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9th Annual William Davidson Medical Education Week at OUWB School of Medicine

Session during OUWB's 2018 Medical Education WeekMedical Education Week highlights innovative research and advancements in medical education at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Its purpose is to honor faculty members who contribute to the improvement of medical education. The diverse and multifaceted program includes presentation of poster abstracts and prominent speakers from the medical education field who are invited to share insight and expertise.

OUWB’s Medical Education week exists in large part because of the late William Davidson, a successful businessman and founder of Palace Sports and Entertainment. In late 2007 Davidson initiated plans to donate $1 million to Beaumont with the express direction that the money be used to support medical education under the direction of his doctor and friend, Sandor H. Shoichet, M.D., FACP, program director, Internal Medicine Residency and medical director of Outpatient Clinics at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and associate professor of Medicine at OUWB. Davidson died in 2009 at 86.                               

2019 Davidson SpeakerDavidson’s generosity and the vision of Shoichet who co-chairs Medical Education Week with Ann Voorheis-Sargent, Ph.D., director, OUWB Center for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME) — enabled Beaumont the opportunity to permanently endow faculty development, an area that many institutions recognize as important to an educational endeavor’s ongoing success, though one that often lacks adequate resources.

One of the ways the endowment accomplishes its mission is by sponsoring a nationally esteemed medical educator to be the week’s distinguished speaker in Davidson’s name. (Shoichet is shown with last year's speaker Sanjay Saint, M.D., MPH.)

OUWB's Medical Education Week also features poster abstracts reviewed and selected by the poster committee based on clarity, organization, and applicability to education. This year’s theme was “A Look Into the Future.”

OUWB’s Medical Education Week traditionally is held over the course of three days at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the previously scheduled in-person components of the 9th Annual William Davidson Medical Education Week had to be cancelled for the safety and health of participants.

Still, the educationally innovative work done in anticipation of the event should not go ignored.

For that reason, we present the work below.

2020 Posters: Winners

"Geographical Bias in Preclinical Medical Education: An Analysis of USMLE Step 1 Review Materials" Danielle Reynolds, B.S., Julia Kerwin, B.S., Haley Smallwood, B.A., Gustavo Patino, M.D., Ph.D.

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Winning Poster for OUWB Med Ed Week 2020 1

"Wellness from Within (the Curriculum): Eliciting and Applying Medical Student Feedback" Kristin LeMarbe, Aviv Spllinger, Jonathan Dokter, Evan Brickner, David Thomas, Ph.D., Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D.

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Winning Poster for OUWB Med Ed Week 2020 2

2020 Posters: The Best of the Rest

About 2020 Poster Submissions

Requirements for Poster Abstract and Review

Eligibility for Submission

Submissions are open to all Oakland University, OUWB, and Beaumont affiliates including faculty, clinicians, staff, students, and residents.

Abstracts eligible for submission are educational innovation or educational research. These can include topics in medical education, community health education, and patient education.

Please submit your abstract through the online submission form.

Poster Abstract Requirements

Educational Innovation abstracts are limited to 300 words, must contain the following sections: Objectives, Approach/Process, Educational Outcomes, and Evaluation Methods, and must be related to medical education.

Educational Research abstracts are limited to 300 words, must contain the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and must be related to medical education.

Additionally, you will be asked to provide a one sentence description on how your submission connects with education.

For projects with human subjects data, please include your IRB approval number on your poster.

Poster Review

Poster abstracts will be reviewed by the poster committee and selected based on clarity, organization, applicability to education.

2020 Medical Education Week Poster Committee
  • Stephanie Swanberg, MSI, AHIP - co-chair
  • Katie Weyand, B.S.
  • Kelsey Zuchowicz, MPH, CWP - co-chair
Poster FAQ

Who is eligible to submit a poster abstract?

All Oakland University, OUWB, or Beaumont affiliates including faculty, clinicians, staff, residents, and students may submit a poster abstract.

What poster topics are eligible?

Projects must be education focused (medical education, community education, or patient education).

There are two categories of posters:

  • Educational Research - These posters will describe a project in educational research and must include results.
  • Educational Innovation - These posters will describe a current project/program undertaken or implemented in education. They do not require results but do need to describe expected outcomes and an evaluation plan.

How and when do I submit a poster abstract?

All abstracts must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. using the online submission form.

What is the required format for the poster abstract?

Educational Innovation abstracts are limited to 300 words, must be related to education, and must contain the following sections:

  • Objectives
  • Approach/Process
  • Evaluation Plan
  • Educational Outcomes

Educational Research abstracts are limited to 300 words, must be related to education, and must contain the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion/Conclusions

For projects displaying human subjects data, please include your IRB approval number on your poster.

In addition, each abstract must include a title and all author names. Please include each author’s credentials (ie: PhD, MD, MS-4, etc), department affiliation, and email address. All authors will be notified of abstract submission.

How will my poster abstract be evaluated for acceptance?

Abstracts must meet evaluation criteria in order to be accepted. All poster abstracts will be blinded (all names and identifying information will be removed) and be reviewed by the Medical Education Week Poster Committee based on the abstract rubric. The reviewers will evaluate poster abstracts based on the originality of the content as well as how well each of the above sections are written in terms of quality, clarity, organization and internal consistency (appropriateness of methods, evaluation plan, etc.).

Authors of abstracts that do not meet the evaluation criteria will be contacted with one opportunity to revise their abstract.

When will I be notified if my abstract has been accepted?

You will receive an email no later than Monday, March 9, 2020 informing you of your abstract acceptance status.

Will there be awards given out this year?

A certificate will be awarded to each of the authors of the top poster in each category (educational innovation and educational research). The certificates will be handed out at the poster session.

Can I submit a poster abstract that I have previously presented at another meeting or conference?

Yes, you may submit an abstract you have previously presented. However, you will need to modify the poster to match our template.

Does my abstract need to reflect completed projects or research?

Educational Research posters should reflect projects that are complete or mostly complete with results.

Educational Innovation posters do not need to contain results or completed outcomes, but should describe the expected outcomes and how the educational project/program will be evaluated.

Do I need IRB approval to present at Medical Education Week?

If your poster will include human subjects data, you need to have IRB approval in time to present your poster, and must include your IRB number on your poster.

Do I need to follow a particular template for creating the posters?

Yes, the template will be provided within the poster acceptance email in March.

If my poster abstract is accepted, am I required to attend the poster session on Wednesday, May 13, 2020?

While you are not required to attend, we strongly encourage at least one author to be present at the poster session, starting around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Will I need to print out my poster?

No, the committee will handle all printing logistics. You simply need to send a digital file of your poster to ceme@oakland.edu.

When do I need to submit my digital file for my poster for printing?

Digital poster files are due April 6, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. to ceme@oakland.edu.

In what format(s) should I submit my digital poster file?

Please submit your digital poster file in both .PPT and .PDF formats.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions regarding poster abstracts or posters?

You should contact Stephanie Swanberg, MSI, AHIP or Kelsey Zuchowicz, MPH, CWP, co-chairs of the 2020 Medical Education Week Poster Committee.

About 2020 Medical Education Week

2020 Medical Education Week Committee
  • Doug Gould, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Lewer
  • Darlene Niksic
  • Sandor Shoichet, M.D. - co-chair
  • Stephanie Swanberg, MSI, AHIP
  • Brooke Taylor, MPH, CHCP, FACEHP
  • Ann Voorheis-Sargent, Ph.D., LPC - co-chair
  • Katie Weyand, B.S.
  • Kelsey Zuchowicz, MPH, CWP
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