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2020 IHER Conference

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2020 Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference

The MCW Office of Academic Affairs invites you to attend the seventh annual Innovations in Healthcare Education Research (IHER) Conference. 

Conference Theme: Professional Identity Formation

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

Please view the information below for the 2020 IHER Conference, including the conference schedule and workshops.

The 2020 IHER program is now available and includes links to access the sessions.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 24

8:00-9:30 am

Panel Presentation

9:35-10:35 am

10:00-11:30 am

Speed Posters 1: Assessment

Workshop: Supporting Our Students

10:40-11:40 am

Oral Presentations 1
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Keynote Address
1:40-2:40 pm Ignite Session OR Oral Presentations 2

2:45-3:20 pm

2:45-3:35 pm

Speed Posters 2: Innovation

Kern TI2 Speed Posters 1

3:25-4:00 pm Speed Posters 3: Wellness

Friday, September 25

9:00-10:00 am Oral Presentations 3
10:05-10:55 am Kern TI2 Speed Posters 2
11:00-12:00 pm Speed Posters 4: Continuum

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

  • Christopher Davis (Kris Saudek) | Longitudinal Coaching for Developing Character in Medical Students
  • Michael DeBisschop | Implementation and evaluation of a faculty peer teaching observation and feedback program at the School of Pharmacy
  • Greg Kaupla | USMLE Step 2-CK and the Predictive Capacity of the NBME Comprehensive Clinical Science Examination
  • Lindsey Naber  | Regional Variation Across the United States in Resident Self-Assessment as Compared to their Peers using ACGME Competencies
  • Jutta Novalija | Using OSCEs to talk about bias and practice empathy during perioperative communication
  • April Zehm | Serious News: OSCE Assessment of Medical Students' Palliative Care Communication Skills
Speed Posters 2: Innovation | Thursday, Sept. 24, 2:45-3:20 pm
  • Clara Bosco | Maintaining Humanity in the Age of AI
  • Sonal Chandratre | How to Nurture Professional Identity Formation in International Medical Graduates: Exploring Barriers and Supportive Strategies
  • Sonal Chandratre | Tips To Enhance Left-Handed Learner Education In Medicine And Fostering their Professional Identity Formation
  • Edmund Duthie | Using Maintenance of Certification to Promote Advance Directives: A Comparison Between Practicing Family Physicians and their Resident Counterparts

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

  • Madison Guevara | Assessing Interprofessional Bias Between First-year Pharmacy and Medical Students Through a Collaborative Interprofessional Education Session in the Gross Anatomy Lab
  • Sara Lauck | Medical Improv: A Skill for All Ages
  • Teresa Patitucci | Reflection & Self-Assessment Cycles in M1 Anatomy Course
  • Thomas Reuter | Positive Play: Medical Improvisation for Wellness
Speed Posters 4: Continuum | Friday, Sept. 25, 11:00-12:00 pm
  • Angela Beckert | Development of a National Medicine-Geriatrics Template
  • Krishna Doshi | Perception and Experiences of Third and Fourth Year Medical Students about the Choice of Scholarly Pathway on Level of Empathy during Medical School
  • Javier Mora | Interprofessional Medical Spanish Elective in a Medical School with Multiple Regional Campuses
  • Robert Treat | Analysis of Medical Student Plasticity and Stability and the Impact on Burnout and Performance
  • Laura Walker | Resident Recruitment Interview Scoring and Rank System
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

View All Ignite Videos

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 Head ShotThe 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