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ATSU Continuing Education

may, 2021

18may(may 18)10:00 am20(may 20)3:00 pm2021 ATSU-SOMA Faculty Development2021 SOMA Faculty Development


Event Details

2021 ATSU-SOMA Faculty Development Conference

Moving Forward on the Path to Excellence

May 18-20, 2021

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Course Description
In keeping with a long history of providing high quality, cutting edge medical education, the annual SOMA Faculty Development Conference is a three-day seminar designed to give both residential and remote faculty a wealth of training opportunities. This year, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to hold a live conference with hands-on workshops. Instead, an abbreviated agenda of topics will provide active engagement, relevant to current topics in medicine and medical education, via synchronous learning on the Zoom meetings platform. This year’s themes include:

  1. Approaches to combating structural racism in UME programming along with a workshop where participants will practice applying new language and techniques to case content and exam question writing.
  2. Integrating Behavioral Health in clinical practice and teaching for better outcomes
  3. Discussions on the 2021 Residency Match cycle and how we can continue to better prepare our students through the teaching and assessment of core competencies/entrustable professional activities.

Educational Objectives

  • Discuss techniques for combating bias and structural racism in UME curricular content
  • Describe methods for integrating a Behavioral Health component in clinical practice and teaching
  • Identify strategies to enhance student competitiveness for successful residency matching
  • Define entrustable professional activities (EPAs) and identify gaps in competency based medical education

Target Audience

Professional Practice Gap
Not required for faculty development programs.

Educational Need
Not required for faculty development programs.

Desired Outcomes
This is an interesting time to be in medicine. Life as we know it has been turned upside down over the past year with the global COVID pandemic; so how do we begin again? Start to move on? We will explore how this has affected clinical rotations and thus skills development for our students, as well as their ability to match into residency programs. Last year also brought about a national spotlight on issues affecting various communities and ultimately, how we view diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This conference will also address racism in undergraduate medical education (UME) through lecture, discussion, and workshop activities geared toward restructuring the framework from which we develop curricular content such as patient cases and board-style exam questions. Attendees will learn about current trends and develop skills related to the practice of healthcare and delivery of medical education today.

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 5.75 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.

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.


18 (Tuesday) 10:00 am - 20 (Thursday) 3:00 pm


ATSU - Mesa Campus

5850 E Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206


Christina Weaver, | 520.237.9730

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