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Conference Overview

The 2021 Summer Conference hosted by the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine is packed with exceptional opportunities and experiences. Outlined below are the details and schedule of the conference.

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Keynote Workshops (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Competency-Based Education – Assessment Matters!

Speakers: Karen Hauer (UCSF), Kathy Salisbury (Purdue), Kristin Chaney (Texas A&M), Jennie Hodgson (Virginia-Maryland), and Jared Danielson (Iowa State)

Tuesday, July 13th

10:00 – 12:00 pm PST Karen Hauer

Competency-Based Medical Education: A Focus on Outcomes to Improve Health Care

Session Objectives:

  • To define key terms and concepts in competency-based medical education (CBME)
  • To explain how to use an outcomes-based approach to curricular and assessment design
  • To demonstrate how CBME supports learner-centeredness in education
CBVE CBVE Workshops and Competency Assessment

Global Objectives:

Over two sessions participants will be able to:

  • Describe and provide the rationale for EPAs, milestones, and programmatic assessment.
  • Describe principles of effective written and verbal feedback.
  • Given an assessment task, select the appropriate instrument.
  • Compare and contrast several instruments in a simulated workplace-based setting.
Wednesday, July  14th

10:00 – 12:00 pm PST Jared DanielsonJennie Hodgson

Session #1
Presenters: Jared Danielson & Jennie Hodgson
Facilitators: Kathy Salisbury & Kristin ChaneyEPAs

  • What they are & Entrustment scales

Programmatic Assessment

  • What it is & Early evidence from Veterinary Medical Education

Thursday, July 15th

10:00 – 12:00 pm PST Kathy SalisburyKristin Channey

Session #2
Presenters: Kathy Salisbury & Kristin Chaney
Facilitators: Jared Danielson & Jennie Hodgson

  • The relationship between EPAs, Milestones and ITERs in a CBVE-oriented assessment.
  • Principles of written and/or verbal feedback.

RTA Initiatives – Reports

Session Chair – Maria Fahie (WU)

Tuesday, July 13th

9:00 – 10:00 am PST

20 minutes each: Updates and progress reports from the four major Initiatives within the RTA and membership committee. The Initiatives are: Faculty Development, External Peer Review of Teaching, Quantification of Teaching Effort and Effectiveness, and Local Peer Review of Teaching.

RTA Initiative Workshops

Clinical Teaching – Wednesday, July 14th

4:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Workshop – RTA External Peer Review of Teaching:

Session Chairs – Paul Gordon-Ross (WU) & Tandi Ngwenyama (OSU)

60 minute workshop: Description Coming soon

Teaching Innovations

Session Co-Chair – Barbara Byrne (UCD), Andrew West (CSU) Laurie Fonken (CSU), Karen Boudreaux (UCD)

Tuesday, July 13th
1:00 – 2:00 pm PST

Thursday, July 15th
1:00 – 2:00 pm PST

Teaching Innovations are 10-minute informal, interactive sessions presenting ideas for innovation and best practices in veterinary medical and biomedical teaching. These sessions are ideal for offering successful solutions to challenges teachers face, as well as approaches that were not as successful since these are wonderful learning opportunities. These sessions could include tips and tricks, clinical teaching strategies and ideas, as well as other topics such as technology and meeting the challenges of virtual teaching. Presentations under this heading should NOT reflect active scholarship/education research.

Join us at the Teaching Innovations sessions!

Please complete submission forms via qualtrics survey by due May 10th.

Scholarship/Educational Research Podium and Poster Sessions

Session Co-Chairs – Maria Fahie (WUHS), Jillian Haines (WSU), Andrew West (CSU), & Karen Boudreaux (UCD)

Wednesday, July 14th & Thursday, July 15th

8:30 – 9:30 am PST

Scholarship/Educational Research Podium:

Teaching Scholarship/Educational Research are 15-minute podium sessions designed to present educational research to peers, facilitating our mission, and fostering potential collaborative research interests. Priority is given to completed studies not previously published and/or presented elsewhere, preferably including objective measures and statistical analysis. Proposals will be reviewed and scored using a rubric with feedback supplied and returned to all submissions.

This is a great opportunity to foster collaborative research interests as you share your work! We can’t wait to learn about what you’re trying!


If you have any questions or experience any issues with submitting your proposal, please contact Karen Boudreaux at kaboudreaux@ucdavis.edu.

2019_RTA Conference Tuesday, July 13th

4:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Poster Session:

The primary goal of the poster session is to give as many members as possible the chance to present their work while also preserving time for scientific discussion during abstract presentations. A decision on which abstracts will be presented in traditional podium style and which will be assigned to the poster session will be made following abstract evaluation.

Participants selected for a poster presentation will be expected to present a podium talk up to two minutes long. This is intended as an opportunity to promote and enhance the visibility of participants’ work. Summaries may choose to utilize PowerPoint slides (no more than two total) that illustrate key elements of the poster.

Poster Sessions are informal times where conference participants peruse posters on a variety of topics by their colleagues. Posters can focus on teaching techniques, budding or developed educational research, and other topics. All submissions will be reviewed using a rubric.


If you have any questions or experience any issues with submitting your proposal, please contact Karen Boudreaux at kaboudreaux@ucdavis.edu.

Assessing and Supporting Veterinary Educator Wellbeing

Session Chair – Laurie Fonken (CSU)

Tuesday, July 13th
2:00 – 3:30 pm PST

Wednesday, July 14th
1:30 – 3:30 pm PST

These sessions will focus on several proven instruments used to assess engagement and quality of life, The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL. In our colleges of veterinary medicine much discussion and focus has been on student wellbeing. While this is important, our wellbeing as educators is imperative for the wellbeing of the whole. Educators as role models and mentors set the example for professionalism, not only in their area of expertise, but also in the area of self-care and wellbeing. Sessions will include introduction to, and application of, the MBI and ProQOL and provide information for understanding of how to use these tools. In addition, we will address ways to implement strategies which foster best practices for the individual, group, and cultural wellbeing.

New RTA Fellow Orientation

Session Co-Chairs – Phil Mixter (WSU) 

Conference social Monday, July 12th
3:30 – 5 pm PST
WELCOME new Regional Teaching Academy fellows!

Every other year we welcome a group new fellows. Our 2021 New Fellow Session will be Monday July 12th starting at 3:30 pm PT (just before our opening reception). This session will give you context and do what the RTA does best: connect new fellows with other RTA fellows, forming relationships that support you in your instruction while helping you fully participate in the RTA’s array of professional development activities. Plan to attend and connect with a new regional colleague!