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Advanced Teaching Skills

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This innovative course is aimed at medical teachers who wish to learn new techniques to improve learners’ engagement and retention. The first day of the course will provide in depth exposure to the Case Method using the Question, Listen, and Respond Method of teaching. The method will be showcased in the morning by teachers from Harvard Business School and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In the afternoon, participants will join a case-based tutorial session to practice an interactive way of teaching medicine through the Question, Listen, and Respond Methodology. They will also learn how to construct a memorable lecture. The second day will emphasize mastering innovative and interactive skills for successful medical teaching. Participants will learn from award winning and internationally recognized expert teachers.

The topics include Speaking to the Media, Resident’s Report, Simulations Showing Interdisciplinary Complex Clinical Decision-Making, the Use of Art to Aid in Physical Diagnosis, Volunteer Patients Giving Immediate Feedback on Communication Skills, Assessment, Design and Creation of Online Educational Modules, Team-based Learning Principles applied to Attending Rounds and Coaching Faculty to Teach Interactively and Well. Each type of teaching exercise will be demonstrated and/or practiced in real-time to give participants the experience of using these engaging techniques. Dr. Helen Shields will summarize the top teaching points and provide a Take-Away handout on Saturday afternoon.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a wider variety of types of questions to promote the discussion of both pathophysiology and clinical diagnostic and management problems.
  • Create a memorable lecture based on using the Single Overriding Objective Method of Lecture Construction with effective visuals
  • Communicate to patients in many types of situations with more confidence, knowledge and skill.


The course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism


The course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies:

  • Provide Patient-Centered Care
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Employ Evidence-Based Practice


Day 1

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Welcome

8:05 AM - 9:30 AM Discussion Leadership

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Coffee Break

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Constructing a Memorable Lecture

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Incorporating e-learning to engage learners and enhance retention

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch On Your Own

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Review of Background Knowledge for Case-Based Learning

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Case-Based Discussion Tutorial

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee Break with Snack

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Case-Based Learning

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Essentials of Great Teaching

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Taxi on your own from Back Bay Hilton Hotel to Reception at New England Journal of Medicine

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Reception and Tour of The New England Journal of Medicine's Home in Countway Library

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM Discussion: How to Get a Paper Accepted for Publication by the New England Journal of Medicine

7:15 PM
Taxi on your own from Reception at New England Journal of Medicine to Dinner on Your Own

Day 2

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM Highlights of the Upcoming Day

8:05 AM - 9:15 AM Resident’s Report: Mastering the Skills

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Improving Medical Students’ Communication Skills with Immediate Feedback from Volunteer Patients in the Volunteer Patient Teaching Corps at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee and Snack Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Competencies, EPAs, Milestones: An Interactive Workshop to Practice Performance Observation and Feedback

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch On Your Own

Session One 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Team Based Learning on Attending Rounds

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Coaching Faculty to Be Better Presenters

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM The Nuts and Bolts of the Creation, Design, Implementation and Assessment of a Successful Web-Based Curriculum for Residents and Fellows

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Simulation Showing Complex Interdisciplinary Decision Making

Session Two 1:50 PM - 2:40 PM

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM Interactive Session: Constructive Teaching Tips on How to Speak to the Media

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM Simulation Showing Complex Interdisciplinary Decision Making

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM Flipped Classroom for Medical School Teaching

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM Patients as Co-Teacher on Morning Walk Rounds

2:45 PM
Taxi on your own to Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2:55 PM
Arrive at Boston's Fine Arts Museum

2:55 PM - 4:20 PM Improving Physical Skills Using Fine Arts: Demonstration and Practice

4:20 PM - 4:30 PM Summary and Take-Aways

4:30 PM - 4:30 PM Taxi on your own back to Back Bay Hilton Hotel after course has ended at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Who should attend

This course is targeted to Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Osteopathic Physicians, Dental or Educators.


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