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Annual Report

Academic year 2013 (AY 13) has been another exciting and productive period for the Center for Education and the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education & Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Our programming continues to support faculty from across all 13 BIDMC clinical departments to pursue innovation in teaching and assessment practices that improve the educational experiences of students, residents, and fellows. At the same time we encourage and provide resources for our faculty to transform their work into scholarship, thereby enabling them to further their academic careers at BIDMC and HMS.

From improved communication skills in the intensive care units (ICUs), to work on procedural and team competence in the simulation center, to the development of experiential curricula on patient safety and quality of care for our residents, to the grants provided by the Institute to support new initiatives in value-added care, the Center for Education remains committed to creating and fostering educational programming that furthers the clinical mission of BIDMC and ensures that we are providing the doctors of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills to succeed in our rapidly changing healthcare environment.

At a national and international level, the Center for Education continues to make a significant impact on educational theory and practice. In AY 13, we held another highly successful national meeting in our Millennium Conference series; we devoted three days to intense discussions about the best ways to teach our students and residents about implementing value-added care. The involvement of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American College of Physicians in this year’s conference attests to the importance of the topic and the standing of the Shapiro Institute and its staff in the national community.

In addition to the work devoted to preparing for and conducting this year’s conference, we continued to ,make progress on several aspects of the initiatives to enhance critical thinking that arose from the 2011 conference. Our task force on milestones of critical thinking completed its work and now has a publication in press at the premiere education journal, Academic Medicine. We are also sponsoring and directing a multi-institutional study on strategies for teaching critical thinking.

As you read through the AY 13 annual report, I urge you to consider the breadth and depth of the work being done by the staff of the Center for Education. I have the good fortune to work with a wonderful group of highly dedicated professionals who are committed to the educational mission of the Medical Center in the service of improving the health of our patients.