Learning Communities Institute
This two day conference with a half-day pre-course is presented by University of Washington School of Medicine and Learning Communities Institute to enhance learning and collaboration among leaders, faculty, staff and students involved in medical school learning communities. The conference will provide plenaries on timely topics, workshops to enhance skills, and concurrent presentations on innovations and scholarship within learning communities. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity for shared dialog and reflection about their learning in small learning groups.
November 10, 2016 -- 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM
Pre-course Description / Goals: The Pre-course for the LCI meeting is designed to help faculty and administrators who have recently started a Learning Community within the last 3 years (or plan to start one) systematically plan for implementation and growth. The Pre-course will be organized in two distinct tracks:
Faculty Track: This track aims to promote a focused learning experience especially for faculty who teach within fairly new Learning Communities (e.g. created within the last 3 years, or with plans to start a new LC). Sessions will be facilitated by experienced LC faculty and students, and will consist of interactive workshops. The emphasis will be on core activities of learning communities in medical school: curriculum, mentoring and advising, student and faculty community, and professional identity formation in students. Sessions will be informative, interactive, and engaging and will promote the sharing of ideas amongst participants.
Administrator / Staff Track: Medical school administrators are professionals with whom faculty can collaborate and thereby model inter-professional teamwork. If formally engaged, those administrative professionals can amplify innovation and creativity through their own contributions. This pre-course is an opportunity for all medical school administrative staff to maximize their leadership potential in order to better serve their Learning Communities and grow their professional career.
November 11, 2016; 7:30 am - 4:45 pm and
November 12, 2016; 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Main Course Description / Goals: The main course for the LCI meeting is designed for leaders, faculty, students and administrators who are currently involved with learning communities or interested in learning more about LCs. The first half-day of this 1 ½ day course is organized into three distinct tracks for faculty, students, and administrators/staff (including presentations and skill building workshops). This part of the course focuses on areas of specific interest, with the remainder of the course focusing on areas of general interest to all participants.
Keynote: Our keynote address this year will be delivered by Dr. Clarence Braddock, an internal medicine physician and Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Braddock was integral in the early development of learning communities at both University of Washington and Stanford University. Dr. Braddock has been a national leader in medical education, with a scholarly focus on topics of deep interest to learning communities: medical professionalism, bioethics, and doctor-patient communication.
Oral Presentations: These brief presentations will focus on innovations, research, outcomes, and scholarly activities. A new “Tools of the Trade” session will consist of sharing specific tools developed for teaching, administering, managing and evaluating LC programs and measuring aspects of the medical school learning environment. Oral presentations will be grouped into the following themes: curriculum/skill development, mentoring/advising, student and faculty community, and wellness.
Workshops: Workshops are 75-90 minute interactive sessions that focus on a single aspect of a broader topic within research, teaching or advising/mentoring. Workshops will provide opportunities for attendees to gain new knowledge, skills, or expertise in an area related to LC activities.
Poster Session: We will highlight the scholarly work of learning communities in an interactive poster session, scheduled over lunch to encourage mingling, conversation, and networking.
Featured Oral Presentations: These selected presentations of exceptional merit and wide interest. This session will include a presentation by the recipient of the LCI Young Investigator Award.
Learning Groups: Learning groups are optional sessions in which participants are assigned to a learning group that meets three times throughout the course of the meeting. Learning groups allow participants to make connections, share insights, and learn from each other’s experiences throughout the course of the meeting. The three sessions focus on the following areas:
- Session 1: Introductions, guidelines for LGs, personal goals for LCI course, reflections on plenary
- Session 2: Reflections, stories of the LC experience
- Session 3: Maintaining connections as a LG; personal learning goals for the year
November 11, 2016; Large Group Dinner from 6:30 - 8:30 PM (optional and more information to follow)
For additional details (schedule, bio of Dr. Braddock and hotels) please visit the LCI website: www.learningcommunitiesinstitute.org
Please note: Memberships need to be renewed to receive membership pricing.