December 4, 2019

First Medical Education Research and Innovation Conference a hit

The Wayne State University School of Medicine hosted its first Medical Education Research and Innovation Conference to showcase completed and in-progress medical education research and innovation projects conducted by students, residents, staff and faculty Dec 2. 

Julie Fynke
Medical student Julie Fynke speaks with keynote speaker Dorothy Andriole, M.D., senior director of Medical Education Research for the Association of American Medical Colleges, about her poster.



More than 80 posters and oral presentations were submitted for the inaugural conference, believed to be the first of its kind nationally to focus on medical students, said Jason Booza, Ph.D., assistant dean of Continuous Quality Improvement and Compliance.

Geared toward first-time research participants, topics were related to the learning process that occurs within a medical education setting, including learner characteristics, optimizing the learning process, assessment and evaluation, professional development, instruction design, technology in the learning environment, wellbeing, and innovative curricula addressing current issues within medical education.

Dorothy Andriole
Keynote speaker Dorothy Andriole, M.D., addresses the crowd at the inaugural Medical Education and Innovation Conference.

The conference featured keynote speaker Dorothy Andriole, M.D., senior director of Medical Education Research for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

A series of workshops on bringing abstracts to publication were also held.

The winning posters and presentations include:

Student Posters
First: Hanna Tran, “Medical Student Perceptions of Wellness and Communication and Learning Outcomes of a Dissection Handoff Procedure in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory” 

Hanna Tran
Hanna Tran won first place in the medical student poster category for  “Medical Student Perceptions of Wellness and Communication and Learning Outcomes of a Dissection Handoff Procedure in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory.”


Second: Michael Garmo, “Medical Student Perspectives on Opioid Use Disorders: An Innovative MAT Waiver Training Integration during IM Clerkships”

Third: Amer Tamr, “Nutrition Education Training through Service-Learning: Auntie Na’s Student Organization Health Oasis Corner Store Program”

Student Oral Presentations
First: Ashley Kramer, “Development of an Annual Three-Day Intensive Clinical Skills Refresher Course for Students in the Ph.D. Years of a Dual-Degree M.D./Ph.D. program

Second: Sonal Patel, “Continuous Quality Improvement in the Instructional Design of a Clinical Skills Course”

Third: Rosa Moore, “Medical Students Using Cadavers for Procedural Simulation Education”

Faculty/Staff/Residents Posters
First: Eva Waineo, M.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, “Impact of a Physician Testimonial on Medical Students’ Attitudes and Actions Regarding Substance Use Disorders in Health Care Professionals”

Second: Ajit Panag, M.D., Class of 2018, Emergency Medicine resident at Ascension St. John Hopsital, “A Preliminary Review of a Collaborative, Instructor-Led Asynchronous Learning Model in an Emergency Medicine Residency Program”

Third: Sarkis Kouyoumjian, M.D., clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, “The Impact of Interprofessional Nursing Shift During Fourth Year Emergency Medicine Clerkship on Procedural Skills and Overall Clinical Performance”