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EdVenture is the College of Medicine’s annual celebration of teaching and learning.

Please join us Thursday, April 27, at EdVenture, the College of Medicine’s annual celebration of teaching and learning!

All sessions held via Zoom.

Register for EdVenture here

EdVenture is funded through a generous gift from the estate of Grace Woodward, a longtime friend of Penn State.

At this year’s event, we welcome Katherine Wisener, associate director of faculty development at The University of British Columbia, to explore the role of teaching incentives in the health professions.

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EdVenture Schedule

9:05 a.m. – Sarah Horvath, MD, MSHP, FACOG, and Katie Dalke, MD, MBE

Maintaining Your Teaching Efficacy When Difficult Topics Arise

  • Reflect on the intersection of medical education and deeply held societal narratives.
  • Discuss the role of medical educators when engaging a learner around a contentious topic.
  • Develop strategies to promote safe and constructive dialogue with learners.

Session Description: Clinical medicine cannot be taught or learned in a vacuum. Physicians often encounter contentious topics, like abortion, firearms, racism, LGBTQ+ health, and vaccinations in practice. Effectively engaging medical learners in the clinical implications of these topics can become challenging when deeply held societal narratives erase nuance and threaten division among learners. In this session, participants will discuss the role of medical educators in scaffolding these discussions, including learning goals, pedagogical approaches, and strategies for fostering safe and constructive dialogue.

10:05 a.m. – Inginia Genao, MD, FACP, and Bernadette Gilbert, MD
The Impact of SCOTUS Rulings on Race Conscious Admissions on Medical School Admissions

  • Review the current state of medical school admissions locally and nationally.
  • Describe the ways in which the College of Medicine might be impacted by changes in admissions law.
  • Discuss strategies to align the admissions process with the goals and values of the College of Medicine.

Session Description: Our own College of Medicine and others across the nation adhere to admissions law as they work to select the next generation of health care providers. Join Drs. Gilbert and Genao as they discuss the ways in which our admission process may be impacted by upcoming SCOTUS rulings.

11:05 a.m. – Susan A. Glod, MD, MEd, FACP
Comparisons of student, resident and faculty survey data at Penn State College of Medicine

  • Review 2022 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire and ACGME trainee survey results.
  • Identify themes in survey results and compare these to themes embedded within recent PSCOM faculty engagement survey results.
  • Discuss strategies to maximize the contribution of learner data to improvements in the learning and working environment.

Session Description:  Each year, graduating students and current GME trainees participate in surveys through the AAMC and A CGME in which they answer questions about the learning environment, their clinical experiences, and experiences with bias or mistreatment.  In this session, we’ll review the 2022 survey results and compare and contrast them with Press Ganey Engagement Survey results for academic faculty.  We’ll identify corresponding trends in the data and brainstorm ideas for utilization of learner data to improve the working environment for all.

Noon Plenary – Katherine Wisener, MA, PhD, candidate
Motivating Healthcare Educators: Creating incentive systems that inspire teachers

  • Highlight the motivators for, and barriers to, teaching medical students and residents
  • Explore the role of incentives and their influence on motivations (for better or for worse)
  • Consider four main criteria to guide the use of teaching incentives

1:15 – 3 p.m. Workshop – Katherine Wisener, MA, PhD, candidate

  • Reflect on their own teaching motivations and challenges
  • Discuss specific instances where they received incentives that were either valuable or not
  • Develop strategies for designing teaching incentives that take context into account
  • Relate these processes to the empirical literature

Please join us at Historic Acres of Hershey (3425 Old Hershey Rd. Elizabethtown) on the evening of EdVenture!

At 5 p.m., enjoy hors d’oeuvres and check out this year’s lineup of posters from your peers. Award presentations will begin at 6 p.m., including:

  • Dean’s Award
  • Distinguished Educator Award
  • Career in Mentoring Award
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Award
  • Resident Educator Award
  • Student Educator Award

Poster Presentations

Be sure to check out the EdVenture virtual poster presentations on VoiceThread!

And don’t miss the 2023 Health Systems Science Academy poster presentations on VoiceThread, too!

We encourage visitors to leave comments and questions for the poster presenters using text, voice, or video. Just click the “+” symbol at the bottom of each poster.

2023 EdVenture Poster Presentations Expand answer

Click each poster title to view the VoiceThread presentation.

2023 Health Systems Science Academy Scholar Presentations Expand answer

Click each poster title to view the VoiceThread presentation. Learn more about Health Systems Science Academy here.

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