2021 Annual Conference Small Group Sessions

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Development of Tracks: Clinical Pathway, Clinician-Educator Pathway, Research Pathway and Global Health Pathway

Moderator: Van K. Holden, MD, University of Maryland
David Schulman, MD, MPH, Emory University
Asha Anandaiah MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Henry Fessler, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Max O'Donnell MD, MPH, Columbia University Medical Center

Small Group Description 
Many medical schools and residencies have developed specific tracks, such as medical education and global health. A few fellowship programs have done likewise, including specialized areas of interest. This session can provide the foundation of how to develop specific tracks, given the smaller size program of fellowships.


  1. Identify the goals and objectives of developing a track.
  2. Discuss how to utilize local, regional, and national resources to develop a track.
  3. Determine the pros and cons of developing tracks.


Getting Beyond “Read More”: A Faculty Development Workshop on Narrative Assessment

Başak Çoruh, MD, University of Washington
Hugo Carmona, MD, University of Washington
Anna K. Brady, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
Marin McCutcheon, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University

Small Group Description 
In the last decade, medical education has moved to a competency-based model with a focus on outcomes rather than content, and knowledge application over acquisition. Assessments have also changed from summative and norm-referenced, to formative and criterion-referenced, with entrustability scales. Narrative assessment is an important component of trainee assessment due to its ability to provide granular information to justify quantitative ratings or facilitate trainee improvement, yet many evaluations are lacking in comments or constructive feedback. This session will highlight best practices in narrative assessment as well as strategies for providing faculty development on this topic.


  1. Describe features of high-quality narrative assessment.
  2. Develop a framework for providing narrative assessment that is specific and provides learners with actionable suggestions for improved performance.
  3. Create a faculty development workshop at your own institution on how to improve narrative assessment.

Guardians of Space: Leveraging Psychological Safety for Trainee Success

Wade Brown, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Rosemary Adamson, MBBS, University of Washington
May Lee, MD, University of Southern California
Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MAEd, University of California San Francisco
Nancy Stewart, DO, MS, University of Kansas Medical Center

Small Group Description 
The importance of the environment in fostering learning is well recognized. Psychological safety is thought to be the foundation of the optimal medical learning environment and the key to eliciting maximal performance from medical trainees (see proposed reference 4 below). Despite this, relatively little direct emphasis has been placed on this construct in graduate medical education and, specifically, in clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine education. This session will familiarize attendees with the concept of psychological safety, its benefits for the learning environment and the learner, and practical methods to foster it. “We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore.” –  Brene’ Brown


  1. Attendees will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of a psychological safe environment as well as characteristics of a psychologically unsafe learning environment (what it is not).
  2. Attendees will learn about and assess the evidence that supports the centrality of psychological safety in medical education as well as the literature supporting missed opportunities from conventional models of learning. Specific subtopics will include psychological safety as a means of fostering critical thinking, learner-centered teaching, growth mindset, and team success, as well as a discussion of the counterproductive construct of “internal shame.”
  3. Attendees will apply these ideas and methods of creating a  psychologically safe learning environment to cases based scenarios and discussions of evidence based techniques.

#HeforShe & #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives in PCCM: How PCCM Educators Can Be Allies

Geneva Tatem, MD, Wayne State University
Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MAEd, University of California San Francisco
Rupal Shah, MD, University of California San Francisco
Meshell Johnson, MD,
University of California San Francisco

Small Group Description 
Although the trainee pipeline in PCCM has aimed towards increasing diversity, our field still has significant strides to make in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion of our trainees and faculty. The purpose of this session is to engage program leaders and educators in an effort to address the important issues of unconscious bias, harassment, discrimination, sexism, and racism in our workplace environment. In this session, we will provide hands-on, skills based training to combat microaggressions and harassment and discuss how we can all be allies against racism and sexism in our learning environments and communities. Finally, we will discuss steps our association can take to be the lead the way in building and sustaining an equitable environment for all.


  1. After this session, participants will be able to describe the gender and racial disparities in PCCM and will be able to identify the difference between bias, microaggressions and harassment.
  2. Participants will be able to employ skills to combat microaggressions and allied behaviors from co-workers and patients.
  3. Participants will be equipped with concrete tools related to how to be an ally against sexism and racism in our workplace and community.

Physician Well-Being During Training From the Standpoint of Substance Abuse

Adam Hill, MD, 
Indiana University


Book Club: The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias

Written by Dolly Chugh

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Shirine Allam, MD, Emory University
Sugeet Jagpal, MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 
Bart Moulton, MD, Oregon Health & Science University 
Amik Sodhi, MD, University of Tennessee

An inspiring guide from Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business, on how to confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that you can make the world (and yourself) better.

Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, "semi-bold" person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in.

Dolly reveals the surprising causes of inequality, grounded in the "psychology of good people". Using her research findings in unconscious bias as well as work across psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines, she offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don’t look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves.

She argues that the only way to be on the right side of history is to be a good-ish— rather than good—person. Good-ish people are always growing. Second, she helps you find your "ordinary privilege"—the part of your everyday identity you take for granted, such as race for a white person, sexual orientation for a straight person, gender for a man, or education for a college graduate. This part of your identity may bring blind spots, but it is your best tool for influencing change. Third, Dolly introduces the psychological reasons that make it hard for us to see the bias in and around us. She leads you from willful ignorance to willful awareness. Finally, she guides you on how, when, and whom, to engage (and not engage) in your workplaces, homes, and communities. Her science-based approach is a method any of us can put to use in all parts of our life.

Whether you are a long-time activist or new to the fight, you can start from where you are. Through the compelling stories Dolly shares and the surprising science she reports, Dolly guides each of us closer to being the person we mean to be.

Book Club: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Written by Angela Duckworth
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Elvina Khusainova, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mary Anne Morgan, MD,
University of Rochester
Kathryn Robinett, MD,
University of Maryland
Gretchen Winter, MD,
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.