The Spectrum Health Academy of Professional Educators (SHAPE) was developed and initiated in 2020. Our mission is to create a community of educators at Spectrum Health who promote a culture of educational excellence to improve health care outcomes through teaching expertise. With the development of SHAPE, Spectrum Health will join the Academies Collaborative.
If you are interested in joining SHAPE or would like more information, email SHAPEMedEd@SpectrumHealth.org.
Benefits to members at Spectrum Health:
New members will be accepted each spring. If you are interested in joining SHAPE or would like more information, email SHAPEMedEd@spectrumhealth.org.
Progress of Research in Medical Education
Monthly meetings to discuss ongoing medical education research at Spectrum Health with a focus on methodology to enhance future educational scholarship.
Medical Education Journal Club
Monthly journal clubs focused on recently published educational articles in top-tiered journals to discuss hot topics in medical education.
Clinical Teacher Program
In addition to monthly journal clubs, Progress in Medical Education Research (PRIME) and asynchronous learning opportunities, SHAPE partners with the Clinical Teacher Program, a 2-day course on enhancing faculty’s teaching skills.
Annual Education Day
Annually, SHAPE partners with Spectrum Health’s Research Day to highlight medical education while conducting workshops, presentations, and discussions on hot topics in medical education.
Grants are utilized to stimulate and expand future or ongoing medical education and quality improvement scholarship for SHAPE members. Applications are available in the summer of each academic year. The 2020 application is due December 1, 2020.
Title: Identifying and responding to microaggressions in the clinical workplace: an educational workshop for pediatrics residents
Grantees: Catherine Ezzio, MD and Kira Sieplinga, MD
Abstract: There is increasing evidence pointing towards implicit bias negatively impacting patient care and medical trainee learning experience, but no published literature on the “behavior” level of the Kirkpatrick framework following curriculum on responding to microaggressions in a clinical setting. A local needs assessment amongst pediatric residents at Spectrum Health revealed that trainees lack training in responding to microaggressions. We plan to implement a modified curriculum on microaggressions to the pediatrics residents at Spectrum Health, and assess for improvement in behavior (demonstrated qualitatively by learner implementation of the Observe, What did you mean, Think, Feel, Desire(OWTFD) microaggression response framework during an Observed Clinical Skills Examination (OSCE) microaggressions scenario). We plan to use a mixed-methods analysis to demonstrate that this curriculum leads to improved trainee performance in responding to microaggressions in the clinical workplace. We anticipate this training, in conjunction with existing efforts in antiracism, implicit bias, and cultural competence, will build trainee skills in leadership and advocacy, and contribute to improved healthcare team communication and reduced incidence and impact of microaggressions at Spectrum Health.
Title: To create and evaluate the feasibility of a Pediatric Hematology and Oncology all-virtual distance-learning elective
Grantees: Chi Braunreiter, MD
Abstract: When selecting clinical electives, medical students may be limited by what is available at their home institution or time and space constraints of the offering institution. These limitations create educational gaps for some medical students. While there has been an increased use of telemedicine, tele-education or distance-learning is limited. The goal of this proposal is to create, implement and evaluate the feasibility of an all-virtual distance-learning Pediatric Hematology and Oncology elective for third- and fourth-year medical students who have limited access to this elective at their local or regional clinical sites. The results of this elective can be used to assist in the planning of other specialty-related all-virtual distance-learning offerings to medical students or physicians.
A consult service designed to provide peer-to-peer feedback on teaching. If you are interested in learning more, email SHAPEMedEd@spectrumhealth.org.
Each year, one member of SHAPE receives the “Educator Innovator Award” to recognize outstanding contributions to medical education.