Professionalism Week 2016: October 10-14

Professionalism Week 2016 focused on the topic of interpersonal communication and its connection to professionalism. The sessions included a variety of formats and will explore methods for improving your ability to communicate clearly with your colleagues.

Recorded Presentations

Jeffrey Medin, PhDTranslating Science to Stories

Jeffrey Medin, PhD, MACC Fund Professor and Vice Chair of Research Innovation, Department of Pediatrics

So you have a treatment that dramatically improves outcomes for a number of patients. Or you have great scientific data that can change paradigms in the field. How do you begin to communicate that? More specifically - how do you put these outstanding results together in a way that impacts audiences at talks or grant panels or through the media? The answer is storytelling.

Stories connect us individually and connect our work in a bigger context. This discussion will focus on translating science into stories. It will discuss methods that work and those that sometimes do not work. Warning: Content may contain stories.

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Dr. Jeffrey A. Medin received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky. He then trained at the NIH working on gene transcription and gene transfer/therapy. Following that he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In 2001, Dr. Medin relocated to Toronto, Canada. He was recently a Senior Scientist at the University Health Network and a Full Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. In January 2016, Dr. Medin started a new position as the MACC Fund Endowed Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is also Vice Chair of Research Innovation for the Department of Pediatrics, Research Director within the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, GMP Vector Facility Director, and holds appointments in the MCW Cancer Center and the Blood Research Institute as well.

Dr. Medin is an Academic Founder and member of the SAB of AVROBIO LTD. He is also a member of the SAB of Plexcera Therapeutics and an editorial board member of the World Journal of Stem Cells, Biomedicines, and Cell and Gene Therapy Insights. Dr. Medin has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, edited an immunotherapy book, and presented at more than 100 invited conferences and workshops.

Dhavan Shah, PhDChronic Conditions and Communication Technologies: Understanding the Power of Networks and Effects of Expression

Dhavan Shah, PhD, Louis A. & Mary E. Maier-Bascom Professor, Director, Mass Communication Research Center, and Scientific Director, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

After this presentation, attendees will better understand:

  1. The potential of online support systems to address a range of chronic conditions
  2. The “Five Cs” of an ideal communication system to help patients coping with chronic illnesses
  3. The potential of expression effects to produce beneficial outcomes
  4. Why communication research is important for health professionals

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Dhavan V. Shah is the Louis A. & Mary E. Maier-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is Director of the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) and Scientific Director in the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS). Housed in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with affiliated appointments in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Marketing, and Political Science, his research focuses on the influence of electronic and digital media on social judgments, civic engagement, and health support.

He has developed three major lines of inquiry, with his most recent work extending insights and techniques from his prior examinations of the influence of message construction and online interactions on the development and deployment of digital technologies for individual and community health. These programs of research center on:

  1. the influence of message framing and processing on decision-making and opinion formation;

  2. the capacity of mass and interpersonal communication, especially in online communities, to encourage civic engagement and political participation; and

  3. the effects of computer-mediated interactions, particularly the expression of social support, on the management of cancer, aging, and addiction.

Across these domains, he has increasingly applied computational techniques to social science questions, employing computer-assisted text analysis, machine learning, network mapping, and predictive analytics to study politics, civic life, and public health.

These interests are reflected in his teaching, which includes SJMC 345, Principles of Strategic Communication; SJMC 447, Strategic Media Planning; SJMC 614, Communication and Public Opinion; SJMC 658, Communication Research Methods; SJMC and Poli Sci 829, Political Communication; SJMC 849, Mass Media and the Individual; SJMC 880, Internet and Democracy; and SJMC 880, Practicum in Communication Research. Within the university.

Shah works with fellow faculty and graduate students in four research groups:

  1. Social Media and Democracy -SMAD,

  2. Civic Culture and Contentious Politics – CCCP

  3. Socialization and Participation in Election Campaigns - SPEC, and

  4. Health Information Technology Studies – HITS.

Articles from these collaborations appear in leading communication, political science, and health informatics journals. The author of over 100 articles and 20 chapters, he has also co-edited five volumes and co-authored News Frames and National Security: Covering Big Brother (Cambridge University Press). Shah has involved many students in this work and served as major advisor for 22 dissertations, and a committee member on another 60.

Much of this work has been supported by grants and awards totaling over $29.9 million in funding from sources such as the Ford Foundation, PBS, CPB, Rockefeller Brothers, Carnegie Corporation, Russell Sage, Spencer, National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI), Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA). Shah has used this support to conduct three multi-wave national panel studies of the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections examining the effects of traditional and digital media on civic and political participation.

Since 2008, he has led the Theory and Method Core and Training Core of the NCI-Funded Center for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. Beginning in 2011, he has added responsibilities as the Scientific Director of the AHRQ-funded Active Aging Research Center and three NIDA-funded R01 projects on addiction treatment.

Shah has served on the editorial boards of twelve journals and held leadership positions in three professional associations, AEJMC, ICA, and APSA. He is the recipient of 19 top paper awards from national and international conferences and numerous others honors, including the Nafziger-White Dissertation Award, the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award, and Article of the Year Awards in Political Communication (ICA-2006) and Information Technology and Politics (APSA-2008). In 2016, Shah was elected a Fellow of the International Communication Association, joining a group of 100 living scholars holding this high honor. Within the UW, he has received the Journal Communication Faculty Excellence Award, the Vilas Associates Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, a Hamel Faculty Fellowship, the Kellett Mid-Career Award, and the Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award. He has been invited as a visiting professor, visiting scholar, distinguished lecturer, advisory board member, or external reviewer to over two-dozen major universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

He earned his BA in journalism and mass communication from the UW-Madison in 1989, after which he worked as a media buyer/planner for Leo Burnett Co. in Chicago, IL and as a consultant to marketing communication agencies, including Fallon, BBDO, and Carmichael Lynch, and public sector entities, including PBS, CPB, and NCME. He received his MA in 1995 and PhD in 1999 from Minnesota in mass communication and political psychology. He earned tenure in 2002, was promoted to full professor in 2004, and was awarded a Bascom Professorship in 2006.

T. Clark Gamblin, MD, MS, MBAEffective Networking and Personal Branding

T. Clark Gamblin, MD, MS, MBA, Stuart D. Wilson Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology

During this presentation, Dr. Gamblin will:

  1. Discuss the value of networking

  2. Provide tips on making connections in different environments

  3. Demonstrate how your goals, strengths and abilities guide the creation of your unique personal brand

  4. Help you utilize your personal brand to enhance your networking and professionalism

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Dr. T. Clark Gamblin is a native of Jackson, Mississippi.  Dr. Gamblin obtained his BS from Mississippi State University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1998.  Dr. Gamblin then completed his general surgery residency at Mercer University followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and then joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in the Divisions of Transplantation and Surgical Oncology.  His clinical practice was focused on liver and pancreatic disease.  Shortly after joining the faculty, Dr. Gamblin obtained a Master of Science in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh.  He also obtained NIH funding and served as a primary investigator on multiple liver clinical trials.  In December 2014, Dr. Gamblin obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Dr. Gamblin is currently the Chief of Surgical Oncology and Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He holds the Stuart D. Wilson Chair in Surgical Oncology and leads the liver program at MCW.  His clinical interests include General Surgical Oncology, Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Tumors, Sarcoma, and Regional Therapies / HIPEC.

Dr. Gamblin has spoken often nationally and internationally regarding cancers and has over 180-peer reviewed publications and has mentored many medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Gamblin also serves as the co-director of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Fellowship.

Contact Us

Questions or comments about this celebratory week? Contact Amy Palka at 955-8755.