program (CEMP) over the past year. The conference is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Radiology Building Auditorium in East Lansing, with video-conferencing to our community campuses. Video-conferencing information will be sent out once registration is received.
Please register by clicking on the following link: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_38bSFIISXZ6D0Ox

Conference program details:
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation:  Good Enough Excellence
Linda Speer, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Toledo. 

Academic physicians tend to be high achievers who push themselves very hard. This session will address issues such as career advancement, the importance of mentoring and work-life balance. She will challenge participants to think about how much achievement is good enough, the trade-offs when faculty begin pushing the limits, and at what point does the effort reach a limit of diminishing return.
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Scholarly Presentations
  • Individualized Learning Plans in the Third Year Pediatric Clerkship
  • Abeba Berhane, MD, Department of Pediatrics/Human Development, Grand Rapids
  • Younger and Younger: Teaching 2nd Year Students Emergency Department Assessment and Care of Fractures and Dislocations, a New Curriculum
  • Colleen Bush, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Grand Rapids  (co-authors: Sally Santen, MD, PhD, and JM Monica van de Ridder, PhD) 
  • A Novel Medical Student Curriculum for Point of Care Ultrasound
  • Charles Draznin, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Grand Rapids
  • Integrating Residents - Faculty Teams with Hospital Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement (QI) Teams to Improve Patient Safety
  • Kavitha Kesari, MD, Department of Medicine, Flint - McLaren (co-authors: Shagufta Ali, MD and Susan J. Smith, MD) 
  • Burnout, Depression and Empathy in Resident Physicians: Are They Related to Patient Perceptions of Empathy?
  • Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PSY.D., Department of Medicine, Flint - Hurley (co-authors: Ghassan Bachuwa, MD, Julie Campe, BA, CCRC, Carlos Rios-Bedoya, MPH, ScD, D. Kay Taylor, PhD, and Nicholas Lecea, BS)
  • A Novel Curriculum Connecting Pediatric Residents and Early Childhood Professionals Around Effective Parenting Behaviors
  • Lauren O'Connell, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Flint - Hurley
  • Improving Patient Health Record Writing Competency through Flipped Classroom Method in 2nd Year Medical Students
  • Sathyan Sudhanthar, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, East Lansing (co-authors: Robin DeMuth, MD, David Raffo, MD, Churlsun Han, MD, and William Ahrens, MD)

The next CEMP cohort begins January 2018. Please visit our website (http://www.chmfacultyaffairs.msu.edu/) or contact the FAD office for more information. 
Henry C. Barry, M.D., M.S.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development
College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University

Faculty Development: International Medical Education Conferences
Medical Education conferences are nice venues to present scholarly work, to meet people in your field, to learn about the new developments globally and locally, and to seek collaborators. The number of medical education conferences are numerous. They all have different characteristics and they share similarities. In this piece I would like to highlight two different international conferences: 1) the Association of Medical Education in Europe conference (AMEE), and 2) the Ottawa conference.

AMEE Conference image

The AMEE conference is held each year in Europe with around 3,200 participants attending. This conference focuses on medical education as a whole, on Continuing Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Undergraduate Medical Education, but also on faculty development, professionalism, promotion and tenure, et cetera. It is somewhat comparable with the AAMC annual meeting. But the main difference is that you will learn a lot about what happens internationally, and which news developments will be seen at the international level.

The disadvantage of this conference is that it can be overwhelming because there are so many interesting sessions one can choose from of those listed in the abstract book. Adequate preparation as a participant is required. Because it is not focused on a specific area, sometimes the sessions can be a little bit shallow were some good in-depth discourse is missed.

When you are new in the field of medical education and you want to present some work, AMEE is a good place to start, especially when you have a poster. The environment is very warm and welcoming, and as a new presenter you get a fair chance that your poster is accepted. It is also a good place to start when you want to have an overview of what research and developments are important in the medical education field. It is also a good venue to meet the experts, because most are present. The audience is a nice mixture of social scientists and medical doctors, administrative people, residents and medical students.

Ottawa Conference image
The Ottawa Conference is named after the first place where it was held in 1985: Ottawa, Canada. The conference is held every other year and it is attended by approximately 1,200 attendees. The conference is planned for March 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In contrast to the AMEE, the Ottawa conference focuses always on the theme of assessment and evaluation. When abstracts don't fit in this theme, they will not be accepted.

The advantage of the Ottawa Conference is that it is easier to get to meet the other conference participants. Because the session is focused on the evaluation and assessment theme, the quality of the contributions are high. It is easy to become engaged and have good in-depth discussions related to the conference theme. This conference gives a good opportunity to meet the experts in the area of assessment.

For more information about this article, please contact:

J.M.Monica van de Ridder Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
College of Human Medicine Michigan State University
Office of Medical Education Research and Development (OMERAD)
Faculty Affairs and Development (FAD)
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