• Patrick Lawlor

Day 1 Morning Recap

Updated: Mar 24

This morning, after a great kick off by Dr. David Roberts which inspired all of us to invest in our professional development, we learned about the “Science of Learning” in a talk by Dr. Hayes (@MHayes_MD). Bonus- we also got to see David’s dog during this talk!! This first session was meant to set the foundation for the whole course. Many concepts were introduced as an overview – you will hear these concepts discussed in more depth throughout the course. Dr. Hayes shared her framework of thinking about the “Science of Learning” as an umbrella term that includes how memory works, dual process theory, adult learning theory, cognitive learning theories, and active learning strategies. There was some great discussion about active learning strategies. Learning happens when the brain is taxed and works hard. Who’s ready to work their brains during this course??!!



Dr. Fishman (@Laurie_fishman) built on some of the concepts Dr. Hayes discussed with emphasis on grabbing the attention of the learner and creating a safe environment. She taught us to use questions that are safe and don’t have a right answer such as open-ended questions and blue-green questions. Asking the right questions is difficult but so important. The group discussed cold-calling on students- it seems like people were split – some do it and some don’t! You will hear more about how to ask questions throughout the course!


Dr. Fishman shared some great pearls:

· Don’t answer your own question

· Plan for 1 teaching point every 15-20 minutes

· Don’t be afraid of silence

· Sum up what was learned and not learned



Dr. Morgan Soffler (@msoffler) presented our first “Tangible Take Home” video. Dr. Soffler taught us how to give feedback using the Advocacy Inquiry (AI) approach based on Dr. Jenny Rudolph’s work (Rudolph JW et al., Anesthesiology Clinics, 2007). This approach is useful for giving feedback, debriefing, and having difficult conversations. This is: preview – advocacy – inquiry – listen. AI is a reflective process that should spark behavior change. Central to this is CURIOSITY. This is one way to give feedback and set us up nicely for the next talk about feedback!


*Don’t forget to watch the other Tangible Take Home Videos that are available on the website*



Dr. Meredith Atkins (@kmeratkins) taught us how to do one of the most difficult things – give effective feedback!! After this talk everyone should walk away a feedback superhero! Dr. Atkin’s shared Jack Ende’s powerful definition of feedback: “…an informed, non-evaluative, objective appraisal of performance intended to improve…skills-rath than an estimate of the trainee’s personal worth…”

This was a chance for you all to reflect and share thoughts about what makes feedback effective – some of the common themes were:

- It is authentic

- It is timely

- It is based on firsthand observations/data

- It is focused on behavior (NOT generalizations)


Dr. Atkins talked about positive framing and showed us how to move from cheerleader to coach.


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