PRIME Program at Wake Forest

Des Moines, IA US
February 5, 2015

There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

Series Description

Biomedical scientists, along with clinical practitioners, have critical roles in training health-care students in the scientific basis of medicine and in the research progress to combat disease. Exciting educational opportunities exist for future biomedical science faculty members: new schools require more pre-clinical and clinical teachers, new educational methods provide team-teaching opportunities, and new ideas for research may spring from teaching in a clinical context. Even so, potential challenges face recruitment of future faculty. Health care and research funding challenges are impacting training programs and reducing the attraction of careers in academic medicine. Research training in molecular sciences makes spectacular progress yet often widens the gap between the reductionist lab and the integrative nature of clinical medicine. New methods of health-science teaching that blends knowledge and application into different formats improves clinician training yet makes it more difficult to integrate biomedical graduate students into professional curriculum courses. New educational approaches require scientists and clinicians alike to be trained to teach in different ways from how they learned. This series of webcast seminars will address different approaches to facing some of these opportunities and challenges and will include sessions on developing and improving observational skills in small group teaching sessions and preceptorships, giving and receiving feedback, and descriptions of specific university and organizational programs that assist graduate students in developing teaching skills for health-science courses and integrative programs.

Webinar Description

Challenges in medical education are two-fold:

  1. schools of medicine are undergoing a trend toward diminishing content in basic sciences
  2. schools in the allied health professions are attracting a broad range of student backgrounds and professional goals.

These challenges are compounded by the emphasis on translational research appropriate for immediate clinical applications or the possibilities of commercialization, in the face of reduction in basic science research support.  We have addressed these challenges in our advanced graduate student and postdoctoral training by providing teaching opportunities that require our trainees to direct their content specifically to the professional needs of the allied health care audience, while employing  instructional methods that promote active learning and clinical applicability. By this method, we expect to contribute a pool of academic educator-researchers that can fulfil the needs of future biomedical education.  

Target Audience

DMU faculty and staff.


Allyn Howlett, PhD

Allyn C. Howlett received her BS in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Rutgers University. She did her postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia, and took her first academic appointment at Saint Louis University in the department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science. Dr. Howlett was the Director of the NIDA-sponsored Neuroscience of Drug Abuse Research Program at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical-Biotechnology Research Institute at North Carolina Central University of the University of North Carolina system. She is currently a professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Director of the Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology Ph.D. training program at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Howlett has trained numerous post-doctoral, pre-doctoral, M.S., summer program or medical students, and MARC U*STAR and MBRS-RISE undergraduate research programs. Dr. Howlett contributes lectures to medical, health professional and graduate courses, and is course director for two of these. Dr. Howlett is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Physical Therapy at Winston-Salem State Univ. (WSSU), where she oversees the team-taught courses in Applied Physiology and in Pharmacology in the doctoral in Physical Therapy program. Dr. Howlett developed a WFU Graduate School professional development course for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral trainees to gain a mentored experience in college level teaching at participating neighboring academic institutions. Through the NIGMS Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) K12 program, Dr. Howlett and the WFU Graduate School are partnering with Life Sciences and Physical Therapy departments at WSSU to provide career development for highly-motivated post-doctoral scholars whose career goals are to become academic researcher-teachers in the health professions.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/05/2015 - 11:00am CST
Event ends: 
02/05/2015 - 12:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 281
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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