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MedEdPORTAL© May 2022 Highlights

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MedEdPORTAL is a peer-reviewed journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in partnership with the American Dental Education Association.

MedEdPORTAL and ADEA invite educators to submit stand-alone teaching or learning modules that have been tested in the classroom, preclinical laboratory or clinic educational materials that aim to improve patient care. The learners must include training or practicing physicians or dentists (e.g., professional school, residency, faculty development, continuing professional development) and may include trainees or practitioners across the health professions.

The vision of MedEdPORTAL is to:

  • Serve as the premier clearinghouse of high-quality, peer-reviewed health education tools;
  • Promote interprofessional collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of educational resources across the health professions; and
  • Equip health professionals across the continuum with effective and efficient educational resources to improve patient care.

Special Collections and Call for Submissions

In addition to general submissions focused on dental and medical education, MedEdPORTAL invites authors to submit their works for publication to the following Special Collections:

Anti-racism in Medicine

As a journal of health professions educational resources, it is MedEdPORTAL’s responsibility to name racism as a barrier to equity and to work toward dismantling systems of oppression within our profession through training and education. The MedEdPORTAL Anti-racism in Medicine Collection provides educators with practice- based, peer-reviewed resources to teach anti-racist knowledge and clinical skills, elevate the educational scholarship of anti-racist curricula, and aims to convene a community of collaborators dedicated to the elimination of racism within medical education.

MedEdPORTAL seeks teaching activities and assessment approaches directly related to:

  • Racism
  • Microaggressions
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Implicit bias, health disparities, and/or social determinants of health where racism is a significant component

Integrated Behavioral Health

Behavioral health encompasses substance use, mental health, stress-related conditions, and unhealthful behaviors. Integrated behavioral health (IBH) care is an evidence-based model that blends medical care with care for mental health and substance use disorders by an interprofessional team in one setting. IBH improves access to care and patient health outcomes and reduces stigma towards mental health. Despite the benefits, IBH is not widely adopted. The rapid transition to telehealth in response to the pandemic has increased the need for adaptation in IBH implementation, including the use of “warm handoffs” in the virtual environment.

MedEdPORTAL seeks teaching activities and assessment approaches related to:

  • IBH curricula, including collaboration within the interprofessional behavioral health team.
  • IBH practices or applications in substance use, mental health, or stress-related conditions, including coping with COVID-19 and other crises.
  • Addressing stigma related to substance use and mental health conditions in an IBH context.
  • Equity of delivery of IBH care.

Emerging Didactic and Clinical Technologies in Dental Education Collection

The number of emerging technologies that have the potential to improve educational delivery and patient care in dental medicine is expanding at a rapid rate. Examples include genomic dental medicine, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, advanced diagnostic technologies, classroom learning technologies, virtual reality, computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing, robotics, digital treatment planning, emerging technologic approaches to disease diagnosis and management, electronic health record advances, and artificial intelligence.  Incorporating these emerging didactic and clinical technologies into the classroom is critical to the education of future dentists. 

MedEdPORTAL invites authors to submit their works for publication in this special collection. For questions related to this Call for Submissions, please contact Paul C. Edwards, D.D.S., M.Sc., MedEdPORTAL Associate Editor, at pcedward@iu.edu

Climate Change and Health

The adverse effects of climate change are already apparent, pervasive, and growing. Health care professionals must play a key role in identifying, treating, and preventing climate-related adverse health outcomes while ensuring equity for all patients and communities. MedEdPORTAL invites submissions of generalizable teaching and learning climate and health curricula for integration into health professional training.

Featured MedEdPORTAL Publications

Highlights of recent MedEdPORTAL publications of interest to the dental education community. These resources, selected by MedEdPORTAL’s Associate Editor for ADEA, Paul C. Edwards, cover a range of topics published as stand-alone teaching or learning modules that have been implemented and evaluated in health education settings.

Learning Head and Neck Anatomy Through a Radiological Imaging Platform

Daniel Hussey, M.B., Abigail V. Shaw, M.B.Ch.B., Pamela L. Brian, M.D., Michelle D. Lazarus, Ph.D.

Students in the health professions often struggle to apply material learned in preclinical didactic courses to the patient care setting. As noted by the authors of this educational module, “the use of digital radiological imaging in the teaching of anatomy is one way to ease the integration of traditional preclinical anatomy education with clinical medical imaging.”

Intended as a supplement to an existing anatomy curriculum, this educational module comprises a self-guided PowerPoint slide deck that reviews head and neck anatomy from a radiological perspective through the use of multiple medical imaging modalities. The authors use radiological images from a deidentified imaging database to provide an overview of foundational radiology principles, head and neck anatomy, neuroanatomy, the bones of the skull and major structures including cranial nerves, cervical spine, muscles, fascia, and vessels of the neck. To highlight important concepts and structures, the authors included animations and color-coded text boxes to provide explanations linking anatomy to radiological imaging and to point out clinical correlations. Self-review questions are incorporated throughout the slide deck to allow the learner to assess mastery of the material as they progress through the tutorial.

A Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Workshop for Medical Students

Alyssa Hjelvik, M.B.A., Alyssa Eldridge, Megan Furnari, M.D., M.S., Hannah Hoeflich, Psy.D., Jason I. Chen, Ph.D., Brandon Roth, Whitney Black, M.D.

Recognizing that rates of depression, anxiety, burnout, and suicidal ideation are higher in health professions students than in age-matched peers, the authors developed a 2-hour workshop to provide students with the skills and resources needed to intervene on behalf of a peer in crisis. Specifically, this educational module includes a PowerPoint slide deck for leading a facilitator-led didactic session on recognizing and assisting a peer student in distress, a faculty guide that provides an overview on facilitating small-group role-playing and guided debrief sessions, and a detailed student handout outlining the role-playing session. 

Introduction to Cognitive Restructuring for Medical Students

Lisa J. Merlo, MPE, Ph.D., Beverly L. Dede, Ph.D., Kristy B. Smith, M.D.

A significant number of patients and health care providers across all health care settings exhibit symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, as noted by the authors of this educational module, many patients and health care professionals “do not receive appropriate mental health care due to a lack of competence and/or mental illness stigma among their providers.”

The goal of this module is to familiarize health care professionals with evidence-based therapy for managing anxiety and depressive orders, with a primary focus on learning how to apply cognitive restructuring skills, a cornerstone of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to identify and reframe dysfunctional thoughts. 

Designed to be facilitated by faculty with no prior expertise in cognitive restructuring, this module includes a 30-minute video of an introductory didactic lecture that describes the foundation of CBT, provides an overview of the types of distorted thinking commonly experienced by students, reviews interventions for cognitive restructuring and guides participants to complete a simple “thought record”. Participants are then provided a student guide with an accompanying case vignette. The exercise is followed by a faculty facilitator led self-reflection exercise, described in the supporting faculty guide manual, in which participants identify recent examples of their own cognitive distortions. Group members then select one or more of the dysfunctional negative thoughts most commonly identified among the participants and work collectively through the steps of cognitive restructuring. Although developed initially for medical students, this educational module can be adapted to the dental setting with minimal modification. 

Published on May 11, 2022

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