Mo. ° / °
    Ariz. ° / °
    Calif. ° / °
ATSU Continuing Education

may, 2018

22may10:00 am5:00 pm2018 ATSU-SOMA Faculty Development Conference2018 ATSU-SOMA Faculty Development Conference


Event Details

2018 ATSU-SOMA Faculty Development Conference

May 22-24, 2018

Click MORE for program information and tuition pricing.


Lise McCoy, EdD | Associate Director, Faculty Development, ATSU-SOMA | 480.219.6116

Mark your calendars and plan to attend!


Course Description
Advances in modern medical education curricula and teaching practices require health care educators to develop and practice new teaching, coaching and training skills that align with best practices and educational theory. The annual SOMA Faculty Development conference is a three-day seminar held at ATSU-SOMA. During this course, residential and remote faculty participate in a series of in-person active learning, team-based workshops designed to increase their competence and performance in training contexts.

Course Topics

  • RICH Culture: Excellent Communication/Building Trust
  • RDME Best Practices
  • Guide on the Side 4: Engines of Deep Learning OMM Training for All Faculty
  • Research Methods
  • SOMA Faculty Research Projects: What are the Outcomes?

Educational Objectives*Program subject to change.

  • Identify methods for solving conflicts with colleagues by applying trust fundamentals
  • Explore clinical teaching topics: SDH, EHR and pharmacy integration
  • Demonstrate effective strategies associated with case-based collaborative learning
  • Practice with OMM tools and techniques useful for OMM lab or point of care
  • Describe steps involved in developing and executing a research project
  • Discuss peer research project outcomes

Target Audience
ATSU-SOMA faculty and administration

Professional Practice Gap
For this workshop, we addressed five problems of practice.

  1. Our medical school (ATSU-SOMA) is a learning organization, dedicated to a culture of professionalism, which is one of the AOA core competency domains. Faculty often work in committees and learning communities to advance new teaching ideas. Faculty have expressed the need to learn skills associated with solving tensions and conflicts associated with achieving consensus, and explore best practices used in large organizations create that increase transparency, trust, and a culture of respect, in the pursuit of meeting our organizational mission and collaborating well using interpersonal communication skills.
  2. Our remote faculty teach in clinics and have expressed that they would like to share best practices learned for teaching students how to improve practice by infusing social determinants of health, and collaborative practice such as pharmacy integration (as supported by the IPEC competencies.
  3. As a learning-centered medical school, we identified a practice gap: we need to further activate our medical students in small group- learning environments, and teach the faculty to facilitate as guides on the side. We intend to focus a session on training faculty to increase student cognitive engagement by leading small groups using a student self-directed, case based learning model.
  4. According to COCA guidelines, every osteopathic medical school is required to train faculty in competencies associated with OMM/ OMT. SOMA faculty need additional practice with OMM techniques. We have arranged a workshop that will not only practice competency with specific OMT techniques, but teaches faculty to use a new app developed for teaching osteopathic trainees. This mobile app identifies appropriate OMT techniques at point of care to improve student performance in applying OMT in clinical settings.
  5. According to COCA guidelines our school’s strategic plan, faculty need to publish research and evaluate methods used in clinical practice and training. As determined by our school’s research committee, our faculty practice gap is learning to conduct research projects. We designed two workshops – one for exploring research topics, learning the steps involved in research projects, and research methods, and the other for discussing posters representing research published or in progress.

Educational Need
No needs assessment is required for Faculty Development.

Desired Outcomes
As a result of this faculty development conference, the faculty will be able to:

  • Identify and apply techniques for solving conflicts and building trust.
  • Review innovative training tools and topics used by RDME colleagues, and consider applying them in CHC clinic training environments and healthcare systems.
  • Demonstrate strategies associated with case-based collaborative learning for small groups.
  • Use OMM tools and techniques useful for OMM lab or point of care.
  • Describe steps involved in developing and executing a research project.
  • Practice sharing research projects in poster format, and discussing research project outcomes.

Accreditation Statement
A.T. Still University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education programs for physicians.

ATSU designates this program for a maximum of 9 of AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Evidence-Based Content: It is the policy of the ATSU to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

ATSU Disclosure Policy: All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, CESC, presenters, faculty, authors) participating in an educational activity provided by the ATSU are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. ATSU must determine if the individual’s relationships may influence the educational content and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

Disclosure Statement: It is the policy of the ATSU Continuing Education Department to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.  Faculty disclosures will be made in the course syllabus and/or during faculty introductions.  The audience is advised that one or more presentations in this continuing education activity may contain references of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices.

Resolution/Mechanism of Identified Conflict of Interest: Independent sources of review include the following: All disclosures will be reviewed by the program/course directors, CE Assistant Vice President, or CE Director for identification of conflicts of interest. Reviewers, working with the program directors will document the mechanism(s) for management and resolution of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to resolve conflict of interest:

  • Peer review for valid, evidence-based content of all materials associated with an educational activity by the course/program director
  • Limit content to evidence with no recommendations
  • Introduction of a debate format with an unbiased moderator (point-counterpoint)
  • Inclusion of moderated panel discussion
  • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
  • Limit equipment representatives to providing logistics and operation support only in procedural demonstrations
  • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty-The reviewer should be a physician or other scientist with knowledge of the specialty area being reviewed and often times the Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education will perform this first review and can then appoint an independent reviewer.-The independent reviewer is not be involved in the planning of this CME Activity and cannot have a relationship with any corporate entity supporting the CME activity.-The reviewer should have a copy of this policy and a copy of the Standards for Commercial Support to fully grasp their responsibilities as the reviewer. Off-Label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

It is the policy of the ATSU to require the disclosure of all references to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices prior to the presentation of educational content. The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

Disclaimer: The opinions and recommendations expressed by the presenters and planners of educational content in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the ATSU.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration and attendance at or participation in ATSU meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to ATSU’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Audio, Video and Photographic Equipment: The use of audio, video and other photographic recording equipment by attendees is prohibited inside ATSU meeting rooms.

Reproduction Permission: Reproduction of written materials developed for this ATSU course is prohibited without the written permission from individual authors and ATSU.

Special Assistance: ATSU complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act §12112(a). If any participant is in need of special assistance or has any dietary restrictions, please see the CE staff at the registration desk or call 660-626-2232 for assistance.


(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


ATSU - Mesa Campus

5850 E Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206



Comments are closed.