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A bi-weekly podcast that explores the minds, motivations, and practices of people who create content that connects with and educates healthcare professionals.

Write Medicine Alexandra Howson PhD

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A bi-weekly podcast that explores the minds, motivations, and practices of people who create content that connects with and educates healthcare professionals.

    Punchline! Humor and Facilitated Learning in Continuing Healthcare Education

    Punchline! Humor and Facilitated Learning in Continuing Healthcare Education

    This episode's guest is no stranger to many of you in the world of continuing healthcare education. Lawrence Sherman FACEHP, CHCP is president of Meducate Global, LLC and describes himself as a learning facilitator, a global educator, and an education futurist. He is deeply committed to lifelong learning and to humor as a learning tool.
    Join us for a conversation that touches on:
    Needs assessments as a continuum Skills required for moderation and collaborationControversy about learning styles Importance of context in teaching and learning Resources
    Association for Medical Education in Europe
    American Association of Psychiatry
    European CME Forum
    LinkedIn CME Group
    Meducate Global LLC
    Connect with Lawrence: Twitter, LinkedIn
    See Lawrence's TEDx Talk
    Connect with Alex
    Podcast Team
    Host: Alexandra Howson PhD
    Sound Engineer: Suzen Marie
    Shownotes: Linzy Carothers

    • 52 min
    Story Intelligence: Enabling Learning through the Powers of Story

    Story Intelligence: Enabling Learning through the Powers of Story

    We tell ourselves stories in order to live, as Joan Didion wrote in The White Album. 

    We talk a lot about the importance of story on this podcast, and about storytelling as a portal to learning. In today's episode, we get to learn from a storytelling master. 
    Rick Stone, CEO of StoryWork International, has spent a lifetime crafting stories in many sectors, including healthcare. He is the co-creator of StoryCare, a web-based product to help healthcare organizations improve patient safety and support team-based health professional education. He also created the Living Stories program for Novant Health, which supports patients in telling their life stories in service of improving their health outcomes. 

    Rick is the co-author of Story Intelligence: Master Story, Master Life. I think you are in for a treat in this episode. Our conversation touched on:
    The role of literature and art in cultivating empathy in medical professionalsThe power of emotional intelligenceThe narrative structure of the brain and how story is a powerful reagent to rewire the brain and help us learn new perspectives and points of viewThe difference between case studies and stories Resources
    Story Intelligence
    The Healing Art of Storytelling 
    Every Patient Tells a Story
    Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program
    Howard Gardner at Harvard
    Mark Nepo
    7000 Ways to Listen
    Johnny Moses
    Team STEPPS
    Ronald Epstein
    Paula Underwood
    Peter Pappas
    Sam Magill

    Connect with Rick, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
    Connect with Alex

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    • 55 min
    Adult Learning in a Virtual World: Instructional Design and E-Learning

    Adult Learning in a Virtual World: Instructional Design and E-Learning

    One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the massive shift from live meetings and education to virtual formats and the longer term implications of this shift is an ongoing conversation in the continuing healthcare education world. The 2020 ACCME Annual Report noted that online activities engaged most learners compared with live courses and regularly scheduled series, the dominant activity types in preceding years. 
    The shift to online education is itself not new in the US although its expansion has been patchy and there are several factors that pose barriers to the development and implementation of online learning, such as time constraints, poor technical skills, inadequate infrastructure, absence of institutional strategies and support and negative attitudes. 
    As a result of these  barriers, as well as the impact of the evolving science of learning, the demand for instructional designers in continuing healthcare education is increasing. One study predicts that by 2025, there will be a 28% in ID jobs in education.
    But what do instructional designers do and what is their role in continuing healthcare education? My guest today Jessica Martello answers those questions. As VP of of content and editorial at EVERFI, a digital education company, Jessica brings deep expertise to the potential of instruction design in adult learning. 
    Join us to hear more about:
    The key components of an effective digital learning platformKey factors to optimize digital learning platformsHow to assess learning outcomes in digital educationChallenges that adults experience in relation to online learningResources
    EVERFI
    On Being with Krista Tippett: Ariel Berger—Be a Blessing
    Instructional Design Resources from ACCME
    Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ACCME Data Report. Rising to the Challenge in Accredited Continuing Education—2020.
    Love LM, Anderson MC, Haggar FL. Strategically integrating instructional designers in medical education. Academic Medicine. 2019;94:146.
    Snell L, Son D, Onishi H. Instructional Design. Applying Theory to Practice. In Swanwick T, Forrest K, O’Brien BC (eds) Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory, and Practice. Third Edition. 2018. London: Wiley.
    Connect with Jessie
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    Podcast Team
    Host: Alexandra Howson PhD
    Sound Engineer: Suzen Marie
    Shownotes: Linzy Carothers

    • 39 min
    Mentoring You, Mentoring Me: Reciprocity and Relationship

    Mentoring You, Mentoring Me: Reciprocity and Relationship

    My guest on episode 16 of Write Medicine is Greselda Butler, a  health education professional who works at Otsuka. Greselda lives her passion for educating and leading others toward their passion.  IN this episode, we talk about mentoring—what is is, its benefits for both mentor and mentee, and how to find and structure mentoring opportunities.
    Resources
    Goldfarb Institute
    Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
    Healthcare Business Women's Association
    The Alliance’s Pilot Mentoring Program launched in October 2020

    https://hbr-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hbr.org/amp/2021/05/what-great-mentorship-looks-like-in-a-hybrid-workplace
    Townsend B. Mentoring Virtually: A Timely Benefit for Alliance Members

    Johnson-Bailey J, Cervero R. Mentoring in black and white: the intricacies of cross‐cultural mentoring. Sociology. 2007: 7-21
    Connect with Greselda
    Twitter: @aCMEstory
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/greseldabutler

    Podcast Team
    Host: Alexandra Howson PhD
    Sound Engineer: Suzen Marie
    Shownotes: Linzy Carothers

    • 50 min
    Cultivating a Craftsman Mindset in Continuing Healthcare Education

    Cultivating a Craftsman Mindset in Continuing Healthcare Education

    Anne Jacobson MSPharm, CHCP is an independent writer who has been specializing in healthcare professional education since 1999.

    We recorded our conversation in May 2021. For Anne and many colleagues in continuing healthcare education, the last 18 months or so has been a time of taking stock and reflection on what we want the next phases of our careers to look like.

    We discuss this process of reflection and the path it leads to questions about how we find fulfillment in work and life.

    As many guests on Write Medicine have shared, there are so many different stories of how we found our way into medical writing and medical education.

    Anne observes that across all these different stories is a consistent theme: most of us didn’t follow a pre-existing passion for medical writing or continuing healthcare education; we discovered it while we were on the road to other things.

    But what many people share in this space is what Cal Newport calls a craftsman mindset. 

    We explore:
    ✔️ How does a person get good at what they do?
    ✔️What does craftsmanship look like?
    ✔️ How do we keep things interesting in our work and create the life we want?
     
    Resources
    ✔️ Continuing Medical Education (CME)
    ✔️ American Medical Writers Association Conference
    ✔️ National Association of Science Writers
    ✔️ Cal Newport Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown
    o  Deep Work
    o  So Good
    o  Digital Minimalism
    o  Craftsman Mindset
    ✔️ International Society for Medical Publication Professionals
    ✔️ National Association for Health Care Quality
    ✔️ CME Palooza
    ✔️ UC San Diego Medical Writing Certificate Program
    ✔️ American Medical Association (AMA) Medical Writing Certificate Program
    Connect with Anne: LinkedIn and Twitter
    Connect with Alex

    Podcast Team
    Host: Alexandra Howson PhD
    Sound Engineer: Suzen Marie
    Shownotes: Linzy Carothers

    • 45 min
    Humanizing Learning—Getting into the Skin of Your Learners

    Humanizing Learning—Getting into the Skin of Your Learners

    My guest  is Dr. Elizabeth Franklin, Associate Professor in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Elizabeth teaches research, communications, and health policy for the doctorate in health administration degree program.  Elizabeth shares her considerable knowledge about online learning and interprofessional learning in the state of Mississippi and draws on a deep well of teaching in high school, community college and university settings. She shares strategies to support engagement in online learning and gets into the nitty gritty of software integrations that make online interactions fun.

    Resources
    School of Health Related Professions
    CEA Office
    Alliance for continuing education in the health professions
    Quality Matters
    Alliance Learning Lab
    Nearpod
    Knowima
    HCHAPS Scores
    Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
    Journal of Applied Social Psychology 
    Connect with Elizabeth
    Connect with Alex
    Podcast Team
    Host: Alexandra Howson PhD
    Sound Engineer: Suzen Marie
    Shownotes: Linzy Carothers

    • 45 min

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Wonderful host and content!

Alex is a wonderfully intelligent and tranquil host who draws out the best in her guests. She is calm and deliberate in her inquiry and allows
rich, honest dialogue to take place — just like a master qualitative researcher! You will be hooked by her guests and their trust of and transparency with Alex. She’s a pro!

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I had to re-listen to parts of it and I realized that design thinking went into this fascinating conversation! It is these thoughtful, provocative and valuable discussions that keep me motivated to improve and grow in this profession. If you haven’t tuned in yet, I highly recommend that you do!

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Soothing education

Yes I was a guest on the first episode, however the reason I keep coming back to Write Medicine is the soothing tone of Alexandra Howson’s voice and gentle way a conversation can be so informative time and time again.

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