MEDS Morning Workshops

This free workshop series focuses on best practices in medical education for Medical School faculty/educators who teach our students and residents in a variety of medical settings, including lectures, small groups and in the clinic.

April 19 • 10-11am  • Mayo B646 or via WebEx

MedEdPORTAL - How to get Published

MedEdPORTAL serves as a site for publication of stand alone teaching/learning modules. The qualities that will lead to getting things published in MedEdPORTAL are: an activity that is complete and can be implemented immediately, without any additional work (all materials, resources, content are included); the activity has been implemented and tested on learners and results can be presented to the reviewers and users. Dr. Konia will discuss the process of publication in MedEdPORTAL.
Presenter: Mojca Remskar Konia, MD, PhD, MACM, Residency Program Director, Vice Chair of Education, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota

May 17 • 10-11am  • Mayo B646

Medical School Curriculum Mapping in Action

This workshop will have something for both those that are tasked to map their course, and for those interested in how the medical school will be completing their curriculum mapping. The time spent will be a hands-on guided process of how to access resources, and how to use the the curriculum mapping tool. Concurrently there will be time to ask questions, get clarification, and collaborate with colleagues. Be sure to bring your laptop or tablet!
After participating in this workshop, learners participating in the curriculum mapping process will be better able to:

  • Self-Critique current course objectives and instill quality improvement

  • Apply information from documentation to the process of mapping curriculum in BlackBag

  • Determine and map up session objectives, to course objectives, to PCRS

After participating in this workshop, learners observing the curriculum mapping process will be better able to:

  • Observe and appreciate the process of curriculum mapping in the medical school

  • Develop ideas based on the what was observed

  • Select pertinent elements as take-aways to use in a course/program


  • Adam Maier, Learning Management Systems Manager, Medical Education Department-University of Minnesota
  • Brad Clarke, Director of Curriculum Operations, University of Minnesota Medical School

June 21 • 10-11am  • Mayo B646 or via WebEx

Having Difficult Conversations with your Students

After participating in this workshop, learners will be better able to:

  • Recognize problematic (troubling) student behavior

  • Identify appropriate strategies to address the problem behavior

  • Assess the success of the applied strategy


James Sidman, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Director Research and Academic Strategy, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School

July 19 • 11-12pm  • Mayo B646 or via WebEx

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Small Group Facilitation

After participating in this workshop, learners will be better able to:

  • Define facilitation, specifically as it relates to small groups

  • Examine mindfulness as a practice which applies to effective small group facilitation

  • Describe challenges related to small group facilitation, and ways to address them

  • Practice facilitation


Kate Venable, MD, is an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics physician with the University of Minnesota, and also Core Faculty with the Global Health Department. She serves as an Assistant Professor, facilitating ECM and FCT groups for first year medical students, and co-directs the online Global Health/Tropical Medicine Course. She practices as a Pediatric Hospitalist and is developing an outpatient, integrative/holistic Internal Medicine practice at the University of Minnesota.

Betsy Murray, MD, MPH, is Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Pediatrics. She practices as a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, working with patients and families in the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview Specialty Clinic