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Students and faculty showcase innovative, forward-thinking medical education projects on national stage - School of Medicine News

Medical students and faculty recently traveled to Wisconsin to represent the Wayne State University School of Medicine at the first face-to-face conference on the National Movement for Medical Education focused on the integration of compassion, character and practical wisdom in the medical profession. I participated.

The WSU School of Medicine team presented several Wayne State University-led projects that reflected these ideas at the Khan National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine Conference, September 29-30 in Milwaukee.

Khan National Network (KNN) uses the concepts of caring and character to transform the education of healthcare and the healthcare profession, working with healthcare organizations to impact cultures and environments, share knowledge, and create more It covers seven founding medical colleges dedicated to engaging partners for a wide range of policies. system change.

Class of 2025 member Justin Padron attended the meeting.

“I have learned that every person has their own unique life experience and medical journey.

Padron, along with classmates Kathleen Young and Sabrina Montemayor, led a roundtable discussion on Uncovering Discomfort in Medical Students: Presented in Storyboards. Growing up, getting used to what makes them uncomfortable in a new environment such as medical school. Discussions focused on the specific issues related to medical school that each member initially faced and the strategies employed to overcome them .

“The roundtable presentation was an informal discussion with other medical students and current residents,” Padron said. “In our discussion, it was surprising that the idea of ​​growth was a fairly new concept for older residents, even though it is very familiar to young residents and current medical students. Our feedback was more of a casual conversation, with each individual sharing their experiences in their future or current journey as a physician.”

Conference attendees showcased their work at a roundtable event on reflective masks in medical education.

Anuj Kavi, Adrienne-Denise Bilbao, Rachel Puentes, and Alexander Buendia presented Resiliency Storyboards: We All Want to Be M&MDs. The purpose of the roundtable was to demonstrate the prevalence of imposter syndrome among young professionals, identify areas of misunderstanding, and provide awareness to combat stigma.

The storyboard was part of the first month of the 2021 class of 2025 medical school.

Sara Ma and Kavi presented “Enhancing Medical Education with Healthcare Consulting” focusing on innovation and consulting groups in medical schools. The newly created student-led initiative aims to bridge the gap between medical knowledge and medical practice. The roundtable will explore how the Healthcare Volunteer Consulting Project transforms traditional medical education by providing students with a unique opportunity to employ scientific methodologies to support the growth or optimization of local healthcare businesses and clinics. We focused on how we can strengthen

Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine; Grace Serra, Curator, Wayne State Art Museum, Massachusetts; Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Adjunct Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Service Learning Rima Charara, Pharm.D.; and college counselor Jennifer Crystal, Ph.D. Identity formation as a house” was created. At the roundtable, Dr. Mendez shared with her 2026 class the development of her Learning Project for the Service, which began in August 2022.

Elizabeth Elinas, MD, MHPE. Liz Petty, MD. Brittany Hazard Bigby, MD. Ann Starr, MS. Dr. Mendez. LuAnn Wilkerson, Ed.D. also produced “Florishing in Women Leaders.” The KNN Women’s Leadership Group, through its Women Leaders Flourishing Panel, in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been working with women leaders to explore the concept of thriving in life, particularly with thriving and leadership opportunities. I searched for relationships. .

In addition to the presentations and discussions at the roundtable, students and faculty will participate in “Promoting Resilience in Healthcare” by Sara Ma, Wouter Ritzema, Nicholas Baron, Tulsi Sadasivan, Lara Zalil, Jad Baki, and Dr. Mendez. Reinterpreting the community to make it happen” poster. Can AI Assess Students’ Perceptions of Resilience?” by students Matt Kim and Dhruva Kadiyala, Class of 2025. The latter poster summarizes an idea Kim started, his project called VADER (Valence Aware Dictionary for Sentiment Reasoning).

Attendees discuss poster “Can AI assess students’ perceptions of resilience?” By students Matt Kim and Dhruva Kadiyala in the 2025 class.

“For courses such as Service Learning, which cover concepts such as growth mindsets and professional development, it is often difficult to assess course success based on concrete metrics due to the lack of short-term, demonstrable exams. said Kim. “Assessment should therefore rely on student reflections before and after the class and on surveys conducted at the end of the course. Course directors analyze all team projects to assess changes in sentiment. It is difficult and time consuming to do, and surveys can have a lot of confusion, such as choosing key questions and socially acceptable answers.”

VADER was developed to assess the polarity and intensity of emotions on large social media platforms.

“I wanted to see if there was any real benefit to doing the project, so I used VADER to use storyboards and their reflections to find out if there was a change in students’ attitudes towards different obstacles in the first year. Sophisticated VADER-like technology complements the tools currently needed to reduce analysis time and provide concrete evidence to confirm whether the course achieved what the director intended. We hope that we can provide a meaningful score,” Kim added.

Kadiyala said several medical students at other institutions have asked how the software works to implement something similar in their own projects. “This conference has convinced me that when healthcare, education and technology intersect, there is potential for great progress,” she said.

Each presentation is from the Service Learning Professional Identity Formation project.