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IHI Open School Releases New Guide on Integrating Quality and Safety into the Curriculum

Since the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the IHI Open School in 2008, more than 1,500 universities and hospitals have integrated the IHI Open School online courses into curricula and training programs to bring essential skills in quality improvement and patient safety to students, trainees, and all levels of staff. Based on lessons and advice from hundreds of educators, the new IHI Open School Faculty Guide: Best Practices in Curriculum Integration offers a roadmap to building a quality and safety training program with help from the Open School courses.

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Visual Note Taking: an extra tool to help with learning

During medical school, I spent hours scribing lectures, paragraphs from text books, and tutorial notes. Writing repetitively. Scraping to learn and retain every fact my brain could hold. Oh, how I wish I had known about visual note taking back then.

I discovered this form of learning support, also known as sketch-noting or info-doodling, about two years ago. During a meeting, I watched my Department Head scribble and scrawl all over a page. The upshot was a hut on an island and an isolated palm tree, which did not mean much to me, but for him it represented the essence of what was being discussed. I asked what he was doing. He told me about sketch-noting and pointed me in the direction of a couple of well-known authors in the field.

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Guest — Alexander Rosenström


This is something I want to try aswell! Do you think you could point me in the direction of a couple of well-known authors in the ... Read More
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 5:05 AM
Amelia Crabtree

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Hi Andrew, Sunni Brown and Mike Rohde are two authors I can recommend. Sunni also has a great TED talk called Doodlers Unite!
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 6:06 AM
Guest — @erhall1

Inspiring Your Colleagues!

Thank you Dr. Crabtree! I have printed your sketch-note from this blog and posted in my office. Inspiring to up my game!
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:11 AM
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What was discussed during #HMIchat April 2017

​What was discussed during this month's #HMIchat on Impactful Scholary Presentations in #meded with Keith Wilson and Mandi Sehgal

Our 15th twitter chat began on Wednesday, April 5th and continued to Thursday, April 6th. 
This #hmichat was focused on giving impactful scholarly presentations!
We're fortunate to have Dr. Keith Wilson & Dr. Mandi Sehgal facilitate this tweet chat 

• What was inspirational about the best presentation you attended? • What do you consider challenging when presenting your scholarly work?

• How do you make use of collaborators in presenting scholarly work? • How can we, your HMIchat peers, help you with your scholarly presentation? 

These questions and more drove an interesting discussion.

Please leave your feedback below! We hope to improve the value of these reflections.

Join our Harvard Macy community for the next tweet chat starting May 3rd at 9 pm EST.
We will discuss Systems Thinking in Assessment 

Hosted by: 
Andrew Linn (Assessment '12, Leaders '13, Digital '15)
Brent Thoma (Educators '14, Assessment '14)
Zineb Nouns (Assessment '14, Leaders '16)

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Training physicians to be social change agents

Our domestic and global health delivery systems face significant challenges to providing all of our patients with quality health care. Medical education plays an important role in improving health equity. The Cambridge Health Alliance Internal Residency program has developed a required social medicine and research based health advocacy course to address a gap in medical training. The program believes that physician advocacy is a central tenet of medical professionalism.


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Guest — Jennifer Kasper, MD, MPH

Keep up the great work!

I applaud Dr Basu and colleagues who are engaged in the work of training the next cadre of physician-advocates. We need more like ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 2:02 AM
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What was discussed during #HMIchat March 2017

What was discussed during this
month's #HMIchat on #humanism in #meded? We were joined by Gold Foundation
scholar Meg Chisolm for a great chat.

Our 14th twitter chat began Wednesday March 1st and continued to Thursday March 2nd. This #hmichat focused on the teaching and practicing humanistic medicine. We were fortunate to have our colleague, Dr. Margaret Chisolm, facilitate this tweet chat. We discussed questions such as:

  • How do you characterize/define humanistic medicine?
  • What needs- if any- exist around current teaching & practice?
  • Technology is a double-edged sword—how have you used or observed others use digital tech (e.g., the EHR, social media) to help teach and practice humanistic medicine?
  • What opportunities exist- moving forward- to further harness digital tech for teaching/practice of humanistic medicine?

Please leave your feedback below! We hope to improve the value of these reflections.

Join our Harvard Macy community for the next tweet chat starting April 1st at 9 pm EST. We will discuss HMI Projects (current and previous cohorts)

Hosted by: Keith Wilson (Educators '16) and Mandi Sehgal (Educators '17)

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