The goals of the COMSEP research and scholarship task force are to promote and facilitate educational research and scholarship in our organization and equip the members to engage in high-quality research and scholarship.
The activities of this task force include:
At the annual COMSEP meeting on March 3-7, 2011, we had very successful poster and platform presentations. A total of 35 posters and 4 platform presentations were presented. In addition, our task force presented workshops on educational scholarship and validating assessment tools.
At the 2012 meeting in Indianapolis, we will again have both platform and poster research and scholarship presentations. These presentations provide COMSEP members the opportunity to share original research, teaching tools, and innovative programs. Although we have developed a good system through which to review abstracts, this year we are developing an Abstract Review Subcommittee in order to improve the process of submitting and reviewing abstracts even more. We will consider submissions that focus on all types of educational scholarship including:
We encourage any member interested in presenting his or her educational scholarship at an upcoming meeting to consider whether an application for a small educational grant through the COMSEP grants program might be appropriate for the project.
In addition to planning for the upcoming annual meeting, our task force is involved in several projects, including data analysis which is underway for the Multi-Institutional Study of Curriculum Objectives, Individual Learning Plans and Student Learning in the Pediatric Subinternship, a joint project of the leaders of the Research and Scholarship Task Force and Curriculum Task Force. A collaborative project on clinical reasoning, an outcomes project with respect to our members' prior presentations at COMSEP meetings, and a professionalism needs assessment are additional endeavors in which our members are engaged. Our task force is growing quickly thanks to the enthusiastic involvement of our members.
The COMSEP 2012 Poster/Platform abstract entry system is now closed.