2023 Excellence in Education Week Highlights Educational Research and Innovations

March 1, 2023 by

Neeral Shah and Meg Keeley Excellence in Education Week 2023

Neeral Shah, MD, Director of the Academy for Excellence in Education (left) and Meg G. Keeley, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education. Photo by Kay Taylor.

The School of Medicine held its 18th annual Excellence in Education Week February 20-24, 2023. The week, dedicated to education in academic medicine, highlights educational research and innovations among UVA faculty, staff, fellows, residents, postdocs, graduate students, and medical students. It also provides professional development and networking opportunities, and connects the UVA community with internationally known educational researchers.

It was a great week to highlight all the exceptional work in medical education at the School of Medicine. Seeing people from different divisions, departments, and schools come together to share ideas and experiences was extraordinary.—Neeral Shah, Director of the Academy for Excellence in Education and Associate Professor of Medicine

This year, 23 abstracts featuring 99 authors were selected by a team of reviewers for the weeklong poster session outside the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Five of the most highly rated abstracts were chosen for oral presentations at noon lunch meetings on Monday and Tuesday. Presenters at the meetings included one medical student, one resident, and three faculty.

On Wednesday evening, the poster authors were invited to a reception where they discussed and celebrated their research with peers and colleagues. Senior Associate Dean for Education Meg G. Keeley, MD, provided remarks at the reception. During her speech, she announced the creation of a new center, the Center for Excellence in Education, which will serve as an integrated home for the Academy for Excellence in Education, Brodie Medical Education Fund Committee, and Center for Medical Education Research and Scholarly Innovation.

Other special events during the week included two featured guest speakers. The Brodie Lecture, sponsored by the Brodie Medical Education Fund, was presented by Alison Huffstetler, MD, medical director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and assistant professor of the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her talk titled Achieving Social Accountability in Healthcare Through Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Huffstetler spoke about the importance of socially accountable healthcare.

The Education Grand Rounds on Friday was presented by Christine Park, MD, professor of Anesthesiology and Medical Education and director of Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Park discussed the history and evolution of healthcare simulation in her talk To Infinity and Beyond: Why Aspiration Matters in Healthcare Simulation Practice.

Excellence in Education Week was sponsored by the Academy for Excellence in Education who would like to thank the following faculty and staff for helping make it such a success:

  • Neeral Shah, MD, Director of the Academy for Excellence in Education and Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Nora Kern, MD, Associate Professor of Urology, Chair, Building Community Committee, Academy for Excellence in Education
  • Kathryn Mutter, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice-chair, Building Community Committee, Academy for Excellence in Education
  • Troy Buer, PhD, Director of Faculty Development & Special Projects
  • Ashley Ayers, Manager for Faculty Development

The Academy for Excellence in Education would also like to acknowledge that its efforts are generously supported by the Mary M. and Charles H. Henderson MD Endowment for Faculty Excellence, which provides financial resources for us to recruit, retain, and support exceptional teaching faculty and to advance the curricular priorities of the School of Medicine.

Read more about the 2023 Excellence in Education Week activities.

Watch the education research oral presentations: Monday presentations and Tuesday presentations.

Photos by Kay Taylor.

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