Educational Strategies Workshop

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Monday, May 14, 2018
Educational Strategies Workshop
Monday, May 14, 2018 6:00 PM -
Friday, May 18, 2018 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
(727) 595-1611
1160 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
United States

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Dear Colleagues,

If you have not yet registered there is still time. The meeting will be held May 14-17 (Monday-Thursday) in Clearwater Beach, Florida at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. This resort is located on the Gulf of Mexico, famous for their beautiful beaches. We believe that you will find the venue very attractive and comfortable, ideal for learning.

We have been charged by the AMSMIC planning committee to look into the future of Medical Microbiology and Immunology education. The theme for this year’s workshop will be engaging the iGen Learner (they succeed millennials) by updating and focusing our curricula, highlighting what they will need to know and be able to do when they begin to practice. Thus each session, will reflect on the watchwords of good curriculum design–integration, critical thinking and assessment.

Keeping with our goal for providing take home lessons and that each of us can learn from the other, JoAnna Rayner, Professor & Chair of Microbiology and Immunology from St. George's University, Grenada, will lead us in a workshop on MCQ First Aid. We ask that if you elect to attend you each bring 5 multiple choice questions that you are willing and able to share, ideally in Word, that you are presently using to assess your content. The workshop will review approaches to effectively critique questions and strategies for improving their quality. The workshop will also introduce you to the case box format, INDBE Practice Questions, that the new integrated national dental board examination will use as it transitions from two examinations to one. It is our intention to share the edited questions with the group. We will also ask each of you to share an innovation or successful teaching approach with the group.

Dr. Sarah Farrell, a world recognized thought leader in medical education will join us and introduce the concept of proximity-based teaching and how it’s being incorporated into medical education. We’ll also learn how some futurists in higher education are making an argument to again value the lecture, albeit in shorter versions, while at the same =me placing a greater emphasis on face- to-face interactions with our students. This, and much more, will be covered during her session.

Most importantly, we learn from each other and during the 17th  workshop there will be (10)  thirty- minute presentations provided by you the attendees. In your presentation we would appreciate your sharing your perspective, innovation, or strategy for the future of Microbiology and Immunology in the changing medical curricula. Your wisdom, experience and input can help us to define our role as many schools are leaving discipline based course structures and microbiology and immunology are being diffused into the curricula. It is important to answer the perennial questions of what to keep, what to add, what to lose, and how to present it – all while ensuring that our disciplines maintain their relevance within the curriculum.

This is but the overview, there is much more planned and as our speaker roster finalizes in the next few days, we will update the site. On behalf of the other members of the planning committee, Julie Kerry, Joanna Rayner and Ken Rosenthal, I am looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks and remember to bring a friend.

The deadline for the early discounted registration fee is March 31:


Julie Kerry, PhD
AMSMIC Education Committee
Michael Schmidt, PhD
Medical Univ South Carolina

Kenneth Rosenthal, PhD
McMaster University
Joanna Rayner, PhD
St. George's University


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Payment Instructions

  • Registration Includes:
      Welcome Dinner - Mon
      (3) Lunches - Tue/Wed/Thu
      Closing Dinner - Thu
      Refreshment Breaks
      Workshop Materials

    Fee before March 30:

    Faculty - $650
    Social Guest - $275

    Fee after March 30:
    Faculty - $750
    Social Guest - $275

    To pay by Check:
    Make payable to:
    Amazing Occasions
    9037 Ron Den Lane
    Windermere, FL 34786