Advanced Teaching Skills:

Stimulating, Lively and High Yield Learning
through the Use of Interactive and Innovative
Teaching Approaches

May 30 - 31, 2014 – Friday and Saturday
The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA

“Advanced Teaching Skills: Stimulating, Lively and High Yield Learning through the Use of Interactive and Innovative Teaching Approaches” is a new course sponsored by the Department of Medicine, and Division of Medical Communications at Brigham and Women’s Hospital directed by Helen Shields, MD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Thomas De Long, Ph.D., Philip Stomberg Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and Jeffrey Drazen, Editor-in-Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine and Distinguished Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The course will take place on Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st 2014. This innovative course is aimed at medical teachers who wish to learn new techniques to improve learners’ engagement and retention!

The first day of the course will provide in depth exposure to the Case Method. This method uses the Question, Listen, and Respond method of teaching. The method will be showcased in the morning by teachers from Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the afternoon, attendees will be active participants in a case-based tutorial session to practice an interactive way of teaching medicine through the question/listen/respond methodology. In addition, they will learn a new way to introduce video clips more easily into cases.

The second day will emphasize mastering innovative and interactive skills for successful medical teaching. Participants will learn from award winning and internationally recognized expert teachers about the elements for constructing well-rated and high yield sessions at the pre-clinical, clinical or post-graduate levels including lectures, peer- to- peer teaching, Resident’s Report, simulations showing interdisciplinary complex clinical decision-making, the use of art to aid in physical diagnosis and team-based learning applied to improving teaching on attending rounds. Each type of teaching exercise will be demonstrated and/or practiced in realtime to give participants the experience of using these engaging techniques.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Practice the case-method and asking questions in small tutorial groups.

  • Recognize the key elements to award winning pre-clinical and clinical teaching through observation and critique of real-life examples.

  • Describe the step-by-step elements of creating and presenting a great lecture.

  • Develop the skill set to conduct a lively and high yield Resident’s Report.

  • Incorporate team-based learning principles into attending rounds to increase the educational impact and engagement of the learners.


The target audience, includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Researchers (PhDs)
  • Medical educators
  • Residency Directors
  • Clerkship Directors and Course Directors.


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 14.50 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the
educational activity.


FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
8:00 - 8:05 am Welcome
Helen Shields, M.D., Thomas De Long, Ph.D., Jeffrey Drazen, M.D.
BWH, HBS — Whole Group
8:05 - 9:30 amDiscussion Leadership – Developing Questioning, Listening, and Responding Skills
James Honan, Ed.D.
HGSE — Whole Group
9:30 - 11:00 amCase Based Learning
Thomas De Long, Ph.D.
HBS — Whole Group
11:00 - 11:15 amBreak
11:15 - 12:15 pmThe Essentials of Great Teaching
Thomas De Long, Ph.D.
HBS — Whole Group
12:15 - 1:15 pmLUNCH On own
1:15 - 1:30 pmReview of Background Knowledge for Practice Case-based
Discussion Tutorial
Helen Shields, M.D. BWH — Whole Group
1:30 - 3:00 pmCase-Based Learning Practice Session and Discussion
Helen Shields, M.D., Lee Warren, Ph.D., Laurie Fishman, M.D.,
Robert Lowe, M.D., Barbara Nath, M.D., Daniel Pratt, M.D.,
Joseph Feuerstein, M.D., Molly Perencevich, M.D.,
Gyanprakesh Ketwaroo, M.D., M.S., Byron Vaughn, M.D.
BWH, BIDMC, Children’s Hospital, MGH, Boston Medical Center
Small Groups
3:00 - 3:15 pm break
3:15 - 4:15 pmEasy Creation of Innovative Multimedia Cases
Rose Goldman, M.D., MPH
Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard School of Public Health
Whole Group
4:15 - 4:45 pmTop Teaching Points & Questions
Helen Shields, M.D. BWH — Whole Group
5:30 - 7:00 pm Reception and Tour of NEJM “How to Get a Paper Accepted for Publication by the New England Journal of Medicine.”
Jeffrey Drazen, M.D. Editor in Chief

Appetizers and beverages will be served. Chartered Buses will take course participants from the Colonnade Hotel at 5:15 pm to the Francis Countway Library of Medicine where the NEJM offices are located on the sixth floor. The buses will return participants to the Colonnade Hotel by 7:15 pm.
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014
8:00 - 8:05 amHighlights of the Day
Helen Shields, M.D. BWH — Whole Group
8:05 - 9:30 amLecture: Constructing a Memorable Lecture
Jeffrey Drazen, M.D. BWH — Whole Group
9:30 - 11:00 amMemorization or Understanding: Are We Teaching the Right Thing? The Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Teaching
Eric Mazur, Ph.D.
Harvard University, FAS — Whole Group
11:00 - 11:15 am break
11:15 - 12:15 pmResidents Report: Mastering the Skills: Demonstration and
Real-Life Practice
Marshall Wolf, M.D.
BWH — Whole Group
12:15 - 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 - 2:15 pm
2:15 - 3:15 pm
Sharpening Physical Diagnosis Skills Using Fine Art Images: Demonstration and Practice
Joel Katz, M.D.
BWH — Small Groups
1:15 - 2:15 pm
2:15 - 3:15 pm
Interdisciplinary Simulation with Complex Decision Making:
Demonstration and Practice
Suresh Ventaken, MBBS, Helen Shields, M.D., Byron Vaughn, M.D., Gyanprakesh Ketwaroo, M.D., M.S., Fidencio Saldana, M.D., M.P.H.
BWH, BIDMC, MGH — Small Groups
3:15 - 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 - 4:30 pmTeam-based Learning Applied to Attending Rounds: Demonstration, Practice and Discussion
James Colbert, M.D., Stephen Pelletier, Ph.D., Helen Shields, M.D.
BWH — Small Groups
4:30 - 5:00 pmSummary and Top Take-Aways
Helen Shields. M.D.
BWH — Whole Group

*Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.


Class Number #3424632

Tuition Fees:
Early Registration Physician: $1450 (USD)
Physician: $1500 (USD)
Early Registration Trainee/Allied Health Professionals: $450 (USD)
Trainee/Allied Health Professional: $500 (USD)


All foreign payments must be made by a draft on a United States Bank or by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

If paying by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School and mail with registration form to Harvard Medical School - Department of Continuing Education, PO Box 417476, Boston, MA 02241-7476. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted.

If paying by credit card, please register online.

Telephone, fax or mail-in registration with credit card payment is not accepted.

Inquiries should be directed to the above address, made by phone: (617) 384‑8600, Monday ‑ Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM (EST), or by email: hms‑

Upon receipt of your registration form an email confirmation from the HMS-DCE office will be sent to you. Therefore, be sure to include an email address that you check daily/frequently. Your email address is used for critical information about the course including: registration confirmation, course evaluation and certificate.


This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism


Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


A handling fee of $60 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or fax one week prior to this activity. No refunds will be made thereafter.


All sessions for this course will be held at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts.


Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration. For airline reservations contact the HMS Travel Desk toll free 1(877) 4-HARVMD (1-877-442-7863) Monday - Friday 9 AM - 8 PM (EST). From outside the U.S., Canada and Virgin Islands, please call (617) 559-3764.


Course #3424632

Offered by

Department of Medicine
Division of Medical Communications

Course Directors
Helen M. Shields, M.D.
Thomas De Long, Ph.D.
Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D.

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Thomas De Long, Ph.D.
Harvard Business School

Jeffrey Drazen, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Joseph Feuerstein, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

James Colbert, M.D.
Harvard Medical School, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Laurie Fishman, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital, Boston

Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH
Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and Cambridge Health Alliance

James Honan, Ed.D.
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Joel Katz, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Gyanprakesh Ketwaroo,
M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Robert Lowe, M.D.
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Eric Mazur, Ph.D.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Barbara Nath, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Stephen Pelletier, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Center for Evaluation

Molly Perencevich, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Daniel Pratt, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Fidencio Saldana, M.D., M.P.H.
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Helen M. Shields, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.G.A.F.
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Byron Vaughn, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Suresh Ventaken, MBBS
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Lee Warren, Ph.D.
Harvard University

Marshall Wolf, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital


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