Top 10 things (milestones?) I learned at a pediatric educators' conference this year
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Our annual conference of pediatric medical student education leaders (COMSEP
) had the added bonus of teaming up with the pediatric residency program leaders (APPD
) this year. In Nashville, where music and med ed mix melodically. And once again, I depart the conference feeling energized to educate and grateful for opportunity.
Here are just some of the things I learned (or am reflecting further upon):
- There are actually milestones for dancing at professional meetings.
- With a little prompting, we can get well over 100 pediatric educators to tweet the meeting and use a hashtag and a QR code to get an app (or at least they're trying).
- From our Miller/Sarkin keynote speaker, Kevin Eva: The purpose of assessment is improvement. Expertise needs continual reinvestment. And good medicine does not involve just going through a series of checklists, we need to put it all together.
- We are educating (and learning from) generation i as in iPad, iPhone, internet, interactivity, I want to share something...
- That if you ask a bunch of people, "how many jelly beans are in this jar?" each individual answer will be wrong, but the average of all their responses are right. Together we can find answers. Teamwork.
- There is a lot of fried food (including pickles) amidst the country music scene in Nashville.
- Omphaloskepsis is the contemplation of one's navel as an aid in meditation or reflection.
- Mentor, volunteer (lean in?), listen, teach, and learn. Pediatric medical education is a rewarding career path with outstandingly sincere, helpful, and dedicated individuals who come together for the children and all learners.
- The how and why of fostering reflective practice across the continuum.
- LEAD stands for Leadership in Educational Academic Development. And LEARN stands for Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network.
Here's what I learned at last year's meeting
And, looking forward to many more. Before you go to your next conference please check out this post
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.