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The Pied Piper of Medical Education

Dr. Liz Armstrong received the 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service in Seattle on Sunday November 13th. One does not have to go far at AAMC to see the reach of Liz and HMI within the medical education community – and by that I mean I literally cannot walk from one session to the next without running into a Macy colleague eager to share their latest project or innovation.  There are over 4000 health professional educators at the meeting this year in Seattle, and over 5600 HMI alums worldwide. Think about that for a moment – Liz has trained more educators than attend a large annual education meeting for an entire country! As a merry band of HMI alums cheered her on Sunday night, Liz spoke of how the award belonged to all of us. I know I speak for all of you when I say thank you to Liz for her service to the healthcare education community, and congratulations on this much deserved recognition of her work. If you have a personal note of thanks to Liz, please share it by commenting on the blog below!

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Congratulations Liz! I learned so much in my time in the Macy Program and am so thankful for all you have taught me. Congratulat... Read More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 4:04 PM
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Congrats Liz!

An amazing educator, honored to learn from her!
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 6:06 PM
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Warm wishes, Liz----You have influenced a generation of health educators and leaders, and I'm so proud to be one of the lucky bene... Read More
Thursday, 17 November 2016 4:04 PM
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Harvard Macy has created a worldwide community of healthcare educators trained to embrace innovations central to a patient-based paradigm of care.  One cannot spend time as a scholar without realizing personal and professional change in a journey to becoming a change agent for others. In this blog I will describe a number of innovations I have implemented that I learned in the Health Care Education 2.0 course.  The course was transformational for me in so many ways.  I was not simply exposed to #MedEd Technology; I was encouraged to develop a fluency in tools available and challenged to develop more.  

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