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2017 Biennial Conference

Paradigm Change in Teaching
Leveraging Cross-Institutional Collaboration

July 12-14, 2017 – Fort Collins, CO

The Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (RTA) would like to invite participants to attend the 2017 Summer Conference this July 12th through 14th at Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado.

Our 3rd Biennial Meeting is designed to help bring together those interested in instruction, promoting both interaction and collaboration among colleges. An important goal at the inception of the RTA was to work together regionally so that we could begin to change the paradigms at each member college. This conference will focus on professional development workshops, formal scholarship presentations, collegial networking, and both formal and informal small-group discussions. We will also explore how our 3 RTA initiatives have come together and discuss how these might foster institutional change through interactive workshops.

We will continue to learn together through our collaborations and shared interest in faculty development.


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July 12, Wednesday:

2:00 PM: Working Group Meetings

6:30 PM: Conference Kick-off Event

July 13, Thursday:

Initiative Report Presentations

Scholarship Session– Peer reviewed (podium presentations of accepted abstracts)

Keynote Workshop– Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning Part 1

External Peer Review of Teaching Workshop – Developing a promotion packet & coaching junior faculty

Wellness: Optimizing Student and Faculty Well-Being

Local Peer Review Workshop

6:00 PM: Social and Meal

July 14, Friday:

Teaching Experiments (abstracts invited)

Scholarship Session – Peer reviewed (podium presentations of accepted abstracts)

Wellness: Optimizing Student and Faculty Well-Being

Keynote Workshop – Critical Thinking/Clinical Reasoning Part 2

Faculty Development Initiative Workshop – Assessment

Technology in Teaching: Effective Use of Student Response Systems (clickers)


Colorado State University Diagnostic Medicine Center
300 W Drake Rd, Room #DMC101
Fort Collins, CO

The meeting will be held here Click to view a map.

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Program Details

Meeting Details

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Program Details

Registration is open only to faculty and staff from colleges that are members of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. If you have questions, please see your local Steering Committee Representative or email Dr. Rachel Halsey.

Attendance at the Wednesday evening kick off session is strongly encouraged, as well as participation in the entire conference until the conclusions on Friday until 5 pm. Please plan travel accommodations accordingly.

REGISTRATION Needs to be done by June 12th to have registration fee waived.

Pre-Conference Assignments Keynote assignment: Pre-Conference Reading Assignment – a story from the New Yorker – “What’s the Trouble? How doctors think”

Lodging Accommodations

There are a few lodging options to select from, click here for the options. You will need to make your own reservations and let them know you are with the Regional Teaching Academy. Please book your room no later than June 12

For more information and to book a hotel room, CLICK HERE.

Travel Reimbursement

The Teaching Academy will cover registration fees for RTA Fellows of $100 (if registered by June 15 – Registration has been extended).  Participants that are not fellows are welcome and encouraged to attend, but will be subject to the registration fee of $100 (local participants will be charged a registration fee of $50).  

If you are a Regional Teaching Academy Fellow, lodging expenses will be reimbursed up to $100/night (3 nights). If your travel as an RTA fellow requires an additional night of lodging in Fort Collins, please contact Dr. Rachel Halsey to inquire whether you might be eligible for an additional reimbursement.

Additional attendees are encouraged to attend the conference. (The Teaching Academy will not reimburse any other travel expenses for any participants)

Airport Shuttles (Denver to Fort Collins):

Green Ride
For Additional Information on the Program Contact:
Rachel Halsey, DVM

Washington State University, CVM