Fostering Change: Small Ideas to Big Concepts

The 37th Annual Generalists in Medical Education (TGME) conference was held November 10-11, 2016, at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle, WA. Hosted by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), the conference theme Fostering Change: Small Ideas to Big Concepts, reflected how the relationships and connections that we make advance not only our individual paths, but also the profession as a whole, toward innovative theories and practices.

Over ten percent of participants at this year’s conference were from osteopathic medical schools—more than double the participation in previous years—including representatives from six of the nation’s 33 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs). Several of these participants also contributed as speakers at the event, presenting on topics that ranged from portfolio program implementation and assessment to emerging initiatives in the assessment of entrustable professional activities (EPAs).

A Focus on the Learning Environment

fotolia_93073900-croppedCOMPA keynote address was given by Larry Gruppen, PhD, Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. In his address, entitled “Making Sense of the Learning Environment: In Class, In Clinic, and in Theory,” Dr. Gruppen focused on the different levels that impact the learning environment, including the person, group, organization, community, and society. In his presentation, Dr. Gruppen discussed his work to assess the learning environment in more detail while outlining the preliminary findings of his research.

This year’s conference programming also featured outstanding panel discussions by national and international leaders, including a session on EPAs, led by Machelle Linsenmeyer, EdD, WVSOM Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development. Another noteworthy panel session, led by Brian Mavis, PhD, 2016 Merrell Flair Award recipient for the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs, convened editors from four top medical journals who discussed scholarly development and the manuscript review process for their publications.

Other equally compelling sessions focused on creating dynamic faculty development programs, mentoring skill development for clinician educators, best practices in remediation of professionalism, assessing humanism, best practices in interprofessional education (IPE), cultivating a coaching culture, giving learners feedback, integrating universal design for instruction, and social networking.

TGME welcomes basic scientists, clinicians, and other educators interested in medical education. Members of the organization teach, conduct research, and provide support services in all areas of predoctoral, postdoctoral, and continuing medical education (CME). Each conference offers opportunities to develop an understanding of the latest initiatives and innovations in medical education and to explore solutions to educational problems.

For more information, visit The Generalists in Medical Education website.