Medical Education Retreat

The 2020 CWRU SOM Education Retreat has been cancelled.

The 2020 Annual Education Retreat--Innovations in Medical Education

Tinkam Veale University Center
  • Photos from past events can be found here.

All faculty members and residents at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University are invited to the annual Medical Education Retreat held in the spring each year.  Every year features a different topic for discussion. This day long event includes talks, workshops, and a poster session. Recognition is also given to the Scholarship in Teaching Award Winners, and the winners of the the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Award and the IQ Facilitator Award.

Please review the agenda below and REGISTER for the Education Retreat no later than March 13th. If you have difficulty registering or would like to cancel your registration, please contact Dawn Reid at or by phone: 216-368-4978.


Retreat Agenda

7:30-8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00-8:15 am

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


8:15-9:15 am

Plenary: Education Beyond Reality – How Extended and Augmented Realities Can Transform the Educational Experience and Why Quality Matters

Claudia Krebs, MD, PhD, Professor of Teaching, University of British Columbia, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences


9:30-11:00 am

Concurrent AM Workshops

Please register for one workshop.

Workshop 1: Academic Promotion Strategies for Clinician-Educators: A Hands-on Workshop

This hands-on interactive session will help educators understand principals of academic promotion, identify and understand specific requirements, and achieve, track, and effectively document activities that “count” towards promotion.

Marjorie Greenfield, MD

Nicole Deming, JD

Ross Myers, MD


Workshop 2: Faculty Development on the Fly

Faculty development (FD) programs and offerings are prevalent across academic institutions; however, faculty report they are unable to engage in and/or attend these initiatives due to time limitations and other competing priorities. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide robust and timely FD opportunities to address these constraints. Several institutions have recently adopted the practice of using the Snippet format to provide short, concise FD delivered within pre-existing meetings/activities. These Snippets last for 15-20 minutes and chunk content into a single topic/objective—hence, Faculty Development on the fly. The Snippets can be used to develop educators in a variety of content areas. The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with the skills and tools they can use to transform their current teaching practices into easily consumable and flexible FD. Participants will walk away with a FD product that can be delivered within their own setting.

Cecile M Foshee, PhD


Workshop 3: Taking the Edge Off: An Approach to Cognitive Errors, Biases, and Clinical Reasoning Education

This interactive workshop will highlight the value of adding focused discussions of clinical decision making, cognitive errors, and biases to a program’s culture of patient quality and safety. Small and large group activities will highlight how to approach the case and strategies to normalize the culture of reflecting on errors utilizing metacognitive techniques. By the end of the session, participants will leave with materials containing tips and practical strategies to promote clinical reasoning concepts in a variety of conference and educational settings within their home institution.

Megan McGervey, MD


Workshop 4: Innovation with digital media in education – from idea to prototype to implementation in the classroom

Every educator has gone through the personal and creative process of planning and implementing an educational experience. The potential of how we can use technology can both inspire and intimidate. In this workshop we will break down the barriers and explore media development from the design phase to the hand-on creation of a simple educational video. We will discuss the impact of integrating technology on both the educator and the learner.

Participants are encouraged to watch this video before coming to the session:

Claudia Krebs, MD, PhD


Workshop 5: Navigating the Disruption of the New PubMed

PubMed has a new interface and the old interface will be retired soon. In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the new PubMed Interface:

  • The strengths of the basic search tool
  • The advanced search builder
  • MeSH
  • Librarian insider tips to find information easier.

Hands-on participation will reinforce and energize the workshop components.

Jessica DeCaro, MLIS AHIP

Vivian McCallum, MLS


11:00-12:00 pm

Poster Session


12:00-12:30 pm



12:30-1:00 pm

Presentation of Awards


1:00-2:00 pm

Scholarship in Teaching - Oral Presentations


2:15-3:45 pm

Concurrent PM Workshops

Please register for one workshop.

Workshop 1: Advocacy, Integrity, and Authenticity: The Critical Balancing Act in Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation

Writing an effective, unbiased, and accurate letter of recommendation is a skill set that can be learned and refined through practice. We seek to assist session attendees in developing a framework that helps guide the process of letter writing to highlight strengths, mitigate gender bias, and maintain integrity. From receiving the initial request to tackling challenges that may arise, we aim for all attendees to leave with skills to write a persuasive, honest, letter of recommendation devoid of gender bias.

Abby Spencer, MD, MS, FACP

Eric Yudelevich, MD

Stacey Jolly, MD


Workshop 2: Gamification in Medicine

Gamification is being used in medical education with increasing frequency. Gamification in medical school is a way to engage students and help them learn outside the traditional book or lecture setting. Gamification can be used to help students compete against others or themselves in low-stakes but challenging environments. In addition, gamification can be used to promote teamwork through the utilization of escape rooms.

Robert Jones, DO

Staci Javeri, MD


Workshop 3: Engaging Learners with the Power of Google and Audience Response

There are many new and exciting teaching tools that can be used to engage today’s learners, but sometimes the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. It may also be difficult to identify which tools work well together and complement one another. In this workshop, you will learn how Google Slides, Google Jamboard, and Poll Everywhere can be used together to enhance both the teaching and the learning experience. You will also be able to gain hands-on experience using some of these tools with provided iPads.

Nicole M. Pilasky

Genevieve M. Kilmer


Workshop 4: Teaching Strategies that Support Master Adaptive Learning

Master Adaptive Learners have “the capacity to acquire new information, to use resources effectively and innovatively, and to invent new strategies for learning and problem-solving in practice.” Participants will consider ways to prepare classroom sessions that cultivate master adaptive learners.

Klara Papp, PhD

Amy Wilson-Delfosse, PhD


3:45-4:00 pm 

Closing Remarks



Directions: 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Tinkham Veale University Center

Parking: $11 self-pay parking in P-29 parking garage on East Boulevard. Please see the map below.

Tinkham Veale University Center Map


Abstract Submission

We invite you to submit a 400 word or less abstract about an educational project. Works-in-progress are welcomed. This is an opportunity for you to share your ideas with your colleagues and consult with them about problems or questions you may have. This poster session is designed to inform all of us about the diversity of educational projects that faculty, students, and residents are involved in and to help presenters benefit from the breadth and depth of experience of those present at the retreat.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by filling out the Abstract Submission Form by January 3, 2020.  Poster boards are 4' x 3'.  At least one poster presenter must attend the March 24th Education Retreat poster session.

Letters of acceptance will be emailed to the first author/presenter. If you have difficulty accessing the Google form, please email