• Patrick Lawlor

Day 3 Morning Recap

We started this last day with a session on Curriculum Design by Dr. Morgan Soffler (@msoffler). She walked us through Kern’s 6 step curriculum design: problem identification, targeted needs assessment, goals &objectives, educational strategies, implementation, evaluation & feedback. Dr. Soffler stressed that this is not a linear process and is iterative. There was a lot of discussion about the importance of rigor and structure when creating a curriculum.

Next, we had an enthusiastic talk from Dr. Ted James (@tedjamesmd) about leading change in medical education. Dr. James inspired us to go back to the groups or organizations we lead and make some changes! Times are changing and change requires leadership! Medical education should reflect the realities of clinical practice, so change is needed. Leading change starts with vision and ends with impact with strategy and training necessary steps along the way. Dr. James told us that the best way to prepare for the future is to make it! Go forth and lead!

We finished off the course with a powerful and inspiring talk on a difficult subject – burnout – by Dr. Charlie Hatem. He talked about how the pandemic has led to more burnout. He shared with us some well-being strategies: taking care of oneself, caring for significant others, valuing work and its satisfactions among others.

He challenged us with 3 questions:

1) What do you find most important in your life?

2) What do you find most meaningful in your work?

3) What have you or your organization/group done to cultivate well-being for yourself/others?

He shared some great quotes throughout his talk and left us with this one from William James:

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

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