Education at OHSU

Symposium on Educational Excellence

Symposium on Educational Excellence 2017

Registration now open!

Registration is now open for this year's Symposium on Educational Excellence, which will be held on May 19, 2023. The theme for this year's event is, Advancing Educational Scholarship and Skills in Health Sciences.

The Symposium will be an in-person event, held on OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus, with remote attendance options available for most portions.

Note: If you are planning to attend for the lunch portion of the event, please register by May 12 in order to let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Flyer for the May 19, 2023 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.


2023 Symposium information

  • January 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m.: Proposal submissions are due  

  • February 6, 2023: You will be notified of the committee's decision regarding your proposal 

  • May 5: Posters, presenter materials and disclosures due

  • May 18Virtual Pre-Symposium (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - more details below)

  • May 19: 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 workshop/presentation sessions, 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.


Abridged schedule for the 2023 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 - Panel Discussion, "Equity, Courage, and Risk Taking" Main Auditorium
11 - 11:45 a.m. SNAP Talks Main Auditorium
11:45 a.m. - 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


The Pre-Symposium session is a 90-minute virtual networking opportunity intended for members of the Educators’ Collaborative, both new and long-term, who are interested in connecting with fellow faculty, staff, trainees, and students committed to education research and scholarship. Participants will learn about best practices in the field, hear perspectives from experienced members, and build community together.


  • 11 - 11:10 a.m.: Welcome & Ice Breaker
  • 11:10 - 11:20 a.m.: Who We Are: Educator’s Collaborative, Preview of Symposium, and Information on EC Pods
  • 11:20 - 11: 45 a.m.: Break Out Networking Session #1
  • 11:45 - 11:55 a.m.: Break
  • 11:55 a.m. - noon: Overview of EC Dashboard and Caffeinated Conversations
  • Noon - 12:25 p.m.: Break Out Networking Session #2

Event archive


  • May 20, 2022
  • Program schedule
    • Keynote: Anchoring Our Actions for Equity in EducationDr. Divya Bheda, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.
  • Sakai course page
  • Video recordings coming soon!

Poster session award winners

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 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.