published April 28, 2010

SENCER Leaders Speak at Master Educators' Guild

The symposium "Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Foundations for Health Professionals" co-hosted by the Stuart D. Cook, M.D. Master Educators' Guild of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the SENCER Center for Innovation - MidAtlantic region on March 23, 2010, brought together faculty from a wide variety of institutions to address the recent report of the American Association of Medical Colleges and Howard Hughes Medical Institute "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians."

The purpose of the Spring Symposium was to consider and discuss principles identified in the AAMC-HHMI panel report and to examine a model of science education that already may be effectively addressing them, i.e. SENCER. The presentations and workshop activities discussed and examined the application of such approaches to the education of students in the health professions and its the potential to achieve the recommendations of the AAMC-HHMI panel.

Keynote speakers included Paul Marantz, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Research Education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City who was a member of the AAMC-HHMI panel, and Wm. David Burns, Executive Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Additional presenters include Drs. Monica Devanas and Terry McGuire, faculty at Rutgers University who have developed SENCER courses, and faculty from several UMDNJ schools who are implementing strategies to actively engage students in learning: Judith Amorosa, MD, (RWJMS) Online Project for Medical Student Learning; Joseph Barone, MD (UMDNJ-RWJMS) Simulation Lab; Teaching; Nancy Hayes, PhD (UMDNJ-RWJMS) Active Learning in Small Group Settings: Sandra Kaplan, PhD (UMDNJ-SHRP) Teaching Evidence-Based Practice; Nagaswami Vasan, (DVM,PhD UMDNJ-NJMS) and Laura Willett, MD (UMDNJ-RWJMS) Team-Based Learning.

2010 is the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report, a report commissioned by the Carnegie foundation that moved medical education in the US to the standardized norm that is the model of medical schools today.

- Monica Devanas, SCI-Midatlantic Co-director

Photograph by Marcy Dubroff