Medical Educator 1(3): Faculty Development e-Magazine
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Perfecting Practice

The Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi said, "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect." A statement that may seem cliché on the surface, but is actually backed up with research.

Ericsson K. Anders, Florida State University, is an  is internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. In his career Anders has studied the practice habits of athletes and musicians, among other fields, to find out what separates the expert performers from the ordinary. So what works?

According to Anders repetition alone does not cut it.  Instead, improved performance is related to goal-directed training with immediate feedback, as suggested by the expert-performance approach with deliberate practice--the purposeful and systematic approach to learning a task or skill with a specific goal in mind. In a recent paper published in Academic Medicine, Anders reported on the impact deliberate practice----has on the acquisition and maintenance of medical expertise

This issue of the Medical Educator is about opportunities to practice perfect. Basic Science and Clinical faculty are invited to apply for a Master Educator Fellowship position, a one-year course of intensive study designed to improve teaching practice. Register to attend the 2nd Annual MedEd Day on April 10. This year's theme is Patients as Teachers: What Patient-Centered Care Can Teach Us about Student-Centered Learning. And, see how the generous contributions of Miriam and David Donoho make it possible for us to expand the role of our teaching academy, ACES.
Issue Highlights
Master Educator Fellowship
Basic Science and Clinical Faculty are invited to apply for the Master Educator Fellowship Program, a year-long program designed to help you develop your teaching skills.    
Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor
Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and a nationally recognized physician educator, has been named the inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor.    
The Medical Educators Fellowship Program
Master Educator Fellowship
The Medical Educators Fellowship Program
Call for Fellows

The Master Educator Fellowship is a year-long program (July 2017 - June 2018) designed to allow faculty champions the opportunity to  develop evidence-based teaching skills that maximize learning in the basic science and clinical settings. Working individually and as a team, fellows will build a knowledge-base and skill-set in key areas of medical education including the science of teaching and learning, curriculum and material development and delivery, learner assessment, and educational research.

Expectations of Fellows 
Fellows are expected to become part of a community of practice, sharing their experiences and working with each other to achieve success. Responsibilities include:
  • Participating in scheduled workshops. The workshops will combine a variety of active learning strategies including micro-lectures, open discussions, group work, written exercises, skill practice, and feedback.
  • Completing assignments. Assignments include reading articles and book chapters, watching video, completing self-assessment and reflective excercises. 
  • Completing a final project. Over the course of the program, fellows are expected to design an educational intervention, program, or experience; implement it, and assess its effectiveness. 
  • Sharing your experience with the greater medical education community by submitting an article for publication, poster presentation or conference session, conducting a grand round or workshop.

About the Program
The Master Educator Fellowship is part of The Medical Educators Fellowship Program (MEFP) at Stony Brook. MEFP offers emerging faculty champions specialized development opportunities in three critical growth areas: teaching, leadership, and career development.

MEFP is comprised of a series of three one-year certificate programs, called fellowships. The first fellowship to be offered is the Master Educator Fellowship (July 2017 - June 2018), followed by the Academic Leader Fellowship (July 2018 - June 2019), and the Career Development Fellowship (July 2019 - June 2020).

Certificates are awarded for the successful completion of each fellowship. Applicants can apply for any fellowship of interest. There is no requirement to complete all three fellowships, although that is an option for those who wish to do so.

MEFP is a competitive program, up to fifteen applicants will be accepted for a fellowship, and is designed to further the School of Medicine mission by providing faculty champions with the critical skill-sets required of the next generation of leaders in medical education.

To Apply
2nd Annual MedEd Day
2nd Annual MedEd Day
"Patients as Teachers: What Patient-Centered Care Can Teach Us about Student-Centered Learning"

Sponsored by the Miriam and David Donoho Academy of Clinical & Educational Scholars
April 10, 2017  8:00 a.m. - Noon  Hilton Garden Inn
Register Today!


8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast & Registration
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome & Introductions
8:45 - 9:00 Connecting Patient-Centered Care to Learner-Centered Education
9:00 - 9:30 The Patient In the Classroom: Tales From a Patient-Educator
9:30 - 10:15 Panel Discussion: Connecting Patient-Educators and Students
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 Breakout Sessions. Choose from the following: 1) Integrating Patients Into the Classroom, 2) Incorporating Active Learning Techniques Into Your Teaching Toolbox, 3) Building Your Educational Portfolio
11:30 - Noon Closing Remarks & Wrap-up
Patient Privacy Reminder
From the SBM Chief Information Provacy & Security Officer:

Did you know in New York State (NYS) there are laws that require a higher level of protection/confidentiality than HIPAA for certain healthcare information? The confidentiality of HIV status, other HIV related information and Mental Health information must be protected when disclosing/sharing healthcare information. 
It has been brought to my attention that some members of the Stony Brook Medicine workforce do not consistently allow a patient to determine if it is acceptable to discuss their healthcare related information in front of visitors or individuals that accompany the patient.   
There have been instances when the HIV status of a patient has been disclosed improperly, without permitting the patient to agree/authorize the disclosure. Statements or inquiries such as “are you taking your HIV meds?” are not permitted discussions in the presence of others unless the patient has indicated it is acceptable to do so. 
NYS mental hygiene law provides similar protections re: the disclosure of mental health information.  
A best practice is to consistently allow the patient to determine who may or may not be present during healthcare related discussions. Visitors or individuals who accompany the patient to provide support are to be instructed to leave during exams and discussions. If the patient indicates it is ok for the person to stay remind the patient that you may need to discuss sensitive information. If the patient still insists the person can stay then that is the their decision/authorization. Document it in the progress note.
Releasing confidential information without authorization is considered Professional Misconduct in NYS.
Tasty Bites
Can't come to us? Then, we'll come to you! The Faculty Development team is available to attend department or team meetings to provide "tasty bites" to faculty.

Tasty Bites are mini (5-10 minute) sessions designed to provide updates on emerging teaching practices and developmental opportunities available through the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs. 

Quarterly visits are recommended to ensure your faculty members are up to date on the opportunities available to them. Schedule a visit.
Contact Us

Have an idea for the newsletter? Or, have a question about an upcoming event? Want to schedule a 1-to-1 consultation or Tasty Bite?  Contact us.

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