Education Committee

  • Turner

    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

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

If you are planning on attending the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 5-8 in Toronto, Canada, then grab your passport and plan to attend the Education Committee on Sunday, May 6th from 11-12:30. Last year we brainstormed several topics and had several great ideas that are being developed. We look forward to another forward thinking session!

Please plan to also attend the "Updates in Medical Education" plenary session following the Education committee to hear about top papers in medical education. This is an opportunity to learn about the most recent educational discoveries impacting pediatric education.

As we have just completed the Holiday season where gifts were exchanged, I would like to direct you to a free book, entitled: Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum by Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: This free eBook is a great reference tool and in particular has several great chapters on the science of education.

Teaching Tip: "Pause" Your Teaching to Create a Learning Boost

As teachers, we want our "students" to learn. One primary teaching method that almost every teacher has used in his or her career is the lecture format. Data suggests that a learner's attention begins to wane and knowledge recall decreases after 10-15 minutes into a didactic lecture. To counteract waning attention and to enhance learner retention of the material, it is recommended to engage the learners actively. I came across an article from Medical Teacher that recommended a "pause procedure" or "learning boost" to help learners to review, assimilate and clarify information. A pause procedure is when the presenter pauses for 1-3 minutes so participants can collaborate and discuss content. The technique is easy to incorporate within a lecture setting by pausing for at least one minute after each 15 minutes of a didactic lecture. During the pause you can:

  • Have the participant turn to his or her neighbor and state three things just learned in the last 15 minutes
  • On a piece of paper, write down the most important point of the information heard
  • Reflect on how you could use and apply this information to your own work

The researchers demonstrated that evaluations were higher for presenters who used the pause procedure. More importantly learners recalled more facts when the pause procedure was used. This simple technique takes very little time (~ 3 minutes per hour) and improves the delivery of educational content. A win-win for both teachers and learners.

"Use of the Pause Procedure in Continuing Medical Education: A randomized controlled intervention study." Richards LW, Wang AT, Mahapatra S, Jenkins SM, Collins NM, Beckman TJ, and Wittich CM. Medical Teacher 39.1 (2017): 74-78.

Apps for Teaching: Socrative (

"With both free and Pro versions, Socrative is everything a teacher needs. The teachers' app allows for the creation of a variety of assessments, including quizzes, polls, and games. Assessments can be made as multiple choice questions, true or false questions, or even short answers, and teachers can request feedback and share it in return. Each report from Socrative is saved in the teacher's account, and they can download or email them at any time, and even save them to Google Drive. The students' app lets the class log into the teacher's page and answer questions to demonstrate their knowledge. Students do not need to create accounts, which means this app can be used for all ages without fear of COPPA compliance. They can take the quizzes, polls, and more that the teachers set up. Even better, it can be used on any browser or web-enabled device."

From the online article, Jagodowski, Stacy. "The 12 Best Apps for Students and Teachers." ThoughtCo, Oct. 18, 2017, at

Article worth reading (and sharing)

In addition to the great articles published in Academic Pediatrics, consider reading and sharing the articles below. The first is a great one to read and the second is a wonderful article to share with your learners (students, residents or fellows).

  1. Quigley, Patricia D., Nicholas M. Potisek, and Michael A. Barone. "How to "ENGAGE" Multilevel Learner Groups in the Clinical Setting." Pediatrics 140.5 (2017): e20172861.
  2. 2. Bharamgoudar, R., & Sonsale, A. (2017). Twelve tips for medical students to make the best use of ward-based learning. Medical Teacher, 1-4.

News from Core Programs

The Educational Scholars Program (ESP) will be recruiting its next cohort of scholars in Summer/Fall 2018. The ESP is a 3-year national faculty development program for academic pediatricians who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship and leadership. The ESP is an ideal way to gain mentored training to build your educational scholarship skills and join a community of educators.

The ESP has a lot of successes to celebrate:

  • We have enrolled 170 scholars from over 80 institutions across the country.
  • Graduates are thriving as educational scholars, with robust productivity (200 scholarly products since graduation), national networking, and many promotions. A large number of educational leaders at their home institutions and within the APA, APPD, COMSEP, and PHM.

Visit ESP faculty at PAS to discuss your project proposal!

Program Leadership

ESP Director: Melissa Klein, MD, MEd, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati.
Co-directors: Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, SUNY Stony Brook, and Lindsey Lane, BM, BCh, University of Colorado.
Cohort leaders: Donna D'Alessandro, MD, University of Iowa and Leora Mogilner, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC)

Save the Date! The AGPAC will be hosting a pre-PAS conference on May 3, 2018 in Toronto for Fellows. This AGP Fellows Conference is organized by APA's Academic General Pediatric Accreditation Committee and is designed to focus on the academic core competency domain of Career Development and includes opportunities for participants to:

  • Describe how to apply for and successfully secure an academic position
  • Identify methods to enhance the presentation and effectiveness of one's CV
  • Describe methods to build non-clinical skills to be a successful academician.

The conference provides opportunities to network, to develop professionally and for fellows to share scholarly interests in research, education, quality improvement or advocacy.

Registration will open in early 2018. All Fellows are invited to attend. Registration is free thanks to the APA Academic Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC). All AGP accredited fellows may apply to receive a $200 stipend to attend this meeting.

Save the Date: July 19-22, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
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