April 2019
Director's Message
Teaching Tips Video Series Online
During the Fall of 2018 I taught my final doctoral course in the Department of Teacher Education, called ‘Learning to Teach’. During class we studied ways in which educators can prepare professionals to think critically about what it means to teach well. The final product of these conversations resulted in the doctoral students creating a series of teaching tip videos that can provide support for clinicians and scientists who teach in small groups. The videos provide actionable teaching tips while also grounding ideas in empirical principles of learning to teach. Each video is less than 10 minutes and can potentially change or enhance how you think about teaching!

Topics include:
  • Teaching is Complex
  • Purposeful Planning
  • Building Trust to Take Academic Risks
  • Google Drive to Support Your Cultural Dialogue
  • Fostering Purposeful, Productive, and Powerful Discourse
  • Dialogic Process
  • Think Aloud Pair Problem Solving (TAPPS)
Randi N. Stanulis, Ph.D.
Office of Medical Education Research and Development
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
College of Human Medicine
OMERAD Represents at CGEA
It was exciting to see our college host CGEA in Grand Rapids, MI this year. Many from OMERAD attended and presented at the conference. Links to presentations are found below.

Congratulations to Stacey Pylman, Randi Stanulis, Binbin Zheng, Brain Mavis, Scot Stanulis, and Scott Farver on receiving 1st place in the Medical Education, Scholarship, Research, and Evaluation (MESRE) poster category!

Also congratulations to Shelby Bechler, Rachel Shamoun, and Binbin Zheng for receiving 1st place in the MESRE student poster category !
Questioning as Clinician Educators
Asking questions is common practice medical education that has its roots in the use by philosopher Socrates. Questioning is a powerful strategy for educators to scaffold learning and encourage development of critical thinking skills.

Why ask questions?
  • They help students learn by voicing their thinking
  • They allow the educator to hear students explain their thinking – helping the educator assess student understanding

The Shared Discovery Curriculum is designed to provide fellows and other clinician educators questions to ask medical students. Many of these questions are really great high-level questions because the purpose of the SDC curriculum is to develop students/clinicians who not only understand the basic science content; but also think critically about why it matters, consider social determinants, and apply it all to patient cases and care.

Want to know what kinds of questions you should be asking and how? Read more about it on the OMERAD website!
Awards and Recognition
Joan Ilardo is Honored by Elder Law of Michigan
Each year the Elder Law of Michigan recognizes the contributions professionals make each year on behalf of seniors. Because of her efforts improving and protecting senior lives, Joan Ilardo, PhD is being honored at an event in Lansing on Wednesday, August 7th.

Joan also recently received a collaborative $3.5M National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to help continue work in minority aging and health with James Jackson at the Institute for Social Research and Peter Lichtenberg of Wayne State University. Joan is truly an asset to the aging population!
Rob Malinowski Lilly Fellow
This year Robert Malinowski , assistant professor in OMERAD, was awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship. The Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, supported by MSU's Academic Advancement Network, is an opportunity to explore the scholarship of teaching and learning. Said Malinowski, “With the new Shared Discovery Curriculum, there are many opportunities available for educational research.  My Lilly experience helped me to see what's possible.”  Malinowski lauded The Lilly Program in providing structure and access to expertise from across campus, as he transitioned his career focus to assessment, educational research, teaching and faculty development.  
Over the past year, Malinowski carried out a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Just in Time Medicine (JIT) system for the Student Competence Committee. Explained Malinowski, “I explored how the committee was using the system, measured their confidence in making summative judgments based on the assessment data presented in JIT, determined whether JIT provides a multi-dimensional view of each student, and discussed methods for improving faculty development methods to teach physician-faculty to maximize their appraisal of student competence.” His study revealed that JIT is a crucial tool for the Competence Committee.

Malinowski also appreciated how the Lilly Fellowship provided connection to a network of professionals, from various units and departments, interested in scholarship in teaching and learning. “I look forward to using my Lilly experience to help improve instruction at CHM and further advance the College’s mission in the scholarship of teaching and learning," expressed Malinowski.
Meet Ann Taft!
Ann Taft has worked in OMERAD as a statistical analyst for 9 years. She prepares, collects, and analyzes annual surveys of CHM students and graduates, maintains the numerous data files that comprise the student performance and outcomes database, and supports faculty through various data analysis projects. As the  honest broker  for CHM, Ann facilitates the IRB requirements for research projects by serving as the intermediary between the subjects and the investigators. Recently Ann has also added office manager to her job description and she has already implemented many improvements to our organization and efficiency. Ann has a huge heart for those in need in our community, so she heads up OMERAD’s Fill the Bus team collecting school supplies for local children, and she organizes the collection of Christmas gifts that we donate to MSU Safe Place every year.

Ann is a devoted mother to two boys, a 15-year-old and a 19-year-old who is a freshman at MSU. As her sons progressed through Perry Public Schools, she has been an active parent volunteer at every step and currently serves as the secretary of the Perry Band Boosters. In her free time Ann fills her senses! She loves  listening  to marching bands and live music (especially Bob Seger); she loves  watching  movies, musicals, and Spartan basketball; she loves  tasting  Michigan craft beer and ice cream; and she loves  thinking  with jigsaw puzzles, trivia, and board games.
Recent Publications
Chang C.  Conducting a simulation study using R and Mplus: An example of latent class analysis under 24 conditions. Retrieved from  https://github.com/quantlover/Conducting-a-Simulation-Study-Using-R-and-Mplus/blob/master/LCALabelSwitching_CC190417.pdf . 2019.

Laird-Fick HS, Solomon DJ , Parker CJ , Wang L. Attendance, engagement and performance in a medical school curriculum: early findings from competency-based progress testing in a new medical school curriculum. PeerJ. 2018 Jul 30;6:e5283.

Marciano JE, Farver SD, Guenther A, Wexler LJ, Jansen K, Stanulis RN . Reflections from the room where it happens: examining mentoring in the moment. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. 2019 Mar 29.

Mavis B , Durning SJ, Uijtdehaage S. Authorship Order in Medical Education Publications: In Search of Practical Guidance for the Community. Teaching & Learning in Medicine. 2018 Dec 1:1-0.
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