Monthly Archives: June 2019

2018: Theresa Whipple MD AMSSM conference

I can't thank you enough for your generous gift of the Spirit of 2010 Award. Because of your generosity I was able to attend the 2019 American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) annual conference, network with leaders in the field, present a case on the national stage, and emphasize Emergency Medicine's place in the field of Sports Medicine. EM is one of the youngest additions to the Sports field, and because of this we are continually trying to prove our worth. We obviously have a unique skill set and are especially adept at the rapid assessment of acute injury and recognizing and dealing with true emergencies. For the last several years a group of EM trained Sports physicians has been conducting a supplemental module at AMSSM that emphasizes the evaluation and treatment of acute ENT injuries, fracture/dislocations, heat related illness, cardiac arrest, and airway management- all topics that we deal with every day, but family medicine, internal medicine, and PMNR trained physicians are less comfortable with. Participants have always found the program high yield and enjoyable, but we are continually trying to find ways to improve. Because of the Spirit of 2010 Award, I was able to create eye models with changeable intra-ocular pressure in order to teach program participants to measure IOP with a tonopen and recognize pressures that are too high or too low. (I had hoped to make a inferior alveolar nerve block simulator as this is a useful block that few outside of our specialty are familiar with, however this turned out to be far too expensive...maybe next year). At the conference this year I was also able to present a case during the poster presentation session, making me a more competitive applicant when applying for fellowships this fall. Attached are photos from the conference. Thank you again for your generosity and helping to make this experience possible for me!

2018: Danielle Miller, MD AAMC conference

Thank you to the class of 2010 who allowed me to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learn, Lead, and Serve national conference in Austin Texas in November 2018. I have a strong interest in undergraduate medical education (UME), particularly performing research in curriculum development in undergraduate medical education. The AAMC conference was an an amazing opportunity to develop specific tools for performing UME curriculum design research and tools for becoming a leader in UME in the future.

Informally, I am what some would describe as a Med Ed Nerd, and I was so incredibly excited about this conference. The conference gave me practical experiences in 3 areas: Research, Curriculum Innovation, and Expertise in Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs).

There were several lectures on how to find funding for medical education research and writing effective manuscripts. These lectures gave me the tools to perform appropriate literature searches, write effective titles and abstracts, and how to search for funding.

Curriculum Innovation:
There were several lectures on curriculum innovation that described what is happening in medical student education currently. My favorite lecture was entitled: The Next Generation of Medical School Curriculum: Exploring Curricular Innovation and Change.

EPAs and WBAs:
There were also lectures on incorporating workplace based assessments (WBAs) and core entrustable professional activities (EPAs) into medical student curricula, and more particularly, how to evaluate these competencies. This gave me the background on the progress of the EPAS and ultimately inspired my next research project.

Lastly, there were some renowned lecturers presenting at the event, including Angela Duckworth author of Grit and the podcasters of KeyLIME (Key Literature in Medical Education). I have read Duckworth’s book and routinely listen to KeyLIME; thus, attending these lectures was mostly akin to when other people meet the celebrities that they are obsessed with, just the nerdier medical education version of the phenomenon. I also had time to explore Austin, and spontaneously saw the iconic bats of Austin.

Overall this award helped me with my career development, specifically allowing me to acquire specific research tools, understand the current issues that face UME curriculum design, and allowed me to hear from national leaders in UME.