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Symposium on Teaching and Learning

Topics of Interest:

The Symposium Planning Committee invites proposals that emphasize research and topics around teaching and learning in medical education. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing student learning and performance.
  • Integrating technology and/or simulation into the educational experience.
  • Designing and delivering community-based education.
  • Innovations in the fields of teaching and learning in medicine.
  • Integrating collaborative techniques within the learning process (Problem Based Learning, Small Group, Project Based Learning).
  • Coaching and mentoring and its role in student performance.
  • Infusing the humanities within medical and clinical education.
  • Recognizing and addressing difficulties in the learning process.
  • Action research around education and wellness in schools of medicine.

We are inviting proposals for the following:

Research Presentation: Research presentations are formal presentations of educational research being conducted by the author(s). The proposal should provide a clear research questions, a data collection method, and some tentative findings. Research presentations will include 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion. The research presentation sessions will include 3-4 presentations.

Workshop, Small Group Discussion, or Panel: These sessions are designed to focus on a topic relevant to medical education and promote interactive and active learning. In a panel, the discussion should involve diverse perspectives of those with experience. Small group discussion topics should foster deeper discussion among the participants. A workshop should incorporate hands-on skills building or foster interactive growth on a particular topic. These sessions will be scheduled for one hour.

Poster: The poster sessions are designed to disseminate and discuss completed research and its application to medical education. Posters will be available digitally as well as displayed at the conference. Some posters may be selected to participate in the research presentations.

Evaluation of Submissions: The Symposium Planning Committee will review submissions and be looking for topics that are of interest to the medical education community, relevant and important to issues of teaching and learning, original and innovative, include clear descriptions, and describe lessons learned. With the Workshops, Small Group Discussions, and Panels, the committee will want to ensure that the proposal indicates a high level of interaction.

Help with a Proposal?

Do you have a research, small group discussion, workshop, or poster idea but need help crafting a proposal for submission? The Academy for Scholarship in Education as well as the Symposium Planning Committee wants to help! Send an e-mail with your request for help. If we have a number of people interested in getting help, we will set up a couple of sessions prior to the February 3 deadline. If we have a couple of requests, we will schedule appointments with our experienced committee members. We want you to succeed!

Academy Luncheon: Be sure to join us for the Academy for Scholarship in Education annual recognition of outstanding educators. We are hosting a luncheon to honor faculty members and students dedicated to teaching, service, and educational scholarship.

Registration: All accepted speakers are expected to attend the Symposium. To cover the expense of the provided luncheon, there will be a small registration fee for faculty and staff. The fee is $10 for faculty and staff. Registered students and residents may attend for free. The registration site will be available soon.

Learn More: If you have questions and want to learn more, please contact the Director of the Academy for Scholarship in Education, Jeanne Koehler, PhD, at

Premier Sponsors: This Symposium on Teaching and Learning is made possible by our generous sponsors who are deeply committed to excellence in teaching and learning. We are grateful for their leadership and support!

                                                      Interested in Sponsoring the Symposium? If you would like to sponsor our Symposium, please contact Jeanne at