2012 Grant Winners


Soliciting and Utilizing Feedback for Professional Development

Project Leaders:
H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago; Shalini Reddy, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Chicago

Project Description:
Drs. Fromme and Reddy are combining their expertise and interests to create a curriculum to teach clinical medical students and residents how to solicit and utilize feedback for their own development. In the modern clinical training environment, educators often do not give feedback to learners, or do not do it well. By training the learners to initiate the process and to reflect on and utilize the feedback they get, the curriculum will lead to the development of self-reflection skills that can be used for professional self-improvement throughout their careers


Inoculating Against the Hidden Curriculum: Professionalism through Advocacy

Project Leader:
Angela Jackson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine,Boston University School of Medicine

Project Description:

This project will develop, implement and evaluate a longitudinal experience that links advocacy and professionalism through clinical experiences throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum. We will introduce our students to the concept of a physician’s broader role and responsibility to society, using advocacy as a platform to showcase professionalism in action. Students will have the opportunity to explore their future responsibility to society, and learn about the diverse roles as advocates that physicians play. Most importantly, they will learn about the importance of connecting with patients as individuals within the context of their community. This curriculum is geared to help students identify events that constitute the “hidden curriculum” during clinical experiences and develop mechanisms to appropriately respond.

The curriculum begins with 1st year students, with an introductory discussion “The Physician and Society: An Introduction to Advocacy”, followed by a reflective writing exercise. Students will meet with an at-risk individual from a variety of clinical settings and hear their life stories and experiences. Small group discussion and meetings with faculty role models continue in the second and third years. Other unique components of this proposal include community field trips for 4th year students and Advocacy Journal Club. The field trip- “A Scavenger Hunt for Health” is an immersion experience, teaching students to recognize the social determinants of health within their patients’ communities, such as access to safe outdoor space, healthy food and affordable transportation. The Advocacy Journal Club will identify current events from the media framing the topic in the context of their actual patients, increasing awareness of the impact of local, state and national events on health.


Social Media and Medical Professionalism: Perfect Match or Perfect Storm?

Project Leader:
Elizabeth Kitsis, MD, MBE, Director of Bioethics Education and Assistant
Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and Medicine, Albert
Einstein College of Medicine

Project Description:
Social media has become a primary form of communication for the millennial generation. The purpose of this project is to help students understand the potential benefits and harms of using social media in medicine. First, the existing generation gap will be narrowed through an intensive faculty education program on social media and medicine. Next, first- and second-year medical students will create and analyze their own “digital footprints” for evidence of on-line behavior that may be inconsistent with professionalism. Students will also have simulated encounters in which social media issues are raised. Third-year students will interview patients in the Bronx community in order to assess their social media usage. This will help determine whether social media use can help enhance the well-being of the patient population served by Einstein.


UCSF Professionalism Learning Community

Project Leader:
Catherine R Lucey MD, Vice Dean for Education at the UCSF School of Medicine

Project Description:
This program has two major goals:
1. Plan and implement an educational program that fosters the development of skills to help students, residents, and faculty develop competence and confidence in self-regulation of professionalism in the clinical environment.
2. Build and continuously renew and expand a supportive clinical work place community that advances professionalism through educational programs and self-regulation.

Current experiences with professionalism challenges and lapses within each clinical discipline will be analyzed and combined with emerging theories on professionalism to develop workshops that teach practical skills and reinforce desired behaviors. Moreover, a key aspect of this program is the planned recruitment of new PLC members at each workshop. These new members will ensure that there is an ever-expanding group of learners and faculty who are committed to advancing professionalism in the clinical environment. The proposal will target medical students, residents and faculty in the UCSF training environment.

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