The 10th annual Davidoff Education Day, an all-day event held on January 25, 2013, brought together more than 120 medical educators in Einstein's Lubin Dining Hall. Those in attendance represented various departments at Einstein, its University Hospital Montefiore Medical Center and eight other affiliate institutions, who had come to discuss issues related to "competency-based education."
"Competencies" are the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes that the profession and public expect of physicians. Einstein's educational task force has selected seven core competencies essential to students acquiring such knowledge and mastering these skills, behaviors and attitudes - physician as healer, scientist, advocate, educator, colleague, role model and life-longlearner.
Through a series of workshops, as well as networking and poster sessions, event attendees exchanged their experiences and discussed the prospect of and progress made toward implementing competency-based education at both Einstein and its affiliates.
The dialogue was highlighted by two keynote speakers: The morning plenary featured Dr. Eric Holmboe, chief medical officer and senior vice president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, discussing the merits of competency-based education, how this academic innovation can be employed and how the various competencies can be assessed effectively; and, in the afternoon, Dr. Darlene LeFrancois, associate professor of clinical medicine, outlining the framework and the practical skills needed to teach at the bedside.
Dr. Martha Grayson, senior associate dean for medical education and professor of clinical medicine, is currently leading a team of Einstein educators in reviewing potential changes to the medical school curriculum that will reflect these competencies. In a recent video interview, she spoke about the talented taskforce of Einstein faculty members that determined the key competencies that will be incorporated into the Einstein medical curriculum.
"Our curriculum ensures the training of our students as capable agents of medical practice, and as effective healers, educators, colleagues, and advocates," she noted. "Competencies focus on the humanism and social skills that are necessary for students to become effective physicians from all standpoints."
Davidoff Education Day is an annual event hosted by the office of faculty development, headed by Dr. Christina Coyle, assistant dean for faculty development. The event is named in honor of Dr. Leo Davidoff, the first chair of neurological surgery at Einstein.
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