HSC to Hold ‘Scholarship and Innovation in Education Day’

Medical Education Expert Susan Skochelak is Guest Speaker


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Area health professionals and others interested in medical education will have a chance to share ideas during “Scholarship and Innovation in Education Day,” from 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m., April 4, at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

Plenary speaker Susan E. Skochelak, M.D., MPH, will present “Interdisciplinary Teaching” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 4, in the HSC auditorium. Skochelak is senior associate dean of academic affairs and a professor in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Family Medicine. 

"We are very delighted and honored to have Dr.Skochlak here,” said Rashida Khakoo, M.D., assistant vice president for faculty development at the Health Sciences Center. “She will share her expertise in education with us. She has had tremendous experience in interdisciplinary education and this will be of great value to us."

Over the last several years, Dr. Skochelak has developed four required medical schools courses. She has transformed the clinical training of UWMS with an emphasis in primary care, communications skills, evidence based medicine and interdisciplinary programs. In 1995, Dr. Skochelak was one of twenty-five women selected for the inaugural group for the Executive Leadership In Academic Medicine (ELAM) program that prepares women for senior leadership positions in academic medicine.

Dr. Skochelak is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles that have appeared in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  She is nationally recognized for her expertise in innovation in education programs.

Other presentations include: “Collaborative Clinical Teaching,” by David Deci, M.D., WVU School of Medicine, and Susan Newfield, Ph.D. CN, RN, WVU School of Nursing, 10:45-11 a.m.; and “Professionalism,” by Charlotte Nath, Ed.D, RN, CDE, WVU School of Medicine, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

From 12:30-2 p.m. discussion groups will form to talk about small group teaching, large group teaching, students with complex learning issues, feedback and mentoring. In addition, poster presentations and exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center’s John Jones Conference Center.

In addition to her presentation for “Scholarship and Innovation in Education Day,” Dr. Skochelak will also present “Enhancing our Educational Mission,” during the Health Sciences Center’s Institutional Grand Rounds at 5 p.m., April 4, in the HSC auditorium, with a reception afterwards.

“Scholarship and Innovation in Education Day” is sponsored by the Health Sciences Center’s Faculty Development Program. For more information, contact Gwen Marshall, program manager, 293-5266.

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For more information:
Gwen Marshall, (304) 293-5266

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