Kenya McNeal-Trice,University of North Carolina School of Medicine,Chapel Hill,NC; Robert Drucker,Duke University Medical Center,,; Nicholas Potisek,Wake Forest University School of Medicine,,; Aditee Narayan,Duke University Medical Center,,


Talented medical educators often utilize workshops as a means to disseminate innovations in teaching and assessment. In addition, interactive workshops are an effective means to introduce skills essential for faculty development. Acceptance of workshop proposals for regional and national meetings has become a peer-reviewed and increasingly competitive process. Developing a successful plan to deliver an effective workshop presentation is a vital skill for medical educators and contributes to a productive career in academic medicine.  This workshop seeks to address gaps many educators indentify in recruiting collaborators, creating a successful submission, and executing an interactive workshop.


1) Discuss how to recruit a collaborative group of diverse workshop facilitators

2) Review the necessary steps for submitting a successful workshop abstract or proposal

3) Identify and introduce skills needed to plan an interactive workshop

4) Develop activities that will engage attendees and promote an interactive workshop

5) Discuss resources available to evaluate the effectiveness of a workshop

Methods and Content:

Educators representing leaders in medical student education and graduate medical education will lead this workshop. Facilitators will guide participants in techniques to identify topics most relevant to and likely to attract attendees and mechanisms to recruit a team who can best achieve the objectives of that workshop. Engaging workshop participants, facilitators will review the key components for a successful workshop proposal and identify the common missteps to avoid while developing a proposal. Participants will then work in small groups based on mutual academic interests, and assisted by a facilitator sharing that interest, to develop an outline of an interactive workshop and identify activities to engage the intended audience. These outlines will be shared with the large group with an opportunity for feedback from workshop attendees. Facilitators with then discuss the resources available to evaluate a workshop after completion and how to assess the results of evaluations. Participants will leave the workshop with a toolkit for developing and facilitating successful workshops using mentorship from within COMSEP and other academic leaders nationally.