On October 8, approximately 20 alumni and others who are strong supporters of medical education were invited to attend a full day of events highlighting some of the activities at the medical school. This new alumni group, called the Education Advisory Forum, participated in Education Day on the Chicago campus and also sampled the 7th Annual Simulation Technology in Medical Education conference, organized by Drs. John Vozenilek and William McGaghie at a local hotel. With a full complement of speakers, workshops, and a poster session focused on medical education, these alumni got a unique view of how we are continuing to promote and strengthen our education mission.
Our inaugural Education Day was organized by the new Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME), a group designed to provide enrichment for all participants in medical education, including faculty, nurses, and allied health professionals. The 35 Academy members who were inducted as part of the day’s events will play a critical role in supporting initiatives in professional development, educational innovation, and teacher recognition.
A high point of the events for Education Day was a keynote speech given by Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, vice president of medical education at the American Medical Association, and adjunct professor in our Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Skochelak spoke about curriculum renewal and the trends in medical education, both very relevant topics given our own curricular redevelopment efforts.
When our new curriculum launches in the 2012-13 school year, our goal is to be among the leaders in medical education with cutting-edge approaches to teaching students who have different learning styles and interests. With the Academy of Medical Educators in place, we will also strive to offer substantive programming and development for our teachers, who will continue to train tomorrow’s clinicians and researchers using the most effective methodologies and technologies.
J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Lewis Landsberg Dean