2017 IAMSE Annual Meeting Review

IAMSE-logoThe 2017 IAMSE Annual Meeting was held June 10-13 in the northeastern city of Burlington, VT in an academic site partnership with the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. This year’s meeting theme and presentations were focused around “Delivering Evidenced-Based Health Sciences Education” with plenaries delivered by internationally-recognized health education experts including:

  • Jeffrey D. Karpicke, PhD – Identifying effective strategies that promote long-term, meaningful learning and comprehension
  • Eric Mazur, PhD – Peer Instruction: Engaging students in the classroom and beyond
  • Jimmie Leppink, PhD – Cognitive load theory and measurement, adaptive approaches to instruction and assessment, and multilevel analysis of educational data
  • Patrick G. Croskerry, MD, PhD – Clinical decision-making and processes leading to diagnostic failure 

These exceptional plenaries expanded everyone’s perspective on learning and cognition and the research currently underway in these areas of higher education.

Participation and engagement by the osteopathic medical education community is growing within the activities and planning of IAMSE’s current and future mission and goals. With an overall registration for the annual meeting of over 610 individuals, there were more than 50 administrative, faculty, and student attendees representing osteopathic medical schools from coast to coast.

Both Luke Mortensen, PhD, Vice President and Chair for Medical Education at AACOM, and Mark Hernandez, PhD, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, participate on the association’s board of directors. In addition, the annual awards session held during this meeting revealed three panel-chosen individuals, two junior faculty, and one student from osteopathic medical colleges awarded IAMSE Travel Awards: 


Audrey Vasauskas, PhD
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dothan, Alabama

Chante Richardson, MBA, PhD
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dothan, Alabama

Bersabel Woldemariam (pictured far right)
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Henderson, Nevada

It was also announced that the recipient of IAMSE’s Educational Scholarship Grant was Terry Miller, PhD, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM).

Over the last few years, osteopathic medical representation and members with IAMSE and IAMSE events has increased significantly. Perhaps this may be due, in part, to the great surge we are seeing in participation in the IAMSE Web Seminar Series in AACOM’s partnership with the association. If you haven’t taken part in these innovative and cutting edge presentations and would like to find out more, contact us at or

Next year’s annual meeting destination will be Henderson, Nevada at the Green Valley Ranch Resort. Look for more information to come.


Vol. 1, No. 11
June 29, 2017