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The Medical Student Education SIG will still be dedicated to be a home for all people who are interested in medical student education. It will disseminate information for faculty development and career development of members. It will partner with other SIGs or other organizations to enhance approach to education and training.

APA Medical Student Education SIG Winter 2018 Report

The Medical Student Education SIG is a dedicated home for all interested in medical student education. The SIG develops and disseminates information to members for faculty and career development. We partner with other organizations to bring together researchers and educators from different disciplines for networking, enhanced approaches to education and training, and generation of research/project ideas.

We are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the E-Learning SIG at this spring's PAS meeting!    Are you looking for ways to use technology to enhance teaching for trainees and faculty?  We are pleased to announce the joint meeting of the E-Learning in Medical Education and the Medical Student Education SIG for the upcoming 2019 PAS Meeting. This workshop will introduce you to some exciting ways to incorporate technology into teaching and learning. Medical students begin their clinical training with a wealth of theoretical knowledge, and it falls to the clinical teacher to help shape and apply that knowledge to the care of real patients.  Clinical reasoning can be described as the development of this thought process.  In this session, participants will learn and discuss clinical reasoning, mind mapping, and innovations for introducing technology for teaching learners across the continuum of health professionals’ education.  Participants will become familiar with the concept of mind mapping, a thinking tool that reflects externally the way one thinks internally, discuss some real-life examples of mind mapping as a teaching instrument, and practice using mind mapping in an interactive technology demonstration using a free program called mindmeister ( Finally, participants will learn about innovations in e-learning and medical student education with brief platform presentations. The SIG will conclude with a gallery walk of posters displaying the innovative work of medical educators in e-learning.       

Objectives of the Combined SIGs for e-Learning in Medical Education and Medical  Student Education:

  • Review concept of clinical reasoning in a discussion-based style drawing on the experiences of   participants.
  • Describe the concept of mind mapping and demonstrate the use of mind mapping in a free online technology.
  • Discuss innovations in e-learning for both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Medical Student Education SIG Leadership

  • Maribeth Chitkara, MD, Stony Brook Children's
  • Jean Petershack, MD, University of Texas Health , San Antonio
  • Robert Riss, MD Children's Mercy Hospital

July 2017 Newsletter Article

The Medical Student Education SIG is a dedicated home for all interested in medical student education. The SIG disseminates information to members for faculty and career development, and it partners with other organizations to enhance approaches to education and training. At our 2017 SIG Session, we combined with the Qualitative Research SIG to discuss qualitative research methodologies and how they might be used in the context of medical student education to promote scholarship.

Mary Rocha from Baylor, Maribeth Chitkara from Stony Brook Children's, and Jean Petershack from UT San Antonio are the current co-chairs of the SIG. In the fall, we will begin planning for PAS 2018 in Toronto, and as always will remain open to ideas for topics and session content.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Jennifer Benjamin, MD, MS
6701 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (832) 822-5442

Maribeth Chitkara, MD
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-2730

Jean Petershack, MD
7703 Floyd Curl Dr MC 7812
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 567-5225

Robert Riss, MD
25902 west 73rd street
Shawnee , KS 66227
Phone: (816) 802-1493




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