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Program Director Bulletin For COVID-19 (April 29, 2020)

Program Director Bulletin for COVID 19 Response

April 29, 2020  


This PD Guide will be published weekly on The current week’s edition will be under Announcements and prior editions will be posted under Program Leadership.


Weekly Zoom PD Q&A session on Thursday nights at 6pm-7pm



Will be back next week!

2 PD working groups for future topics (next week or 3)

Remote recruitment/interviewing

                    Teaching with Telehealth

If interested in working on either group, contact


Immediate past week’s zoom available under PD Teams File


          Date to notify WU/BJH/SLCH if any trainee will require extended training

Please also advise WU GME office if you will need extensions of training

Requests for temporary increases must come to May 30 2020 GMEC


PLEASE REVIEW the above website to update yourself on your Board’s decisions regarding certification exams/eligibility decisions etc.

This was the topic on the ACGME DIO zoom this week

Clear that each board is managing this differently



See attached article:

Arora VM et al “Implementing physical distancing in the hospital: a key strategy to prevent nosocomial transmission of COVID-19” J Hosp Med 15(5) May 2020 (.pdf)




EDUCATION from Dominique Cosco, MD

If you would like to share an educational innovation you are using in your program or if you would like to be part of the work group, please email Dominique Cosco directly at


–Two upcoming workshop offerings from the Academy of Educators:

Designing and Leading Case-based Learning Sessions

This workshop will provide guidance for selecting cases and writing plans for case-based learning activities in a curriculum, as well as tips for facilitating small group case-based discussions in person or on Zoom. The workshop will build relevant skills for curriculum developers, course directors, and case-based learning teachers/facilitators.Learning objectives–At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate when to use case-basedlearning to enhance education
  2. Discuss effective case design for small group learning
  3. Develop techniques for facilitating small group case-based learning
  4. Describe an approach to writing student and faculty guides

Please register through this link:

Date:05/20/2020 (Wed.)Time:1:00pm -2:30pm CDT

Tech-Enhanced Learning Workshop

During this 90-minuteworkshop, members of the Academy of Educators will address learning theories for knowledge and skills that can be utilized before, during, and after in-person traditional settings. Presenters will do a hands-on demonstration of resources such as PollEverywhere, Microsoft Teams, and Aquifer, and discuss how these are being used currently. Demonstration of the capabilities of Washington University’s Instructional Design Studio for high quality video and audio platforms will be shown. Additionally, more advanced Zoom meetings will be demonstrated, including ways to creatively use polls, annotations, whiteboards, breakout rooms, and even the virtual background as opportunities for learning during this time of social distancing. Learning objectives–At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe ways technology can be used to enhance learning before in-personsessions
  2. Describe ways technology can be usedto enhance learning during in-person sessions
  3. Describe ways technology can be used to enhance learning after in-person sessions
  4. Describe ways technology can be used to teach skills remotely

Register through this link:

Date:06/09/2020 (Tue.)Time:3:00pm -4:30pm CDT

–Interested in learning how to optimize the physical clinical learning environment for teaching?

How are you using physical space to teach during this time? How will that change once restrictions ease?

Join #MedEdChat April 30th at 9PM NYC to discuss these ideas and more with the editorial team from the Journal of Graduate Medical Education!

To participate in the discussion during the chat, log in to your Twitter account then search for #mededchat. Select “Latest” from the menu and you will see the responses coming in!

The transcript from the chat will be posted next week if you can’t join Thursday evening.

–Resources for TeleHealth and TeleHealth curriculum; these are from the Internal Medicine specialty organizations, but many principles can be translated across specialties in the outpatient setting.

American College of Physicians:


Telemedicine: A Practical Guide for Incorporation into your Practice | Earn CME/MOC | ACP

Telemedicine: A Practical Guide for Incorporation into your Practice learning activity from ACP. Earn up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits and MOC points.



WELLNESS INFO FOR PDs from Jenny Duncan MD

  • We are actively working on putting together some ideas and resources for the various transitions that are coming up in our GME community – more to come soon, including:
    • Wellness ideas and resources for onboarding new trainees
    • Graduation celebration suggestions
    • Ideas for supporting well-being as trainees transition to the next year of training.
  • Mindfulness Sessions – In addition to mindfulness courses Meg Krejci is offering multiple opportunities for anyone in the WUSM/BJH/SLCH community to practice mindfulness – she has a list of topic specific as well as drop in sessions to choose from :  This week she has added options for mindfulness practices with kids of faculty and staff.
  • Reminder – House staff group support sessions via Zoom – now asking house staff to register in advance (recommendation from the house staff wellness champions):
    • Next support group with Raquel Cabral: support group on 05/01 at 3 p.m.


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