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Medical Education Week Delivers Important Messages & Meaningful Participation

The Third Annual William M. Davidson Medical Education Week wrapped up on a high note with a presentation by featured distinguished lecturer Dr. Kelley Skeff, the co-principal investigator of the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers. The facility is a national dissemination center for training faculty as clinical teaching trainers for faculty colleagues. Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) is familiar with the work accomplished at the centers as seven clinical faculty have attended the month-long training at Stanford. Additionally, several hundred of them have learned from Dr. Skeff during training sessions held in Michigan. Over the past four years, OUWB has become the largest group of Stanford-trained clinicians than any other school besides Stanford.

speaker Kelley Skeff, M.D., Ph.D. from the Stanford Faculty
Development Center for Medical Teachers addressed the OUWB
community at the 3rd Annual William M. Davidson Medical Education Week.

Dr. Skeff’s special lecture on the evolution of the patient-physician relationship resonated with the audience of OUWB faculty, who instruct medical students in the holistic approach. According to Jason Wasserman, assistant professor of Bioethics, Dr. Skeff provided a real-world plan for time-strapped physicians who want to cultivate strong interpersonal relationships with their patients.

Dr. Skeff’s participation in Medical Education Week, organized by OUWB’s Center for Excellence in Medical Education, began earlier in the week when he led several Stanford training programs. He collaborated on the sessions with Georgette Stratos, Ph.D., his colleague and co-director of the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers. Dr. Skeff is currently the George DeForest Barnett Professor of Internal Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. “Dr. Skeff is a role model for physicians everywhere. I don’t think that there is anyone in the country doing what he is doing. It was quite an honor to have him and Dr. Stratos share their expertise with us,” said Linda Gillum, Ph.D., and OUWB associate dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs. 

OUWB faculty participate in one of the Stanford University
medical training sessions held during Medical Education Week

Prominent Speakers Engage Session Participants 
Faculty participants either attended the sessions live at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak or viewed them as they were streamed in real time to Beaumont Hospitals in Grosse Pointe and Troy and to O’Dowd Hall on Oakland University’s campus. 

Guest speakers such as Gloria Kuhn, D.O., Ph.D., vice chair of Academic Affairs at Wayne State University School of Medicine, engaged attendees on the topic of “Cognitive Apprenticeship: Teaching How to Think Like a Doctor” and Rena Seltzer, MSW, president and leader Academic Coaching and Training, attracted a crowd of more than 50 clinical and science faculty to her session on “Negotiation Skills for Women.”

Poster Displays Examine Diverse Faculty Research
Simultaneous to the sessions, OUWB faculty, doctors and medical students showcased their research with displayed poster presentations. The range of topics supported by detailed facts and figures served as a reminder that OUWB is committed to excellence in education. 

A few examples of these posters include: “A Seamless Transition: Integration of Evidence-Based Principles in the Core Curriculum,” by John Falatko, D.O. and Alexandra Halalau, M.D., FACP; “Inaugural Residents as Teachers Program: Description of Curriculum and Outcome Study,” by Estela Mogrovejo, M.D., Minkyung Kwon, M.D. and Jeffrey Devries, M.D., MPH and “Determining Medical Students Perceptions of Perpetrators and Victims of Sexual Abuse,” by Danielle Rush, Class of 2016 M.D. candidate, Judith Venuti, Ph.D. and Diane Zalecki, R.N. (Read the abstracts for all of the posters, here.)

“The sheer amount of work being done by OUWB faculty is pretty impressive and exciting,” said Wasserman, who presented at the poster podium presentations.

Overall, the sessions supported the mission of the event offering innovative research and advancements in medical education at OUWB with participants engaging in a multifaceted program presented by prominent speakers in the field of medicine. 

In addition to Medical Education Week, the Center for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME) offers a variety of faculty development programs all year long. For more info email ceme@oakland.edu or visitoakland.edu/medicine/ceme.
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