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Research and Scholarship

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:

  • Request and review abstracts by COMSEP members on their research and educational innovations for the annual meeting.
  • Organize the oral presentation and poster sessions of COMSEP members' research and innovations for the annual meeting.
  • Provide a forum to discuss ongoing and future research projects.
  • Present one or more workshops about research and scholarship at each COMSEP meeting.
  • Foster collaboration among COMSEP members to produce scholarly work by encouraging and facilitating multi-institutional research projects, systematic reviews and workshops presented at COMSEP and other national meetings.
  • Foster collaboration about research and scholarship between COMSEP and Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) members.

Research and Scholarship Task Force Leaders

Gary Beck PhD (2012 - 2015)
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
982184 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198
Phone: (402) 559-7351
Fax: (402) 559-5137
Email: gbeck@unmc.edu

Robin English MD (2011 - 2014)
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics Clerkship Co-Director
200 Henry Clay Avenue, Suite 3308
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 881-6364
Email: rengli@lsuhsc.edu

Jocelyn Schiller M.D. (2014 - 2017)
University of Michigan Medical School
Clerkship Director
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
D3249 MPB
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 763-5359
Fax: (734) 763-4208
Email: johuang@med.umich.edu

2013 Annual Meeting

The RSTF meeting was well attended again this year. During the meeting in Nashville, we discussed the peer-review process for the poster submissions. The process was organized by Drs. Linda Tewksbury and Jan Hansen, ensuring each abstract had a team of experienced and new reviewers. We accepted 34 poster presentations and 3 platform presentations. The poster reception was well attended with many engaged in discussions of their scholarly work. This year posters were grouped by themes, which made it better for attendees to focus on those topics they are most interested. Congratulations to all who presented posters. Posters were again evaluated this year; the following were recognized as best posters:

Best Research Poster:

"Medical Students' Experiences With Rotating Pediatric Hospitalists" Barry Seltz, MD, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, Alison Montgomery, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, Lindsey Lane, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, Jennifer Soep, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, Janice Hanson, MD, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Best Innovation Posters (tie):

"Objective Structured Teaching Exercises (OSTEs) For Faculty: Feasibility and Acceptability" Cindy Osman, MD, MD, New York University, New York, NY, Lucy Chang, MD, New York University, New York, NY, LindaTewksbury, MD, New York University, New York, NY

And

"Modifying a Child Abuse Curriculum to Improve Third Year Medical Students'; Ability to Identify Child Abuse Risk Factors." Antonia Chiesa, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO, Andrew Sirotnak, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO, Jennifer Soep, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO, Julie Noffsinger, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO

Best Trainee Poster:

"Professional Identity Formation Among Medical Students Who Volunteer at Medical Specialty Camps" awarded to Jimmy Beck, M.D.; Terry Kind, M.D.; Katherine Chretien, M.D.; Craig DeWolfe, M.D.; Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

In conjunction with the APPD Research & Scholarship Task Force, we sponsored two workshops: educational scholarship pre-conference workshop and a workshop on mentoring trainees in research and scholarship. An additional workshop was conducted on validating a clinical reasoning instrument. Ideas for workshops at the 2013 meeting were discussed, which included reviewing abstracts and posters, busting barriers to dissemination, using ILPs in the clerkship, and program/curriculum evaluation.

During this meeting and the joint meeting with the APPD RSTF, we used the time for individuals to discuss different projects. We have been working on developing a validated case to teach clinical reasoning, use of simulation in clerkships, and the subintern project. We also discussed working with the Faculty Development Task Force to develop a research and scholarship track for members.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 meeting so successful. The task force continues to grow and there are many exciting projects to undertake.