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Evidence Informed Education: CU Educators Chosen to Collaborate with International Organization

The Academy of Medical Educators at the University of Colorado School of Medicine was recently accepted to take part in the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration.

About the BEME

The BEME collaborative was founded by the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), an organization that “promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.” 

As a group, the BEME is committed to the development of evidence-informed education in the medical and health professions through:

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Evolution of Medical Student Admissions: Looking at New Competencies 

By Nichole Zehnder, MD

To date, more than 7,000 primary applications for admission have been received, and about 3,000 pre-screened secondary applications are being reviewed. Of those, roughly 700 applicants will interview to be accepted to one of 184 spots in the University of Colorado School of Medicine MD Class of 2019. The CUSOM Admissions Committee is committed to enhancing the admissions selection process to better identify students with the personal dimensions necessary to become competent, caring physicians. In addition to evaluation of cognitive factors, such as MCAT scores and coursework, evidence shows that assessment of core personal qualities of applicants is vital to gain a more substantial and accurate picture of applicants.

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New Faculty Career Development Workshop

The School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs offers an annual all-day workshop for new faculty, especially Assistant Professors who are in their first or second year and other new faculty members who have academic responsibilities in teaching, clinical practice or research. This year, the workshop will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Shore Family Forum Auditorium, Nighthorse Campbell Building (Anschutz Medical Campus). 

During the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to meet many of the institution’s key leaders and to learn more about the criteria for promotion, preparing portfolios and dossiers, the support systems that are available and tips for academic success. Department chairs will be asked to free faculty members from their usual responsibilities for this important program. There is no registration fee for this event, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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New Resource Available! DIMENSIONS: Work & Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians

The DIMENSIONS: Work & Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians was developed by the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program in partnership with the Colorado Medical Society to address a growing concern in our healthcare system – physician burnout.

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Recommended Reading from The Atlantic: What Happens When Student’s Control Their Own Education?

“When a New Hampshire district found itself struggling with low test scores and high turnover, it made a radical decision: Flip the traditional model and let kids take over the classrooms.”

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