Teaching Academy Event Features Inaugural Morin Educational Leadership Award

March 20, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur

UVM Larner College of Medicine Dean Rick Morin, MD, left, and inaugural Frederick C. Morin, M.D. Educational Leadership Award recipient Paula Tracy, Ph.D., at the Teaching Academy's annual Snow Season Retreat. (Photo: Dave Seaver)

The Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont held its Snow Season Education Retreat on January 11-12, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington, Vermont. Highlights of the event included the announcement of the inaugural Frederick C. Morin, M.D. Educational Leadership Award and a keynote lecture on “New Pathways through Medical School: EPAs, Time-Variable Competencies and Progression” by Susan Skochelak, M.D., M.P.H., Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association.

The opening festivities also included an Induction Ceremony for new members and Teaching and Education Awards, including the introduction of the Morin award and its first recipient. Teaching Academy Director Kathryn Huggett, Ph.D., Dean Frederick Morin, M.D., and UVM Health Network Medical Group President Claude Deschamps, M.D., recognized new members and honorees at the event.

In his remarks about the new Frederick C. Morin Educational Leadership Award, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education William Jeffries, Ph.D., said “It is fitting that the Teaching Academy chose to create an educational leadership award to recognize individuals who have a significant impact on the direction and outcome of our education mission. When considering the creation of this award, we decided that it would be most fitting if this award was not a generic leadership award, but that the award should have a name. It should be named after an individual whose career reflected a substantial legacy of education at the Larner College of Medicine.”

Paula Tracy, Ph.D., outgoing director of the Foundations level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Morin Educational Leadership Award in recognition of her role as “a distinguished teacher, scientist and leader . . . an important role model . . . one of the most effective and popular teachers of medical students . . . one of the original designers of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum . . .”

Tracy, who was named Foundations Director in 2012, joined the College of Medicine’s faculty in 1984 and is a professor and former interim chair of biochemistry. According to Jeffries, her many improvements to the Foundations level of the VIC include “the creation of the Foundations of Clinical Science course, the integration of simulation-based education, the introduction of point-of-care ultrasound training, the introduction of a course quality assurance program, the design of new educational facilities, the creation of two state-of-the-art large group active learning classrooms, the introduction of the pass-fail grading, the introduction of a class run metabolic research project and the creation of several cultural competency modules.” 

In addition to Tracy, 2018 Teaching Academy awards and respective awardees recognized at the event included:

Innovation in Curriculum Development or Pedagogy Award
Ellen Black, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurological Sciences
Stephen Everse, PhD, Associate Professor, Biochemistry

Learner Assessment Award

Tess Aulet, MD, Clinical Instructor – Resident, Surgery

Outstanding Contribution Award
Colleen Quinn, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and HHHN LIC Site Director

Educational Scholarship Award
Judy Lewis, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Nathalie Feldman, MD, Director of the Learning Environment, Medical Student Education

UVM Health Network Medical Group Education Awards and recipients included:

Annual Grant Award Program: Educational Research ($25,000 over 2 years)
“Enhancing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Through Concept Mapping” – co-investigators Bridget Marroquin, MD, Anesthesiology; Stephanie Mann, MD, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Candice Ciolac, MD, Family Medicine, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH); Sandra Sperry, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Nurse Manager, Birthing Center, UVMMC

Continuing Medical and Interprofessional Education Educator of the Year Award ($6,000 block grant and $1,500 cash prize)
Charlie MacLean, MDCM, FACP, Department of Medicine

GME Educator of the Year Award ($6,000 block grant and $1,500 cash prize)
Loic Fabricant, MD, Department of Surgery

A total of 25 faculty members, one graduate student and four residents were recognized in four different member categories during the induction ceremony, including:

Distinguished Educator
Mark Hamlin, MD’94, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Master Teacher
Varun Agrawal, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Stephen Berns, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Anant Bhave, MD, Associate Professor, Radiology
Kristen DeStigter, MD, Professor and Chair, Radiology
Andrew Hale, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Amanda Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor, Medicine
Janusz Kikut, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology
Mark Pasanen, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine
Carlos Pino, MD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Abigail Adler, MD’10, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Michael Bazylewicz, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiology
Bronwyn Bryant, MD, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Eileen CichoskiKelly, PhD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Borzoo Farhang, DO, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Haveleh Gagne, MD’03, Assistant Professor, Radiology
Garth Garrison, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Rosy Hill, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Donald Laub, MD, Professor, Surgery
Valerie Riss, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Joel Schnure, MD, Professor, Medicine
Geoffrey Scriver, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiology
Paul Slavik, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Sarah Twichell, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Leslie Young, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Phillip Munson, Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences PhD Graduate Student
Vishal Shah, MD’15, Clinical Instructor – Resident, Medicine
Lea Sheward, MD, Clinical Instructor – Resident, Pediatrics
Emily Hadley Strout, MD’16. Clinical Instructor – Resident, Medicine
Kramer Wahlberg, MD, Clinical Instructor – Resident, Medicine
Patrick Zimmerman, DO Clinical Instructor – Resident, Surgery/Clinical Simulation Lab

The annual retreat’s educational breakout sessions focused on such topics as metacognition in medical education, active learning, technological tools for teaching, simulation debriefing techniques, and teaching clinical reasoning.

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