Medical educators gather in support of lifelong learning
From medical school to medical practice, advancing approaches to learning and training was at the center of the agenda at the 2018 Northeast Regional Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) conference held April 26—28 at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Emerging Issues in Medical Education.” The meeting welcomed participants from 10 states in the Northeast region and 36 medical schools.
“Our School of Medicine truly shined and was an example to our entire NEGEA community of how wonderful things can happen when people work together,” said Judith Brenner, MD, associate dean for Curricular Integration and Assessment and co-director of the Office of Academic Success.
The NEGEA is one of four regional groups of the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) whose purpose is to promote excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and physicians through the professional development of medical educators. This year’s three-day conference at the Zucker School of Medicine was framed by plenary talks delivered by three world-renowned educators. In addition, the meeting offered more than 70 workshops, oral presentations, posters, and small group discussions covering a variety topics in medical education such as academic research development, diversity and inclusion, mentoring and career advising, teaching methodologies and ways to promote lifelong learning. Networking was also an integral part of the gathering as conference participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas related to ongoing medical education projects and topics common to the entire community.
“As a new medical school, it was an honor to host the NEGEA meeting and showcase our school to so many wonderful medical educators,” said Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the Zucker School of Medicine (pictured above, far left).
Highlighting humanities as an essential driver of an innovative curriculum, the Osler Society of the School of Medicine hosted a special performance for meeting attendees entitled, “Music, Art, and Memory.” The program featured an interactive presentation of show tunes by The Unforgettables, a unique chorus of individuals living with dementia and their caregivers who demonstrate how music and social interaction can improve cognition and well-being. The concert also included an art exhibit of creative works by people with dementia.
“Artistic programming like this promotes awareness and underscores another dimension to educating our students, residents and professionals about patient care and treatment,” said Dr. Brenner. “Overall, I think the conference demonstrated how important the combination of creativity, collaboration and community is to inspiring new ways of learning for all levels of medicine.”
For more information about workshops, talks, and poster competition results at the 2018 NEGEA conference, visit medicine.hofstra.edu.