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A bi-weekly podcast that explores the minds, motivations, and practices of people who create content that connects with and educates healthcare professionals.
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We tell ourselves stories in order to live, as Joan Didion wrote in The White Album. We talk a lot about the importance of story on this podcast, and about storytelling as a portal to learning. In today's episode, we get to learn from a storytelling master. Rick Stone, CEO of StoryWork International, has spent a lifetime crafting stories in many sectors, including healthcare. He is the co-creator of StoryCare, a web-based product to help healthcare organizations improve patient safety and support team-based health professional education. He also created the Living Stories program for Novant Health, which supports patients in telling their life stories in service of improving their health outcomes.  Rick is the co-author of Story Intelligence: Master Story, Master Life. I think you are in for a treat in this episode. Our conversation touched on:The role of literature and art in cultivating empathy in medical professionalsThe power of emotional intelligenceThe narrative structure of the brain and how story is a powerful reagent to rewire the brain and help us learn new perspectives and points of viewThe difference between case studies and stories ResourcesStory IntelligenceThe Healing Art of Storytelling  Every Patient Tells a StoryColumbia University Narrative Medicine Program Howard Gardner at HarvardMark Nepo7000 Ways to ListenJohnny MosesTeam STEPPSRonald EpsteinPaula UnderwoodPeter PappasSam MagillConnect with Rick, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Connect with AlexSubscribe to the Write Medicine newsletter for bonus material. Be first-in-line when doors open to qualitative research trainings.
One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the massive shift from live meetings and education to virtual formats and the longer term implications of this shift is an ongoing conversation in the continuing healthcare education world. The 2020 ACCME Annual Report noted that online activities engaged most learners compared with live courses and regularly scheduled series, the dominant activity types in preceding years. The shift to online education is itself not new in the US although its expansion has been patchy and there are several factors that pose barriers to the development and implementation of online learning, such as time constraints, poor technical skills, inadequate infrastructure, absence of institutional strategies and support and negative attitudes. As a result of these  barriers, as well as the impact of the evolving science of learning, the demand for instructional designers in continuing healthcare education is increasing. One study predicts that by 2025, there will be a 28% in ID jobs in education.But what do instructional designers do and what is their role in continuing healthcare education? My guest today Jessica Martello answers those questions. As VP of of content and editorial at EVERFI, a digital education company, Jessica brings deep expertise to the potential of instruction design in adult learning. Join us to hear more about:The key components of an effective digital learning platformKey factors to optimize digital learning platformsHow to assess learning outcomes in digital educationChallenges that adults experience in relation to online learningResourcesEVERFIOn Being with Krista Tippett: Ariel Berger—Be a BlessingInstructional Design Resources from ACCMEAccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ACCME Data Report. Rising to the Challenge in Accredited Continuing Education—2020. Love LM, Anderson MC, Haggar FL. Strategically integrating instructional designers in medical education. Academic Medicine. 2019;94:146.Snell L, Son D, Onishi H. Instructional Design. Applying Theory to Practice. In Swanwick T, Forrest K, O’Brien BC (eds) Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory, and Practice. Third Edition. 2018. London: Wiley.Connect with JessieConnect with AlexPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Linzy Carothers
Anne Jacobson MSPharm, CHCP is an independent writer who has been specializing in healthcare professional education since 1999.We recorded our conversation in May 2021. For Anne and many colleagues in continuing healthcare education, the last 18 months or so has been a time of taking stock and reflection on what we want the next phases of our careers to look like. We discuss this process of reflection and the path it leads to questions about how we find fulfillment in work and life.As many guests on Write Medicine have shared, there are so many different stories of how we found our way into medical writing and medical education.Anne observes that across all these different stories is a consistent theme: most of us didn’t follow a pre-existing passion for medical writing or continuing healthcare education; we discovered it while we were on the road to other things.But what many people share in this space is what Cal Newport calls a craftsman mindset. We explore:✔️ How does a person get good at what they do?✔️What does craftsmanship look like?✔️ How do we keep things interesting in our work and create the life we want? Resources✔️ Continuing Medical Education (CME)✔️ American Medical Writers Association Conference✔️ National Association of Science Writers✔️ Cal Newport Professor of Computer Science at Georgetowno  Deep Worko  So Goodo  Digital Minimalismo  Craftsman Mindset✔️ International Society for Medical Publication Professionals✔️ National Association for Health Care Quality✔️ CME Palooza ✔️ UC San Diego Medical Writing Certificate Program✔️ American Medical Association (AMA) Medical Writing Certificate ProgramConnect with Anne: LinkedIn and TwitterConnect with AlexPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Linzy Carothers
My guest  is Dr. Elizabeth Franklin, Associate Professor in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Elizabeth teaches research, communications, and health policy for the doctorate in health administration degree program.  Elizabeth shares her considerable knowledge about online learning and interprofessional learning in the state of Mississippi and draws on a deep well of teaching in high school, community college and university settings. She shares strategies to support engagement in online learning and gets into the nitty gritty of software integrations that make online interactions fun.ResourcesSchool of Health Related Professions CEA OfficeAlliance for continuing education in the health professions Quality MattersAlliance Learning LabNearpodKnowimaHCHAPS ScoresAccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)Journal of Applied Social Psychology Connect with ElizabethConnect with AlexPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Linzy Carothers
Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

2021-08-3004:26

Hello and welcome to Write Medicine. I’m your host Alex Howson and I use She/her pronouns. I wanted to jump in and introduce myself to those of you who may be new to the podcast and also share a summary of topics that you might have missed and season season one so that it’s easy peezy to go back and download those episodes for your library.If you enjoy the show, please subscribe and/or leave a review on your podcast listening platform. And if you’re interested in receiving alerts about what’s coming up next, as well as a summary of resources and tools that our guests have shared,  why not sign up for our biweekly newsletter.  As a gift, you'll receive a summary of top tips and tools from Season 1 to elevate your education content. 
Martin Warters MA Ed. Tech, CHSE is Head of Education Development Management at Pfizer. Today he shares his expertise on how we can leverage simulation technology in clinical learning and continuing healthcare education. He talks about the power of narrative design to buttress the patient's story, and how to creatively craft pathways  for effective learning.  ResourcesHigh fidelity simulation AR/VRLev Vygotsky and the zone of proximal development Narrative Medicine at ColumbiaNarrative design Conceptual frameworks in medical simulationSimulation in adult learninghttps://learninguncut.global/podcast/Connect with Martin: LinkedInConnect with Alex: Thistleeditorial.comPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
Every Word Must Count

Every Word Must Count

2021-06-0728:08

Adrienne Stevens, EdD, MBA, Vice President and Head of Scientific Strategy at Healio Strategic Solutions shares how her passion for dance, and her interest in the mechanics of movement, physical therapy, anatomy, and physiology has translated into a career as a medical communicator. Dance requires precision, and that’s what Adrienne practices in her work. Welcoming Adrienne Stevens, PhD in physiology, to the podcast [00:02] Some of the things Adrienne  learned in the process of writing her dissertation that fuel her approach in healthcare communication.[00:04] Some of the key differences Adrienne sees between scientific writing and business writing.  [00:09] Key types of communication that work with physicians and other healthcare workers. [00:13:25] The importance of motivational interviewing.[0015:29] Differences in the kind of education strategy and format that MSLs respond to compared with clinicians. [00:18:22]  Are we interactive enough in the education we design?[00:20:36] Communication in obesity education.ResourcesHealio Strategic Solutions Performing Health Motivational interviewing Connect with Adrienne: LinkedInConnect with Alex: Thistleeditorial.comPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
IntroductionAmanda Kaczerski, ATC, MS, CHCP is Vice Principal of Educational Strategy at the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning. We first met at the beginning of 2020, feels like 100 years ago now, when we both co-presented as faculty in a prep course for the Alliance's CHCP exam. I'm delighted to have her on the show today, we're going to talk about instructional design, and geek out a little bit and some of those instructional design parameters.Chapters00:04:19 From field sales to learning design00:06:11 Pay attention to clinician goals00:11:00 Dealing with online fatigue00:14:55 Addressing the "shiny objects"00:19:46 Changes in how people approach education design00:22:24 Leveraging a range of virtual learning approaches for CME/CPD00:27:15 Key Take AwaysConnect with Amanda: LinkedInConnect with Alex: Thistleeditorial.comPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
Summary Steve Powell DHA is the CEO and Founder of Synensys Global and is a recognized leader in performance improvement. He has led programs in the US Navy, commercial airline industry, and the healthcare industry for more than 30 years and is passionate about patient safety, quality control, and patient-centered care improvements. Steve shares what he learned in safety when he was a Navy Pilot and how these experiences crossover nicely into the medical industry. He also shares his thoughts on what makes a team successful when it comes to patient handoffs, and the 5 key principles to a high-reliability organization. ResourcesInstitute of MedicineTeamSTEPPSKohn KT,  Corrigan JM, Donaldson MS, eds. To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: Committee on Quality Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine: National Academy Press; 1999.Nash D, Beliveau ME.  Two lessons hospitals can learn from their COVID response. MedPage Today. Dec 7, 2020. Connect with Steve: Synensysglobal.com + LinkedInConnect with Alex: Thistleeditorial.com + LinkedInPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
Regina Sih-Meynier is an authentic leader with expertise in developing and executing strategic plans for Medical Affairs. She is passionate about ensuring patients receive the best available healthcare and she leverages her intuitive sense, her ability to identify problems, and her creativity to create systems and processes to solve those problems. She has over 20  years of experience in the healthcare field and understands the importance of demonstrating impact in patient care. Regina talks with Alex about how to create education content that supports authentic empowerment and transformational learning. Key Takeaways[0:55] How did Regina get involved in medical education? Like so many of us in this field, her career path wasn’t exactly linear.[4:20] What is authentic empowerment? [6:25] Regina loves to use her intuitive sense to guide her in writing highly educational and engaging patient materials. [7:25] Tapping into your intuition is something corporate likes to stay away from because you can’t exactly see it or touch it. However, you’re missing out on a whole superpower if you ignore it. [9:35] How can you tap into your intuition and really listen to your inner voice? [13:30] There’s a real art to developing care that is both science-based and gut-based. [14:15] Why does corporate like to avoid people’s intuition? [18:35] Glennon Doyle’s inner voice. Ideas and solutions have their own energy. Regina explains what she means by this.[22:00] Regina shares what she’s learned from working with a life coach and how it’s given her a new way to approach and solve problems. [25:00] What is Regina’s company, Oh Universe, about? [29:25] What are some of the benefits of taking on a more authentic empowerment stance in the medical education space? [32:40] Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not real! We don’t always have all the answers. [34:25] Regina shares her morning rituals.ResourcesConnect with Regina: www.oh-universe.com, LinkedIn, FacebookDoyle G. Untamed. The Dial Press. 2020. Gilbert E. Big Magic.  CreativeLiving Beyond Fear. Riverhead Books. 2016.  Gladwell M. The Tipping Point. Bay Back Books, 2002. Sih-Meynier R. An opportunity for organizational leaders and decision-makers to step in and protect the well-being of their people. Thrive Global.  October 4, 2020. Thaler RH, Sunstein CR. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness.  Penguin Books. 2009.The earliest documented microscope was ~1590. https://www.livescience.com/39649-who-invented-the-microscope.htmlThistleeditorial.comPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna CodinaListen on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify
Scott Kober MBA is the Managing Partner of Excalibur Medical Education, which launched in January 2021. He has more than two decades of experience designing and developing content for CME activities and provides high-quality innovative education for today's healthcare providers. In this episode, Scott underscores the different aspects writers need to think about when developing medical content, especially if they do not have a medical or science background. Scott also shares some of his tried and true tips on how to create engaging medical pieces that are simple and easy to understand.Key TakeawaysA little bit about Scott and how he got involved in this field. How has medical education evolved since the early 2000s? Scott defines what adult learning looks like in healthcare and how it slightly differs in other industries. What are some industry best practices out there where we can drive home the core message of ‘what does this all mean’? Writers love to show people how smart they are and reference as many medical guides as possible, but that’s not helpful! How can writers get better at creating more relevant content for their audience, especially if they don’t have a science or medical background?Scott shares some advice on how to develop a case study that’s helpful to your readers.How much style or personality can you have when writing these very educational and often serious materials?Scott’s content development process.Don’t get intimidated by the different content platforms out there. Everyone starts somewhere.People underestimate how challenging medical content is, so it’s important to educate your higher ups on what actually goes into creating these pieces. ResourcesThistleeditorial.comCMEpaloozaConnect with Scott: Excalibur Medical Education & LinkedInGet access to Write Medicine podcast updates—and more—with Thistle Insights.Quotes “What does it all mean? This can be challenging because we are not health care professionals, we’re not the ones seeing these patients. So we have to take our best guess and work with our faculty.”“Make your materials interesting. No one wants to sit through the monotony of study and data. You got to figure out a way to translate the information in a way that’s going to resonate with people.”“If you can be entertaining and still get your message across, that’s going to be the perfect way to do it. However, it doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people.”Podcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna CodinaListen on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify
Dr. Genevieve Long is a medical writer and editor specializing in patient education, plain language, health literacy and marketing communications. She began her medical writing career as a manuscript editor at Oregon Health & Science University and has more than 25 years of healthcare experience. Dr. Genevieve has been active in the American Medical Writers Association since 2002 and is the past president of AMWA-Northwest. She also teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School on the subjects of medical writing and editing.In this week’s episode, Dr.  Long shares: How she got into this specialized fieldBetter ways to practice patient empathy, and What healthcare professionals need to focus on first when it comes to creating educational content. Key Takeaways[3:38] A little bit about Dr. Genevieve and how she got into the field of patient education.[9:02] Dr. Genevieve shares what people need to be thinking about when they begin to write patient education materials. You might not realize it, but you have a lot of power and what you do/say can hurt the patient. For many health care professionals, the world of medicine is a comfortable place. For patients and their loved ones, it is not. It’s a traumatic experience for them. [13:16] When it comes to creating content, you want to focus on the most important content first. People have short attention spans! Get clear on what’s a ‘need to know’ vs. a ‘nice to know’. Should all of your words be short? Dr. Genevieve says no, but spacing plays a big role in readability. When it comes to adult learning, the more you’re engaged and interacting with the content, the better of an understanding you’ll get. Dr. Genevieve tries to incorporate this principal into her classes. [19:19] Patients who are engaged with their own healthcare journey tend to do better in their recovery. When faculty talks about ‘empowerment’, what do they really mean when it comes to patient education? [22:31] How are educators and providers thinking about information sharing and content creation in today’s landscape? [25:09] Dr. Genevieve shares the different types of materials she’s worked on over the years to make content more digestible. Informational videos are doing exceedingly well. [30:00] What resources are out there that content creators can leverage when creating simple and easy to understand patient education materials?[33:45] Dr. Genevieve shares her tips on building a more empathic approach to her writing. Spend time with patients! Your materials will immensely improve. [37:25] The more people we can bring into science, the less fear people might have on certain medical procedures. [40:00] What don’t we do enough of in patient education? Dr. Genevieve shares her thoughts on usability testing.  ResourcesThistleeditorial.comConnect with Dr. Genevieve: Bridgehealthcomm.com Stacks.cdc.gov/Simply+putHealthliteracy.comHealth Literacy Experts: Rima Rudd/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthMultiregional Clinical Trial Center Host: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
My conversation today is with Dr. Andrew Chacko, a psychiatrist and leader in healthcare innovation. Andrew uses his medical experience to teach others how to become design thinkers using cognitive, strategic and practical processes by which design concepts (proposals for new products, buildings, machines, etc.) are developed. He is passionate about transforming healthcare into the vital, rewarding, and life-changing practice that it can be for patient, provider, and support professionals alike.Show Notes/Highlights[04:43] - Design thinking applied to problems in healthcare.[09:37] - Design thinking and problems caused for healthcare by COVID-19.[14:16] - How does design thinking get systems (and leaders within) to start thinking about the people who support those systems?[19:10] - The synergy between design thinking and other ongoing healthcare initiatives e.g., CME/CPD. [31:18] - The application of design thinking to clinician education.Where to connect with AndrewWEBSITE: https://www.drchacko.com/INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/chacko_md/?hl=enHere’s the Medium story Andrew mentioned.Articles on Design Thinking in Medical EducationSandars J, Goh P-S. Design Thinking in Medical Education: The Key Features and Practical Application. J Med Ed Curr Devel. 2020. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2382120520926518Gottlieb M, Wagner E, Wagner A, et al. Applying Design Thinking Principles to Curricular Development in Medical Education. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/aet2.10003McLaughlin J, Wolcott MD, Hubbard D, et al. A qualitative review of the design thinking framework in health professions education. BMC Medical Education. 2019;19(98): https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1528-8     
Audrie Tornow is Managing Partner at Excalibur Medical Education. We talked about the role of creativity, intentionality, and failure in designing education content for clinicians in healthcare.  01:27 Introductions with Audrie Tornow02:31 Audrie talks about her beginnings and journey into medical education: No one majored in CME…04:34 Does anyone remember transparencies? 05:50 How has your background in English informed the way you approach education design and delivery? “When we plan education, it has become something where everything has a purpose because cost is affiliated with it. Planning it out and knowing what we want, starting with the end in mind, has become more critical than ever.”07:23  How do you personally define good learning for adults, especially for those working in healthcare? 09:23 What’s your sense of what learners are looking for in their education during the COVID-19 pandemic? “We talk about online fatigue, but right now so many providers and partners out there are seeing larger metrics than ever in online activities. And so, we’re showing we’re versatile. We’re showing we can adapt.” 14:11 What are some of the shifts you’ve seen in the last few months that really try to creatively engage with a) where learners are and the challenges they may be facing in their personal lives and b) getting around that virtual approach?18:06 How was the ability of educators within the CME world changed in order to prepare them to work more fluidly and intimately with partners? 21:53 How effective do you think our field is in openly discussing failure? “I think people think that demonstrating failure means you aren’t a trusted partner. That you aren’t a successful business. And that’s definitely a perception that’s valid, but I think there’s so much to be learned by saying ‘I tried this, here was the idea. And it didn’t work.’ And it might be that next partner that says, ‘Actually if you had just done this.’ They might be the missing piece.” 24:02 You talked about the potential reemergence of print as something that might be increasingly appealing to learners. Can you talk a little bit about that?ResourcesEric Weiner. The Geography of Bliss. Twelve. 2009.TransparenciesResults of the Alliance 2016 Environmental Scan. Almanac. Ben and Jerry Flavor GraveyardAccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. ACCME Data Report 2019.        
This episode's guest is no stranger to many of you in the world of continuing healthcare education. Lawrence Sherman FACEHP, CHCP is president of Meducate Global, LLC and describes himself as a learning facilitator, a global educator, and an education futurist. He is deeply committed to lifelong learning and to humor as a learning tool.Join us for a conversation that touches on:Needs assessments as a continuum Skills required for moderation and collaborationControversy about learning styles Importance of context in teaching and learning Resources Association for Medical Education in EuropeAmerican Association of PsychiatryEuropean CME ForumLinkedIn CME GroupMeducate Global LLCConnect with Lawrence: Twitter, LinkedInSee Lawrence's TEDx TalkConnect with AlexPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Linzy Carothers
My guest on episode 16 of Write Medicine is Greselda Butler, a  health education professional who works at Otsuka. Greselda lives her passion for educating and leading others toward their passion.  IN this episode, we talk about mentoring—what is is, its benefits for both mentor and mentee, and how to find and structure mentoring opportunities.Resources Goldfarb InstituteAlliance for Continuing Education in the Health ProfessionsHealthcare Business Women's AssociationThe Alliance’s Pilot Mentoring Program launched in October 2020https://hbr-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hbr.org/amp/2021/05/what-great-mentorship-looks-like-in-a-hybrid-workplaceTownsend B. Mentoring Virtually: A Timely Benefit for Alliance MembersJohnson-Bailey J, Cervero R. Mentoring in black and white: the intricacies of cross‐cultural mentoring. Sociology. 2007: 7-21Connect with GreseldaTwitter: @aCMEstory LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/greseldabutler Podcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Linzy Carothers
Karen Overstreet EdD, RPh, FACEHP, CHCP, Vice President, Scientific and Educational Affairs for Medical Learning Institute, Inc. is here to talk about her journey into educating health professionals and some of the things she thinks are important to support effective communication in the education field. These include:* Skills you need for staying power in CME/CPD* The science of learning* Creative ways to measure outcomes* Formats for delivering education to clinicians* How to build interactivity into text* Parsing education materials for specific kinds of clinicians* The pressing need for wider professional development ResourcesMedical Learning Institute, IncFacebook: @mliaceInstagram: @medicallearninginstituteLinkedIn: @medical-learning-institute-incTwitter: @mli_aceAccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) StandardsHealth and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHSOIG) GuidanceConnect with Karen: LinkedInConnect with Alex: ThistleEditorial.com Breath Awareness Audio FileNewsletter Podcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Linzy Carothers
As a yoga teacher who loves to share tools like mindful movement, breath awareness, and stillness to help people cultivate rest and resilience in their lives, I’m beyond delighted to share episode 12 of Write Medicine with you. My guest is Donna Gabriel, the Senior Director of Global Education at Med-IQ. Donna is currently pursuing doctorate in Mindful Leadership in Healthcare and is an advocate for mental health in general and reducing clinician burnout in particular. Donna talks about why so many clinicians are exhausted and discusses the importance of mindfully-designed education that not only supports clinician wellbeing but also boosts learning. 
IntroductionMonique Johnson MD is the Medical Director at Physicians' Education Resource and has more than 20 years in the CME field. Monique shares some of the challenges clinicians face when they're in the healthcare industry, why she's passionate about having better education within this field, and how to overcome common structural barriers in healthcare that block health professionals from learning.Chapters[02:03] A little bit about Monique and how she got started in the medical education field. [06:37] Monique shares some of the challenges she had on the administration side of things when she was in the medical field. [11:20] Monique gives an example of how education can address structural healthcare barriers. [14:54] Some 'common facts' that medical professionals use and reference all the time can actually be outdated or flat out not true.[18:00] The value of education on social determinants of health.[21:40] What has changed in 2020 and 2021 on how to best approach training clinicians? [27:22] How should the CME industry best help their clinicians?ResourcesWilliams DR, Cooper LA. Reducing racial inequities in health: Using what we already know to take action. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(4):606. Brewer LC et al. Association of race consciousness with the patient-physician relationship, medication adherence, and blood pressure in urban primary care patients.  Am J Hypertens. 2013;26(11):14-152. Connect with Monique: Gotoper.com & LinkedInConnect with Alex: Thistleeditorial.comPodcast TeamHost: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
IntroductionToday my guest is Nina Taylor, Vice President of Learning and Education at American Society for Radiation Oncology. I first met Nina Taylor in 2018 at an Alliance Quality and Innovation Summit in Park City, Utah.  She and Andrew Chacko, who was a guest in episode 2 of Write Medicine, were presenters in a session on designing innovative education programs.  Nina talks about her work in continuing education and how she uses active listening, social learning, and a sense of fun to create immersive and accessible education for healthcare clinicians.Ley Take Aways* How Nina got started in CME.* What really goes behind the scenes in building out engaging adult learning materials.* Nina challenges you to think about your leadership ethos. * Nina shares what her experience was like working in several different medical societies and some of the key takeaways she’s learned over the years. * When you’re in an association or a society, you’re seen as a peer and medical faculty are happy to help you because everyone is fighting for the same team.* How does the American Society for Radiation Oncology approach clinician education? * Nina shares some of the challenges she faced trying to incorporate virtual technology into her department. * What does a dynamic and immersive educational experience look like? Nina shares some examples. * Covid is hard for everyone right now. Humans are social creatures and we need connection. * Nina believes every meeting should have a virtual component. It just opens the doors to so many people who weren’t able to come before due to financial or geographical restraints. * Virtual is here to stay! Education in any form is always a positive. * What should practitioners be thinking about when it comes to the future of the CME field? * We really have to practice what we preach. Sometimes our learning materials are so dry and dull! * What is the Psychiatric Innovation Lab all about? * What’s Nina looking forward to in 2021? SummaryNina's experience at an HBCU gave her direct exposure to a dynamic learning environment filled with opportunities to teach and facilitate that she has been able to pull into her professional life and use to support her work with faculty. And her leadership style of leading from the middle is invested in uplifting team members, elevating their skills, and fostering an ecosystem of sharing information and a climate in which team members take ownership of their own work, and not the work that someone else has determined for them. The parallel here for me is adult learning. How many programs in CME/CPD really allow learners to take ownership of their own learning? And to what extent does the shift to a virtual learning open a door to that kind of experience?  Nina is clear that it is possible to craft dynamic, immersive, experiences that offer room for learners to curate their own learning in a virtual environment that has a clear esthetic design, rapid interactive activities, and networking opportunities.  She's also clear that in order for the continuing education field to evolve and strengthen its programming there needs to be more diversity among team members; opportunities for those team members in an education organization to bring their ideas to the table; and a mechanism for listening to and considering those ideas. Resourceshttps://www.astro.org/Astro.org Connect with Nina: LinkedInPodcast Team Host: Alexandra Howson PhDSound Engineer: Suzen MarieShownotes: Anna Codina
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