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2022 CDS 301 – WORKING

2022 APGO Susan M. Cox, MD, Clerkship Directors’ School 301

Leading in Times of Change

Course Directors: Helen Kang Morgan, MD, Celeste Royce, MD, Angela Fleming, DO, Rashmi Bhargava MD,
Tammy Sonn, MD

March 9, 2022, 7:30 am – 12:30 PM ET (11:45 AM – 12:30 PM ET lunch session)

7:30 AM – 7:40 AM Introduction and Overview  

Intended Learning Objectives for 301:

1.     Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the Ob-Gyn clerkship

2.     Compare and contrast grading systems for clerkships

3.     Discuss the Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE)

4.     Describe strategies for faculty development for clerkship teaching

5.     Discuss post-clerkship advising, changes in the application process, and student preparation for applying in Ob-Gyn 

Helen Kang Morgan, MD
7:40 AM – 8:25 AM Tiered Grading: Does it Hurt or Help Our Students? 

Precis: This session will discuss common grading systems for clinical clerkships in the format of a pro/con debate on a Pass/Fail model. Participants will also discuss their grading systems and be able to ask questions and provide additional ideas and comments.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how to establish a grading system for a particular course
  2. Describe relative strengths and weaknesses of commonly used techniques for assessing performance
  3. Identify the pros and cons of pass/fail grades in the clerkship
Laura Baecher-Lind, MD, MPH vs. Tammy Sonn,  MD

Sue Cox, MD (moderator)


8:25 AM – 9:25 AM Best Practices in Clerkship Faculty Development 

Precis: Participants will work in small groups to identify and review best practices in faculty development.


1.     Onboarding New Faculty (Cox)

2.     Residents as Teachers (Fleming)

3.     IPE: Faculty Development for Non-Physician Teachers (Baecher-Lind)

4.     Teaching How to Give Difficult Feedback (Morgan)

5.     Use of Non-Traditional Teaching Techniques for Improved Asynchronous Teaching and Learning (podcast, remote teaching) (Morosky)

6.     EPA: How to Align with Learning Objectives and Assessments and How to Train Your Faculty (Everett, Bhargava)

Susan Cox, MD; Angela Fleming, DO; Laura Baecher-Lind, MD, MPH;  Helen Kang Morgan,  MD; Christopher Morosky, MD, MS;  Elise Everett, MD, MSc; Rashmi Bhargava, MD
9:25 AM – 9:30 AM BREAK  


Going SLOE and Easy: Standardized Letters of Evaluation, Virtual Interviews, and Other Changes in Residency Applications 

Precis: Our specialty has adopted a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) as part of the RRR Grant Program to improve the UME to GME transition. This interactive panel will review the SLOE and discuss the implications for students applying into Ob-Gyn

Learning Objectives:

1.     Describe the challenges and opportunities in the use of the SLOE in the pilot year

2.     Discuss next steps for the SLOE in future cycles

Shireen Madani Sims, MD; Helen Kang Morgan,  MD; Christopher Morosky, MD, MS; Celeste Royce, MD; Jill Sutton, MD; Laura Baecher-Lind, MD, MPH
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Bring on the Games: Adding Fun and Magic into Your Curriculum

Precis: Participants will learn gamification techniques to improve engagement and knowledge retention among their learners.

Learning Objectives: 

1.     Discuss game theory and application to education

2.     Identify ways to integrate gaming easily into live, virtual, and hybrid teaching

3.     Demonstrate built-in gamification features in virtual learning platforms

4.     Apply principles of competition and teamwork to teaching bread-and-butter topics and complex clinical concepts

Celeste Royce, MD; Angela Fleming,  DO; Rashmi Bhargava, MD; Christopher Morosky, MD, MS
11:00 AM – 11:45 M Welcome to the Future: Inclusive Practices for Promoting Success for Our Learners

 Precis: Medical schools continue to recruit students from diverse backgrounds reflecting the complex population of the US. Participants will discuss creating a learning environment that promotes inclusion and identifies challenges to achieving an equitable culture with a focus on interventions directed at the individual, clerkship and institution-level.

Laura Baecher-Lind, MD, MPH; Christopher Morosky, MD, MS; Helen Kang Morgan, MD;  Shireen Madani Sims, MD; Elise Everett, MD, MSc; Angela Fleming, DO
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Clerkship Directors and Clerkship Coordinators Lunch Presentation:

Supporting Our Students During Crises (Mental Health, COVID, Burnout, Financial Challenges)

Precis: Have you ever had a learner come to you in crisis? We as clerkship coordinators and directors serve on the front line for students in need. Participants will engage in discussion on helping our students when they need us most and will leave with best practices and strategies for handling these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

1.     Review common stressors that can cause a student to be in crisis

2.     Recognize the origins of a struggling student may be due to these crises

3.     Discuss strategies that foster psychological safety so that students feel safe sharing

4.     Share different strategies and ideas to support our students

Tammy Sonn, MD; ,Jill Sutton, MD; Celeste Royce, MD