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November 2013

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CARE Presents: Nov. 2013 Issue 005

Education for Healthcare Professionals


The purpose of the TAMHSC CARE FAIR 2013 was to strengthen and sustain momentum and enthusiasm for CARE, showcase accomplishments toward the CARE goals, create awareness of upcoming CARE programs, and provide a fun environment for some inter-professional fellowships. Poster presentations during the CARE FAIR gave visibility to research, teaching/learning activities, and projects that are related to the advancement of the CARE goals.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Brett Giroir

Dr. Brett Giroir currently serves as Interim Executive Vice President and Professor for the College of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center.

“….we have to limit that uncertainty by getting as much evidence as possible with our critical thinking skills and evidence based medicine….” -Dr. Giroir

To View or Download: Click DR. GIROIR

Speaker Biography: Dr. Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a physician at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country. She writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection for the New York Times, and other publications.

“….medicine is still fundamentally a human endeavor its done by humans to other human beings… so how we choose or choose not to pay attention to these emotions have eect fundamentally to our patients…” -Dr. Ofri

To View or Download: Click DR. OFRI

Teaching Tips: Surviving and Thriving in the Online Classroom

In order to articulate the skills and competencies required for online teaching success, the desired end-state of faculty preparedness must be considered. The primary goal of a faculty/professional development exercise need not be to create technological phenoms who can squeeze every bit of wizardry out of a given learning management system to the astonishment of their students. Rather, the goal is to develop competence in the necessary skills of the online instructor enabling them to survive initially and ultimately thrive in this new teaching and learning space. - Chris Palmer Faculty Focus in Higher Ed Teaching Strategies

Student Tips: Survival Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving

“The person who’s close to the work has to have strong analytic skills. You have to be rigorous: test your assumptions, don’t take things at face value, don’t go in with preconceived ideas that you’re trying to prove.” -Ellen Kumata

Curiosity and Imagination

“I want people who can think - they’re not just bright - they’re also inquisitive. Are they engaged and interested in the world?... People who’ve learned to ask great questions and have learned to be inquisitive are the ones who move the fastest in [any] enviornment because they solve the biggest problems in ways that have most impact on innovation [and the world]...” -Clay Parker

Quotes from : Tony Wagner, Change Leadership: Transforming Education for the 21st Century, Jan 2010

Virtual Posters: 

Click VIRTUAL POSTERS to view all entries.

Click HANDOUTS to view entries supplimental information

Virtual Poster Winners:  

PRESENTED BY: Litao Wang, Wei-Jung Chen, Suzanne Shurtz, & Phillips Nagsuk - College of Medicine

“The Journey Of Critical Thinking And Evidence-Based Medicine”


Future physicians must be educated and eectively conduct literature search and apply formal rules of evidence evaluations on clinical literature. Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Medicine is not new to our medical school, however, we believe, by introducing an integrated, interacting, and inter-related 5-year course of action, the overall eectiveness of the MD program in critical thinking and EBM will be further improved.

Our CARE curriculum will be evaluated by clearly de ned and documented learning outcomes, including data from course-embedded assignments, United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1 & 2, Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionaires, etc.

GOAL: Short Term

Improve COM students’ score in USMLE Step 1 subscore in Biostatistics and Behavioral Sciences

GOAL: Long Term 

Cultivate future physicians’ life long learning skills through teaching students how to effectively and effciently search, appraise, and apply evidence to improve patient care.

To View Spotlight Poster: Click SPOTLIGHT POSTER


CARE Fair Module Intro:

To view the intro to the CARE modules as presented at the CARE Fair: Click CARE MODULES


Please send stories, photos & Suggestions for the CARE E-Newsletter to our E-mail Address at care@tamhsc.edu or drop them off at the tlrc office.