The 11th Annual Medical Education Day

On November 16, 2017, the Pritzker community gathered for the eleventh 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 Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, the Susan Behrens, MD Professor of Surgical Education and Vice Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Clinical Director, University of Wisconsin Health Clinical Simulation Program, University of Wisconsin. Entitled, “Sensors, Motion Tracking, and Data Science: Unfolding the Metrics of Mastery,” Dr. Pugh’s talk highlighted the impactful new developments in simulation and medical education.

Dr. Pugh focused on how technology could change out faculty teach and treat patients. She gave an overview of her own history and research interests, starting in the 1990s when she outfitted a pelvic exam teaching mannequin with force and movement sensors. From this first experiment, she and her team were able to see how much pressure students applied to specific areas of the body. As her models progressed, she was able to correlate force and movement data with whether participants correctly identified abnormalities during the exam, thereby building a data set of successful techniques and haptics for physical exams and screenings. While use of data science and analytics is common in areas like professional sports, it has not yet been applied widely to medical training, and Dr. Pugh’s research shows how much room there is for progress in this area.

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 three plenary presentations:

  • Teaching Sepsis: An Innovative Medical Education Initiative to Improve Sepsis Management in the Emergency Department, presented by Racheal Gilmer, MD, Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine
  • Does Patient Preference for Female Obstetrician-Gynecologists Negatively Influence the Salaries of their Male Counterparts? presented by Cindy Zhang, MS3
  • Geographic Trends and Regional Mobility for United States Allopathic Seniors Participating in the Residency Match, presented by Claire Shappell, MD’15, Resident, Internal Medicine

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

  • Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Benjamin Ko, MD,  Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Tia Kostas, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Shannon Martin, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Anthony Montag, MD, Professor of Pathology and  Associate Dean for Admissions
  • Nicola Orlov, MD’08, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Russell Reid, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Konstantin Umanskiy, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery

Thank you to Dr. Pugh for her insight and leadership, and congratulations to our poster and plenary presenters and our new Fellows!