Upcoming Development Sessions

Please mark the following dates on your calendars! Faculty should be excused from clinic and pager duty during the developmental meetings. Please email Dr. Moran at moran001@umn.edu with your ideas and comments so that the program can be developed to be as useful and as meaningful as possible. 

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1:1 Pandemic Paper Pitt-Stops

1:1 Pandemic Paper Pitt-Stops 

I've had conversations with many colleagues over the last few weeks about the conflict during the current COVID chaos of conceptually having more time to see stalled writing projects to fruition balanced against the decreased mental bandwidth and stamina of balancing social distancing, new workflows, home-schooling regimens, and toilet paper rationing.

Many have mentioned how the thought of taking on a writing project right now seems impossible, while others have said they are eager to use this forced desk time to do so. I don't think either is right or wrong (and have myself vacillated between the two camps). I do know that one of the things I enjoy is working with peers to help them find their story and convert it to a manuscript. If you are interested in a 1:1 check-in on how you could move a project along (questions re: journal selection, paper type, writing logistics, timelines, etc.) please sign up for a  Virtual Office Hour Slot here. If one works for you, click on it and it will add to both of our calendars and we can connect for a chat. If none of these work, shoot me an email and we can find another time. 

With Mike Pitt | Associate Chair of Faculty Development


Poster Pop - How to Make a Poster People Want to Look At

Thursday, Feb 1 (1-2 pm)  & Monday, March 11 (12-1pm) 2024
Facilitator: Mike Pitt, MD

Just in time for conference season, we're rebooting one of the more popular P2P sessions of past years! Manufacturers spend lots of time and money thinking about packaging because it is the forward facing aspect of their product. They could have the greatest product in the world, but it will stay on the shelves if the packaging isn't appealing and doesn't reflect the value of the product. Well, posters are the packaging of our intellectual product! We shouldn't waste all the work that went into a project by falling into the trap that posters should be in a standard template that basically result in an 8x4 foot written abstract. For those who have been to PAS before, you know that walking into a room with literally 1,000 posters, visual appeal matters. Well-designed posters can serve as magnets that pull the wanderers out of the crowd to hear about your project. I feel strongly that using an institutional template and cutting and pasting your abstract into it serves as a repellent! In this session we’ll discuss practical tips for poster design that will help you create posters people want to look at.


Site for Sore Eyes? How to Easily Create Website via Google Sites

Wednesday, April 24 (12-1PM) & Monday, June 3 (12-1PM) 2024
Facilitator: Amy Gaug

In this P2P session, we'll introduce how to use Google Sites to create simple, fully functional websites, in no time flat. We'll start by highlighting examples of how creating a Google Site can help you streamline and operationalize an internal project (i.e. residency or faculty recruitment), collate resources (i.e. protocols) or can be used to scale a research project or disseminate a curriculum. We'll then demonstrate and practice using some of the design tools to begin building your own website during the session! No experience necessary.


"What's My Line?": Pseudo-Improvised Teaching When the Clinical Teaching Script Is Blank

Monday, April 8 (12-1PM) & Thursday, May 23 (1-2PM) 2024
Facilitators: Jordan Marmet, MD &  Mike Pitt, MD

Commitment to clinical education often requires significant forethought and attention to provide a comprehensive learning experience for trainees. In these settings, teaching is typically time-limited, prompted by a clinical scenario, and requires preparation. However, it is not uncommon for teachers to have insufficient time to prepare or to encounter a clinical scenario in which they have not yet developed a teaching script.In this P2P session, based off our recent article of the same name in Academic Medicine, we will share 5 categories of teaching techniques that instructors can pull from regardless of the prompt or busyness of the clinical setting and that are ideal for using when the teaching script is "blank." We call this approach of having scenario-independent teaching techniques ready to be applied with minimal preparation, "pseudo-improvised teaching."Drawing from the literature, our own experience, and borrowing from improvisational theater, we will share a toolkit of pseudo-improvised teaching techniques spanning from pathophysiology to clinical skills to work-life integration.