Med Ed Day

9th Annual Medical Education Day

Hosted by the Office of Medical Education in conjunction with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, ECU College of Allied Health Sciences, and ECU College of Nursing

April 4th, 2023

East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU

Presentations  Agenda (PDF)


The 9thAnnual Medical Education Day on April 4 showcased 26 projects related to undergraduate and graduate health professions education. The event, held at ECHI at ECU, provided ECU faculty, staff, students, and residents the opportunity to present medical education innovations in curriculum, teaching, educational research and leadership to educators, leaders, scholars, and learners.

The overarching theme of this year’s program was interprofessional collaboration with faculty from ECU’s College of Nursing and College of Allied Health Sciences serving as planning committee members. The featured a keynote presentation “Can Interprofessional Practice Save Us in Healthcare?” by Dr. Alan Dow, Interim Division Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Asst. Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Care, President and CEO, UHS-PEP, VCU Health Continuing Education, Seymour and Ruth Perlin Professor of Medicine and Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, defined trends in in loneliness and burnout among healthcare professionals and how increasing interprofessional connection can improve practitioner wellbeing and health outcomes.

Ryan Dickerson, M3, Medical Education and Teaching scholar, earned the “Outstanding Podium Presentation” award for his presentation “Use of Supplemental Spaced Digital Image Identification Improves Student Performance on Medical Neuroanatomy Digital Practical Exams.” Jared Barkes, M4, Medical Education and Teaching Scholar earned the designation as podium runner-up for his research “Incorporating Combined Near-Peer and Peer-to-Peer Teaching into the Pediatric Clerkship to Increase Student Exam Performance and Preparation for Residency.”

The first-place poster award went to Alexandra Doherty, M4, Medical Education and Teaching scholar, for her project “Near-Peer Created Full-Length Practice Laboratory Practicals in Gross Anatomy and Embryology: Medical Student Support and Perceived Impact on Emotional Well-Being.” Second place poster was awarded to Rachel Stiglitz, M3, Research scholar, for her presentation “APEx pilot program – group educational sessions for pregnant adolescents on caretaking for themselves and their infants.” Taha Lodhi, M3, LINC Scholar, was awarded third place poster for his research “Evaluating Second-Year Medical Student Perceptions of a Combined Anki Deck for Spaced Reptation-Based Pathology Course Study.”

Medical Education Day judges also awarded honorable mentions for educational efforts presented throughout the day. The “Most Innovative and Impactful” award went to Dr. Kristina Simeonsson, Department of Public Health and Pediatrics, for her podium presentation “All Aboard the Magic School Bus: Enhancing Medical Learners’ Experience Through Community Outreach Across Rural ENC.”

The “Hypothesis Testing” award was given to Kelly Davis, M4, Medical Education and Teaching scholar, for her work “Preparing Future Physicians to Identify and Treat Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Educational Intervention.” The “Hot Topic” award went to Dr. Mark Hand, College of Nursing, for his project “Graduating Nursing Students Preparedness and Comfort Level in Caring for the LGBTQ+ Patients.”

The day concluded with two concurrent educational sessions. Dr. Kelly Lockeman, Associate Professor of Assessment, Evaluation, and Scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, facilitated a discussion among IPE leaders from each of ECU’s Health Sciences Schools to brainstorm ideas and concrete action steps to guide the future of IPE at ECU. The “Shark Tank: Body Bites Edition” session featured presentations from works in progress submissions. Seven presenters from across ECU’s Health Science Campus pitched their ideas and received feedback from judges. Divya Srinivas, M4, Medical Education and Teaching scholar, received the award of “Shark with the Biggest Bite” for her presentation “Using a self-directed learning technique for learning suturing skills: Does medical student self-assessment agree with that of faculty observers?” The Shark Tank judges awarded 2nd place to Mehdi Bilgrami, MD, Juliana Adedoyin, MD and Nicollette Baldwin, DO, Department of Emergency Medicine, for their project “Take 5: An East Carolina University Emergency Medicine Clerkship Teaching Tool.” Juliana Roupas, M2, and Manthi Dissanayake, M2, were awarded 3rd place for their work “Food is Medicine: Community Kitchen.”

WNCT coverage of the day’s event.

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