Alaska WWAMI Clinical Faculty Development

On Saturday, March 8, 2014  the Alaska WWAMI Program, in partnership with the Alaska Academy of Family Practice through a generous gift from Premera Alaska, sponsored a faculty development workshop for clinical faculty of the UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education and Clinical and Resident faculty for the Alaska WWAMI Clerkships and Residencies.

It featured an Interactive workshop conducted by master clinical teachers, Dr Heidi Combs Associate Professor and Dr Jesse Markman Assistant Professor, both from the Department of Psychiatry from the School of Medicine. Dr. Combs has repeatedly received the outstanding teacher award from our medical students. WWAMI-Tower

Subjects included:

  • Giving feedback
  • Student evaluations
  • Dealing with the difficult student


Faculty Development Workshop Saturday, March 8, 3:30-8:00 pm

Alyeska Resort in Girdwood

"Become a Sir William Osler Master Clinical Teacher"

Optimizing Communication with Peers, Students, Staff and Patients

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM    Clinical Teacher-What Is My Role And How Do I Do It?
Presented by: Heidi Combs MD MS and Jesse Markman, MD, MBA Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM     Small Groups Workshop Using Case Simulations.
Presented by: Dr Combs/ Dr Markman

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM     Dinner

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM     Clinical Teacher Panel: What I Have Learned About Teaching Clinical Students And Residents.
Presented by: Barb Doty MD, Wasilla, Bob Urata MD, Juneau and Paul Zimmer MD, Kodiak

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM     Medical Student Panel: What Has Worked Best For Teaching Clinical Medicine?
Presented by: Eric Davis MSIV, Michael Nansenbeny MSIV and Monica Wright MSIV


Learning Objectives

Interactive two-hour workshop
At the end of this session participants will be equipped with techniques for improving feedback and evaluation of medical students and residents who are serving as trainees in the office. In addition they will learn strategies for dealing with the difficult learners. Participants will work in small groups and deal with actual experience scenarios with trainees.

ClinicalTeacher Physician panel -- learning objectives
Participants will be able to use lessons learned from having medical students and residents in the physician’s office. This will include patient experiences with trainees, scheduling efficiencies, and how and when to provide clinical training in the most efficient manner in the office.

The Medical Student and Resident panel learning objectives
At the end of this presentation the participants will understand and appreciate the student and resident’s view of clinical training which have provided their best experience. This includes the learning environment, the clinical schedule, feedback and instruction style. They will describe some of the more difficult clinical training experiences they have had and the reason for it.  Their views will inform the teaching techniques, and the learning environments in the participant’s office.  


If you are interest in participating in the Saturday workshops and enjoying an evening at the Alyeska Resort RSVP to or call (907)786-4744.  Give full name, specialty, phone number, email address and indicate how many, if any, guests/family will stay in hotel with you.  Registration deadline is February 7, 2014.

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