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ATSU Continuing Education

may, 2019

21may(may 21)10:00 am23(may 23)11:00 am2019 SOMA Faculty Development2019 SOMA Faculty Development


Event Details

2019 ATSU-SOMA Faculty Development Conference

May 21-23, 2019

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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. This year, themes include 1) evolving instruction toward interactive learning, 2) designing lessons using the team-based learning principles, 3) the use of ultrasound in osteopathic diagnosis, 4) medical student mentorship and advisement toward residency success, and high-yield study strategies, 5) further integrating basic and clinical sciences.

Educational Objectives

  • Evolve instruction toward interactive learning
    Design lessons using the team-based learning principles
  • Use ultrasound and OMT in osteopathic diagnosis and treatment
  • Improve medical student mentorship and advisement
  • Share research findings, identify mutual research interests and explore collaborative opportunities for future research
  • Design courses with magnet topics that integrate basic and clinical sciences

Target Audience

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

  1. As a learning-centered medical school, we identified a practice gap: we need to further activate our medical students in small group- learning environments. Faculty must adapt their current methods away from direct instruction toward active learning. For this reason, we have included many presentations dedicated to interactive teaching and collaborative learning.
  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 through better clinical small groups, preceptoring, specific skills related to electronic health records and mentorship of medical students toward residency.
  3. 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 interpret ultrasound. This year, we focus on ultrasound for carpal tunnel syndrome.
  4. According to COCA guidelines and 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 a session featuring posters representing research, published or in progress.

Educational Need
Not required for faculty development courses.

Desired Outcomes
Medical education is evolving in several dimensions, and faculty need to keep pace with these developments. For example, instruction in medical courses is progressing toward active learning. Faculty need training in specific active learning methods such as team based learning. Restructuring lessons requires integrating basic and clinical science. Faculty need fluency with concepts such as mind-set, and an understanding of current topics in clinical education, including residency success and research. At the end of the conference, faculty should be able to 1) apply several methods for activating learning 2) design lesson segments using the team-based learning principles, 3) apply ultrasound and OMT in osteopathic diagnosis, 4) use current best practices in mentorship and advisement toward residency success, develop their ability to conduct scholarly projects, and 5) further integrating basic and clinical sciences.

Accreditation Statement
ATSU is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

ATSU designates this program for a maximum of 11.75 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Call the ATSU CE Office at 660-626-2232 for more information.

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.

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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.


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