UofL spreads success in medical education at AAMC

    Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A.
    Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty and staff are sharing the university’s innovative programs and research in medical education with educators from medical schools around the nation at the annual conference of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

    Among UofL’s contributions to Learn Serve Lead 2017 in Boston, Nov. 3-7, are two invited presentations, oral research presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations. In all, UofL School of Medicine faculty and staff will participate in nine oral presentation events and three poster presentations during the conference, which brings deans, faculty, researchers, administrators, residents and students from medical schools across the United States and Canada together to network and share insights on academic medicine.

    The AAMC is the not-for-profit association representing all 145 accredited United States and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians.

    School of Medicine Dean Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., delivered a presentation on the Being Well initiative to the Council of Deans on Friday, Nov. 3, and participated in a panel discussion, “Resilience and Well-Being: Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk?” on Saturday. Being Well is a series of resources and programs to promote health, resiliency and compassion among the students, residents, faculty and staff of the UofL School of Medicine.

    Dave McIntosh, Ph.D., associate dean for urban health innovation and chief diversity officer for the School of Medicine, discussed “Promoting Retention and Empowerment of Underrepresented Minorities in Medical Education” in an invited presentation on Sunday, Nov. 5. Susan Sawning, M.S.S.W., director of undergraduate medical education research, will deliver a second invitation presentation today on “LGBT Curriculum Integration: Demonstration Projects.”

    As chair of the Southern Group on Education Affairs (SGEA), Karen “Sam” Miller, Ph.D., director of graduate medical education and research, will preside over the SGEA Members Open Business Meeting.

    At that meeting, Sawning, Laura Weingartner, Ph.D., research manager, and the other members of the eQuality Project steering committee will be recognized as winners of the 2017 SGEA Innovation in Medical Education Award for “eQuality: Leading Medical Education to Deliver Equitable Quality Care for all People, Inclusive of Identity, Development, or Expression of Gender/Sex/Sexuality.”

    A complete list of the presentations by UofL at the conference is below.

    Last month, Ganzel presented an oral presentation on the Being Well initiative at the CENTILE conference in Washington, D.C. The international conference promotes resilience, empathy and well-being among health-care professionals. In addition, Sawning and M. Ann Shaw, M.D., M.A. vice dean for undergraduate medical education, presented a poster on Being Well initiatives and Jon Klein, M.D., Ph.D., vice dean for research, presented a poster on promoting compassion, mindfulness and meditation in medical students.


    UofL presenters at 2017 AAMC annual conference

    Friday, Nov. 3

    • A Comprehensive Being Well Initiative: University of Louisville School of Medicine. Council of Deans Ignite Presentation – Toni Ganzel.

    Saturday, Nov. 4

    • Resilience and Well-Being: Are We Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk?  Panel Discussion – Toni Ganzel.

    Sunday, Nov. 5

    • Highlights in Medical Education Innovation: Professionalism Session. Moderated by Susan Sawning.
    • Promoting Retention and Empowerment of Underrepresented Minorities in Medical Education. AAMC Invited Presentation – Dave McIntosh.
    • Outcomes of eQuality: an Integrated, Comprehensive Undergraduate Education Program for LGBT-Health Training. Research Oral Presentation. Authors: Susan Sawning, Amy Holthouser, Stacie Steinbock, Laura Weingartner, Leslee Martin, Katie Leslie, V. Faye Jones, Emily Noonan, Elizabeth Cash, M. Ann Shaw. Presenter: Susan Sawning. Moderated by Stacie Steinbock.

    Monday, Nov. 6

    • Announcement of the winner of the 2017 SGEA Innovations in Medical Education Award: As the winner of the 2017 SGEA Innovation in Medical Education Award, Susan Sawning, Laura Weingartner, the eQuality Steering Committee and the UofL School of Medicine will be recognized at the SGEA Business Meeting for their project “eQuality: Leading Medical Education to Deliver Equitable Quality Care for all People, Inclusive of Identity, Development, or Expression of Gender/Sex/Sexuality.”
    • SGEA Members Open Business Meeting – Karen Miller, SGEA chair, will preside over the meeting.
    • LGBT Curriculum Integration: Demonstration Projects. AAMC Invited Presentation – Susan Sawning.
    • RIME Keynote Address: Damon Tweedy, M.D., author of “Black Man in a White Coat.” Presided by Karen Miller, Chair of the Research in Medical Education (RIME) Selection Committee.
    • RIME Discussion “Self-Directed Learning.” Moderated by Leslee Martin, UofL’s director of medical education.

    Tuesday, Nov. 7

    • Highlights in Medical Education Research Session. Moderated by Karen Miller.

    Poster Presentations:

    • Being Well: A Comprehensive Wellness and Burnout Prevention Initiative at the University of Louisville. Authors: Susan Sawning, Jon Klein, Toni Ganzel, Karan Chavis, Laura Weingartner, M. Ann Shaw. Presenter: Leslee Martin and Susan Sawning.
    • Comparing Apples to Apples: Do Distinction Track Medical Students Enjoy Superior Residency Match Outcomes than non-Track Students? Authors: M. Ann Shaw, Susan Sawning, Shelley Gibson, Emily Carr, Mary Carter. Presenters: M. Ann Shaw and Susan Sawning.
    • Intergroup Contact Theory Increases Student Understanding of LGBT Health Disparities and Comfort with LGBT Patients. Authors: Emily Noonan, Laura Weingartner, Susan Sawning, Stacie Steinbock, Jennifer Stephens, Charles Kodner, Chaz Briscoe, Amy Holthouser, V. Faye Jones, Katie Leslie, Leslee Martin, M. Ann Shaw. Presenters: Susan Sawning and Stacie Steinbock.
    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.