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Welcome from Dr. Grace Huang, MedEdPORTAL Editor-in-Chief

MedEdPORTAL’s mission is twofold—to advance educational scholarship through rigorous peer review of educational resources and to serve the greater community of health professionals by providing free access to high-quality materials.

This enterprise of higher ideals has come a long way. I had the privilege of a front-row seat in watching MedEdPORTAL grow under Dr. Candler’s leadership—from its humblest beginnings into the household word that it is today for educators across the health professions continuum. In those early days, we struggled to help people wrap their heads around the concept of a peer-reviewed clearinghouse for educational resources. No longer—in departmental workshops across the country, at national conferences and CME courses, among international audiences, MedEdPORTAL has become synonymous with educational scholarship.

Behind the scenes, an outstanding team of editorial staff, administrators, and technologists strives to ensure the quality of our publications, supported by a passionate community of expert peer reviewers, associate editors, and editorial board members.

Today, MedEdPORTAL is accessed by over 4,500 organizations across more than 175 countries around the world. Approximately 3,000 MedEdPORTAL publications are downloaded each month. We have over 30 associate editors overseeing various content areas, 1,800 peer reviewers, and 58,000 unique users. I look forward to working with you for the ultimate mission—to improve the lives of our patients.

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Special Clearance Discontinued

In order to fully comply with standards for open-access electronic publishing, MedEdPORTAL is no longer able to support limited access to select publications. All of our publication data must be preserved in a digital archive that guarantees permanent access to our publications. This is a necessary step to ensure that all abstracts and citations are searchable through the PubMed database. Because we cannot archive files that are restricted from general download, MedEdPORTAL will no longer offer the Special Clearance status to authors.

MedEdPORTAL staff will contact all authors of previously published materials with Special Clearance status and provide them with a choice of two options. MedEdPORTAL will either (1) remove the restricted status from the publication, opening up the publication to general download, or (2) deactivate the current publication and move the citation to our list of legacy publications that have formally been peer reviewed but are no longer hosted by MedEdPORTAL. Users who wish to access a legacy publication will have to contact the author for further information.

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Call for Submissions: Opioids Education

Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue and drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Academic medicine is on the front-lines in our communities dealing with opioid abuse: responding with new approaches to substance abuse, delivering pain management education, and leading efforts in this area to advance medical research and promote innovations in clinical care (www.aamc.org/opioids).

MedEdPORTAL actively invites authors, owners and contributors of educational material in this area to submit their works for publication consideration. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: alternative pain management strategies, addiction treatment strategies, safe opioid prescribing, risk assessment and mitigation strategies, and equity of pain management approaches. For more information on MedEdPORTAL submission requirements and to view the full call, please see here.

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2016 Outstanding Reviewers

MedEdPORTAL peer reviewers ensure submitted resources are accurate, clear, complete, and relevant to health education. Reviewers’ thoughtful feedback is important to authors as they seek recognition of their scholarly work and endeavor to make continued improvements.

Our top ten peer reviewers are those who have completed at least three reviews and provided the most comprehensive and timely feedback to our authors. MedEdPORTAL lists with much appreciation our Outstanding Reviewers for 2016.

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Associate Editor of the Year: Maria Blanco, MD, and Hugh Stoddard, MEd, PhD

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Maria Blanco (faculty development) and Hugh Stoddard (assessment) on receiving the 2016 Associate Editor of the Year award. This award recognizes associate editors who go the extra mile in providing support to our authors and our publication. For more information on these individuals, please see here.

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Q4 2016 Metrics Update

Please visit our Metrics page to see complete MedEdPORTAL statistics for the fourth quarter of 2016, including overall peer review data (e.g., time to final decision and publication, etc.) and overall usage data (e.g., frequency of publication downloads, types of users who download, etc.).

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Virtual Patient Health Equity Training Modules

The Veterans Affairs Office of Health Equity announces the release of two training modules to assist clinicians, non-clinicians, educators, Veterans, and stakeholders in understanding the importance of assessing, and increasing competency, of health equity issues for Veterans. The concepts highlighted in the modules are applicable to all patient populations. The trainings are available to the general public on the office of health equity website and at the links below.

Determinants of Health and Healthcare for All Employees
Description: Provides an awareness of Veteran populations that are at risk for health disparities, factors that put them at risk, and what you can do within your area of influence to move toward attaining the highest level of health for Veterans.

Casting the Health Equity Lens on Routine Check-up: Lucille F. 54
Description: Provides an interactive example of incorporating social determinants of health in the delivery of patient-focused care.

Please visit http://www.va.gov/HEALTHEQUITY/Tools.asp for a listing of Veteran related health equity tools.

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GEA Spring Meetings

Please join MedEdPORTAL at the regional Group on Educational Affairs meetings.

Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA)
February 26-28, 2017, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Converting Your Teaching and Assessment Materials into Educational Scholarship through MedEdPORTAL
    Sunday, February 26, 9:15 - 10:45 AM

Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA)
March 29-31, 2017, Chicago, Illinois

  • Converting Your Teaching and Assessment Materials into Educational Scholarship through MedEdPORTAL
    Friday, March 31, 1:45 - 3:15 PM

Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA)
April 19-22, 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia

  • MedEdPORTAL
    TBD

Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA)
May 4-6, 2017, Rochester, New York

  • MedEdPORTAL
    TBD

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Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Board of Medical Specialties to Transition MOC Directory

In 2015, as part of its 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), developed an online repository of MOC activities - the ABMS MOC Directory, powered by MedEdPORTAL®.

In 2017, the AAMC will be transitioning to a new technical platform and updating its suite of online products and services. As a result, AAMC will no longer provide the Continuing Education and MOC Directories as a service offering, effective April 1, 2017.

ABMS will continue to support the MOC Directory, which has proved to be a valuable resource for its Member Boards’ diplomates and the continuing professional development (CPD) community. The AAMC and ABMS are working together during this transition and will provide additional information on the future of the MOC Directory in the coming months. However, during and after the transition, ABMS Member Board Diplomates and its partners in the CPD community can be assured that:

  • All MOC activities currently indexed in the ABMS MOC Directory will retain their MOC approval status and respective MOC statements.
  • All MOC activities will remain in place and are viable for diplomates to access.
  • ABMS will continue to invite and accept new MOC activity submissions to insure the MOC Directory remains a valuable resource for the Boards Community.

For more information regarding the MOC Directory transition, please contact John Nash, Operations Manager, MedEdPORTAL at jnash@aamc.org or Susie Flynn, ABMS Director, Academic Services at sflynn@abms.org.

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Grace Huang, MD, Named Editor-in-Chief of MedEdPORTAL

Following a nationwide search, Grace Huang, MD, has been named editor-in-chief of MedEdPORTAL, a free, open-access publication covering health professions education. Huang is currently an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), a hospitalist and associate program director of the internal medicine residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), director of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, co-director of the BIDMC Academy of Medical Educators, and director of assessment at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2017.

As editor-in-chief, Huang will provide leadership and strategic vision for MedEdPORTAL and will be responsible for maintaining its standard of excellence and continuing to build its international reputation as the most utilized, cited, and influential publication of health education resources. In this role, she will actively solicit new content from across the health education community and will work collaboratively with the MedEdPORTAL Editorial Board.

Huang has held several roles in faculty development, including as director of the Rabkin Fellowship, a nationally recognized program—in its 19th year—that provides intensive training to HMS faculty in cultivating skills as effective teachers, educators, leaders, and scholars. As director of assessment at the Shapiro Institute and co-director of the BIDMC Academy of Medical Educators, she teaches educational measurement, evaluation, and scholarly writing, while collaborating with and mentoring faculty and trainees across HMS. As an associate program director of the internal medicine residency program at BIDMC, Huang oversees the clinical competency meetings and resident assessment and program evaluation for the internal medicine residency. She has published widely in medical education literature on topics such as procedural training, cognitive error, simulation, and high value care.

Huang has received many national awards for peer review, and currently serves as an associate editor and editorial board member of MedEdPORTAL, as an associate editor for NEJM Journal Watch, on the editorial board of the international simulation journal, and as an ad-hoc reviewer for other journals.

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