November 2018
Director's Message
OMERAD Represents in Austin, Texas!  
Randi N. Stanulis, Ph.D.
Office of Medical Education Research and Development
College of Human Medicine 
Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Meet Dr. Pylman
Dr. Stacey Pylman joined the College of Human Medicine as an Instructor in August 2017. She is now working full-time in OMERAD as an Assistant Professor. She is currently co-designing and co-leading the new Medical Educator - Excellence in Teaching (MEET) Certificate Program for fellows.

Dr. Pylman grew up in West Michigan in various suburbs of Grand Rapids, and continues to live there with her husband, Brad, and triplet daughters Olivia, Evie, and Sophie. Dr. Pylman enjoys traveling, singing, organizing anything, playing the piano, and all things summer.  

As an undergraduate at Calvin College, she studied elementary education. She obtained her master’s degree in literacy studies from Western Michigan University in 2009 and became a certified reading specialist. She worked as an adjunct professor at Cornerstone University teaching adult bachelors degree courses in their Professional and Graduate Studies School. She was the Grand Rapids Internship Coordinator for the MSU Teacher Preparation Program and earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from the College of Education at MSU in May 2018.

Her research focuses on mentoring/coaching in teacher education, evidence-based teaching practices in medical education, and clinician educator identity.
MEET Certificate Program
Introducing the Medical Educators - Excellence in Teaching (MEET) Certificate Program
The goal of SDC scholar group teaching is to enhance and motivate complex, integrated thinking from the students—not just tell them the information. Physicians learning to teach in this way takes a new kind of preparation and enactment as an educator.

The MEET Certificate Program is anchored in activities related to learning to teach, including planning and preparation for teaching, understanding student thinking and creating purposeful opportunities for students to learn to think like clinicians. Dr. Sathyan Sudhanthar says, “MEET redefines how I am preparing and presenting the materials in the small groups. It is the best thing to happen for my academic career." The MEET program is guided by the notion that learning to teach is complex and necessitates deliberate practice and analysis of practice, so the structure includes:

·       Year-long inquiry groups (one each in East Lansing and Grand Rapids)
·       PIIP (Put It Into Practice) application exercises between study groups
·       Repeated observations and evidence-based debriefing conversations 
·       Development of scholarly projects based on reflection and data analysis

MEET Certificate Program participants are enthusiastic about their learning! Said one fellow, "MEET has allowed me to reflect on my teaching methods in a systematic, constructive manner unlike any teaching instruction I have had since I did the OMERAD fellowship in 1998. The leaders have been exceptionally supportive and great cheerleaders while at the same time pointing out ways that we can improve our teaching methods. I used to dread trying new things because it implied I wasn't doing it right before. Now I eagerly look forward to what they come up with next for us to try!" MEET participant Dr. James Mayle found the use of exit slips at the end of his small group sessions helped him gather information about student understanding and areas where students still struggled. See what Dr. Mayle says about using exit slips here .

Applications for the MEET Certificate Program 2019-2020 cohort will be distributed in April 2019. Consider signing up!
Awards and Recognition
Carol Parker Receives the Outstanding Supervisor Award!
Dr. Carol Parker is the Executive Director in the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Human Medicine. In this capacity, she supervises 22 employees. She was recently awarded the Outstanding Supervisor Award from the MSU WorkLife Office because she consistently supports the Work/Life (professional/personal) needs of her employees/staff through positive leadership.

According to the nomination packet, Parker serves as a role model and positive leader. One nominator wrote, "I cannot overstate how empathetic and compassionate Carol is. She has been so very understanding and accommodating to me (and to others in the group) when a rough patch in life comes along." Another letter stated, "Carol is sensitive to the full spectrum of her employees' needs, acknowledging the multiple roles we each navigate, whether we are dealing with elder, partner or childcare issues or pursuing our own work-life goals. She respects the differences between us, and expects us to do the same."  
Published Research
Jaki T, Kim M, Lamont A, George M, Chang C , Feaster D, Van Horn ML. The effects of sample size on the estimation of regression mixture models. Educational and Psychological Measurement. 2018 Jan 1:0013164418791673.

Pylman S . In co-planning, scheduling is just the tip of the iceberg. Phi Delta Kappan. 2018; 100(4): 44-48.

Smith RC, Laird-Fick HS, Dwamena FC, Freilich L,  Mavis B , Grayson-Sneed K, D’Mello D, Spoolstra M & Solomon D . Teaching residents mental health care.  Patient Education and Counseling. 2018; 101: 2145-2155.

Stanulis RN , Wexler LJ, Pylman S , Guenther A, Farver S, Ward A, Croel-Perrien A, White K. Mentoring as More Than “Cheerleading”: Looking at Educative Mentoring Practices Through Mentors’ Eyes. Journal of Teacher Education. 2018:0022487118773996.

Uijtdehaage S,  Mavis B,  & Durning S. Whose paper is it anyway? Authorship criteria according to established scholars in health professions education. Academic Medicine. 2018; 93(8): 1171-1175.
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