The 10th Annual Medical Education Day

On December 1, 2016, the Pritzker community gathered for the tenth annual Medical Education Day to highlight innovation and achievements in medical education. “Med Ed Day”, as it is affectionately known, is sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators (the "Academy"), a group led by Halina Brukner, MD, and H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, that recognizes outstanding faculty teachers, funds educational projects in UME and GME, sponsors faculty development initiatives such as FAME and MERITS, and runs a teaching consult service. Along with Med Ed Day, these activities serve to elevate and celebrate accomplishments in medical education here at the University of Chicago.

This year’s keynote address was given by Marc Triola, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine & Associate Dean for Educational Informatics at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Entitled, “Using Big Data to Innovate at the Intersection of the Clinical and Educational Missions,” Dr. Triola’s talk highlighted the changing nature of both medicine and medical education.

Dr. Triola noted that the medical field is well-poised to navigate the new era of active and engaged patients, interprofessional team learning, decreasing admissions and lengths of stay, an aging population, and bundled care, due to the amount of data we collect on both our students and our patients. Indeed, he underscored, our ability to collect data has outpaced the rate at which we can gain insight from it. To that end, he is the Founding Director of NYU’s Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME), a team of faculty, staff, and developers who collect, analyze, and apply vast data warehouses of both educational information and clinical information. Additionally, the IIME is bringing in open and public data from, and working to integrate that into their dashboards and reports.

Dr. Humphrey and Dr. Triola
Holly J. Humphrey, MD, recongizing Dr. Triola for his keynote address

Later in the afternoon, selected students, housestaff, and faculty were invited to present their research in medical education at a poster session in the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery. Following the poster session were four plenary presentations, most of which followed this year’s unofficial Med Ed Day “theme” of research into how educators can ensure a smooth transition for students between UME and GME, and between GME and physician practice.

Finally, new Fellows were inducted into the Academy, based on their outstanding contributions to medical education here at the University of Chicago Medicine:

  • James Ahn, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Diana Mitchell, MD,  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Peter H. O’Donnell, MD’03, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Beth Plunkett, MD’97, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Husain Sattar, MD’01, Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Katherine Thompson, MD’05, Assistant Professor of Medicine

In addition, this year we inducted one new Master of the Academy, the accomplished Jeanne Farnan, MD’02, MHPE, Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Curricular Development and Evaluation at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Drs. Humphrey, Polonsky, and Brukner with the new Fellows and Master of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators
Drs. Humphrey, Polonsky, and Brukner with the new Fellows and Master of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators

Congratulations to our poster and plenary presenters, our new Fellows, and our new Master!