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IEE Seminar Series - 2017-2018 Fall Program

Sept. 25, 2017
How We Know What Isn't So: The Hidden Value (and Integration) of Basic Education

Nicole N. Woods, PhD

Director of The Centre for Ambulatory Care Education (CACE) in the Women's College Hospital Associate Director of the Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at University Health Network


Since Flexner's time, integration of basic and clinical sciences has been a concern for medical education. As a concept, however, integration has more often been understood through opinion instead of evidence. "Curriculum integration" is a popular concept but one that has multiple ­­ and occasionally conflicting ­­ meanings. This presentation will review how curriculum integration may be misunderstood by basic science teachers and clinical teachers alike. Dr. Woods will highlight different perspectives on the concept of curriculum integration at several levels of analysis and will reconcile these perspectives using theory and evidence.


Participants will:

  1. Develop an understanding of common perceptions regarding the value of basic science teaching;
  2. Become familiar with recent research on the role of basic science instruction in clinical reasoning and diagnosis;
  3. Learn strategies for applying research findings to everyday teaching.


October 23, 2017
Peer Review of Teaching in the Classroom and Beyond

Monica Devanas, PhD

Director of Faculty Development and Assessment Programs of Rutgers Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research

Workshop Description

Peer review has been suggested as a part of faculty teaching evaluation for promotion. This workshop will share important information about peer review of teaching.

What do we mean by the peer review of teaching?  To many faculty, peer review of teaching means classroom observation of one's teaching by a colleague.  This is only a part of the peer review of teaching.

The purpose of the peer review of teaching is twofold:

  1. To provide meaningful and constructive suggestions to individual members of the department who wish to improve their effectiveness as teachers;
  2. To provide meaningful information to all the members of the department about the effectiveness of the department's curriculum and teaching in promoting the learning of the department's students.

By drawing upon a wide array of information, course syllabi, exams, data from the student rating forms, and the like, this process can provide a robust and useful evaluation of teaching for each member of the faculty.  But, the essence of a good system of peer review of teaching is that it be continuous, comprehensive, collaborative, and collegial, and based in the department.

This workshop will guide the participants through several models of peer review of teaching, classroom observation forms and formats as well as discuss the structures most useful for their own faculty and departmental needs.


February 14, 2018
Enhancing Instruction with Technology
A Hands-on Workshop Facilitated by Faculty and Office of Information Technology

Dr. Emine Ercikan Abali & Mr. Maged Mohamed

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty


  • TurningPoint Technologies
  • ExamSoft
  • Microsoft 365
  • Mediasite
  • Podium Presentation
    including Logitech
    Spotlight Presenter

Faculty Facilitator

  • Dr. Diana Glendinning
  • Dr. Lee Ann Schein
  • Dr. Liesel Copeland
  • Dr. Emine Abali
  • Dr. George Mulheron

OIT Facilitator

  • Ms. Faith Jackson
  • Ms. Wadee’ah Terry
  • Ms. Veronica Rosel
  • Mr. Jaime Marin
  • Mr. Jeremy Gauvin

As part of our continuing efforts to serve the needs of our educators and our students, Institute for Excellence in Education and School of Graduate Studies (SGS) - Biomedical Sciences (New Brunswick/Piscataway) is sponsoring a workshop on Enhancing Instruction with Technology. It is challenging to use new technologies without losing sight of our goals for student learning.  An anonymous survey was sent to faculty to determine their needs. Top five instructional technologies requested by faculty from the survey would be covered during the workshop.

The workshop is organized by OIT and volunteer faculty who are well versed with these five technologies.


February 26, 2018
Active Learning Workshop: Choosing the Best Method

Frazier Stevenson, MD

Conceptual Medical Education

There has been considerable recent discussion and literature on advantages of active learning modalities in health science education, especially as a way of replacing lecture for large groups. Clickers, Team-Based Learning, Games, Flipped Classroom all can enhance student engagement, learning, and retention. But which one to choose? There is scant literature on comparisons between them, yet experienced faculty know that each has strengths and weaknesses regarding faculty development and technology demands, student/faculty acceptance, and fit for student learning styles and for specific curricular topics. This workshop will actively examine these strategies with an eye towards the methods’ strengths and weaknesses, helping the attendee make decisions on which one(s) best suit their classroom or institution. The workshop will rely on the collective wisdom of attendees and of the workshop leader, who has taught in all the above methods in both pre-clinical and clinical settings.


March 26, 2018
Defining Professionalism Issues

Nicole K. Roberts, PhD

Assistant Dean Medical Education and Faculty Development


  • Sponsored by the medical school's Institute for Excellence in Medical Education, a special CME-Certified Grand Rounds event held April 7 featured nationally renowned Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD, chief of staff and senior vice president of the Department of Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in an in-depth discussion on wellness and resilience for physicians and residents. During the workshop, Dr. Brigham explored the complex issues surrounding resident and practicing physician wellness; reflected on current trends affecting resident and practicing physician wellness and stressors leading to burnout and suicide; and discussed work being done at a national level through the ACGME's efforts to address the need for prevention and counseling programming, support systems and solutions.
  • Dr. Emine Abali was the GSBS Recipient of Excellence in Teaching award from the NJ Health Foundation 2015. She was also a recipiant if the Most Caring Teacher Award in 2015. In 2014 Dr . Emine Abali recieved the an award from MedEd Portal Publications for Outstanding Reviewer.
  • Dr. Siobhan Corbett, Dr. Emine Abali and Dr. Anthony Tobia all recieved teaching awards from the graduating class of 2015.
  • Dr. Rob Zachow, a charter Academy member, has been elected by the student body to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.        
  • Meet the new fellows of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • November 24, 2015  was the first retreat for the Institute for Excellence in Education. Please see the Executive Summary of the meeting.

Invitation to apply for membership to the Academy of Education of the Institute for Excellence in Education

Applications will be reviewed quarterly

  March 1, 2017
  June 1, 2017
  September 1, 2017
  December 1, 2017

Please click here for the Application.