Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators

Past Workshops

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Browse the list below for information on past workshops. If you'd like to schedule your own workshop or see one of these previous workshops revived, please contact us.

 Bedside Teaching

Speaker: Marianne Tschoe, MD

Rounding with a team provides great learning opportunities, but it often can be difficult to balance education with patient care. In this workshop, we discussed how to teach effectively on rounds using different modalities, including one-minute preceptor and SNAPPS.

 Bedside Teaching as Dialogue

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

During this session, we framed bedside teaching as a dialogue between educator and learner. We explored issues related to learner- vs. teacher-centered focus of the interactions as well as the dynamic tension between education and service provision in patient care. Participants also gained practical skills to improve their bedside teaching.

 Blended Learning

Speakers: David H. Salzman, MD, MEd

Blended learning has been described as the "thoughtful integration of classroom face-to-face learning experiences with online learning experiences." Additionally, "there is evidence that blended learning has the potential to be more effective and efficient when compared to a traditional classroom model." A more deliberate approach to including blended learning into the context of any educational activity may assist to reduce the ever-increasing demands on student's time related to patient care and protected learning in the context of limited time due to work-hours regulations. This workshop focused on a thoughtful and deliberate approach to the development and integration of online learning modules to support existing classroom activities.

 Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Psychological safety is a belief that allows learners to take interpersonal risk. Effective educators create learning environments that are both supportive yet challenging and in which learners believe they will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes. After this one-hour interactive didactic session, attendees were able to discuss the role of psychological safety and outline specific strategies to promote it in a variety of teaching settings.

 Debriefing Basics for Healthcare Professions Educators

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

This course was designed for simulation educators who want to enhance their healthcare debriefing skills. Through a mixture of interactive didactics, small-group work and debriefing exercises, participants learned the basics of debriefing. That includes: how to create a supportive yet challenging environment, how to structure a debriefing and how to use an honest yet nonthreatening approach in promoting a balanced discussion about areas of strength and improvement.

 Feedback and Debriefing

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Healthcare educators have long recognized the importance of giving effective feedback in improving a learner's performance in clinical settings. A high degree of proficiency in this important skill, however, often remains elusive. Feedback integrated into debriefings and learning conversations, whether after actual clinical encounters or simulation training, can help diagnose learning needs and promote reflective practice. By providing feedback based on observable performance gaps and then using specific communication strategies to elicit the invisible drivers that underlie them, healthcare educators can target instruction to individual learning needs in a variety of domains.

 Large-Group Facilitation

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

This workshop was designed for educators who were trying to incorporate more active learning into their large-group teaching but struggled to move past lecturing. When teaching larger groups, it can be particularly challenging to gain and keep the audience's attention in a way that keeps them engaged with the educational content. This workshop helped attendees gain the skills they need to balance essential didactic inputs and learner activation. We encouraged all levels of large-group educators to join us for this interactive workshop.

 Large-Group Presenting and Active Learning

Speakers: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd, and James J. Paparello, MD

Great large-group teaching encompasses much more than just lecturing. This workshop provided attendees with the skills needed to prepare and deliver and effective presentations. It also equipped them with the tools to identify the appropriate active-learning techniques to enhance their large-group teaching. We encouraged all levels of large-group educators to join us for this interactive workshop.

 Needs Assessments

Speakers: Lauren Anderson, MEd, and Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Conducting a thorough needs assessment is an essential component of curriculum development. This workshop was an introduction to the types of needs assessments (e.g., general needs assessments, targeted needs assessments), the necessary components, examples of tools to gather information and how the needs assessment fits into the larger scope of curriculum development.

 The Role of Professional Culture in Feedback Conversations

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Recent work in health professions education has highlighted the important role of professional culture in facilitating the feedback conversations that promote learning. During this session, we explored the culture of feedback in healthcare and discuss how educators can work to improve it.

 Screencasting Workshop

Speaker: James B. Brucker, MS

This was an introductory hands-on workshop for the either the Windows screencasting program, Camtasia Studio, or the Mac screencasting program, Camtasia for Mac. This class introduced the concept of screencasting and work through a sample screencast, from recording to simple editing to production. This class was presented as a collaboration between the Galter Health Sciences Library and the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators.

 Simulation Debriefing

Speakers: David H. Salzman, MD, MEd, and Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

This course was designed for simulation educators who wanted to enhance their debriefing skills. The course was structured in two parts: a one-hour interactive didactic session to provide the rational and strategies for facilitating effective debriefings and a subsequent 90-minute workshop with opportunities for debriefing practice. During the 90-minute workshop, attendees gained valuable insight to the debriefing process through video review, structured practice with role-play, use of a debriefing script and focused feedback from faculty.

 Simulation Lab Logistics

Speaker: David H. Salzman, MD, MEd

Maximizing the effectiveness of simulation-based education as an instructional method to create an engaging and interactive learning environment requires not only an understanding of the specific equipment used for a simulation but also the roles various people have in the delivery of an educational session. This session focused on various aspects of implementing a simulation session after goals and objectives for a simulation-based educational session have been developed. In this workshop, we discussed a variety of simulation methods that can complement educational activities. Additionally, we reviewed various considerations required in the design of a simulation session, including type of space for simulations and debriefings, staff necessary to deliver high-quality sessions, the logistical steps in planning a session and the preparations prior to the actual simulation. The session ended with an open-table workshop offering an opportunity for the participants to meet with experts and review specific questions related to intended simulation-based educational activities.

 Small-Group Teaching

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Engaging participants in small-group activities can pose challenges for healthcare educators across the learner spectrum. In this workshop, we explored success factors for facilitating small groups, including active-learning strategies to promote group discussion and reflection. Participants of this session got a better understanding of group dynamics and approaches for dealing with difficult group members.

 When Is It Appropriate to Use Simulation?

Speakers: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd; Christine Sang-Shin Park, MDDavid H. Salzman, MD, MEdJames B. Brucker, MS

Simulation is a rich, immersive approach to skills- and scenario-based education. It is also resource-intensive. As with any instructional tool, educators should know when to employ simulation and when other strategies may be more appropriate. During this session, we discussed learner-focused strategies for deciding which instructional tools and frameworks are appropriate for your needs. We worked through the elements of a well-constructed simulation effort, emphasizing how these support educational goals. We also discussed appropriate alternatives to simulation and how to make outcomes-based instructional decisions.

 Writing Learning Objectives

Speakers: Lauren Anderson, MEd, and Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Creating an effective curriculum requires educators to explicitly state what they want learners to accomplish by the end of the instruction. Writing well-constructed learning objectives can be a challenging, but necessary, step in the process.

In this workshop, we discussed:

  1. Learning objectives as part of overall curriculum development
  2. Types of learning objectives
  3. Learning objectives and their relationship to assessment.

We asked participants to work in small groups on writing and editing their own learning objectives.