Symposium: Improving Learning Environments

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March 13-14, 2019


Theme: Improving Learning Environments in the Health Professions:
What do we know and how can we do it?

Overall Objectives:

Participants will be able to:
  • Identify the key components of the learning environment
  • Describe strategies used to improve the learning environment
  • Articulate a vision for an optimal learning environment


David M. IrbyDavid M. Irby, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Senior Scholar in the Center for Faculty Educators, University of California San Francisco. Full bio
Sandrijn M. van SchaikSandrijn M. van Schaik, MD, PhD, Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Faculty Development for the Learning and Healthcare Ecosystem, University of California San Francisco. Full bio


Wed March 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Thur March 14, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Rachel Halsey
Teaching Academy



Educators, researchers, and accreditors have all highlighted the importance of the learning environments (LE) in health professions education; yet, there is little uniformity about definitions and measuring instruments. This presentation builds on the results of a 2018 national consensus conference convened by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation titled: Improving Learning Environments for the Health Professions. Dr. Irby chaired this conference and Dr. van Schaik co-authored a vision paper about exemplary learning environments. They will share a new framework for understanding learning environments, provide specific examples of interventions designed to create a positive environment for learning, offer suggestions for creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment, and engage participants in activities that help them apply these ideas to their own environment.


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