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2023 IHER Conference

2023 Innovations in Healthcare Education Research (IHER) Conference

This conference brings together individuals who are passionate about discovering new approaches to assessing learning, faculty development, curricular design and teaching delivery methods that enhance the student learning experience and prepare students for a career in healthcare.

Adapting Healthcare Education to Transform Learners and Educators

Students Classroom

September 19-21, 2023
Medical College of Wisconsin

The MCW Office of Academic Affairs invites you to attend the tenth annual Innovations in Healthcare Education Research (IHER) Conference. Join us for this hybrid three-day conference to engage in workshops, presentations, poster sessions and more.

IHER Conference badges for in-person sessions will be available for pick up at the registration desk on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. All sessions held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, will take place virtually via Zoom.

Plenary in-person sessions will be streamed as hybrid sessions.

There is no cost to attend.

Submit your requests and/or questions by email to

2023 MCW IHER Innovator of the Year Award

Lana Minshew, PhD, MEd

Lana Minshew, PhD, MEd

Assistant Professor


Multiple presentations, including:

  • Transforming Medical Education Through Student Individualization in the Phase 3 of the MCWfusion Curriculum
  • Human-Centered Design in Your Pedagogical Practice: Developing a Design Toolbox
  • Enriching Educators Skill during Curriculum Change
  • Community-Engaged Design Thinking
  • How to Connect Medical Students with Communities They Serve

2023 MCW IHER Oral and Poster Presentations Award Winners

Akua Asare, MBBS

Akua Asare, MBBS

TikTok, Does it Have a Reliable Role in High Quality Nano-Learning Within Medical Education?

Owen Bowie, BS

Owen Bowie, BS

Evaluation of a Health Equity Curriculum to Improve Cultural Competence with Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (AANHPI)

Emily Lambert, BS

Emily Lambert, BS

Development and Trial of a Low-Cost, Simulation-Based Abortion Skills Training

Manvita Mareboinac, BS

Manvita Mareboina, BS

Promoting Health Literacy and Preventive Care: A Monthly Curriculum and Mobile Clinic Initiative

Riya Shah, BS

Riya Shah, BS

Closing the Loop: Implementing an Annual Survey to Gauge Student Feedback

2023 Plenary Speakers


Calvin Chou, MD, PhD | Using Good Judgment While Remaining Nonjudgmental: Threading the Needle in Remediation in Medical Education

Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California at San Francisco; Staff Physician, Veterans Affairs Health Care System in San Francisco

Presenting on Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FAMIA, FASA | Best Evidence Talk; Burnout in Healthcare

President, American Medical Association; Sr. Associate Dean & Director, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment; Professor, MCW Department of Anesthesiology

Presenting on Monday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. | Sponsor: MCW Office of Academic Affairs


Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA-C

Founding Director, Chief, Professor, MCW Physician Associate (PA) Program

Presenting on Thursday, September 21, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. | Sponsor: Medical College of Wisconsin

2023 Invited Speakers

Virtual Oral Presentation Session

Machelle Linsenmeyer, EdD, Associate Dean for Assessment and Educational Development at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, will present Creating Joy at Work Through Laughter and Humor on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Roundtable Discussion

Steve Vance, MD, Associate Dean of Clinical Education at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, who serves as the Program Chair of the 2024 AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) annual conference, will be conducting a virtual CGEA roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1:45 p.m.

In-Person Roundtable Session

Wisconsin Medical Journal Editor-in-Chief, Fahad Aziz, MD, FASN and Managing Editor, Kendi Neff-Parvin will facilitate this session on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9:30 a.m.

In-Person Workshop

Jeff Fritz, MD, will present Toward Flourishing: A Novel Approach for Addressing Challenges in Medical Education on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 10:45 a.m.

New Presentation Platforms for 2023

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats consist of an informal yet structured interview between a moderator and a guest. They are a unique opportunity to uncover the speaker's expertise, personal stories and ideas. The Fireside Chat sessions are intended to be informative yet conversational with an allocated time of 30 or 60 minutes.

World Cafés

World Cafes are structured conversational processes for sharing knowledge in which groups of people discuss a topic at several small tables like those in a café, and they will have pre-defined questions, but outcomes or solutions are not decided beforehand. World Cafés will consist of three to five small tables for people to move between, with a facilitator for each table. The allocated time is 60 to 90 minutes.

IHER Research Project

Members of the IHER steering committee have an IRB approved project that is seeking volunteers to respond to a two-minute survey and/or participate in short 5- to 15-minute interviews. The survey link can be clicked below. If interested in participating in the brief interviews, please contact the team at:
Complete the IHER Research Project survey

MCW Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Newsletter

This new quarterly publication has been developed to keep the education community updated on conference details, including planning efforts for the 10th annual IHER Conference, as well as serving as a platform for the MCW community to share conference suggestions and feedback.

The newsletter highlights the many successes achieved at the virtual 2022 IHER Conference, while also exploring new and innovative presentation platforms for the hybrid 2023 IHER Conference.

For more information, or to receive the IHER Conference newsletter, contact the IHER Conference steering committee at


Event Location

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

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