Become a better instructor with educator development sessions

Education is at the core of CHEST’s mission and vision, and training the instructors who facilitate that learning remains a top priority.

The educator development sessions at CHEST 2023 in Hawaiʻi will supplement attendees’ clinical education with expert guidance that will help with their day-to-day teaching. The program will offer a dedicated track with sessions that address a range of issues that clinician-educators might confront.

Mark Lavercombe, MD, FCCP
Mark Lavercombe, MD, FCCP

“We believe that everyone involved in chest medicine has the opportunity and privilege of teaching in some form, whether in our interactions with patients and their families or our students, trainees, and colleagues,” said CHEST Educator Development Subcommittee Chair, Mark Lavercombe, MD, FCCP.

CHEST’s flagship Educator Development Course—an invite-only Master Class held on the Saturday before the meeting begins—will be one of the first opportunities for educators to hone their skills. Participants will receive in-depth training on teaching, curriculum development, and assessment concepts.

The first day of the meeting, Sunday, October 8, all attendees are welcome to attend a Clinicians Educator Forum presented by CHEST and the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD). The forum—held in Room 316C of the convention center—will comprise three sessions:

“The annual collaborative session with the APCCMPD is always a highlight of the education track,” Dr. Lavercombe said. “This will be a fantastic morning and a great way to start the conference.”

Educator development sessions will continue on Sunday afternoon with Fostering Strong Mentorship: An Interactive Discussion in Four Acts, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, in Room 317B. Session leaders will use a series of vignettes to explore the stages of mentorship, and speakers will role-play common scenarios and discuss best practices for successes and pitfalls to avoid.

“We expect this will be great fun but also an innovative learning experience for participants to enjoy,” said Dr. Lavercombe, who is one of the speakers in the session.

Another topic among clinician-educators that is always popular is how to give feedback. CHEST 2023 will feature a session exploring how feedback can be optimized, even when it is difficult to give. Fierce Feedback: The Art of Giving Feedback in Difficult Situations, Tuesday, October 10, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, in Room 317A, will consider best practices for providing effective feedback, as well as strategies for how to develop a culture of feedback for ongoing growth.

Additional educator development highlights at CHEST 2023 include Teaching Strategies for Supervising Bedside Procedures: Beyond “See One, Do One, Teach One,” on Monday, from 7:15 am to 8:15 am, in Room 316C; Teaching Methods After the Pandemic: Must Convert, Don’t Revert, on Monday, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, in Room 317B; The Changing Landscape of Medical Education and the Power and Pitfalls of Using Social Media, on Monday, from 3 pm to 4 pm, in Room 323B; and Challenges Faced by Education Faculty, on Wednesday, October 11, from 7:15 am to 8:15 am, in Room 317A. A full list of sessions, and the ability to filter sessions by track, tag, and committee affiliation, can be found in the CHEST 2023 online schedule and CHEST Events app.