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Symposium on Educational Excellence

Symposium on Educational Excellence 2017

Thank you for attending!

Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees for participating in this year's Symposium.

If you were not able to attend live (or if you would like to refresh yourself on something that was shared), recordings of all of the sessions have been linked to from the Sakai site. You will also be able to find the full schedule, presenter info and slides, and PDF versions of the posters that were on display at the afternoon Poster session.

Flyer for May 17, 2024 Symposium on Educational Excellence
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The Symposium on Educational Excellence is an annual event that brings together the OHSU education community in order to provide faculty development in education, highlight educators’ teaching and scholarship, and promote networking, collaboration and community.

Faculty, residents, staff, and students from all OHSU programs, as well as medical educators from across the region, are invited to attend and participant.

2024 Symposium information

  • January 16: Proposal submissions are due  

  • February 19: You will be notified of the committee's decision regarding your proposal 

  • May 3: Posters, presenter materials and disclosures due 

  • May 17: Symposium on Educational Excellence (all day) 

  • Provide a forum for sharing curriculum and teaching innovations and research related to educating health professionals and scientists, including student affairs.
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of new approaches in educating health professionals and scientists.
  • Build a network of faculty and students interested in promoting educational scholarship.

The Symposium is a one-day event that will include a keynote panel, a selection of Snap Talks (10-15 minutes), concurrent interactive workshops, and a poster session. There will also be opportunities to highlight education-related groups on campus by hosting an informational table, which can be used for recruiting new members or simply getting the word out.

The Symposium will be held in-person on Marquam Hill, with remote participation options available.

Dr. Marisa Zapata is an Associate Professor of Land-Use Planning at Portland State University and Director of PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative.

Her Symposium keynote talk, "Making Change: How you respond to homelessness," will address the role health educators can play within their specific specializations in preventing, responding to, and resolving homelessness. Students and educators will leave with a better understanding of how their unique skills, knowledge, and passions can support social justice in their own and other professions. Knowing when to, and when not to, show up matters.

Abridged schedule for the 2024 Symposium on Educational Excellence
Time Activity Location
7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Rise and Shine Networking and Welcome! / Check-in & Coffee Auditorium Lobby
8:15 - 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1 AUD210/211/217/221
9:45 - 9:55 a.m. Coffee Break Auditorium Gallery
9:55 - 10 a.m. Welcome Remarks Main Auditorium
10 - 11 a.m. Keynote - Making Change: How You Respond to Homelessness - Dr. Marisa Zapata Main Auditorium
11 a.m. - noon SNAP Talks Main Auditorium
Noon - 12:45 p.m. Lunch & Award Ceremony Auditorium Gallery and Great Hall
12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 2 AUD210/211/221
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Coffee Break Auditorium Gallery
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 3 AUD210/211/217/221
3:30 - 5:15 p.m. Poster Session & Happy Hour BICC 1st floor gallery
5:15 - 5:25 p.m. Awards ceremony BICC 1st floor gallery
5:25 - 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks BICC 1st floor gallery

Narrative Medicine is the practice of listening, observing, and connecting with stories of illness and health to help clinicians and learners see and engage with the context of patients and communities more intentionally and empathetically. Its use in pedagogy and curriculum can foster health sciences students to approach their roles and patients with more understanding and compassion.

Attendees will learn about Narrative Medicine using the Fistula Art Exhibit as a starting point for thinking through how patient stories are heard in the clinical setting. The exhibit, which the Library is hosting this Spring, consists of narrative quilt panels created by resilient fistula survivors in Kenya.

Content note: please be aware that this exhibit includes discussions of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The event will be facilitated by Brenda Martinez, Mentorship Specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Lahti, Director of Narrative Medicine, School of Medicine, and Pamela Pierce, Digital Scholarship and Repository Librarian. Morning refreshments will be provided.

NoteSpace for the pre-symposium workshop is limited. Once the registration limit has been reached, interested attendees will be able to join a waitlist.

Event archive

Theme: Advancing Educational Scholarship and Skills in Health Sciences

  • May 19, 2023
  • Program Schedule
    • Keynote Panel: Equity, Courage, and Risk Taking
  • Sakai course page
  • Pre-Symposium (May 18)
    • Description: The Pre-Symposium session was a 90-minute virtual networking opportunity intended for members of the Educators’ Collaborative, both new and long-term, interested in connecting with fellow faculty, staff, trainees, and students committed to education research and scholarship. Participants learned about best practices in the field, heard perspectives from experienced members, and built community together.


Poster session award winners

Theme: Transformational Education

  • May 20-21, 2021
  • Video recording of Thursday plenary sessions
    • Virtual Coffee Tasting with Lora Woodruff (00:00-38:10)
    • SNAP Talks (38:10-1:24:53)
    • Keynote Presentation: Larry Roper of Oregon State University, "Teaching and Learning During Intense Social Change" (1:34:08-2:25:40)

Poster session award winners

  • Development of an Inpatient Pediatric Curriculum for Family Medicine Residents | Megan Durham, M.D.; Jared Austin, M.D.
  • A Novel Improvement Science Curriculum for Pre-Clinical Medical Students: First Year of a Student-Led Initiative | Sherry Liang, B.A.; Reem Hasan, M.D., Ph.D.; Christopher Terndrup, M.D.; Sherril Gelmon, Dr.P.H.; Matthew DiVeronica, M.D.
  • Recognize. Reflect. Create. Connect! Impacts of a novel narrative medicine conference | Elizabeth Lahti, M.D.; Rebecca Harrison, M.D.; Niki Steckler, Ph.D.; Martha Driessnack, Ph.D.; Deborah Woodcock, M.B.A.; Jennifer Aengst, Ph.D.

Poster session award winners

  • Students as teachers and patients as learners: Pathway of the integration of a 3-D virtual simulation into program curriculum and to patient education | Kristi Tonning, Maria Thompson
  • Paying it forward: A unique approach to junior faculty professional development in the basic sciences | Holly Caretta-Weyer, Pepper Schedin, Joshi Alumkal, Lisa Coussens, Melissa Wong
  • Collaborative group testing: Can we prepare the next generation of dentists through assessment? | Tobie Jones
  • The photo diversity project: Increasing the diversity of images used in classroom teaching | Linda Felver, Rian Johnson
  • In just five (5) questions: A deceptively simple, learner-centered, transformative learning activity | Martha Driessnack, Asma Taha
  • The case for CME: Applying CME to existing graduate courses | Jessica L. Walter, Christine Flores
  • Graphic medicine in action: The creation of a neurotransmitter zine | Keenan Smart, Timmi Claveria, Anandam Hilde, Paria Zarrinnegar, Megan McLeod, Pari Faraji, Richard Ly
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and pediatric integrated care models: Paragons, pragmatics and pitfalls | Megan McLeod, Craigan Usher

SEE Digital Repository

This collection brings together many of the posters that were presented at previous symposiums.