Education Symposium 2014

Education Symposium was held on April 21-22, 2014 in the Lange Room and the Teaching and Learning Center on the Parnassus Campus, with an April 22 workshop held concurrently in Fresno. The event began with a plenary session and keynote address, followed by digital poster sessions in the afternoon. Workshops presented by visiting scholars and UCSF faculty took place on Tuesday, April 22.


Symposium Program
Guidelines for poster authors
Posters from previous Symposia

Download Nicole Woods' Cognitive Connections presentation

Read Cognition before curriculum: rethinking the integration of basic science and clinical learning. Kulasegaram KM, Martimianakis MA, Mylopoulos M, Whitehead CR, Woods NN. Acad Med. 2013 Oct;88(10):1578-85.


Our visiting scholar was Nicole Woods, PhD. Dr. Woods is a cognitive psychologist who received her PhD at McMaster University in 2005. While at McMaster she worked with a team of psychologists and physicians interested in applying principles from cognitive science to clinical reasoning. She is currently an Education Scientist at The Wilson Centre for Research in Education at The University of Toronto. Dr. Woods has developed a program of research examining the interaction between clinical knowledge and basic science knowledge in diagnostic reasoning. Over the years, this line of research has expanded to include applications in Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry. Dr. Woods is also the Director of Education Evaluation for the Department of Surgery and the Associate Director of the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education.



    8:00 am - Noon
    Lange Room
    Parnassus Campus Library

    Plenary Sessions

    8:00-8:30 am: Registration, continental breakfast
    8:30-10:30 am: Oral Presentations
    10:30-10:45 am: Break
    10:45-11:30 am: Keynote Address by Nicole Woods, PhD
    11:30-11:45 am - Presentation of Cooke Awards

    Noon - 4:30 pm
    Teaching & Learning Center
    CL-220 & 223 and 221 & 222 Parnassus Campus Library

    Poster Sessions

    Noon - Luncheon buffet served
    12:15-1:15 pm - Moderated poster session #1 (timed and moderated viewing session during which the poster authors present their projects and talk with attendees)

    1:15-1:30 pm - Unstructured poster viewing (unscheduled viewing time during which poster authors may be present)

    1:45-2:45 pm - Moderated poster session#2
    2:45-3:00 pm - Unstructured poster viewing

    3:15-4:15 pm - Moderated poster session#3
    4:15-4:30 pm - Unstructured poster viewing


    9:00-11:00 am
    Teaching & Learning Center
    CL-220 Parnassus Campus Library and Room 136 at UCSF Fresno.

















    9:00-11:00 am
    Teaching & Learning Center
    Parnassus Campus Library

    WORKSHOPS (presented concurrently)
    1. Effective Procedural Teaching on the Fly. Co-presenters: Jeffrey Tabas, MD in San Francisco and Kenny Banh, MD in Fresno. This workshop focused on educator techniques that make teaching procedures simultaneously successful, safe, and educationally high yield, all while ensuring patient satisfaction! Drs. Banh and Tabas reviewed how to assess learners’ goals and abilities, avoid complications and assess what was learned. This session used best practice review and small group discussion and was geared to educators at all levels who supervise learners of procedural skills.

    At the end of this session, attendees were able to:

    • Describe the conceptual framework of deliberate practice as it applies to teaching procedures
    • Implement improved approaches to maximize the safety and success of procedures performed by supervised learners
    • Implement improved approaches to improve patient satisfaction who undergo procedures performed by supervised learners
    • Implement improved approaches to improve skill retention of learners
    • Describe common challenges that procedural supervisors face and how to overcome them


    2. The Illusion of Memory: Presenter: Nicole Woods, PhD

    Participants learned how the human memory system works and why simple repetition isn’t a useful tool for learning or improving memory. Instead, Dr. Woods introduced alternate strategies, including effective basic & ready-to-use teaching strategies, as well as more complex techniques for helping learners retain information following lecture-based didactic instruction.


The Cooke Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

The Cooke Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning recognizes one or more outstanding projects presented at Education Symposium. Recipients in 2014 were:

    Deena Bengiamin, MD; Stacy Sawtelle, MD; Stuart Maxwell, MD; Peter Anastopoulos, MD; Omar Guzman, MD; Jaime Antuna, MD for their submission, Development of an Inter-professional Patient Safety Curriculum in Emergency Medicine using Simulation, accepted for Education Symposium as an oral presentation.

    Ivan Gomez, MD; Alex Sherriffs, MD; Susan Hughes, MS; Rebeca Lopez, MPH, for their submission, Innovative faculty development using objective structured teaching exercises (OSTE), accepted for Education Symposium as an oral presentation.

Each received a framed certificate of achievement and first authors received an honorarium.

Past honorees: click here.

Contact Kathleen Land at or 415-514-9259.

    Past Education Day Programs

    View previous Education Day programs, which contain schedules of events, workshop details, and speaker bios:
    2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005