Medical Student Education SIG

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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.

Annual Summary for 2019


We had a great SIG session at PAS 2019, which was a combined session with the E Learning SIG. The structure of the combined SIG this year was very similar to a workshop with presentations on clinical reasoning and then mindmapping with demonstrations and group work. Following this, innovative presentations were held by invited speakers relating to E learning and medical education. The participants were engaged, and the discussion was great. Presentation and Small Group Work included: Clinical Reasoning Didactic Leader: Robert Riss MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital Mind Mapping Didactic & Demonstration Leader: Pablo A Buitron de la Vega, MD, Boston Medical Center The session wrapped up with abstract presentations and a short business meeting for each SIG. Summary of SIG Meeting: Number of participants at the meeting- Total attendance, including presenters, for the SIG was 25. More accurate calculations from the APA are pending currently. Evaluation of annual SIG meeting: Our workshop was well received. In each area of the evaluation we were 4.8-4.9 out of 5. Participants enjoyed the mind mapping session and liked the table format we used. They enjoyed the abstract presentation and clinical reasoning lecture and found the overall workshop to be innovative. Other information: SIG LEADERSHIP RECRUITMENT: Jean Petershack is an outgoing co-chair of the SIG. Robert Riss assumed the position of co-chair and Jennifer Benjamin was added as to provide further stability. Maribeth Chitkara continues in her current role. Going forward: Please plan to make better use of the list serve and send out Newsletters to update members and encourage interaction. We plan to create a website in order to better support our membership and strengthen collaboration.

Current SIG Goals:

  1. Expand our membership.
  2. Encourage regular interaction throughout the year.
  3. Provide mentorship to young faculty in medical student education.


Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:

E Learning Sig

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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