Education Committee

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    Education Committee
    Teri Lee Turner, MD, MPH, Med (2019)
    Baylor College of Medicine
    3006 Mandale Road
    Friendswood, TX 77546
    Phone: (832) 822-3441

Education Committee/Chair Responsibilities

Core Programs and Activities

Activities During Term

  • Create executive committee/task forces to implement agenda and appoint key leaders for activities as needed.
  • Engage committee members in the review of abstracts for PAS workshops and presentations.
  • Review responsibilities of position with incoming chair.


The Education Committee Chair is responsible for coordinating the following awards provided by the APA:

Organization/Communication Responsibilities

  • Communicate with membership regarding opportunities and activities via emails, surveys, tweets, APA wiki etc.
  • Provide updates to general membership via APA newsletter write ups
  • Review and provide updated website materials to the APA web manager to ensure accuracy of content

Responsibilities as an APA Board Member

  • Review, update and participate in the implementation of the APA Strategic Plan
  • Submit annual report to the board
  • Participate in bimonthly phone calls (third Tuesday 12-1:30pm ET)
  • Attend fall and spring board meetings
  • Attend appropriate regional meetings

PAS Meeting Responsibilities

  • Chair Education Committee Meeting at PAS meeting
    • Develop annual/triennial agenda
  • Attend APA board meeting, past officers breakfast, membership meeting, board/awardee dinner meeting

October 2016 Newsletter Article

Call for Application for the APA Teaching Program Award and the APA Annual Teaching Award for Junior and Mid-Career Faculty (Due Friday December 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time).
The APA Education Committee is pleased to announce the following two national awards

  •  The APA Teaching Program Award:  The purpose of this award is to foster interest in the teaching of general pediatrics by giving national recognition to an outstanding general pediatric program. Programs must demonstrate excellence in educational teaching methods, acceptance by students and/or residents, acceptance by the community and the institution innovations and adaptability, or outstanding quality of the individuals trained in the program. Emphasis is placed on the award being given to an outstanding program.
  •  The APA Annual Teaching Award (one for a junior faculty member and one for a mid-level faculty member):  These national awards have been created to recognize excellence in teaching. The awards will be presented at the annual PAS meeting in 2017.  Excellence will be judged by assessing not only quantity of teaching activities but also quality of teaching and engagement in a broader education community. The nomination committee will use criteria drawn from the AAMC's Toolkit for Evaluating Educators to guide their assessment of candidates.

Look for the Call for Application with additional details about the submission packet for these awards. As we begin the 2016-2017 academic year, please encourage a worthy colleague to apply for either the 2017 APA Teaching Award or the APA Teaching Program Award, and join the Education Committee in supporting APA's rich tradition of acknowledging the accomplishments of its members and of rewarding excellence.

PAS original science abstracts.
Abstracts can be submitted beginning November 1, 2016.  Deadline for submission is January 4, 2017.  Please consider submitting your educational projects.  The following are great articles to help you with your abstract. 

  • Cook DA, Bordage G. Twelve tips on writing abstracts and titles: How to get people to use and cite your work. Medical teacher. 2016 May 30:1-5.
  • Varpio L, Amiel J, Richards BF. Writing competitive research conference abstracts: AMEE Guide no. 108. Medical Teacher. 2016 Aug 26:1-9.

Teaching Tip.  The SNAPPS model for ambulatory teaching
Wolpaw et al developed a model (SNAPPS) for ambulatory teaching in the case presentation format.  SNAPPS is not only learner-centered, it is learner-driven and pushes the learner beyond the reporter level of the RIME model.  First, the learner briefly Summarizes the results of the history and physical examination.  Then the learner Narrows the differential diagnosis to three possibilities and Analyzes these by comparing and contrasting them.  Next, the learner Probes the teacher (rather than the reverse) in regard to any questions or uncertainties he has and for alternative diagnoses or explanations.  Then the learner develops a Plan for management of the patient, and finally, the learner Selects an issue related to the case for self-directed learning.  Watch the following two YouTube videos to see this model in action.

Wolpaw TM, Wolpaw DR, Papp KK.  SNAPPS: a learner-centered model for outpatient education.  Acad Med. 2003;78:893-98.

Web application for Teaching:  QuizEgg (
QuizEgg is an online test maker.  Build automatically graded quizzes that can be published online, then view the results in easy-to-read reports.  There is no complicated software to download or install. QuizEgg runs in your web browser.  With QuizEgg, you can build challenging online tests. You aren't stuck with multiple choice questions, you can spice things up with matching, ordering, fill in the blank, multiple response, word list, essay, and true/false questions.  It costs $50 a year.  Check out the review at

If you are either interested in seeing what a quiz looks like or learning more about headaches in children, you can take a quiz at    You will need to REGISTER for the site by entering your name, choosing and entering a username, and choosing and entering a password.  Click "Sign Up".  This will take you into a 16 question Headache quiz.  Each question is followed by an in-depth answer regarding the topic.  (The quiz was developed by Drs. Courtney Smith and Teri Turner from Baylor College of Medicine).  The quiz is free of charge and you should not receive any annoying emails for registering. 

Article worth reading (and sharing) - Twelve tips for early career medical educators.
In addition to the great articles published in Academic Pediatrics, consider reading the article below.  Here is a great article for those individuals beginning to embark on a career in medical education or the more senior faculty members who provide guidance and wisdom. 

Cristancho S, Varpio L. Twelve tips for early career medical educators. Medical teacher. 2016 Apr 2;38(4):358-63.

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