Education at OHSU

Educators' Collaborative

Members of the Educators Collaborative at happy hour at F&B, photo courtesy of Bill Hersh
Members of the Educators' Collaborative at happy hour in summer 2019. Photo courtesy of Bill Hersh.

Welcome to the Educators' Collaborative

The EC is a home for educators across and beyond OHSU. 

We are a community of practice for those interested in education, including direct teaching, innovation, scholarship, curriculum design and mentoring.

We bring educators together to share best practices, innovative ideas, and new skills. We stimulate and support enhanced teaching and learning as part of career development.

An inclusive community

Building on two years as a School of Medicine organization, the EC has decided to launch as an open community of practice, with membership available to those interested in education – including facultystafftrainees and students, as well as those who teach trainees, in every school across and beyond OHSU.

Education Grand Rounds

The Educators' Collaborative hosts Education Grand Rounds, which will all be held online only for the foreseeable future. You can access live streams of Education Grand Rounds here.

Access video archives of Education Grand Rounds here.

Upcoming sessions

Education Grands Rounds returns in March with a session titled, "Coaching Programs as a Tool for Staff and Faculty Development and Connection," which will be led by Luke Strnad, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.

Are you interested in presenting at a future Ed Grand Rounds? Know of someone else who would be a great presenter? If so, you can now submit your interest or suggestions via this quick form.

CME Credit for Grand Rounds

Accreditation: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Symposium on Educational Excellence

The next Symposium has a date of Friday, May 19, 2023. Please mark your calendars and stayed tuned for an official Save the Date!

Find more details on the SEE webpage.


Fill out this brief form to share your pod suggestion.

This site serves as a repository for educational resources, tools, and products to facilitate the development and dissemination of educational endeavors.

We are in the process of developing toolkits as resources by OHSU educators like you for OHSU educators. These toolkits will contain an overview of educational concepts, files, links, and publications that can help educators instruct students, assess competency or learn about a specific educational topic and how to integrate that topic into their own teaching. 

To create your own toolkits for the EC community, download this document for formatting advice, and when complete, upload them here.

About the Educators' Collaborative

The proposed structure of the advisory group provides leadership opportunities for EC members.

Except for the three Chair positions (one-year term) and the learner at large (one-year term), each appointment will be for a 2-year term, with initial appointments staggered so the advisory group does not turn over completely every two years.

Chair positions will be for one year and the Chair-Elect will be selected or elected from the other leaders within the advisory group.

Nominations for advisory group positions will be solicited and reviewed by a Nominations Committee, chaired by the Membership Chair. That group will create a panel of nominations, mindful of involvement of the many academic units included, and of the diversity of the membership we serve and hope to create, and EC members will vote on the panel.

While there is no year limit to the number of years an EC member may serve on the advisory group, a member may not hold any of the specific positions for more than one term.

Responsibilities of the advisory group

  • Ensure that EC activities are both in line with guiding principles and serving member needs.
  • Provide oversight of membership development.
  • Develop and facilitate overall EC activity plan.
  • Attend monthly hour-long meetings run by current chair with agenda sent out prior to the meeting by the chair based on suggestions from advisory group members.

Positions on the advisory group

Selections for each role will happen in June at the end of an academic year, for a term beginning August 1 (or September 1 for 9-month faculty) at the start of the next academic year.

  • Chair (Current chair: Luke Strnad)
    • Formalize the agenda for and run the monthly meetings for the advisory committee
    • Ensure that overall EC activities are moving forward and future directions are being developed
    • Serve as EC liaison with other organizations or stakeholders
    • Submit budget requests to Dean’s office
    • Have previously served as “chair-elect” (after the initial 2019-2020 cycle)
  • Chair-Elect (Current chair-elect: Zoe Spiedel)
    • Have previously served on the EC for at least 1 year in another advisory group role. Is allowed to currently hold another AG position concurrently.
    • Assist current chair with their duties
    • Serve as a "helping hand" to any of the other leadership roles as needed
  • Past-Chair (Current past-chair: Erin Bonura)
    • Have served as the chair in the prior year
    • Provide institutional memory, advice, mentorship for other members of the EC advisory group
    • Serve as chair in the current chair's absence
  • Member Ex Officio (Leslie Kahl)
    • Prior advisory group member whose presence on the leadership team is deemed invaluable to the group’s institutional memory, effectiveness, and happiness
    • Member acts to support more junior members in their leadership roles and help members navigate the educational landscape of the institution
  • Secretary/Treasurer (Current secretary/treasurer: Kirstin Moreno)
    • Take notes during monthly meetings
    • Distribute meeting minutes and action items
    • Manage EC funds
  • Membership/Recruitment (Current membership/recruitment – Co-chairs: Jenna Kahn and Natalea Braden-Suchy)
    • Help recruit new members, including tracking requirement patterns and managing membership roster
    • Chair the nominations committee for yearly selection of advisory group members
  • Communication (Current communication: Zoe Spiedel)
    • Create and distribute the monthly newsletter
    • Maintain contact lists
    • Create and publish promotional materials
  • SEE Chair (Current SEE Chair: Sylvia Nelson)
    • Direct the annual symposium and enlist the help of other members as needed
  • SEE Chair Elect (Current SEE Chair Elect: currently unoccupied)
    • Helps SEE chair with symposium and learns process for coming year
    • Ideally also holds one of other AG positions
  • Members at Large (2) (Current members at Large: Michael Lane, Monica Kishore)
    • Provide representation of and voice for otherwise underrepresented groups
    • Serve as a "helping hand" to any of the other leadership roles as needed
  • Learner at Large (1) (Current learner at Large: Mollie Marr)
    •  Requirements: student, resident, fellow, or postdoc at OHSU for at least 2 years
    • Represent these constituencies and provide the learner perspective at meetings

Our purpose: To advance and elevate the education mission of the institution

To accomplish this, the EC is guided by the following tenets:

  • Education is a critical mission for OHSU.
  • Engaged, committed, and skilled teachers enhance the experience and outcomes of our learners.
  • Education encompasses direct teaching, curriculum and session design, learner assessment, program evaluation, mentorship and advising, as well as scholarship and innovation.
  • Given the opportunity and resources, every individual can refine their skills as an educator.
  • Similar to clinicians and researchers, educators need a well-defined home base or community, which the EC will provide. The EC will function as a community of practice: a group of people with shared interests, skills, and concerns, who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.
  • The activities and priorities of the EC will be determined by its members and facilitated by its advisory group team.
  • Members of the EC will enhance their own skills, and also those of participating non-members by both acquiring and sharing knowledge and resources.
  • The EC will work in partnership with other programs and groups with similar goals and interests.

The full agenda of EC activities is strongly influenced by its members.

Current activities include monthly Education Grand Rounds, social gatherings and “pods” (working groups that meet regularly around specific areas of interest) for concentrated collaborations and education on topics such as writing, curriculum design and diversity.

We also direct the Education Innovations mini-grants program.

The annual Symposium on Educational Excellence is our signature event.

You will connect with likeminded people who share your passion for education, and will access a network of resources to support your practice as an educator.

Engagement with the EC links you to mentors and collaborators, helps you build concrete skills, and provides opportunities to serve that will contribute to your educator’s portfolio, an important component of the promotions and tenure review for OHSU faculty. 

You will also have access to our members’ directory and receive a monthly online issue of the EC Digest.

Ways to contribute

There are many ways to get involved in the EC.

You can propose just about any type of education-focused activity and the EC Advisory Group (ECAG) will help you bring it to fruition.

Some options include:

  • Present at Education Grand Rounds
  • Host a workshop
  • Provide mentorship
  • Start a new pod
  • Join a committee to help plan other EC activities and offerings

Activities are driven by our members, so be creative and think big!

All are welcome to take part in monthly Education Grand Rounds and the annual Symposium on Educational Excellence, and to apply for the Education Innovations mini-grants.

Past Education Grand Rounds

Watch the videos here

Learning Support and Academic Wellness: Student Academic Support Services at OHSU
Jan.11, with Emily Hillhouse, Ph.D., and Annae Nichelson, M.A.

Optimizing Procedural Teaching
Feb. 8, with John Stowers, M.D.

Creating Capacity for Change; Developing Faculty Resilience and Growth
March 8, with Rebecca Harrison, M.D. and Alvin Calderon, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, with Marie Theard, M.D. and Anya Solotskaya, M.D.

Holistic recruitment of applicants
Oct. 11

Watch the videos here

The 2021 National Recommendations to Comprehensively Improve the Transition from Medical School to Residency – Implications for Academic Health Centers
Dec. 14, with George Mejicano, MD, MS

Trauma Informed Pedagogy
Nov. 9, with Holly Villamagna, MD, and Erin Bonura, MD, MCR

How to start a new grad program when nothing is normal and all the routes are uphill
Oct. 12, with Georgiana Purdy, PhD

From Beside Yourself to Yourself Bedside: teaching with a patient present
April 13, with Joseph Chiovaro, MD, and Kirstin Moreno, MSEd, PhD

The Hidden and informal Curriculum
March 9, with Pat Kenney-Moore, EdD, PA-C and Monica Kishore, MS, DABR

Identifying the Struggling Learner
Feb. 9, with Carrie Phillipi, MD, PhD

Turning Work into Scholarship
Jan 12, with Catherine Caruso, DO and Lainie Yarris, MD, MCR

Watch the videos here

Integrating Virtual Education Platforms in Radiation Oncology
Dec. 2, with Jenna Kahn, MD

Remote Learning using Electronic Health Record Simulations during COVID-19
Nov. 4, with Jeffrey Gold, MD, Nik Miehl, PhD, RN, Chrissy Schutzer, BS, RDMS, and Maria Thompson

Starting and Maintaining One's Educator Portfolio
Oct. 7, with 
Alan Hunter, MD, FACP

Lessons Learned from the Transition Online
Aug. 5, with Carrie Bailey, MA, Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD, MPH, Katherine Forney, Annette Garner, MSN, RN, CNE, Glenise McKenzie, PhD, RN, Maria Thompson, Kristi Tonning, and Micah Wood

Moving Beyond Emergency Remote Teaching
July 1, with Justi Echeles, M.A., and Sarah Jacobs, M.Ed.

The Student Navigator Project (SNaP): Longitudinal, experiential learning for preclinical learners
June 3, with Reem Hasan, M.D., Ph.D.

Your @Attending will #Tweet you now: Incorporating #MedTwitter into Academic Medicine
May 6, with Avital O’Glasser, M.D., and Logan Jones

Individualizing success: Making the most of your Individualized Learning Plan
March 4. with Scott Stroup, M.D., Bailey Pope, M.D., and Meghan Aylor, M.D.

Graphic narratives as interprofessional teaching tools
Feb. 5, with Mollie Osborne, M.D., Ph.D.

Extending ourselves: Incorporating virtual visits into medical education
Jan. 8, with Michelle Stacy, M.D., and Jacqueline Barnard, M.D.

Watch the videos here

Why educators should think differently about disability
Dec. 4, 2019
with Jennifer Gosset, M.S., and Justi Echeles, M.A.

State of Interprofessional Education (IPE): OHSU and Beyond
Nov. 6, 2019
with Jared Austin, M.D., and Kristi Tonning, M.S. RT(T)

Advocating for Education
May 1, 2019
with Abby Tibbs, vice president for government relations | Watch the videoview slides on O2

Are You My Mentor? Growing Positive Culture, Mindset and Archetype Magic in Medical Education
April 3, 2019
with Rebecca Harrison, M.D.

How to Make and Present a Compelling Poster
March 6, 2019
with Jackie Wirz, Ph.D.

Active Learning: Energize with Evidence
Feb. 6, 2019
with Lisa Hatfield, Ed.D., and Sarah Jacobs, M.Ed.

How Learning Works: Connecting Cognitive Science Research to Teaching Practice
Jan. 9, 2019
with Constance Tucker, Ph.D. | Watch the video

Watch the videos here

What's Trust Got to Do with It? The Core EPAs and You
Dec. 5, 2018
with Carrie Phillipi, M.D.

Teaching Narrative Competence: Our Five Years of Experience at OHSU
Nov. 7, 2018
with Elizabeth Lahti, M.D., and Martha Driessnack, Ph.D. | Watch the video

Increasing the Diversity of Images Used in Teaching
Oct. 3, 2018
with Linda Felver, Ph.D., R.N. | See the education symposium poster

What Every Educator Ought to Know about Learning Theories: Why What You Didn't Know You Needed to Know Is So Vital
Sept. 5, 2018
with Tobie Jones, D.M.D. | Watch the video

Academic Coaching: An Emerging Model to Improve Learner Self-Assessment and Goal-Setting
June 6, 2018
with Nicole DeIorio, M.D.

Addressing Health Disparities: Can Equity Pedagogy Help?
May 30, 2018
with Catherine Reinis Lucey, M.D.
Read the recap  |  Watch the video

M.D. Curriculum Transformation at OHSU: Lessons Learned to Date and Future Directions
May 2, 2018
with Tracy Bumsted, M.D., M.P.H., and George Mejicano, M.D., M.S.
Watch the video

Concept Mapping Basics: Our Brain Maps the World around Us – Learn How to Show Others the Way
April 4, 2018
with Amy Garcia, M.D. | Watch the video

Searching Education Literature Like an Expert
March 7, 2018
with Stephanie Kerns, M.L.S., and Laura Zeigen, M.P.H., M.L.I.S.

Test Item Writing Workshop - Creating the Most Effective and Reliable Examination Questions
Feb. 7, 2018
with Sarah Jacobs, M.Ed., and Pat Kenney-Moore, Ed.D., P.A.-C. | Watch the video

Practicing the Anti-Elevator Pitch: How to Connect with Colleagues About What Matters Most to Educators
January 3, 2018 
with Niki Steckler, Ph.D. | Watch the video

Watch the videos here

Multiple Wins: Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship
December 6, 2017
with Lainie Yarris, M.D., M.C.R.

Teaching When You Have No Time: Utilizing the One-Minute Preceptor
November 1, 2017
with Andrea Cedfeldt, M.D.

A Quarter-Century of Innovation in Informatics Education at OHSU
October 4, 2017
with Bill Hersh, M.D.

Why should an educator use social media professionally?
September 6, 2017
with Jeff Kraakevik, M.D.

Giving a TED-style talk
August 10, 2017 
with Rajesh Mangrulkar, M.D., Marguerite S. Roll Professor of Medical Education and associate dean for medical student education, University of Michigan Medical School

Design Studio: CV and Educator's Portfolio
June 21, 2017
with Alan Hunter, M.D.

Signs and Symptoms of Student Learning Syndromes and the Approach to Their Treatment
June 7, 2017
with Drs. Pat Kenney-Moore and Shoshana Zeisman-Pereyo

Design Studio 
May 31, 2017
with Rebecca Tuttle, M.D., and Jackie Wirz, Ph.D.

The Great Presentation Debate 
May 3, 2017
with Jared Austin, M.D., Jeff Kraakevik, M.D., and Jackie Wirz, Ph.D.; moderator Rebecca Tuttle, M.D.

Design studio: Creating and submitting your elective course 
April 26, 2017
with Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.

Elective courses for medical students – tips and tricks for navigating the approval process
April 5, 2017
with Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.

Curriculum development in 6 easy steps
March 1, 2017
with Tatum Korin, Ed.D.

Using social knowledge management tools to re-imagine medical and graduate education
January 4, 2017
with Glen Woodworth, M.D.

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