University of Colorado School of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators
BICC Contact Information
The University of Colorado BICC is housed within the Academy of Medical Educators, which is an organizational unit dedicated to creating an environment that promotes and rewards teaching excellence and enhances the education of our students, residents, fellows, faculty and community. The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) provides a robust offering of faculty development workshops, education scholarship support (small grants, personal research assistant, annual educational scholarship symposium), and longer faculty development certificates in teaching skills, educational scholarship and educational leadership. The AME was founded in 2009 and has been a BICC since 2014. It consists of over 70 members with broad expertise in medical education and health professions education research.
Main areas of interest/expertise
Because membership is broad within the University of Colorado AME, the interests and expertise are similarly broad and span all specialties within medicine, as well as physical therapy and physician assistant training. Specific areas of particular expertise in health professions education include:
- Clinical teaching
- Communication skill development
- Educational technology
- Faculty development
Contributions made to BEME
Overview of the 2016 Activities of the University of Colorado BICC
In our second year of participation, the University of Colorado BICC’s contribution to the BEME Collaboration includes:
- promoting the use of systematic reviews to inform medical and health professions education;
- contributing to the editorial role and function of BEME review groups;
- providing mentorship and support for conducting new BEME reviews;
- beginning in July 2016, participating in the Review Committee and Research Committee
- in August 2016, leading a fundraising committee for BEME. This is lead by Dr. Aagaard
Promoting the Use of Systematic Reviews
In our second year, the University of Colorado BICC has:
- Raised awareness both locally in the University of Colorado community, and nationally, in the Academies Collaborative (a collaborative of Academies of Medical Education in the United States) about the existence and availability of BEME reviews
- Continued to integrate BEME reviews into: informing committee decisions in the undergraduate medical education program; training the next generation of education scholars in our Teaching Scholars Program; short tips for faculty in the Faculty Affairs newsletter.
- Continued to build capacity to complete BEME reviews through two mechanisms:
- Article in the Faculty Affairs newsletter that explains BEME and its specific value to various roles within the Educational mission (administrators, teaching faculty, educational researchers). The article is available online here and draws largely on the BEME handout distributed at the August 2016 AMEE conference.
- Webinar on conducting BEME reviews. This was a joint webinar with a local librarian, offered over the lunch hour, in order to maximize usefulness and accessibility to faculty. This webinar was purposely constructed to introduce the BEME concept and approach to our faculty, in the hopes of increasing interest in the BEME
Contributing To The Editorial Role And Function Of BEME Review Groups
Our editorial contributions fall under the previous format, where our BICC lead (Dr. Janet Corral) reviewed and provided feedback on BEME proposals and BICC recommendations to move BEME proposals forward. As of December 2016, Dr. Corral has completed two reviews for BEME.
Providing Mentorship And Support For Conducting New BEME Reviews
The University of Colorado is leading an international group (Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Japan) in completing a review for BEME regarding effective teaching skills in the clinical setting. In this capacity, we are mentoring a new scholar (Cason Pierce, University of Colorado) and extending our mentorship to supplement experienced scholars at other institutions in the collaboration. The topic has received formal approval by BEME and appears on the topic registration page as “A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Educational Models and Teaching Strategies for Medical Trainees in the Clinical Setting (Pierce et al)”.
Participation in two core BEME Committees
Dr. Janet Corral has agreed to participate in the Review Committee and Dr. Eva Aagaard has agreed to participate in the Research Committee. Both were present at the BEME board meetings held at the AMEE Meeting in August 2016. Dr. Aagaard has volunteered her leadership of the BEME fundraising committee, which will meet in early 2017.
On the AME website are several key resources including links to over 20 online modules for faculty development, our list of members, information about the various faculty development programs we offer, etc. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/academy/Pages/default.aspx