Crossing the Synapse: Integrating Basic Science and Clinical Medicine at the Cognitive Level to Improve Medical Decision Making

Des Moines, IA US
October 9, 2014

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.

This series of webcast seminars will address different approaches to facing opportunities and challenges and will include sessions on developing and improving observational skills in small group teaching sessions and preceptorships, giving and receiving feedback, as well as descriptions of specific university and organizational programs that assist graduate students in developing teaching skills for health-science courses and integrative programs.

Webinar Description

Over 100 years ago Abraham Flexner disrupted American medical education by asserting that the sciences must play a foundational role in the intellectual development of a physician, thus setting the standard for the traditional curricular “2x2” model of concentrated basic science education followed by clinical training. Since then additional reforms have led to improved contextual integration of clinical education into the basic science curriculum through earlier clinical exposure and implementation of problem-based learning programs. Unfortunately, similar integration of advanced basic science education into the core clinical curriculum remains elusive, and the promise of meaningful curricular time for science educators unmet.

Target Audience

DMU faculty and staff.


Leslie Fall, MD

Dr. Fall serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and is an inaugural member of Geisel’s Academy of Master Educators. She is a Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine) as also serves as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Fall has been deeply involved in the continuum of medical education serving as a pediatric clerkship director and residency program director, as well as leading many faculty development efforts throughout her career. A Geisel graduate herself, she completed a medical education fellowship at Michigan State University (1995) and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for women (2013). Her innovative approach to teaching clinical skills using a developmental coaching paradigm (, co-developed with Dr. Kim Gifford, has resulted in numerous invited national workshops, visiting professorships and recent publications. Dr. Fall is also the co-founder, President and Executive Medical Director of MedU ( Founded in 2006, MedU is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to advance medical education through collaborative development, dissemination and research of technology-enabled medical education programs. The majority of US and Canadian medical schools subscribe to at least one of MedU’s virtual patient courses (CLIPP, SIMPLE, fmCASES, CORE) with over 30,000 registered new users per year and over 1,000,000 case sessions completed annually – a success which far exceeds that of any other e-learning program in medical education anywhere in the world. Dr. Fall and her fellow co-founder, Dr. Norm Berman, have received numerous national medical education awards for their work developing MedU. Dr. Fall lives in Hanover, NH with her husband and three children.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/09/2014 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/09/2014 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 181
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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