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Collaborating to strengthen medical education

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From mentoring, to managing bias, to simulation training, the 2017 Education Conference delivered a wide range of medical education topics and learnings to faculty from across Southwestern Ontario. This year’s Conference theme was Competency Based Medical Education (CBME).

In total, more than 100 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and staff took part as participants, presenters and organizers.

“It was invigorating to see so many Schulich Medicine & Dentistry educators engaged around the goal of CBME,” said Dr. Richard Cherry, associate dean, Continuing Professional Development.

Dr. George Kim, assistant dean, Rural & Regional Community Engagement, was also pleased with the level of engagement and welcomed the opportunity to learn from faculty teaching in urban, regional and rural settings.

“The Education Conference is a great opportunity for our School community to get together and discuss our collective experience with teaching,” he said. “Whether you’re a staff member helping with content development, implementation and evaluation, or a faculty member mentoring trainees or teaching to a full classroom, the Conference provides a great forum to roll up our sleeves, share stories and work toward being better educators.”

Dr. David Snadden, Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine, presented the keynote lecture on rural medicine. He spoke to a captive audience, sharing his six-month experience travelling through northern British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories to meet with physicians and collect research data.

“Dr. Snadden’s thoughtful insights into the connections between rural practice culture and competencies was a highlight of the day,” said Dr. Cherry.

In addition to CBME learnings and discussions, the Conference also provided a space to reconnect with colleagues, friends and mentors. “Seeing staff and faculty colleagues from across London, Windsor and the region was very special,” explained Dr. Kim.

Behind the scenes, many people were involved in making the Conference a success. The Conference Planning Committee and the Operations Committee, as well as Julie Stuifbergen, Ellen Brown, Michele Vanderspank and Michelle Stubnya contributed to the exceptional day of learning.

Several workshop presentations are available on the CPD website.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Education Conference, taking place on Friday, May 4, 2018.