Trinity Faculty, Leadership at 2018 IAMSE Conference

Medical professionals sitting in a line at a conference

A major pillar of Trinity’s research program is medical education, both in practical implementation and pure theoretical examination of emerging processes. Developing new techniques in the classroom is a constant process of research and development to provide the best possible outcomes for any student. Trinity was founded, and continues to operate, on a principle of earnest constant improvement closely tied to relevant research performed internally and around the world.

In that spirit, earlier this summer, six faculty members and Trinity’s Dean Adkison attended the conference of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) in Las Vegas.

IAMSE is a nonprofit professional development society organized and directed by health science educators whose goals include promoting excellence and innovation in teaching, student assessment, program evaluation, instructional technology, human simulation, and learner-centered education. The organization is deeply focused on the pedagogy of science, aligning with one of Trinity’s chief areas of research: medical education.

Faculty in attendance were briefed on emerging ideas from experts in various fields of medical science education during workshops conducted in advance of the full deliberations of the conference. For that participation, faculty would be given continuing medical education credit.

From the six faculty in attendance: Drs. Jack-Edwards, Scott, Zhuravlova, Solankie, Jovanavic, and Paudel, along with Dean Adkison, eight posters were presented. Faculty posters were in and around their research in medical pedagogy, while Dean Adkison presented leadership and innovative technologies. All faculty presentations were accepted for peer review, with the poster presented by Dr. Paudel identified as one of the best of the event, and selected as an award nominee at the conference. The presentation was entitled: “Learning Approaches among the Medical Students at Trinity School of Medicine and its Academic Significance,” Dr. Paudel was its principal author, with Drs. Nepal, Shrestha, Panta, and Trinity student Stephen Toth as co-authors.

Dean Adkison gave high praise for the benefits that Trinity faculty was able to take away from the meeting.  “A major takeaway from this conference is hearing how other schools approach common challenges in academia.” she continued, “We have been working on some new ideas in several areas that haven’t fully germinated just yet.  In reading, talking, and thinking about it and then taking part in the conference, we’re coming away with more ideas to study! It’s incredibly valuable. Secondly, the faculty gets to network with other people from other schools and from other countries. It’s all about growing in ways that experience, yours, and others shared through conferences like these, allow you to.”

All in all, the conference was a resounding success and an excellent example of effective continuing education among faculty. The opportunity to share in-development best practices and to become more deeply acquainted with recent research on the improvement of medical education energized and expanded the horizons of the participants. To read more about research at Trinity, you can click here.

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