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2021 IHER Conference

2021 Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference

September 22-24, 2021

Reimagining Our Efforts in Healthcare Education

Faculty Lecture Students

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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

Note: As MCW continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 while simultaneously adhering to appropriate protocols and guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the decision has been made to hold this year’s conference primarily via Zoom to ensure the health and safety of our MCW Family.

View the 2021 Conference Program (PDF)

IHER 2021 Conference Award Winners

The IHER team is thrilled to share that the Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) will be publishing the abstract of the top-rated presentation in each of the following categories:

Oral Presentation | Research


Erin Gruber

Self-reported Levels of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress During the First 6 Months of Medical School – A Case Study at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Regional Campuses

Meet Erin (Audio)

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Oral Presentation | Innovation


Meghan Peterson

Seeking Peer Outreach: An Integrated, Tiered Approach to Address Stigma and Isolation in Medical Education

Meet Meghan (Audio)

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Poster Presentation | Research


Marissa Cepress

Human Trafficking in Wisconsin: The Physician’s Role in Ending Modern Day Slavery

Meet Marissa (Audio)

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Poster Presentation | Innovation


Identifying Barriers to Practicing a Growth Mindset in Medical Education

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2021 Presentation Platforms

  • Keynote Speakers
    • Wednesday, September 22: Sondra Zabar, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine
    • Thursday, September 23: Louis N. Pangaro, MD, MACP, Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine
  • Workshops
  • Panel Sessions
  • Oral Presentations
  • Ignite Sessions
  • Speed Posters
  • Virtual Reality Speed Posters
  • Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2) Posters

New this year!

  • Meet-the-Editors Session: Thursday, September 23 at 1:30 pm CDT
    • Anna Cianciolo, PhD: Editor-in-Chief, Teaching and Learning in Medicine
    • Peter GM de Jong, PhD: Editor-in-Chief, Medical Science Educator
    • Michael Fetters, MD: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Mixed Method Research
    • Jake Prunuske, MD: MCW-Central Wisconsin Faculty, Associate Editor of AAMC MedEdPORTAL and STFM Peer-Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER)
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Presentations*
  • Roundtables

*To install, use and present in the new VR platform, Virbela, please contact

Conference Keynote Speakers


Sondra Zabar, MD

Supporting a Learning Healthcare System – Using Simulation to Continuously Improve Telemedicine and Healthcare Quality

Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation, New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine; Attending Physician at Gouverneur Healthcare Service


Louis N. Pangaro, MD, MACP

Planning for the Future – What’s Essential and What’s Desirable?

Professor of Medicine, Hebert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Meet-the-Editors | September 23, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Peter GM de Jong, PhD

Peter DeJong, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Medical Science Educator
Senior Researcher, Center for Innovation in Medical Education
Leiden University Medical Center
Leiden, The Netherlands

Peter GM de Jong, PhD is a strategic advisor and senior researcher in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning at Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands, where he leads a team for the development, implementation, and support of learning materials and where he provides strategic advice in the field of technology enhanced learning. His research interest is in the field of Blended Learning in medical education, especially the integration of Massive Open Online Courses into regular classroom teaching. He authored several articles on the topic of the use of computers in education and online learning, and presented numeral oral, poster, and workshop presentations. Since 2007 Peter is involved in the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), an international organization with a focus on advancing medical education through faculty development while ensuring that the teaching and learning of medicine continues to be firmly grounded in science. Since 2010 he holds the position of Editor-in-Chief of Medical Science Educator, the online journal of IAMSE published by Springer.

Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD

Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Teaching and Learning in Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Carbondale, IL, USA

Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD, is associate professor of Medical Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and has served as Editor and Chief for Teaching and Learning in Medicine since 2013. She approaches medical education scholarship from a human-centered systems engineering perspective and is intrigued by the impact of contextual characteristics on educational implementation. Through her work as a researcher and editor, she seeks to promote reflective practice in educational design and evaluation, empowering educators to continuously learn and improve instruction.

Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA

Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA

Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Mixed Methods Research
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Mixed Methods Program
Director, Japanese Family Health Program Education and Research
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA, is a professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) where he directs the Japanese Family Health Education and Research Programs that strives to provide culturally and linguistically competent care for the Japanese population currently residing in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metropolitan area. Fluent in Japanese, he has also been instrumental in the introduction, preparation for, and teaching of, the concepts, skills and mission behind the specialty of family medicine for medical residents in Japan with a grant awarded to the U-M and the Department of Family Medicine titled the Shizuoka-University of Michigan Advanced Residency Training, Education and Research in Family Medicine (SMARTER FM). With Family Medicine Adjunct Professor John W. Creswell, he co-founded and directs the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Program as an international expert in the methodology of Mixed Methods Research, where he has taught multiple mixed methods workshops domestically and internationally in Canada, Denmark, China, Hong Kong, Qatar, South Africa, and Japan. He also serves as Co-Editor in Chief with Jose Franciso Molina Azorin for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH

Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH

Associate Editor, AAMC MedEdPORTAL
Associate Editor, Peer-Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER)
Assistant Dean of Clinical Learning
Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin
Wausau, WI, USA

Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Learning at the Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin campus. He earned his bachelor and medical degrees at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his Family Medicine Residency and Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Utah. His research has focused on family medicine and public health education. Dr. Prunuske has served as an Associate Editor for MedEdPORTAL from 2013-2021 and for the STFM journal PRiMER: Peer-Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research from 2016-present.

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IHER 2021 Conference Evaluation

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