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Introducing Medical Students to Careers in Medical Education: The Student Track at an Annual Medical Education Conference

Blatt, Benjamin MD; Plack, Margaret PT, EdD; Suzuki, Mari MD; Arepalli, Sruthi; Schroth, Scott MD, MPH; Stagnaro-Green, Alex MD, MHPE

Academic Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31829a3a33
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Abstract

Few avenues exist to familiarize medical students with careers as clinician–educators, and the clinician–educator career pathway has not been well defined. In this article, the authors describe how they integrated a career-oriented student track into the 2011 Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) annual retreat to introduce students to careers in medical education. Annual education conferences are principal sources of educational scholarship, networking, collaboration, and information sharing; as such, they represent attractive venues for early exposure to the culture of medical education. The authors’ goal in creating the NEGEA conference student track was to excite students about careers in medical education by providing them with an array of opportunities for active involvement in both student-specific and general conference activities.

The authors draw from their experience to provide a guide for recruiting student participants to career-building student tracks. They also offer a guide for developing future student tracks, based on their experience and grounded in social cognitive career theory. Although their focus is on medical education, they believe these guides will be useful for educators planning a conference-based student track in any field.

Author Information

Dr. Blatt is professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.

Dr. Plack is professor of physical therapy, Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.

Dr. Suzuki is a first-year resident, Department of Internal Medicine, New York Hospital Queens, Flushing, New York.

Ms. Arepalli is a fourth-year medical student, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.

Dr. Schroth is senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.

Dr. Stagnaro-Green is senior associate dean for education, Department of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC.

Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Blatt, CLASS Clinical Skills Center, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 900 23rd St. NW, Suite 6216, Washington, DC 20037; telephone: (202) 994-8598; fax: (202) 994-0328; e-mail: jblatt@gwu.edu.

© 2013 by the Association of American Medical Colleges