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New Educator and Scholar Training (NEST): A Professional Development Workshop for Students

Day: Saturday 27 August
Time: 1330-1630
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Elisabeth Schlegel1, Tao Le2, Irem Aktar3, Mădălina Elena Mandache4
1 Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell, Hempstead, USA
2 University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, USA
3 Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Capa / Istanbul, Turkey
4 International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, København N., Denmark

Background: Teaching is considered a core skill for new physicians. The professional development of medical students has expanded to include the role of educator including competencies such as development and evaluation of medical curricula as well as their scholarly dissemination. Accrediting bodies and competency-based frameworks affirm educator skills as essential for medical trainees. However, no comprehensive data confirming obligatory educator training in preclinical medical education exist. Consequentially, most students graduate from medical school without formal skill training for curriculum development/evaluation and educational scholarship. To address this gap, we offer a unique workshop to provide student participants with hands-on experience in applying the Kern’s Six-Step curriculum development model to design a complete education activity. A secondary aim is to explore models of converting curriculum design and development into educational scholarship. This workshop has successfully been offered annually at IAMSE conferences for the past four years and was published in MedEdPORTAL in 2021.
Who Should Participate: Students; interested faculty
Structure of Workshop: Introduction of panel and goals before starting breakout groups. Overview of medical education professional development and the growing role of students as active collaborators. Sequence of large and small group activities: Large group: Broad principles of curriculum design and active learning strategies. Facilitated small groups: Participants will work on a hypothetical curriculum design/active learning challenge, applying principles previously discussed. Small groups will present their findings back to the main group in successive rounds based on Kern’s Six-Step model. In facilitated small groups: Participants will work on a hypothetical education scholarship challenge, applying principles previously discussed. Small groups will present back to the main group. Summary and synthesis of key concepts applicable at the home institution.
Intended Outcomes: After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe a framework for medical education professional development

  • Discuss and apply principles and best practices for:

    • Curriculum design and development based on Kern’s Six-Step model

    • Pedagogic strategies

    • Educational scholarship

  • Identify and synthesize themes that integrate across major domains of medical education professional development.

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