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The 2023 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

Competency-Based Education – Assessment Matters!

Speakers: Benjamin Wiggins, PhD & Mara Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC

  • Active Learning Strategies and Small Group Teaching – Benjamin Wiggins, PhD
  • Mental Health and Wellness guest speaker Mara Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC

RTA Initiatives – Reports

Session Chair – Maria Fahie (WU)

Tuesday, July 18th

9:00 – 10:00 am PST

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

RTA Initiative Workshops

EPRT – Wednesday, July 16th

3:00 pm PST

Workshop – RTA External Peer Review of Teaching

Session Chairs – Maria Fahie (WU) & Peggy Barr (WU)

Workshop: TBA

Teaching Innovations

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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!

Scholarship/Educational Research Podium and Poster Sessions

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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!

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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.

New RTA Fellow Orientation

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WELCOME new Regional Teaching Academy fellows!

Every other year we welcome a group of new fellows. Our 2023 New Fellow session date & time will be announced soon.