Monday, January 29, 2018

Celebrating the Teaching & Research Scholars Capstone

What a wonderful evening!

Last Thursday, I attended the MedStar Health Teaching & Research Scholars Capstone. What a remarkable display of academic faculty commitment to the pursuit of new knowledge and inquiry to advance health through research and teaching.

The event began with a poster session and reception. There were many medical education and clinical research studies from a variety of specialties and from across the system. 

In addition to the posters presented by all scholars, two “graduating” scholars presented their work. Hunter Groninger, MD, from the palliative care team, presented his work on teaching effective communication with the MWHC rapid response team. Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MBBS, presented his work on searching for better therapeutic approaches for colorectal cancer patients by using microscopic imaging. Both of these presentations were the results of a two-year-long effort.

Following this, the graduating scholars were presented with their AAMC Medical Education Research (MERC) and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificates. They were joined by the CENTILE fellows who also completed the LEAD program, and the Georgetown medical students in the Medical Education Research Scholar Track Program, who completed MERC. New MedStar Members of the Teaching Academy were recognized along with those who have moved from one level to another.

Of course, the event wouldn't be complete without hearing from our very own Stephen Evans, MD, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs, who always challenges us to think outside the box. Referencing a recent NEJM article on physician burnout, he reminded us that we need to find something that is meaningful and rewarding in our work and the work presented at this event is our "warm blanket and hot cocoa on a chilly, winter night". That imagery highlights the importance of programs like this for the future academic leaders at MedStar Health.

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