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Evidence-Based Teaching: Promoting Competencies in Health Care Education Jan. 28

Join Drs. Richard Van Eck and Adrienne Salentiny of Education Resources for a session on teaching and assessing for longitudinal competencies and essential skills, attitudes, and dispositions. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at noon in Room W201 of the SMHS Northeast Campus, Drs. Van Eck and Salentiny will present “Promoting Competencies in Health Care Education.” (Please note the room change.)

Health care education includes a variety of learning outcomes, from science content to patient communication skills to diagnostic reasoning. Each of these is a unique skill or knowledge set, and most educators have a good understanding of the teaching and assessment strategies needed to help students achieve these goals.

However, today’s health care education landscape is full of outcomes that are less clearly understood. What does it mean to teach “competencies?” How are they different from “objectives” and “goals”? How do we go about teaching and promoting “essential” cognitive, emotional, and attitudinal dispositions like professionalism, professional identity, empathy, and resilience? Can we really know whether a student is “professional” based on what she says and does in class? How do new teaching and assessment strategies like gamification and badging relate to these new kinds of learning outcomes?

Come discuss answers to these questions and more on Jan. 28.

A light lunch will be offered for on-site attendees (of course, you are also welcome to bring your own lunch). Please RSVP here by Jan. 23 to help us ensure we have enough for everyone.

This workshop is part of the Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) series hosted by Education Resources and the Office of Education and Faculty Affairs. This series, held every fourth Tuesday of the month, showcases topics of interest to the medical and health education community and is free and open to anyone at UND. The session will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing. Previous EBT sessions can be streamed from our website.

New for 2020—All Evidence-Based Teaching sessions are now available for CME credit! Watch for details in future announcements or contact Adrienne Salentiny for more information.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to suggest a future meeting topic, please contact Adrienne Salentiny at