Friday, June 10, 2016

Symposium offers tips, tools to enhance teaching practices

ENGAGING EDUCATORS: Hundreds participated in the first Education Symposium at the MGH.

The MGH Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE) hosted its first Education Symposium for MGH educators on May 16 in the Starr Center and the Richard B. Simches Research Center. Nearly 200 of the hospital’s brightest teachers and educational innovators gathered for the event – including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and pharmacists.

“Our goal for today’s symposium is to give you a chance to reflect on your teaching practices and to provide you with some tips and tools to enhance them. We hope this event will be the foundation for inspiring and supporting a more robust community of educators at the MGH,” said Brit Nicholson, MD, senior vice president for Development.“We ask you to become actively engaged as a learner, to be vulnerable about your own knowledge gaps, to ask thoughtful and provocative questions to address those learning needs, and to challenge yourself to think about how you can apply new knowledge to your own teaching going forward.”

Modeling teaching best practices, the day-long event included two keynote knowledge-building sessions, interactive discussions between peers and dynamic dialogue about the intersection between education and safe patient care. Sessions focused on crucial topics, trends and breakthroughs in health care education today. The morning’s theme focused on “Teaching in the Clinical Setting: Generating and/or Applying Innovative Education Scholarship,” while the afternoon’s theme highlighted “Teaching Interactivity & Meaningful Assessment & Feedback.” The day concluded with a poster session showcasing the innovations developed by the ECOTE Pilot Grant recipients.

“We hope that the end of this symposium reflects not a closing, but rather a new beginning – a fresh start to how we all think about, talk about, plan and perform our educational efforts,” said Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of Surgery and ECOTE chair.“Seek out opportunities for interprofessional education that represent actual clinical practice, take advantage of resources to incorporate simulation, debriefing and other forms of deliberate practice and experiential learning and explore avenues to advance educational innovation and scholarship. If everyone in this room focuses on those three areas, imagine how transformative the power of this group of educators can be.”

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