The University of Texas System: Innovations in Medical Education



Topics to be discussed include curriculum design, interdisciplinary / interprofessional education, clinical skills assessment, development and support of faculty as medical educators, humanism in the curriculum, information technology in medical education, and the scholarship of education.


Introduction and Welcome

L. Maximilian Buja, M.D., Chancellor's Health Fellow in Education and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, UT Health Science Center at Houston


Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UT System

10:00 - 10:15

Curriculum Design: Challenges and Opportunities

Panel Q&A and Discussion

Jennifer Cuthbert, M.D. - UTSWMC-Dallas

Steve Lieberman, M.D. - UTMB-Galveston

Nan Clare, M.D. - UTHSC-San Antonio

Philip Orlander, M.D. - UTHSC-Houston


A leader from each campus is to present that campus' perspectives and activities in curriculum planning and design in relationship to such issues as the continuum of undergraduate and graduate medical education, problem-based learning, evidence-based learning, integration of orphan topics, interdisciplinary education, assessment of outcomes and competencies.

10:15 - 11:45

Humanism, Ethics and Professionalism in the Medical Curriculum

Abraham Verghese, M.D., Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, UTHSC-San Antonio


A presentation will be made of an approach to a longitudinal and integrated humanities and ethics curriculum over the four-year general medical curriculum.

11:45 - 12:15


12:15 - 12:30


12:30 - 1:30

Evolution of Medical Education - A National Perspective

Michael E. Whitcomb, M.D., Senior Vice President, Division of Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)


Overview of general trends in medical education, including the continuum of undergraduate and graduate medical education, evidence-based education, outcomes-based education, and the AAMC's Educational Institute.

1:30 - 2:15


2:15 - 2:30

Clinical Skills Assessment

Panel Q&A and Discussion

Michael Ainsworth, M.D. - UTMB-Galveston

Fabrizia Faustinella, M.D. - UTHSC-Houston

James Wagner, M.D. - UTSWMC-Dallas

Ross Lawler, M.D. - UTHSC- San Antonio


Rationale and approaches to clinical skills assessment including passports, core clinical skills facilities, standardized patients, manikins.

2:30 - 4:00

Breakout Groups

4:00 - 5:00

Reports from Breakout Groups and Discussion

5:00 - 6:00

Reception and Dinner



Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:00

Development and Support of Faculty as Medical Educators

Panel Q&A and Discussion

Susan Cox, M.D. - UTSWMC-Dallas

Robert Beach, M.D. - UTMB-Galveston

Nan Clare, M.D. - UTHSC-San Antonio

Patricia Butler, M.D. - UTHSC-Houston


A leader from each campus is to present that campus' perspectives on development of faculty and support of the educational mission. Various approaches are being implemented in line with the growing Academy movement in medical schools.

8:00 - 9:30

Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Education

L. Maximilian Buja, M.D.

The current state and future directions of interdisciplinary / interprofessional education will be discussed.

9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:15

Use of Information Technology in Medical Education

Richard P. Usatine, M.D., Vice Chair for Education, UTHSC-San Antonio


The presentation will address a variety of computer-based approaches being used in the medical curriculum.

10:15 - 11:00

Faculty Development in Response to Information Technology and Other Curriculum Innovations

Robert J. Bulik, Ph.D., Senior Medical Educator, UTMB-Galveston


The presentation will address how faculty members can adapt to the impact of information technology and other innovations in the medical curriculum.

11:00 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 1:00

Scholarship of Education

Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, M.D., Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, Medical College of Georgia

Gary C. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Educational Programs, UTHSC-Houston


These presentations will address approaches to recognizing and rewarding the scholarship of education.

1:00 - 2:00

Breakout Groups

2:00 - 3:00

Reports from Breakout Groups and Discussion

3:00 - 4:00

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

L. Maximilian Buja, M.D.

4:00 - 4:15