(Left to right): Davidson, de La Bruere, Feldman, George, and Lahey during the Millennium Conference at Harvard Medical School.
The Larner College of Medicine was one of eight medical schools selected to participate in the 2023 Millennium Conference May 2–4, hosted by the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Five Larner representatives attended the event: Melissa Davidson, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and associate dean for graduate medical education; Isaac de La Bruere, M.D., Larner medical class of 2023 alum and psychiatry resident at Boston University Medical Center; Nathalie Feldman, M.D.C.M., associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences and director of the Learning Environment, who served as the Larner team leader; Karen George, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for students; and Timothy Lahey, M.D., professor of medicine and director of medical ethics at the UVM Medical Center.
The biennial conference is a unique opportunity for multi-institutional collaboration on important topics in medical education, including the continuum of clinical education, simulation in education, critical thinking, and high-value care. The theme of this year’s event was “Professional Identity Formation: Evolving Concepts of Professionalism for Physicians in a World with Pandemics and Social and Political Upheaval.”
Approximately 30 medical schools applied to attend the conference, and only eight were selected, said Feldman. The format included small working groups and the development of plans by school teams. According to Feldman, the conference provided opportunities for future collaboration on medical education projects, brainstorming ideas, and the likely publication of a consensus statement with participating schools as contributing authors.