Education Committee

  • Turner

    Education Committee
    Teri Lee Turner, MD, MPH, Med (2019)
    Baylor College of Medicine
    3006 Mandale Road
    Friendswood, TX 77546
    Phone: (832) 822-3441

Education Committee/Chair Responsibilities

Core Programs and Activities

Activities During Term

  • Create executive committee/task forces to implement agenda and appoint key leaders for activities as needed.
  • Engage committee members in the review of abstracts for PAS workshops and presentations.
  • Review responsibilities of position with incoming chair.


The Education Committee Chair is responsible for coordinating the following awards provided by the APA:

Organization/Communication Responsibilities

  • Communicate with membership regarding opportunities and activities via emails, surveys, tweets, APA wiki etc.
  • Provide updates to general membership via APA newsletter write ups
  • Review and provide updated website materials to the APA web manager to ensure accuracy of content

Responsibilities as an APA Board Member

  • Review, update and participate in the implementation of the APA Strategic Plan
  • Submit annual report to the board
  • Participate in bimonthly phone calls (third Tuesday 12-1:30pm ET)
  • Attend fall and spring board meetings
  • Attend appropriate regional meetings

PAS Meeting Responsibilities

  • Chair Education Committee Meeting at PAS meeting
    • Develop annual/triennial agenda
  • Attend APA board meeting, past officers breakfast, membership meeting, board/awardee dinner meeting

July 2016 Newsletter Article

A special thanks to Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, the outgoing chair of the Education Committee, for her superb leadership over this past three years!  She is a great teacher, mentor, educational scholar, and leader. 

The highlight of this year's Education Committee meeting, chaired by Dr. Chandran, was a session on "Innovations in Medical Education" which was facilitated by Dr. Larry Greenberg.  The committee heard about 5 unique programs happening across the country. 

  • Allison Holmes, MD, MPH - "From the Other Side of the Stetho scope" or "FOSS".
  • Valerie Gribben, MD, Jaime Peterson, MD, and  Taylor Louden, MD - Using an interactive, small group "flipped classroom" approach to teach interns clinical practice guidelines
  • Michael Barone, MD, MPH -  5,4,3,2,1 clinical reasoning workshop
  • Casey Rosen-Carole, MD, MPH, MSEd - Organizing knowledge to create new knowledge: nominal group technique through affinity diagramming.
  • Mary Anne Jackson, MD - The Link, a monthly newsletter to change physician behavior

Teaching Tip: Stop, Start, and Continue Structured Feedback Method Increase the Quality of Feedback

One of the first feedback tools I learned to use in the Academic Pediatric Association was the "Plus Delta" structured feedback tool.  The tool is a blank sheet of paper with a vertical line dividing the sheet into two halves.  On the top of the left hand side a plus symbol (+) and on the right hand side, the Greek uppercase letter for delta (Δ),  On the left hand side we were to list teaching behaviors/actions  which were helpful to our learning, on the right, suggestions for change to improve learning.  Hoon et al. studied the quality of feedback using either a free text box for feedback or a structured feedback tool like the "Plus Delta" which asked students to identify aspects of instruction that the teacher should "stop doing, things they'd like the teacher to consider doing, and those practices they'd recommend that the teacher continue doing." The structured tool "Stop, Start, and Continue" resulted in higher quality feedback and clarified the impact of specific aspects of instruction.  More importantly it makes students responsible for suggesting alternatives.   The next time you would like to receive specific comments and suggestions to help improve your teaching, use a simple structured format like "Plus Delta" or "Stop, Start, and Continue."  It doesn't mean doing everything the students recommend but it can provide you with alternatives that you might not have considered.  Plus it teaches students some of the principles of constructive feedback.  A win-win for both teachers and learners.

Hoon A, Oliver E, Szpakowska K, Newton P. Use of the 'Stop, Start, Continue' method is associated with the production of constructive qualitative feedback by students in higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 2015 Jul 4;40(5):755-67.

Apps for Teaching:  BaiBoard (
Baiboard is a free cloud based collaboration app that enables users to create and collaborate on educational content, through the use of collaborative whiteboard, voice conferencing, document annotation etc. Check out the review at

Article worth reading (and sharing)
In addition to the great articles published in Academic Pediatrics, consider reading the article below.  Calls for abstracts for the Pediatric Academic Society, the Association for Pediatric Program Directors Spring meeting and the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics annual meeting will be forthcoming in the next few months and this will help you with your submission.
Cook DA, Bordage G. Twelve tips on writing abstracts and titles: How to get people to use and cite your work. Medical teacher. 2016 May 30:1-5.

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