Short Courses and Special Courses

SC54 - Medical Education in Pathology: An Update on Principles and Practice

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a one-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Scott B. Lovitch, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Vanesa Bijol, M.D., Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New Hyde Park, NY

Course Description

This short course focuses on key concepts and practical strategies that foster adult learning and is designed to inform the participants of new developments in medical education, particularly as they pertain to training in pathology, as well as to stimulate their own reflections on how they teach and learn. The course will emphasize the application of new teaching pedagogies in the field of pathology, from medical student to resident and fellow teaching, and peer instruction. The format will be highly interactive, and will make extensive use of simulated classroom settings (in which course participants will be placed in the role of student as well as educator), and group discussion.

The course will be divided into three sections. The first section will be focused on general teaching concepts, including guiding principles of modern adult-learning and social cognitive theory, an overview of teaching methods including small-group, case-based, and interactive teaching, and use of multimedia and technology in modern medical education pedagogy. Strengths and weaknesses of different tools, as well as ways to effectively and optimally use these tools to maximize benefit for medical learners will be reviewed. The second and third sections will specifically address the teaching of pathology in undergraduate medical education (i.e. to medical students) and graduate medical education (i.e. to residents and fellows), respectively, and will discuss current and emerging approaches to the teaching of pathology to these groups of learners. Discussion of undergraduate medical education will focus on novel pedagogical approaches, including the "flipped classroom", and incorporation of modern diagnostic methods (including molecular pathology) alongside traditional histopathology. The section on graduate medical education will include discussion of competence assessment, feedback, mentoring, the hidden curriculum, and professionalism.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Increase use of multimedia and interactive methods in pathology education
  • Design “flipped classroom” case-based didactic sessions for medical students and or residents
  • Teach in a manner that fulfills ACGME core competencies and milestones


Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Physicians must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 3 SAM credit hours.


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