Teaching Academy Newsletter


Frymoyer Scholars Program 2020 Call for Proposals

The Frymoyer Scholars Program supports physicians and nurses who are actively engaged in teaching University of Vermont medical and nursing students and who embody the best qualities of the clinician teacher. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity by submitting a proposal. Applications for 2020 are due by March 16, 2020. The program has funded 52 projects over the past 19 years. The results accomplished by Frymoyer Scholars have enhanced the learning experience of our students and improved patient care. Click here for the 2020 Frymoyer Scholars Program Call for Proposals Frymoyer Scholars Program on the Teaching Academy website: http://www.med.uvm.edu/teachingacademy/fellowshipsandgrants


Leigh Ann Holterman, PhD, Director of Curricular Evaluation and Assessment, has been appointed to the UVM President’s Commission for Inclusive Excellence. The President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE) is an institutional advisory board at the University of Vermont whose primary mission is to advance the strategic diversity and inclusion goals of the university. Read more here: https://www.uvm.edu/president/presidents-commission-inclusive-excellence

Elise Everett, M.D., M.S., associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, has been appointed level director of the clinical curriculum, reporting to Tania Bertsch, M.D., associate dean for clinical education. She will assist in articulating the mission, vision, and values of the clerkship and required acting internships curriculum; stimulate collaborative endeavors to improve all academic programs; promote educational innovation and research; seek and support external funding opportunities; and participate actively in continuous educational quality improvement.

Julie Lahiri, M.D., associate professor of surgery, has been appointed by the Society for Vascular Surgery Executive Board as a member of the new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force. The task force researches “inequities related to gender, race, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation and develop strategies to reduce identified inequities” within the vascular surgery specialty.

Jesse Moore, M.D., director of active learning and associate professor of surgery, is serving as chair of the Surgery Item Writing and Review Task Force for the National Board of Medical Examiners. The committee met earlier this fall to review questions and align the surgery subject exam with the American College of Surgeons/Association of Surgical Education Medical Student Core Curriculum.


SAVE THE DATE: Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) New England Regional Meeting

Teaching Academy Member Halle G. Sobel, MD is New England Regional President for SGIM and their meeting will be held in Burlington, VT on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Agenda and registration coming soon. For more information, visit: https://www.sgim.org/meetings/regional-meetings/new-england#

Upcoming Webinars

AAMC: Publishing in Academic Medicine: Meet the Editor and Tips for Success - February 13; 12:30pm


AMA: The AMA and Medical Education: How did we get here and where are we going? – February 17; 4:00pm


AAMC: A Roadmap for Publishing Health Professions Education Scholarship - March 9; 1:00pm


SAVE THE DATES: IAMSE Spring 2020 Webcast Audio Seminar Series

Join us every Thursday in March and the first Thursday in April for the IAMSE Spring 2020 Webcast Audio Seminar Series. The theme for the Spring series is "Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education: Health Systems Sciences" where they will feature several speakers from across the US. All sessions take place Thursdays from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Med Ed 204. To view remotely, contact teaching.academy@med.uvm.edu for login details. For schedule and speakers click here.


NEGEA 2020 Annual Conference

"Adaptive Education: Teaching for Learning and the Public Good" 

new NEGEA logo

Thursday, April 30-Saturday, May 2, 2020
The Robert Larner MD College of Medicine will host the 2020 NEGEA Annual Conference. The NEGEA is one of four regional groups of the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). Its purpose is to promote excellence in the education of medical students, residents and physicians through the professional development of medical educators. Regional meetings provide a forum for exchanging ideas, learning new strategies and developing plans that may facilitate your own work and the implementation of the NEGEA’s mission.

See information about a new NEGEA Health Humanities Special Interest Group (SIG) Presents a Preconference Symposium: The Health Humanities as a Teaching and Learning Strategy 

Registration opening next week!

Questions about The Teaching Academy?
Please contact:teaching.academy@med.uvm.edu

New Publications from Teaching Academy Members


The Mindful Manager: Validation of a Rounding Leadership Instrument for Residents.
Ricotta DN, Ranchoff BL, Beltran CP, Hale AJ, Freed JA, Huang GC. The Mindful Manager: Validation of a Rounding Leadership Instrument for Residents. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020 Jan 2:1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-019-05348-1

Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication
Yuen JK, Kelley AS, Gelfman LP, Lindenberger EE, Smith CB, Arnold RM, Calton B, Schell J, Berns SH. Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication. Journal of pain and symptom management. 2020 Jan 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.09.001

New Publications to Note


Beyond the default colon: Effective use of quotes in qualitative research
Lingard L. Beyond the default colon: Effective use of quotes in qualitative research. Perspective on Medical Education. Dec 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40037-019-00550-7

Tools for discussing identity and privilege among medical students, trainees, and faculty
Chow CJ, Case GA, Matias CE. Tools for discussing identity and privilege among medical students, trainees, and faculty. MedEdPORTAL. 2019;15:10864. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10864

“Kids these days”: Reconsidering our conversations about Millennial learners
Regehr G. “Kids these days”: Reconsidering our conversations about Millennial learners. Medical Education. 17 Dec 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14002

Generational ‘othering’: The myth of the Millennial learner
Jauregui J, Watsjold B, Welsh L, Ilgen J, Robins L. Generational ‘othering’: The myth of the Millennial learner. Medical Education. 13 Sep2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.13795

Regional/National Call for Proposals 

Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant - Yale Medical Library

The Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers outside of Yale who wish to use the Historical collections of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. In any given year the award is up to $1,500 for one week of research. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit: https://library.medicine.yale.edu/historical/research/grant The deadline is May 1st, 2020. A committee will review applications and grant recipients will be notified in early June. Please apply through Yale University Grants & Fellowships website. For more information contact: Melissa Grafe, Ph.D.E-mail: melissa.grafe@yale.edu









Teaching Academy in the News

  • Director of Student Well-Being Rosen Published in The Snowboarders Journal
    January 21, 2020 by Republished with permission from The Snowboarders Journal
    Lee Rosen, Ph.D., assistant professor psychiatry and director of student well-being, recently published an essay, titled “Tumbling into Mindfulness–A Novice at Age 50,” in the November 2019 issue of The Snowboarder’s Journal. His essay explores how learning to snowboard as an adult forced him to practice the “growth mindset” he teaches to students and patients.
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  • Teaching Academy Retreat Events Focus on New Members, Awards, & Assessment
    January 18, 2020 by Jennifer Nachbur
    ​The Teaching Academy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont held its annual Snow Season Education Retreat on January 15-16, 2020 in the College’s Medical Education Center and UVM Davis Center. Highlights included an Induction Ceremony for 2019 new members and advanced members, the presentation of the annual Teaching and Education Awards, and the first annual Snow Season Debate, moderated by Professor and Chair of Pediatrics Lewis First, M.D.

February 2020

Meet a Member

In this space we highlight the amazing work our Teaching Academy Members are doing.

Eike Blohm, MD

Eike_BlohmPosition: Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Larner College of Medicine

Year I Came to UVM: 2017

Best Teaching Moment: During a shift in the ED we treated a young boy who had broken his arm when he fell of a sled. The orthopedic resident was preparing to reduce the fracture, for which the boy needed sedation. The drug we planned to use was ketamine, which can produce very vivid dreams. The medical student that worked with me had recently seen a sedation with ketamine after which the patient suffered an emergence reaction during which she was thrashing and screaming, and experience that was emotionally traumatizing to both the family and the student. Thus, the student was reluctant to try this medication again in a sedation.

The student and I discussed the pharmacodynamics of the drug, and I tasked the student to ask the boy where he would love to go on vacation (Disney World). As we were setting up for the procedure, I instructed the student to just keep talking with the patient about Disney World, pull up pictures on their cell phone, etc. As we initiated the sedation, we talked to the patient about getting on an airplane, traveling to Florida with their family, including details such as feeling the warmth of the sunshine on their face. The medical student kept talking about Disney as the orthopedic residents pushed and pull the fractured bone back into place. After the procedure, we let the patient wake back up. There was no emergence reaction, and the boy woke up without difficulty. The first thing he said to his parents was “I went to Disney!”

The teaching on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the drug did not matter. The student saw the power of the human interaction impacting the outcome of the treatment of our patient. This teaching moment showed both the art and science of medicine.

 Last Book Read: Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know by Malcom Gladwell

Upcoming Events

Medical Education Grand Rounds

Friday, February 14; 12:00 - 1:00 PM; Med Ed 300 (Reardon Classroom)
"Putting Theory into Practice: A Method for Generating Useful Pre-class Materials to Enhance Student Engagement"
Andrew Binks, PHD Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech. Lunch is provided; please RSVP to teaching.academy@med.uvm.edu

Educational Scholarship Mentoring Group 

Thursday, February 27; 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Dana Medical Library Classroom
"How to Select a Research Method" with Katie Huggett, PhD and Cate Nicholas, MS, PA, EdD
The theme this year is “How to…?” and each session will tackle a question we hear from faculty. These are interactive sessions with ample opportunity for questions, discussion, and networking. Attend when your schedule permits – you may attend just one or all sessions. Sessions are open to all LCOM faculty.Click here for details.

IAMSE Spring Webinar Series

Thursday, March 5; 12:00 - 1:00 PM; MedEd 204
IAMSE Spring Webcast Audio Seminar Series: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education: Health Systems Sciences "The Third Pillar of Medical Education: Health Systems Science" with Ami DeWaters, MD and Jed Gonzalo, MD
Drop in event; email teaching.academy@med.uvm.edu for details.