Look What Our Educators are Doing!

  • Dr. Tracy Criss, presents a poster on "Stressors and Coping Mechanisms of Medical Students" on behalf of Tracy Criss, MD, Elizabeth Pline, LMSW, David Musick, PhD, Mariah Rudd, BS, and Aubrey Knight, MD at the April/2017 SGEA Conference.

To read all about the presentations given by our TEACH faculty at the April/2017 SGEA conference hover your mouse over each picture! 

 

Faculty Highlight –Celebrate Dr. Bruce Johnson!

For some, the prospect of retirement means Jimmy Buffet concerts, beach chairs, and big drinks with little umbrellas. However, for VTCSOM’s Dr. Bruce Johnson, retirement looks a little different. While Dr. Johnson will be retiring from his role as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, he will be using this opportunity of more hours in the day to claim more clinical and medical school responsibilities.

The extensive and accomplished professional life of Bruce Johnson, M.D. began at Kansas University following the completion of his Internal Medicine fellowship. It was not a conscious decision for Dr. Johnson to remain at an academic medical center after fellowship, but rather something that his time as a resident and fellow in a teaching setting had unknowingly prepared him for. The allure of teaching drew Dr. Johnson into becoming faculty at Kansas University. There he immersed himself into the teaching of residents on inpatient teams and attending resident clinic. At the time, there was no formal training available helping physicians in their role as teachers so Dr. Johnson looked to his experience with previous teachers to draw his inspiration. After a brief break from academia, assisting his father at his private practice in California, Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at the University of Iowa. There he was exposed to formal teaching education activities and developed a program for Internal Medicine fellows interested in faculty positions. After a move to East Carolina University, Dr. Johnson helped continued providing assistance developing the teaching skills of fellows who anticipated becoming faculty by helping to build on an existing program.

Dr. Johnson holds diverse interests in many aspects of education. For medical students, he is devoted to providing formal, attainable objectives to help guide their learning. When teaching residents in the clinical setting, Dr. Johnson utilizes the 1-minute preceptor rule to enhance their learning experience.

When asked what he most enjoys about teaching students and/or residents, Dr. Johnson responds simply “teaching” with a large smile and heartfelt laugh. He shares that over the years he has improved his teaching skills, providing better lectures and better clinical experiences with the help of his mentors and colleagues. Dr. Johnson has been actively engaged in curricular development throughout his career. Beginning at Kansas University, Dr. Johnson collaborated with the Family Practice Clerkship Director to create an innovative ambulatory and community clerkship that merged Internal Medicine and Family Medicine clerkships in order to provide enhanced exposure to the ambulatory setting for students. The success of this clerkship, which is still active today, led to a similar effort at the University of Iowa to create a 12-week combined Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Medicine clerkship. Again, Dr. Johnson used his successful clerkship model to create unique 6-week clerkships here at VTC and to designate the Internal Medicine clerkship as strictly inpatient experience and have Family Medicine clerkship be presented in the ambulatory setting.

The advice Dr. Johnson has for new faculty in their teaching role is to take advantage of the available professional development offerings through TEACH and OCPD. “Teaching skills are rarely found in the curriculum of our medical schools, residencies or fellowships,” shares Dr. Johnson, “so new faculty shouldn’t be discouraged that they’ve never been taught.” He continues to elaborate sharing that faculty have to recognize the new role they are taking as a teacher, which has its own set of objectives and skills. This unique field of study will also require commitment and a need for skills to be constantly improved. In the same way that physicians must improve their skills as clinicians, Dr. Johnson believes they also need to do the same for their role as educators. To help promote the importance of teaching to VTC faculty, a requirement for 2 hours of faculty development towards teaching is required for their Maintenance of Appointment and they have deliberately included the language “appointment to teach” within the faculty handbook.

We will continue to see Dr. Johnson keeping busy within the medical school as he will be active in the clinical skills courses, Domain Day and Internal Medicine clerkship. Additionally, he will be expanding his own time spent practicing clinically. We will also continue to see as he remains active within TEACH. With the exception of a 2 week trip along the Trans-Siberian Railway, Dr. Johnson will be as busy as ever shaping the educational and clinical growth of our learners.

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Johnson as he hangs up his VTC Faculty Affairs hat. The impacts of his passion, devotion and innovation will continue to be seen at VTC for many years to come.

 TEACH Member Scholarly Activity for April through July 2017

Presentations:

  • Carvalho, H., & Connor, B. W. (2017, April). Dramatization of Starling Forces: an interactive learning approach. Oral Presentation presented at the Experimental Biology 2017, Chicago, IL.
  • Musick, D. W., & Whicker, S. A. (2017, June). The Learning Environment: What Is It?  Why Does It Matter? Oral Presentation presented at the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Musick, D. W. (2017, June). Basics of Adult Learning. Oral Presentation presented at the Department of Psychiatry Resident Didactic Session, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Musick, D. W., Dallas, A. P., Gazo, J., Whicker, S. A., Wells, L., Vanblaricom, K., & Arulruja, E. (2017, May). Initial Results of a Multi-Faceted Continuing Medical Education Intervention Designed to Reduce Unnecessary Blood Transfusions. Oral Presentation presented at the Annual Meeting, Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Denberg, T., Musick, D. W., Garcia, E. M., Littlepage, D., Gannon, E., & Wells, L. (2017, May). Initial Results of a Multi-Faceted Continuing Medical Education Intervention Designed to Reduce Unnecessary Neuroimaging Studies. Oral Presentation presented at the Annual Meeting, Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Musick, D. W., & Kees, D. W. (2017, May). Assessment Part I: Basics of Assessment. Oral Presentation presented at the GME Program Directors Series, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Musick, D. W., Milam, T. R., & Johnson, B. E. (2017, April). A Clinically Focused Discussion of Spirituality and Medicine During the Core Clerkships: Student Knowledge Gains and Feedback. Oral Presentation presented at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs/Student Affairs/Organization of Student Representatives (SGEA/SGSA/SOSR) 2017 Conference, Association of American Medical Colleges, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Musick, D. W., Harrington, D. P., Vari, R. C., Knight, A. L., Adams Vanke, F., & Criss, T. W. (2017, April). Defining the Medical School Learning Environment: An Exploratory Survey. Oral Presentation presented at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs/Student Affairs/Organization of Student Representatives (SGEA/SGSA/SOSR) 2017 Conference, Association of American Medical Colleges, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Musick, D. W. (2017, April). Scholarship in Medical Education: It’s Not Just for the Professionals. Oral Presentation presented at the VTC School of Medicine All Staff Meeting, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA.
  • Arulruja, E., Musick, D. W., Dallas, A. P., Whicker, S. A., Gazo, J., Wells, L., & Vanblaricom, K. (2017, April). Can a Multi-Faceted CME Intervention Reduce Unnecessary Blood Transfusions? Oral Presentation presented at the 2017 Carilion Clinic Research Day, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.

Publications:

  • Park, J., Parker, S., & Safford, S. D. (in press). Surgical trainees’ confidence in the OR improves over time with a corresponding increase in responsibility. The American Surgeon.

Abstracts and Posters:

  • Polk, E. L., Bowersock, A. H., & Johnson, S. B. (2017, April). “Integrating Lifestyle Medicine Competencies into a M3 Family Medicine Clerkship: Student Perceptions and Health Habits,” Poster session presented at the Carilion Research Day, Carilion Clinic Research and Development, Roanoke, VA.
  • Wong, F., Ross, B., Pithadia, A., Christa, W., & DeMott, C. J. (2017, May). “From esoteric to practical: Resurrecting Journal Club for Internal Medicine Residents,” Poster session presented at the QI/QA Internal Medicine Residency Presentation, Roanoke, VA.
  • Kees, D., Kuehl, D. R., Musick, D. W., Kroker-Bode, C. A., Paget, C. J., Foroozesh, M. B., Fortuna, T. J., & Morgan, T. (2017, April). “Establishing a New GME Training Protocol for Ultrasound-Guided Insertion of Central Venous Catheters,” Poster session presented at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs/Student Affairs/Organization of Student Representatives (SGEA/SGSA/SOSR) 2017 Conference, Association of American Medical Colleges, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Gates, R., Penwell-Waines, L. M., Musick, D. W., & Greenawald, M. H. (2017, April). “On Medical Student Burnout and Well-Being: Do Personal Perceptions Matter?,” Poster session presented at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs/Student Affairs/Organization of Student Representatives (SGEA/SGSA/SOSR) 2017 Conference, Association of American Medical Colleges, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Musick, D. W., Denberg, T., Garcia, E. M., Littlepage, D. M., Gannon, E., & Wells, L. (2017, April). “Can a Multi-Faceted CME Intervention Reduce Unnecessary Neuroimaging Studies?,” Poster session presented at the 2017 Carilion Clinic Research Day, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Trinkle, D., Criss, T. W., Flinchum, M., Morris, J., Bossard, A., & Musick, D. W. (2017, April). “Medical Students’ Knowledge & Performance Related to Team-Oriented Care,” Poster session presented at the 2017 Carilion Clinic Research Day, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Kroker-Bode, C., Kingston, T., Rudd, M., Morgan, T., Gazo, J., Musick, D. W., Pline, B., Fultz, R., & Whicker, S. A. (2017, April). “Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Co-Learning Pilot Project for Residents/Faculty,” Poster session presented at the 2017 Carilion Clinic Research Day, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Criss, T., Harrington, D. P., Pline, B., Rudd, M., Musick, D. W., & Knight, A. L. (2017, April). “Stressors and Coping Mechanisms of Medical Students,” Poster session presented at the 2017 Carilion Clinic Research Day, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.
  • Gates, R., Penwell-Waines, L. M., Holt, E., Musick, D. W., & Greenawald, M. H. (2017, April). “The Journey Toward Improved Student Well-being at VTCSOM,” Poster session presented at the 2017 Carilion Clinic Research Day, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.