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May 2013

Grants available to support development of innovative online and blended courses

Lots of amazing things going on in Education here including that the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning offers funds to support design and development of innovative online and blended courses.

Several of our faculty have received such awards including:

Andrew Patterson---Cardiac physiology. Stanford University School of Medicine faculty will collaborate with the Khan Academy to offer a blended version of this on-campus course for Stanford medical students (Human Health and Disease sequence). Stanford faculty will record videos that will also be used to teach in a partnership with the Gitwe Hospital and School in Rwanda.

Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert---Working with the Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation (SCeMERI) on Emergency manual implementation in the clinical clerkships a blended learning approach.

The goals of these grants are to 1) promote innovative blended and online teaching approaches; 2) to assess the effectiveness of these new teaching strategies; and 3) to gauge faculty interest in developing these courses.

The School of Engineering and School of Medicine offer matching funds for successful projects by faculty in their schools.

Stanford Anesthesia Fellowship in Medical Education

Given the surging interest in medical education, especially within anesthesia and especially at Stanford, the department is considering to formally begin offering an innovative and first class fellowship after residency: the Stanford Anesthesia Fellowship in Medical Education.

The details of this one year fellowship have been discussed by the Education Workgroup and Education Committee in preparation for presentation at the June faculty retreat.

The proposed Fellowship experience takes advantage of all the great existing education resources at Stanford and the VA and is tailored to the individual physician's background and goals but would have several available elements the fellow could choose from:

  • One-hour Medical Education Seminar Series held weekly Wednesdays from 12PM to 1PM July through June.
  • Medical Education Fellows' Seminar covering theory and methods in medical education research in the Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation (SCeMERI). Wednesdays from 2PM to 4PM.
  • Stanford Anesthesia Teaching Scholars Sessions once a month. (5:15PM to 6:45PM)
  • Scholarship project in medical education. This may include instructional design, curriculum development, or evaluation and could focus: on clinical skills, compassion and humanism, or professionalism. Mentorship will be provided by Fellowship faculty. Upon completion, project presented at the Innovations in Medical Education national meeting.
  • Participation at one or more education meeting. (Eg AAMC, SEA, ACGME).
  • Teaching opportunities including ImPRINT (Intern PReparedness using INnovations in Teaching).
  • Simulation experiences across Stanford (for example the EVOLVE program) and the VA and include instructor course.
  • Medical media experience via AIM lab.
  • Educators-4-C.A.R.E Mentor.(
  • Improving Teaching Effectiveness across Medical Education Contexts. Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers.
  • To pay salary Fellows work as an attending in the Stanford operating rooms 12 hours (one day=7am-5pm=10 hrs for example) of clinical activity/week.

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