Self-Directed Learning in your Curriculum: Getting from Theory to Practice

Des Moines , IA US
September 15, 2016

Open to DMU faculty and staff only. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

Series Description

Times are Changing: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education – Strategies for Assessment of Skills, Attitudes, and Behaviors across the Health Sciences

Contemporary health science curricula have increasingly expanded beyond teaching knowledge and skills to fostering attitudes, behaviors and elements of professionalism.

The fall IAMSE seminar series addresses approaches by which these qualities and activities can be assessed in learners when they are not easily quantified by standard methods.  The presentations will address contemporary approaches to assessing entrustable professional activities, clinical skills, and non-cognitive components critical to careers in health professions such as life-long learning and professional behaviors.

Sessions will focus on using simulation to teach and assess basic science knowledge and skills, assessment of “self-directed, life-long learning”, utilization of standardized patient educators in clinical skills assessment, and effective strategies for assessing professionalism. In addition, there will be a session on “defining competency, milestones and EPAs”, further developing their relationship, and addressing the challenge associated with their assessment.  Throughout the series the audience will be invited to contribute to the discussion by sharing their experiences via telephone or our newly implemented backchannel communication leading to a stimulating and thought provoking experience that will inform current thinking on the issues.

Webinar Description

In today’s health care arena with rapidly expanding knowledge, yesterday’s best practice may be obsolete tomorrow. This creates an imperative for physicians to be life-long learners. As students progress through medical education their learning will need to be increasingly self-directed and develop the necessary skills to diagnose and address their own learning gaps. Despite the growing recognition that such skills can and should be taught, this is not yet a consistently integrated component of medical school curriculum. In this webinar, we will first define terminology and explain theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of self-directed, life-long learning; including metacognition, self-regulation, informed self-assessment and the newer framework of master adaptive learning. We will then provide a brief literature review of strategies employed to help students develop the relevant skills, including the use of reflection, learning plans, portfolios and coaches. We will discuss challenges encountered when applying theoretical frameworks to practical strategies and areas of ambiguity in which more research is needed. We will end with some practical suggestions based on the literature and our own experiences.


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Sandrijin Vanschaik, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Dr. van Schaik is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she serves as Education Director of the UCSF Kanbar Center for Simulation, Fellowship Director for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Director of Faculty Development for the new UCSF School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum. She completed her medical school training at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, followed by a PhD from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands and residency training in pediatrics at the New England Medical Center/Tufts University in Boston, MA. She came to UCSF for pediatric critical care fellowship and has been on faculty since 2006. Her academic career focus is on health professions education with a research focus on self-directed learning as well as interprofessional teamwork, communication and feedback. She has completed a medical education research fellowship at UCSF and was part of the Josiah Macy Faculty Scholars Program from 2012 to 2014.

Douglas Larsen 15SEP2016.jpgDouglas Larsen, MD
Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Dr. Douglas Larsen is a medical education researcher, teacher, and practicing pediatric neurologist. His research interests include self-regulated and socially-regulated learning as well as the role of memory in education. His work focuses on developing theory-based, practical interventions that improve day-to-day educational practice. He has developed collaborations across various disciplines and institutions. Dr. Larsen completed his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2003. He pursued residency training in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and then trained in pediatric neurology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University. He has been on the faculty at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine since 2008. He received a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Dr. Larsen was a Macy Faculty Scholar of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation from 2014-2016. He is the Director of Medical Student Education for the Division of Pediatric Neurology.

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William Cutrer, MD
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Cutrer received his MD with high distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed his Pediatrics residency, chief residency and Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He also has a Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cutrer is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). He is actively involved in medical student education and curriculum development. Dr. Cutrer is very interested in understanding how students learn in the workplace and how to help them more effectively. He has published and presented widely on these topics. He co-leads the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative Master Adaptive Learner Working Group and is a member of the Vanderbilt core team participating in the AAMC pilot project Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (CEPAER).

Course summary
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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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Event starts: 
09/15/2016 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/15/2016 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 281
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States

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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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