2016 Dalhousie Medical Education Institute

About the Institute


The Medical Education Institute (MEI) is an annual day-long faculty development that addresses current needs-based topics and current trends in medical education and curriculum. The primary focus of the MEI is to support faculty of Dalhousie Medical School in their roles as educators and academics. This year, the MEI will focus on teaching and will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


The Institute is intended for:
    - Clinical, basic, and health science faculty members
    - Medical educators
    - Health professionals
    - Learners


Holland College (300 Kent Street), Charlottetown, PE | Parking map 


A block of rooms have been held at Hotel Pownal. For reservations please indicate you are with Dalhousie University Medical Education Institute.


As an accredited provider, Dalhousie University, CPD designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7.50 credit hours for MAINPRO M-1 of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and as an accredited group learning Section 1 activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.


On the agenda

Time Title Speaker
8:00 Registration & Welcome Dr. Lisa Searle
8:15 "These Students Today Are so Entitled!": What We Can Learn from Teaching Millennials!

- To identify the characteristics of millennial generation as it pertains to medical education
- To identify the challenges of teaching and learning alongside different generations
- To have tools available to combat bias and challenges and take advantage of intergeneration learning
Dr. Sarah Gander
Why Some Students Need to Fail - Faculty Accountability

- To accept that some students should not pass, but most still ultimately succeed
- To know the most common reasons for, and warning signs of, impending failure
- To recognize the barriers to failing students
- To use the SOAP method to develop a remediation plan
Dr. John Prendergast
10:30 Professionalism: Why We Need to Get It Right from Day One

- To describe the impact of unprofessional behaviours
- To discuss how a graded approach might be used to address professionalism issues in learners
Dr. Ellen Tsai
11:45 Lunch  
12:45 Catching up with Your Learners on Social Media

- To describe several ways that patient privacy may be breached
- To discuss potential professionalism issues related to social media
Dr. Ellen Tsai
1:45 Hashtags and Microphones: the Rise and Role of Social Media and Podcasting in #MedicalEducation

- To become familiar with free open access medical education (#FOAM) and its relationship to Twitter
- To learn about podcasts: what they are, what they aren’t, and how to sort the wheat from the chaff
Dr. Heidi James
2:15 Break  
2:30 Speaking up - Not Just for Millennials

- To identify barriers to effective team communication
- To describe strategies to effectively voice patient safety concerns
Dr. Ellen Tsai
3:45 Wrap-up
Introduction to the CMPA Good Practices Guide

- To be able to find relevant teaching resources in the CMPA Good Practices Guide
Dr. Ellen Tsai
4:00 Closing Remarks Dr. Lisa Searle


About the speakers

  • Dr. Ellen Tsai, MD, MHSc (Bioethics), FRCPC | Physician Advisor, Safe Medical Care, CMPA
  • Dr. Heidi James, MD, CCFP | Family Physician, Moncton NB; Co-Host, Primary Care Reviews and Perspectives Podcast; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. John Prendergast, MD, CCFP, FCFP | Horizon Health, Fredericton, NB
  • Dr. Sarah Gander, MD, FRCPC | Horizon Health, Saint John, NB