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Educator Development Core (EDC) Takes Shape in 2014

January 1, 2014

The new Educator Development Core (or EDC) was developed in the summer of 2013 within the Office of Health Science Education under the leadership of Bonnie Miller, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education/Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. The EDC team consists of Bonnie Miller, MD; Charlene M. Dewey, MD, MEd, FACP; Lillian Nanny, PhD; Rebecca Swan, MD; Leora Horn, MD, MSc, FRCPC; and Mary Ann Nichols, the team’s administrator and EDP program coordinator.

It's Time for AAMC 2013!

October 30, 2013

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will be a strong presence at the November AAMC Meeting in Philadelphia, with more than 30 attendees. The AAMC annual meeting is one of the largest annual conferences bringing together educators, administrators, residents and students in the health sciences to discuss the future of health care. 

CME/CPD in Europe

October 30, 2013
Posted in accolades

Don Moore, PhD, professor of medical education and administration, director of evaluation in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, and director of the Office for Continuous Professional Development presented at two conferences in Europe this summer.

IAMSE in Nashville!

September 30, 2013
Posted in conferences

The 18th annual International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) meeting will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville from June 7-10, 2014. This annual event brings together medical educators from around the world to attend and participate in preconference workshops, plenary sessions, focus sessions, poster sessions, eDemos, panel discussions and social activities.

VUSM Professor to Participate in NBME Task Force

September 3, 2013
Posted in accolades, faculty

Lynn Webb, PhD, has been invited to participate in a Communication Skills Task Force at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The purpose of the Task Force is to assist with a validity study of the current communication assessment tools used for ratings on the Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. The task force will explore how teachers’ ratings of communication skills compare to observed communication scores on the Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. The meeting will take place in November and December at the NBME headquarters in Philadelphia.

Fourth Year Medical Student Wins Physician of Tomorrow Award

September 1, 2013
Posted in accolades, students

VUSM fourth year student, Michele Luhm Vigor, was selected for a 2013 AMA Physician of Tomorrow Award. One of 20 students nationally to win the honor this year, Luhm Vigor was selected based on academic excellence, leadership and financial need. The Physicians of Tomorrow Awards were created in 2004 to provide financial assistance to medical students facing spiraling medical school debt. 

Dewey Named Director of Educator Development for VUSM

August 1, 2013

Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., F.A.C.P., has been named Director of the Educator Development Core (EDC) for the Office of Health Sciences Education. In this role she will oversee the development and implementation of programs that enhance the skills of all faculty members who teach in VUSM’s UME, GME and CME programs. In addition, she will oversee the development of programs aimed at mentoring faculty members who hope to make education a large part of their academic careers. Dr.

New VUSM Web Pages Provide Additional Curriculum 2.0, OHSE Information

July 31, 2013
Posted in OHSE, VUSM

In July several additions to the VUSM website were launched under the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (OUME) and the Office of Health Sciences Education (OHSE). These changes were made following the closing of the Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine and the distribution of its services under OUME and OHSE.

VPIL Welcomes 2013 Cohort

July 31, 2013
Posted in OUME, VPIL

VPIL (Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning) Immersion week, July 7-12, 2013, brought together VPIL's newest group of first-year medical, advanced practice nursing, pharmacy and social work students from Belmont College of Pharmacy, Lipscomb College of Pharmacy, Mid Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work Program at Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. This year's cohort of 32 students will work in teams of four at eight clinic sites and meet monthly as a group for a variety of classroom-based activities.

New Office of Educational Informatics and Technology Created at VUSM

July 1, 2013

A new Office of Educational Informatics and Technology has been created under the leadership of Anderson Spickard, III, MD, MS, who will become Assistant Dean for Educational Informatics and Technology. The office will lead in planning and implementing informatics and technology applications to support teachers, staff, and learners across the continuum of medical education. It will also collaborate with VUSM deans, faculty, staff, and students to determine the most suitable informatics and technology solutions to support the broad educational mission of the School of Medicine.