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2020 Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference

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Conference Theme: Professional Identity Formation

September 24-25, 2020
Medical College of Wisconsin
Virtual Conference

Conference Details

View titles and presenters for ignite sessions, oral presentations and speed posters for the 2020 IHER Conference.
Panel and Workshop

Panel Presentation | Thursday, Sept. 24, 8:00-9:30 am 

  • The Role of Near-peer Teaching in Medical Education: Perspectives Gained through the Medical Physiology Course and Student Tutoring in General at MCW.
    Presenters: Todd Stollenwerk, BS; Molly Falk-Steinmetz, MS; Melinda Dwinell, PhD; Cheryl Crawford, MS, MA, Medical College of Wisconsin

Workshop | Thursday, Sept. 24, 10:00-11:30 am

  • Supporting Our Students 
    Presenters: Sandra Pfister, PhD; David Cipriano, PhD; Julia Schmitt

Speed Posters

Speed Posters 1: Assessment | Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:35-10:35 am

Speed Posters 2: Innovation | Thursday, Sept. 24, 2:45-3:20 pm

Speed Posters 3: Wellness | Thursday, Sept. 24, 3:25-4:00 pm

Speed Posters 4: Continuum | Friday, Sept. 25, 11:00-12:00 pm


Kern TI2 Speed Posters

Kern TI2 Speed Posters 1 | Thursday, Sept. 24, 2:45-3:45 pm

  • An Interactive Wiki for Learning the Diagnostic Thought Process and Rapidly Providing Pertinent Information
    By John Astle, MD, PhD; Paul Guillod, MD; Alexandra Harrington, MD; Maria Hintzke, MD; Steven Kroft, MD; Vasiliki Levantaki, MD; Molly Young;Natali Ronen, MD and Kathleen Bone, PhD 
    Coach: Ilya Avdeev, PhD | Character Mentor: Chris Stawski, PhD

  • Developing an App to Address Social Determinants of Health in Medical Education and Patient Care
    By Michael Nordness; Nathan Fleming, MD, MPH; Audrey Burghardt, MSCP; Theresa Maatman, MD; Joanne Bernstein, MD; and Bob Waite
    Coach: Julia Schmitt | Character Mentor: Ryan Spellecy, PhD

  • Interprofessional Military Academic Enrichment: Developing Student Competencies
    By Michael Nagy, PharmD; Kajua Lor, PharmD; Meaghan Hayes, MEd; Kenneth Lee, MD; Sean Blaeser, Megan Grochowski, Isabelle Sviatloslavsky, and Taylor Williams
    Coach: Kayt Havens, MD | Character Mentor: Fabrice Jotterand, PhD

  • The Art of Observation: Using Visual Thinking Strategies to Improve Observation and Communication while Building Empathy
    By Valerie Carlberg, MD; Stephen Humphrey, MD; and Alexandria Bear, MD
    Coach: Julia Schmitt | Character Mentor: Art Derse, MD, JD

  • Mentorship for Pre-Clinical Medical Students
    By Sonali Srivastava; Srisha Kotlo, Kurt Pfeifer, MD; and Malika Siker, MD
    Coach: Julia Schmitt | Character Mentor: Fabrice Jotterand, PhD
Kern TI2 Speed Posters 2 | Friday, Sept. 25, 10:05-10:55 am
  • Promoting Clinical Empathy Among Medical Students During Their Clinical Years in Medical School
    By Pinky Jha, MD; Sanjay Bhandari, MD; Brian Hilgeman, MD; Patrick Foy, MD; Hari Paudel, MD; Mario Scarpinato; and Kevin Schlidt
    Coach: Kayt Havens, MD | Character Mentor: Chris Stawski, PhD

  • Difficult Conversations OSCEs
    By John Hayes, DO; Jessica Hayes, MD; and Shena Johnson, PsyD
    Coach: Kayt Havens, MD | Character Mentor: Art Derse, MD, JD

  • Creation of Community-Centered Competencies for Assessment of Medical Student Community Engagement
    By Amy Prunuske, PhD; Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH; Carolyn Nash, MD; Eric Giordano, PhD; and Haley Pysick
    Coach: Chris Decker, MD | Character Mentor: Art Derse, MD, JD

  • Training to Heal: Trauma-Informed Care Training for Healthcare Students
    By Courtney Barry, PsyD, MS; Rachel Piszczor, PsyD; Constance Gundacker, MD, MPH; Jonathan Perle, PhD; Carly Wallace, MA; Jineane Shibuya; Mai’ana Feuerborn; and Michelle Leininger
    Coach: Chris Decker, MD | Character Mentor: Ryan Spellecy, PhD
Ignite Session

Thursday, September 24 | 1:40-2:40 pm

  • 1:35-1:45 pm | Jutta Novalija Escaping the Operating Room - A Team Building Exercise
  • 1:45- 1:55 pm| Rachel Kavanaugh Taking a Hands-On Approach: Developing a Longitudinal Physical Assessment Curriculum for Pharmacy Students
  • 1:55-2:05 pm | Wendy L. Peltier Can we define Caring for Medical Education?
  • 2:05-2:15 pm | Robert Trevino I was, I am, I will be: Evolving Professional Identity Formation through Training
  • 2:15-2:25 pm | Sonal Chandratre Surviving The Attacks On My Professional Identity - An Inspirational Autobiography
  • 2:25-2:35 pm | Himanshu Agrawal A Day in Bed - A Novel Idea in Medical Education

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Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations 1 | Thursday, Sept. 24  10:40-11:40 am

Oral Presentations 2 | Thursday, Sept. 24  1:40-2:40 pm

Oral Presentations 3 | Friday, Sept. 25, 9:00-10:00 am


Keynote Address: Dr. Verna E. Monson

Understanding Medical Professional Identity Formation and Professionalism Remediation

The 2020 IHER Conference keynote speaker is sponsored by the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education. 

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Verna Monson, PhDThe 2020 Conference will feature keynote speaker Verna E. Monson, PhD, Adjunct Professor, MCW Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, Educational Psychologist and Consultant, Professionalism and Ethics Education in Medical Schools.

Dr. Monson will present on "Understanding Medical Professional Identity Formation and Professionalism Remediation"

About Dr. Monson

Dr. Monson received her PhD in Educational Psychology, Psychological Foundations of Education (social psychology, ethics education in the professions, evaluation), from the University of Minnesota. As the principle of her own firm, she has consulted to a broad range of professional education institutions (e.g. Law, Dentistry, Counselling Psychology, Medical) on issues related to professional identity formation (PIF) and ethics education. This includes working closely with Dr. Kalet on the application of an evidence-based constructivist-developmental measure of professional identify formation, the Professional Identity Essay (PIE) in medical students. This is based on the work of Muriel Bebeau, James Rest and Robert Kegan among other luminaries with whom she has worked closely.

Based on her work with Dr. Kalet for the past five years, Dr. Monson has worked with MCW, NYU, University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Virginia and Frank Netter Schools of Medicine and the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. She provides expert staging and personalized feedback to medical students based on their written Professional Identify Essay. In this role she has highly unique and calibrated experience with the nature of the development of a medical student’s professional identity. She has analyzed thousands of these essays. More recently she has been providing professionalism remediation coaching for medical students. Dr. Monson brings a highly honed and unique perspective to the study of the education of professionals.

Resources on Professional Identity Formation