Educators’ Collaborative Lunch

The Department of Medical Sciences & Education is pleased to host monthly one-hour meetings for BUMC educators to share and exchange ideas for best practices in pedagogy for graduate biomedical education over lunch.

If you are interested in being a discussion moderator, suggesting a discussion topic, or hosting a workshop, please email Elaine Lee at

All meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month from 12:00-12:50 pm.

2023-2024 Schedule

September 19, 2023


Building and Improving a Medical Education Program to Achieve Long Term Complex Learning

Priya Garg, Molly Cohen-Osher
Office of Medical Education


  • Describe the importance of teaching metacognitive skills through monitoring and control to enable equitable success for students
  • Define complex learning and describe its application in the design, delivery, and learning within pre-clerkship medical school curricula
  • Explain methods of instructional design that will enable students to successfully engage in active and flipped curriculum design to promote complex learning
  • Discuss and share outcomes of Chobanian & Avedisian SOM curriculum to date
October 17, 2023


Case Vignettes (Kerberos)


Luke Austin

VisualDx is an award-winning clinical decision support system used in 100+ medical programs, helping to enhance problem-based learning and medical decision-making skills. VisualDx helps students learn differential diagnoses with variations in drug interactions and presentations, which helps them develop skills to provide care that is reflective, inclusive, and equitable. This session will help educators learn how they can integrate VisualDx into their curriculum.

CME can be earned with every search. VisualDx is licensed by the Alumni Medical Library.

November 21, 2023


Leveraging BUMC IT Resources & Services for Success

Kathleen Swenson, Lucy Milne, Jana Mulkern, Scott Amico, David King, Jack Wolfe, Ryan Turcotte

Gear up for spring with BUMC IT resources to boost student learning and educators’ success! Genetic Counseling will show how they leveraged the Godley Digital Media Studio to create educational video and podcast content. BUMC IT EdMedia and EdTech will review resources, tools, and support available to meet your educational and instructional technology, and training needs in and out of the classroom.

Come build your Educator’s Toolkit! Leave with tips and action items to enhance your teaching experience.

December 19, 2023


MeSHmash tool

PubMed 2.0

David Flynn

This session will provide an overview on how to conduct Advanced Searches in PubMed. PubMed has undergone significant revisions since 2020 (so much so that it is now informally referred to as PubMed 2.0 in the Library Science community) making this session relevant even for experienced users.

Topics such as Automatic Term Mapping, Bracketing and the NLM’s Automated Indexing program will be discussed.

This session will be held virtually so that participants may follow along on their own computers.

January 16, 2024


Slides (Kerberos)


Medical Educators Count Too: Lengthening the Table in Faculty Development So There is Space for Medical Educators

Sonia Ananthakrishnan, Craig Noronha, Juhee McDougal

This interactive workshop will focus on the design of educator-specific faculty development in academic institutions. The medical educator milestones serve as a foundation to define specific educational skills for all levels of educators and for all institutions’ needs from which a longitudinal faculty development program can be created.  Workshop attendees will create an educational specific faculty development-planning document specific for their section and institution.

February 20, 2024


McGraw Hill: Subscribed Resources that can be Integrated into SOM Curriculum that Support Active Learning

Michael Stranz

The Alumni Medical Library has a long standing relationship with medical education publisher McGraw Hill. The subscribed resources that are available in the Access suite are designed to address multiple learning styles and promote active learning. In this session, we will learn about resources that can be utilized in curriculum redesign efforts, new content available, and tools that can facilitate integration.

March 19, 2024



Due to an unforeseen circumstance from the speaker, this meeting will be rescheduled to the April 16 Educators’ Collaborative Lunch.

Demystifying ChatGPT: Using ChatGPT to Supplement Library Resources in Biomedical Research

Carly Schanock, MLIS

ChatGPT is an AI tool that has raised questions about how it can appropriately be used in research. Despite ethical concerns, AI cannot be kept out of the classroom or medical research. This session aims to deconstruct misconceptions held by faculty, staff, and students about ChatGPT and demonstrate how it can be used as a supplement to existing library resources. Participants will learn the ways ChatGPT can help perform medical research, along with the limitations it has as a natural language processing tool.

The speaker will be virtual, but participants who want to socialize can gather in R112 (Dean’s Conference Room).

April 16, 2024
May 22-23, 2024 19th Annual McCahan Medical Campus Education Conference

Past Educators’ Collaborative Lunches

Slides, Handouts, and Resources