Archived News

A collection of MedEdPORTAL past news and updates.

2016-2017 MedEdPORTAL Editorial Board

Please join us in welcoming five new members to the MedEdPORTAL Editorial Board:  Dr. Tom Viggiano (Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Mayo Medical School), Dr. Geoff Norman (Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University), Gary Atwood (Health Sciences Education Librarian, Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont), Dr. Charles Prober (Senior Associate Dean, Medical Education, Stanford University School of Medicine), and Dr. LouAnn Woodward (Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, University of Mississippi School of Medicine). Visit Leadership and Oversight for our full list of editorial board members.

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MedEdPORTAL Statistics and Operations Data: Q1 2016

Please visit our Metrics page to see complete MedEdPORTAL statistics for the first quarter of 2016, including overall usage data (e.g., frequency of publication downloads, types of users who download, and reasons they download) and overall publications data (e.g., accept/reject rate, time to final decision and publication, etc.). Metrics for the second quarter of 2016 will be posted soon.

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Associate Editor Spotlight: Michael Cassara, Nancy Halliday, and Jason Lees

Please join MedEdPORTAL Publications in welcoming three new associate editors: Dr. Michael Cassara (co-associate editor, emergency medicine/simulation), Dr. Nancy Halliday (associate editor, anatomical sciences), and Dr. Jason Lees (co-associate editor, surgery). To read more about their backgrounds, please visit our Associate Editor Spotlight.

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ADEA weTeach: Call for Submissions

MedEdPORTAL and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) are excited to announce the launch of ADEA weTeach™, a repository of high-quality educational resources accessible through the ADEA website and MedEdPORTAL. ADEA weTeach resources are for dental, allied dental and other health educators. Resources are identified with an emphasis on providing “how to” information and best practices for teaching, learning and assessment. For more information, including full submission requirements and directions, please visit

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Faculty Affairs Collection Announcement

The AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) is delighted to announce a new Faculty Affairs Collection in MedEdPORTAL. The objectives of the Faculty Affairs Collection are to provide (1) faculty affairs deans, staff, and other institutional leaders with tangible, practice-based, peer-reviewed resources for improving practice in faculty affairs, and (2) the opportunity for faculty affairs deans, staff, and other institutional leaders to disseminate best practices in faculty affairs through publishing resources developed, implemented, and refined at one or more institutions that can be adopted or adapted for use at other institutions. For more information, see the GFA Faculty Affairs Collection.

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Public Health Alert: CDC Releases Zika Reports

Since January 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released multiple scientific resources and guidance documents related to transmission, control, and treatment of Zika. You can find all Zika reports published in the MMWR and an issue of CDC Vital Signs on Zika and Pregnancy online. You can also find information about cases in the United States, information for specific groups, and communication resources on the main CDC Zika page.

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2015 Year in Review

Below is a quick snapshot of MedEdPORTAL Publications facts and figures in 2015. For a more in-depth look at these numbers, including usage statistics (i.e., who downloads and why they download), please visit MedEdPORTAL Publications Metrics.

Total Number of Submissions Received: 436

Acceptance Rate: 67%

Rejection Rate: 33%

Average Number of Days from Submission to Final Decision: 154

Average Number of Days from Accept to Publication: 31

Top 5 Publications Downloaded

  1. Teaching Oral Presentation Skills to Second-Year Medical Students
  2. DC/TMD Examination Protocol
  3. Understanding Electrolytes: 15 Interactive Teaching Cases
  4. Interactive Psychiatric Mental Status Exam Tutorial (Out of Print)
  5. Neuro-Logic: The Principles of Lesion Localization in Patients with Neurological Symptoms

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Associate Editor Spotlight: Kathy Kreutzer and Benjamin Bensadon

Please join MedEdPORTAL Publications in welcoming two new associate editors, Kathy Kreutzer, MEd (co-associate editor, faculty development), and Benjamin Bensadon, MD (co-associate editor, communication skills). To read more about their backgrounds, please visit our Associate Editor Spotlight.

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DREAM Discontinued

MedEdPORTAL has made the strategic decision to suspend all work on the Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures (DREAM) collection. While very valuable to our constituents, DREAM is a resource-intensive initiative to maintain and requires the involvement of multiple staff members and assessment experts. Suspending DREAM allows the MedEdPORTAL team to focus all current resources on the impending application for MEDLINE indexing and comprehensive review by the National Library of Medicine. Once the review is complete, we will explore ways to expand our assessment collection and consider the possibility of relaunching another version of DREAM.

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Departing Staff: Robby Reynolds, MPA

After 14 years at the AAMC, Robby Reynolds (Senior Director, Medical Education Online Resources) has accepted a new career opportunity with the American Society of Hematology as the Director of Training. In this new role, he will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of all training activities of the organization in North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. While we will miss Robby immensely, we are excited about his new opportunity and his career growth.

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Call to Submit Accredited CE Activities for ABMS MOC Directory

In its ongoing commitment to improve access to relevant Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed the ABMS MOC Directory powered by MedEdPORTAL’s CE Directory, an online repository of competency-based MOC activities. The CPD/CME Community is invited to continue submitting accredited CME Activities. Click here to find out more.

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Associate Editor Spotlight: Wendy Hobson-Rohrer and Gordon Woods

Please join MedEdPORTAL Publications in welcoming two new associate editors, Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer (co-associate editor, pediatrics) and Dr. Gordon Woods (co-associate editor, internal medicine). In addition to serving as associate editors, both Drs. Hobson-Rohrer and Woods are active faculty mentors who provide support and guidance to potential MedEdPORTAL authors. To read more about their backgrounds, please visit our Associate Editor Spotlight.

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MedEdPORTAL Publications Update: Education Summary Report

As you know, MedEdPORTAL is excited to celebrate our tenth anniversary this year (to watch our celebratory video, please visit Amidst our celebrations and excitement, we have remained committed to continuously improving our program.

In an effort to further strengthen the impact of our journal, we are making strides towards achieving our biggest goal yet. In 2016, we plan to submit an application to the National Library of Medicine for indexing status in MEDLINE and inclusion in the PubMed database.

Many of our authors are health educators who choose to publish in MedEdPORTAL as a way to disseminate their high-quality educational material to others around the world—for free. MedEdPORTAL is also a platform for these educators to receive recognition for works of educational scholarship, yet we continue to hear from our authors that inclusion in PubMed/MEDLINE would increase the likelihood that our publications count as compelling scholarly contributions that can support promotion and tenure.

We’ve spent much of the past year working with a consultant on how to revise our journal with an eye to being indexed among the top names in biomedical literature. While we know the content we publish is high quality—a result of our rigorous screening and peer review process—we are always looking for ways to increase the numbers of educators who access our materials and to improve the experience of using them in teaching and learning environments. As part of our plan to widen MedEdPORTAL’s reach, we will now attempt to improve the visual identity of our final product, the publication itself.

Beginning November 15, 2015, all authors will be required to develop an Educational Summary Report (ESR) as part of their submission to MedEdPORTAL Publications. The ESR will provide a summary overview of the entire submission and should serve as a guide for understanding the purpose and scope of the resource. The ESR will replace the Instructor Guide. Authors should be aware that a MedEdPORTAL publication will consist of the ESR and all component resources contained within the submission. For more information on the ESR and what it requires, please visit our Submission Instructions. Authors will be provided with a template that contains detailed guidance, and staff will prepare the ESR for publication upon acceptance. To view an example of what a published ESR looks like on a live publication, please visit

While inclusion in PubMed/MEDLINE is our immediate focus, the enhancement of our final publication will undoubtedly have greater impact. Regardless of the outcome of the application to the National Library of Medicine, the addition of the ESR and our emphasis on continuous improvement will increase the quality and value of our journal to current and potential users.

We look forward to sharing future updates with you. Thank you again for supporting MedEdPORTAL.

Please join us in celebrating MedEdPORTAL's 10-Year Anniversary during the 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. The celebration will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:30-8pm. We hope to see you there!

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iCollaborative Poster Competition: LGBT Health Workforce Conference

MedEdPORTAL is pleased to sponsor the 2016 LGBT Health Workforce Conference Poster Award.  The LGBT Health Workforce Conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate and educational) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Winners will be acknowledged in the areas of educational innovation and clinical research.  Both winners will receive a $250 cash reward, registration for the 2017 LGBT Healthcare Workforce Conference, and a feature on the AAMC’s iCollaborative homepage. In addition, the winner of the best educational innovation will have the opportunity to work alongside the associate editor of MedEdPORTAL’s LGBT Collection and receive guidance on how to turn the innovation into a work of high quality educational scholarship ready for peer review in MedEdPORTAL Publications. Applications are due December 31, 2015. For more information, click here.

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ABMS MOC Directory

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a leading organization that oversees physician Board Certification and the Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC®) in the United States, in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), jointly announced today the launch of the new ABMS MOC Directory, powered by MedEdPORTAL’S CE Directory, offering benefits to both Continuing Medical Education (CME) providers and Board Certified diplomates seeking MOC credit.

For ABMS Member Board diplomates, the MOC Directory offers access to a comprehensive, centralized repository of approved MOC activities across medical specialties and subspecialties. For CME providers, the ABMS MOC Directory’s common submission form offers a simple way to submit and receive approval for MOC credit. View the full press release.

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Diversity 3.0 - Gender Identity and Transgender Health

The AAMC's Diversity Policy and Programs is pleased to bring you a set of online, on-demand video resources on a range of diversity and inclusion topics. The Diversity 3.0 Learning Series includes interviews with thought leaders and experts, faculty career development webinars, guidance on institutional strategic planning and culture and climate assessment, and presentations on innovative programs at AAMC member institutions. In the most recent installment of the learning series, Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD and Andrew Hollenbach, PhD interview four experts on gender identity and transgender health. In these engaging conversations, the participants discuss gender identity development, creating a supportive and welcoming clinical environment for transgender patients, the key concepts health professionals should know about transgender health, and where and how to best include these topics in the medical education curriculum.


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Featured Curriculum Inventory Report

This month’s featured CIR report highlights Nature of Information Collected on Graduate or Residency Program Director Questionnaires (e.g. general preparation for residency training/practice, level of professionalism, level of clinical/procedural skills, etc) with commentary by Brian Mavis, PhD, of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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Faculty Mentor Web Update

Check out the updated Faculty Mentor page to see if one of our 32 MedEdPORTAL Faculty Mentors is at an institution near you! Mentors are available for group presentations or personal consultations on how to submit, review and search the MedEdPORTAL suite of services. If you don’t see anyone at your institution and you would like to learn more about sharing MedEdPORTAL with your colleagues, please contact

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Call for Submissions: Leveraging Space Design and Technology to Meet an Institution’s Mission and Improve Medical Education

The AAMC welcomes submissions from member institutions that have developed and are utilizing new and innovative learning spaces designed to improve the overall learning experience and performance of their learners. The AAMC will select three institutions to participate in a session titled “Leveraging Space Design and Technology to Meet an Institution’s Mission and Improve Medical Education” that is scheduled to take place during the AAMC Annual Meeting. The session will profile three member institutions and three different types of innovative and forward-thinking educational spaces: simulation/standardized patient facilities, libraries, and classrooms beyond the traditional lecture hall. 

Each institution will show a brief five minute video of their space, then a team of colleagues from each institution representing facilities, technology, faculty, and learners will discuss how they planned for the space, how the space is utilized for interprofessional education, how technology is used in the space, how educators and learners utilize the space, how the space is designed to meet the needs of today and anticipated needs in the future, how the space has improved the overall learning experience and performance of the learners, and how the space is financed.

To submit or download the complete packet of submission information, please visit this site. Submission deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Featured Curriculum Inventory Report: Required Interprofessional Education

To compliment this month’s featured MedEdPORTAL resources, our featured CIR report shows the increase in medical schools that require education sessions that bring together students from different health professions programs (e.g., medicine, nursing, and allied health). Please see the chart and other related information here.

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Call for Submissions: Faculty Affairs Collection

The AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) is delighted to announce a new Faculty Affairs Collection in MedEdPORTAL. The Faculty Affairs Collection is intended to replace the GFA Toolkit previously published on the GFA website with an expanded, “living” compendium of current, innovative peer-reviewed methods for advancing faculty affairs. Among other topics, the Faculty Affairs Collection will address issues such as the recruitment, appointment, management, promotion, and governance of faculty members, as well as related professional development programming in such areas as career advancement and new faculty orientation and onboarding programs. For more information on how to submit to this collection, please click here

Join your colleagues at Together Supporting Today's and Tomorrow's Faculty, the only professional development conference designed exclusively for the members of the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and the Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) from June 25-28 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Updated Guidelines on Review Criteria for Research Manuscripts

The AAMC published a new resource for medical education scholars and faculty as they seek or provide peer review of manuscripts before publication. The guide, now in its second edition, includes new chapters on reporting qualitative findings, reading literature reviews, and evaluating reports on innovations. The publication will familiarize readers and scholars with the purposes of review and approaches to best practices, help reviewers organize and effectively communicate their recommendations to Academic Medicine and other journals, assist researchers by explaining the criteria used to evaluate their submissions, and improve peer review and the quality of published research.

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MedEdPORTAL Appoints New Deputy Editor

Michael T. Fitch, MD, PhD, former Associate Editor for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine partnership within MedEdPORTAL Publications, has accepted the new position of Deputy Editor. In this role, Dr. Fitch will work alongside Chris Candler, MD, EdD, Editor-in-Chief, issuing final decisions on selected resources in teaching and assessment materials submitted for peer review and publication. Please read more about Dr. Fitch here.

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