Education at OHSU

Symposium on Educational Excellence

Symposium on Educational Excellence 2017


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.

Symposium objectives

  • 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.

Save the Date for 2024!

We are happy to announce that next year's Symposium will take place on May 17, 2024. Keep and eye out for next year's Call for Proposals and formal save the date/registration information.

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.

CME Information


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

American Medical Association

OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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.