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Previous Medical Education Scholarship Forums

MESC has hosted three Medical Education Scholarship Forums in 2012, 2014 and in 2015. Details may be found on the Past Medical Education Scholarship Forums page.

_MED9168.jpegDr. TA Loeffler giving the opening talk at the 2015 Medical Education Scholarship Forum.

Highlights from 2011, 2012 and 2013: Medical Education Research in Anesthesia

 A research project by Dr. Noel O’Regan, “A faculty development program for a simulation-based anesthesia curriculum using the Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH),” was successfully completed with the support of former MESC research assistant Ms. Jacinta Reddigan.  Dr. O’Regan presented this research project as a poster at the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) held in Ottawa, October 2012. He also presented his findings at the Medical Education Scholarship Forum hosted by MESC in November 2012.

Dr. O’Regan is currently working on an evaluation of a global rating scale as a new tool in anesthesia resident assessment with the support of MESC research assistant, Dr. Heidi Coombs-Thorne. The global rating scale has the potential to supplement the formative assessment methods that are already in place at Memorial University to prepare residents for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) certification examination.  Dr. O’Regan is also overseeing Dr. Kathryn Sparrow’s research on perioperative fire education and the roles that anesthesiologists play in the management of fires as well as Dr. Katie Carten’s research on identifying latent errors in the operating room.  While working through their research projects, both Dr. Sparrow and Dr. Carten have consulted with the research assistants at MESC.

Medical students at Memorial University acquire knowledge and skills in anesthesia through a two-hour lecture during second year and an optional two-week selective during fourth year.  Drs. Jeremy Pridham, Barton Thiessen and Craig Stone are assessing the horizontal integration of anesthesia into a general surgery rotation at Memorial.  This research project involves a randomized, controlled trial of third-year students during clerkship in which one group learns anesthesia through the current (non-rotation) format while another learns anesthesia through an integrated format during the surgery rotation. The results will determine the effectiveness horizontal integration in improving students’ knowledge of anesthesia.   The project is being undertaken with the support of MESC teaching consultant, Dr. Steve Shorlin, and MESC research assistant, Dr. Heidi Coombs-Thorne.  Ms. Katrin Zipperlin, a former research assistant at MESC, also provided project support.

MESC staff have been members of the Anesthesia Research Subcommittee, which fosters research in anesthesia among faculty, residents and students.  Former research assistant Katrin Zipperlen was a member of the Anesthesia Research Subcommittee and attended monthly Anesthesia Journal Club meetings.  Ms. Zipperlen was also an adjudicator at the 2013 Anesthesia Research Dinner that featured presentations by anesthesia residents about their scholarly projects.  Dr. Heidi Coombs-Thorne is now MESC’s representative on the Anesthesia Research Subcommittee.

Drs. Susan O’Leary, Andrew Major, and Christopher Jenkins have been working with Ms. Diana Deacon, an educational specialist with MESC, since 2011 to develop, implement and evaluate an innovative reflective narrative exercise in the anesthesia residency program.  Prior to implementation, they held a workshop to introduce residents to the concept and practice of narrative reflection.  As a result of this collaborative work, the group has made presentations at national and international conferences. Their presentation was chosen as one of the top five “What Works” papers in the 2012 International Conference on Medical Education, and they recently facilitated a workshop about the exercise at the 2013 Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME).  Other specialty programs expressed an interest in their work, and the team held reflective practice workshops for surgery residents and pre-clerkship students this spring.
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