RISE Education Innovation #IAmAnInnovator Video Series


The RISE Education Innovation Video series provides a platform for education innovators to share their innovative ideas and discoveries. It also provides a unique opportunity for our innovation community to learn about education innovations happening within Michigan Medicine. We hope you are inspired by these innovation stories, and we invite you to reach out to these innovators to learn more about their work. Our video series was recently highlighted in MHealth Lab.

Fundamentals of Vaginal Surgery Curriculum and Simulation Model

Dr. Payton Schmidt, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, describes the development of the Fundamentals of Vaginal Surgery curriculum and simulation model to foster pelvic surgical skills. This work was completed in collaboration with the Department of Learning Health Sciences and College of Engineering and was funded by a Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) Research Grant.

Entrustment in Surgical Medical Education – OptTrust

Dr. Gurjit Sandhu, Associate Professor of Surgery and Learning Health Sciences, discusses the impressive work of the Education Research Scientist Collaborative team and their contributions to the conversation on entrustment in the operating room.  For more information, please visit their website.

Medical Educators Novel Teaching On-Demand Resource (MENTOR)

Dr. Daniel Cronin, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, shares his unique path for creating the Medical
Educators Novel Teaching On-Demand Resource (MENTOR) – an innovative central repository for best teaching practices in medical education. In this #IAmAnInnovator video, Dr. Cronin shares the highs and lows of creative visioning, building a diverse team, intelligent risk-taking, and reaming curious and open to feedback.

Surgical Trainee Competency & Early Career Patient Safety

Dr. Brian George, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Learning Health Sciences and Director, Center for Surgical Training and Research discusses an interdisciplinary approach to improving a complex issue in health sciences education – surgical resident variation in performance.  This approach focuses on linking education to patient outcomes using various engineering methods such as quality assurance, predictive analytics, and quality improvement.  This work is helping influence training readiness for independent practice and patient safety.

Cardiac Anatomical Virtual Reality (VR) Curriculum

Dr. Sonal Owens, Associate Professor of Pediatrics shares how she is using a virtual reality curriculum to educate medical learners on cardiac anatomy and congenital heart defects. This project is in collaboration with Daniel Axelrod, MD at The Stanford Virtual Heart – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. To learn more about the Michigan Medicine Clinical Simulation Center, please visit their website.

The Impact of High Fidelity, 3D-Printed Surgical Simulated Models on Education and Patient Care

Dr. David Zopf, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, shares the impact of high fidelity 3-D printed surgical simulators as an educational tool to improve patient care.  His Center for Research, Learning and Teaching (CRLT) grant helped create cleft palates as well as airway and ear reconstruction models.  These models help shift medical education from the operating room into the simulated environment.

Emergencies in Clinical Obstetrics (ECO) Course

Dr. David Marzano, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Learning Health Sciences shares the development and use of the Emergencies in Clinical Obstetrics (ECO) course in managing complex obstetric emergencies and fostering team communication. The ECO course has been offered at the University of Michigan Clinical Simulation Center (CSC).

The Lesion: Charcot’s Tournament

Dr. Zach London, Professor of Neurology, shares how he and Dr. James Burke created the novel neurology localization educational board game, The Lesion: Charcot’s Tournament.  Dr. London discusses identifying the right balance of strategy and fun and receiving critical feedback from medical students and residents to further refine this game into its second edition. This project was funded by the Jerry Isler Neuromuscular Fund.

Funded by Jerry Isler Neuromuscular Fund

A Learner-Centered Coaching Handbook

Dr. Margaret (Meg) Wolff, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical School, shares how she and her team developed the learner coaching handbook: “It Takes Two: A Guide to Being a Good Coachee,” which contains valuable insights from medical students and faculty across the country.

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