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CVM Faculty Development Workshop on OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

April 13-14, 2011 (Wednesday – Thursday)

Sponsored by the CVM Teaching Academy (steering committee)

Nicole RobertsDr. Nicole Roberts, PhD: Dr. Roberts has been working in education since 1987 and in medical education since 2000. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, she joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and the Director of the Academy for Scholarship in Education. Her research interests include identification and management of learners with clinical performance problems, outcomes of medical education, and teaching in non-classroom settings.



8:10 - 9:00 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Outcomes Assessment 101”

Throughout education, whether it be K-12 or higher ed, teachers are being expected to prove that their students are actually learning. It is no longer sufficient that students are just being “taught”. This is particularly important in the modern “regulatory environment” where loss of accreditation and funding are potential consequences of non-compliance. However, outcomes assessment programs have the potential to document achievements as well as identify needs. Ideally, the ultimate goal is to help educators improve what they are doing to produce graduates who are prepared for the real world. In this 50 minute seminar, Dr. Roberts will provide an overview of Outcomes Assessment – including a discussion of how using outcomes data from students’ clinical experiences should feed into efforts to improve the pre-clinical curriculum. 

9:30 - 11:00-ish AM: Seminar and Discussion: “Real Time Assessment in the Workplace”:

In our college’s recent accreditation review, the AVMA COE identified a lack of direct, formative, mid-block assessment in 4th year clinical rotations as a shortcoming we are required to address. In the first 30-40 minutes of this session, Dr. Roberts will discuss the differences between direct and indirect assessment – using a model of daily verbal feedback versus formative assessment (documented, focused on improving performance in the immediate future and generating useful programmatic data) versus summative end-of-rotation assessment. She will focus on formative assessment methods that many CVM faculty have suggested seem most sustainable in our environment because they fit closely with what clinicians are already doing. In the remainder of the session, Dr. Roberts will answer questions and facilitate a discussion relative to our own program. We will discuss methods of gathering data from direct assessments, the importance of using that data to drive strategic change, and some examples of how these methods could help our faculty/program. Reference: R.E. Hawkins review of the Mini-CEX

1:30 - 3:00 PM: Small Group Discussion #1: Medical Teaching Academies and the Teaching Academy movement Bustad 110J [Host: S. Hines]

Reference: NS Searle: The prevalence and practice of academies of medical educators

Format: Informal small group discussions (in conference rooms rather than lecture halls) facilitated by Dr. Roberts. Faculty, staff and graduate students/residents who wish to participate are asked to RSVP to the designated session host.

3:30 - 4:30 PM: Meetings with individual faculty and CVM leaders


Small Group Discussions: These will be informal small group discussions (in conference rooms rather than lecture halls) facilitated by Dr. Roberts. Faculty, staff and graduate students/residents who wish to participate are asked to RSVP to the designated session host.

9:10 - 10:30 AM: Small Group Discussion #2: Engaging Large Groups(Active Learning in the Large Lecture Room)  Host: L. Nelson, P. Mixter

Reference: B Graffam: Active learning in medical education: Strategies for beginning implementations

10:30 AM - 12:00: Small Group Discussion #3: Scholarship in Teaching (scholarship revisited – including the role of teaching in tenure & promotion) Host: S. Hines, G. Brown

Reference: D Simpson: Advancing educators and education by defining the components and evidence associated with educational scholarship

2:00 - 3:30 PM: Small Group Discussion #4: Deep or Broad? (Teaching Basic Sciences in a Clinical Curriculum)  Host: L. Sprunger
  • deep & narrow (as we are usually trained) versus broad and superficial

  • incorporating clinical relevance for non-DVMs

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