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School of Medicine Educators to Present Insights and Innovations

Twelve MU School of Medicine faculty and staff members will share their expertise on topics ranging from medical resident training to rural health during an annual meeting of the Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) from April 8 to 10 at Rush Medical College in Chicago. The CGEA is a regional subgroup of the Association of American Medical Colleges that facilitates communication and discussion among 37 medical schools in the central United States.

MU School of Medicine presenters include:

Nicole Fearing, MD, Mark Wakefield, MD, and Dena Higbee will lead a group in discussing the use of simulation to determine new surgery interns' skill and knowledge levels. Fearing is assistant professor of surgery and medical director of the MU School of Medicine Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center, and Higbee is the center's director. Wakefield is assistant professor of surgery.

Kathleen Quinn, PhD, Kevin Kane, MD, and Jana Porter will discuss the impact of a community integration program in influencing medical students to serve in rural areas of the state. They also will present an abstract on the medical school's rural track pipeline program. Quinn is director of the MU Area Health Education Center (MU-AHEC). Kane is associate professor of family and community medicine and former medical director for MU-AHEC. Porter is coordinator of rural health education for MU-AHEC.

Carla Dyer, MD, Kimberly Hoffman, PhD, and Dena Higbee will present their poster titled "Enhancing Authenticity of Problem-Based Learning Using Simulated Patients." Dyer is assistant professor of internal medicine. Hoffman is the medical school's associate dean for education evaluation and improvement.

James Koller, MD, Poorna Karuparthi, MD, and Barbara Boshard, RN, will present their poster titled "Increasing the Ability of Internal Medicine Resident Physicians to Improve Patient Care in Outpatient Settings using Quality Improvement Principles and Methods." Koller is assistant professor of internal medicine. Karuparthi is a resident physician. Boshard is quality coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine.
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