MedBiquitous Community Connection

“MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. “MedBiquitous Community Connection” provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.

  • 2020 Vision: The History and Future of MedBiquitous - January 21

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    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a quarterly series of one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe.

    "MedBiquitous Community Connection" is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. "MedBiquitous Community Connection" provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. 

    A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.  

    Our premiere webinar episode “2020 Vision: The History and Future of MedBiquitous” will feature Dr. Johmarx Patton, AAMC Director of Educational Technology and Standards, and Valerie Smothers, Data Trust Administrator for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Their conversation will highlight MedBiquitous’ illustrious history and the program’s vision for the future.

    Johmarx Patton

    Director of Educational Technology and Standards, AAMC

    Johmarx Patton, MD is a scholar and strategist at the intersection of health professions education, healthcare, and information technology. Dr. Patton currently serves as the Director of Educational Technology and Standards at the AAMC, and is responsible for the direction and operations of the MedBiquitous program. MedBiquitous develops enabling technology standards and guidelines that empower health professions education and quality improvement leading to better patient outcomes. Prior to joining the AAMC, Dr. Patton served as the Director of Education Informatics at the University of Michigan Medical School.

    Valerie Smothers

    Data Trust Administrator, Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Valerie Smothers is the Data Trust Administrator for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She provides leadership in the development of data governance policies, processes, and infrastructure for use across Johns Hopkins Medicine and coordinates across 9 Data Trust Analytic Teams and approximately 200 data analysts. Working with faculty and operational leaders, she manages data governance processes to review the use of Johns Hopkins Medicine Data for research and quality improvement and serves as the point person for data governance operational issues. She contributes to programs for business intelligence workforce development and data literacy programs for management. 

    Ms. Smothers previously served as Deputy Director for MedBiquitous, where she worked with universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and industry to develop technology standards to advance the health professions.

  • The Implementation of MedBiquitous Standards in Medical and Healthcare Education - February 25, 2020

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    This webinar will introduce our experience in the domain of technology-enhanced learning in medical and healthcare education in relation to international guidelines and standards guaranteed by MedBiquitous.

    This webinar will introduce our experience in the domain of technology-enhanced learning in medical and healthcare education in relation to international guidelines and standards guaranteed by MedBiquitous. The session will focus on two particular projects: MEDCIN (Medical Curriculum Innovations) and SIMUportfolio. These web-based applications have come with the mission to systemically standardize medical curriculum management systems and to promote innovative methodological background to evaluate, map and compare various curricula. Real demonstration of both platforms together with several use cases will be introduced. 

    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a quarterly series of one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. “MedBiquitous Community Connection” provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers. Registration is free and required. Please use your AAMC.org account information to login and register.

    Martin Komenda, PhD

    Faculty of Medicine

    Martin Komenda has been focusing on design, development, prototyping, implementation and maintenance of various web-based applications supporting medicine and medical education for more than 10 years. His research activities and projects include domains like medical informatics, technology enhanced learning, educational data mining, curriculum mapping, natural language processing, data analysis and visualisation, etc. He is author or co-author of more than 17 original papers indexed by Web of Science and Scopus and more that 30 international conference contributions. 

    • PhD degree programme in Informatics
    • Webstudio Leader, System Analyst, and Assistant Professor
    • Member of Coordinating Council of the Educational network of Czech and Slovak medical faculties (MEFANET)
    • Managing Editor of MEFANET Journal (Medical Educational Informatics and Learning Analytics) 

  • Electronic Health Records: Clinical Decision Support Lessons Learned with Ebola and Zika for COVID-19 - April 7, 2020

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    With the current pandemic of Coronavirus, COVID-19, the global healthcare information technology community has again been challenged to provide evidence-based solutions to aid clinicians in quick, effective clinical guidance.

    With the current pandemic of Coronavirus, COVID-19, the global healthcare information technology community has again been challenged to provide evidence-based solutions to aid clinicians in quick, effective clinical guidance. Drs. Hoelscher and Hoelscher will discuss their original doctoral project as well as past interprofessional collaborative efforts between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to address prior infectious disease threats with the Ebola and Zika viruses. This previous work resulted in significant model development and best practices for an all-hazards approach to fully utilizing health IT resources to minimize risk to the public. The presenters will share how the historical responses to the Zika and Ebola viruses helped to map clinical workflows and rapidly deploy clinical decision support in a large integrated health system in Texas in response to COVID-19.

    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. “MedBiquitous Community Connection” provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.

    Stephanie H. Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CHISP, FHIMSS

    Associate Professor - Graduate Informatics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

    Stephanie H. Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CHISP, FHIMSS, is an Associate Professor - Graduate Informatics and an Informatics Nurse Specialist with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX.  Dr. Hoelscher is certified in Nursing Informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as well as a Fellow in HIMSS. She is a registered nurse with 25 years of experience in oncology, trauma, and informatics. Her current areas of expertise are EHR implementation, workflow assessment and redesign, as well as infectious disease clinical decision support. 

    She has served as a member of the implementation team for development of an EHR within a high-fidelity simulation center, concentrating specifically on obfuscation and de-identification of patient data. Dr. Hoelscher worked with the local SAFER Guides leadership group to improve the safety of the institutional EHR. She is currently a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age project. Recent highlights include testifying at the Public Health Task Force in Washington, DC, regarding Zika and its impact on clinical decision support systems. She is currently serving with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and their COVID-19 task force in development of best practice on the use of interoperability and CDS in the EHR. Dr. Hoelscher is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing and CDCs Doctor of Nursing Practice Informatics award as well as the 2019 Doctor of Nursing Practice Excellence in Nursing award. 

    Dwayne Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS

    Professional Clinical Analyst, Core Services, University Medical Center Health System

    Dwayne Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, is a Professional Clinical Analyst, Core Services working in the IT Clinical Informatics department at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. His major role is a subject matter expert for clinical decision support, and he has served as the past co-chair of the institutional rules and alerts committee.  

    Dr. Hoelscher is a registered nurse with 24 years of nursing experience including emergency nursing, critical care nursing, case management, risk management, and the last six years in clinical informatics. 

    Dr. Hoelscher is board certified in informatics since 2018. He is an active member in the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) professional organizations. He has presented at numerous events, both podium and poster, with the latest including HIMSS18 and ANIA19. In 2018, Dr. Hoelscher was awarded a grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to aid in the development of his doctoral project concerning the rapid deployment of clinical decision support in an electronic health record for infectious diseases.

  • The Road to MedBiquitous - June 9

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    This webinar will discuss recent changes and what our shared future of medical education will potentially look like, as well as what skills and capacities we as medical schools should develop to thrive.

    Marc Triola: Keynote 

    Medical education is in the midst of a transformation, one that has been fueled by new models of educational programs such as competency-based accelerated tracks, greater use of technology in every aspect of teaching and assessment, and the growing use of data and analytics to drive educational decision-making. Medical education is rapidly becoming a sophisticated ‘continuously learning’ system that consistently and constantly improves. In parallel, our academic medical centers have made dramatic changes in response to the current pandemic that have created opportunities and posed challenges to education programs.  The emergency response is highlighting emerging future skills for graduates: practicing telemedicine, health systems science and systems-thinking, and contributing to rapid and agile translational research. This webinar will discuss the recent changes and what our shared future of medical education will potentially look like, as well as what skills and capacities we as medical schools should develop to thrive.

    Johmarx Patton: Overview 

    The amount of data that we collect about our education and training programs continues to grow exponentially. We have data needs for accreditation, certification, teaching activities & learning content, as well as quality improvement efforts. MedBiquitous is a long-standing data standards program that has a vast community of contributors that want to help solve these health professions education and credentialing data challenges at scale. Please join this webinar as we discuss plans for the future of the program, including the launch of our new participation model. 

    "MedBiquitous Community Connection" is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. "MedBiquitous Community Connection" provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.

    The virtual community, MedBiquitous ThinkTank, will be an active discussion space following each MedBiquitous Community Connection webinar. Your confirmation email will provide details on how to join.

    Marc Triola

    Associate Dean for Educational Informatics and Director, Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, NYU Langone Health

    Marc M. Triola, MD is the associate dean for educational informatics and an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health. He is the founding director of the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, a multidisciplinary team of faculty educators, education scientists, and informaticians. IIME combines advances in education strategies with new informatics solutions to connect the three missions of NYU Langone - patient care, research, and education - resulting in a research and innovation initiative that is translational, empowers transformational change in education programs, and benefits patients. Dr. Triola’s research focuses on the revolution at the intersection of health care and medical education driven by cognitive computing, big data, and advanced analytics. He has worked to create a continuously learning medical education system that includes new ways of integrating clinical data into educational research.

    Johmarx Patton

    Director of Educational Technology and Standards, AAMC

    Johmarx Patton, MD is a scholar and strategist at the intersection of health professions education, healthcare, and information technology. Dr. Patton currently serves as the Director of Educational Technology and Standards at the AAMC, and is responsible for the direction and operations of the MedBiquitous program. MedBiquitous develops enabling technology standards and guidelines that empower health professions education and quality improvement leading to better patient outcomes. Prior to joining the AAMC, Dr. Patton served as the Director of Education Informatics at the University of Michigan Medical School.

  • "Driving the Golden Spike That Unites Learning Outcomes with Teaching Activities" & "Data Sharing and Collaboration for Health Professions Education and Credentialing" - June 30

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    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe.

    11:00am-11:30am ET - Driving the Golden Spike that Unites Learning Outcomes with Teaching Activities 

    In 2018, 84% of medical schools reported being in curriculum renewal. Implementation of a modern curriculum, defined by Irby, Cooke, and O’Brien (2010), demands an infrastructure to collect, aggregate, and report student performance data. The long-standing model of medical education (2 years of classroom followed by 2 years of clinical apprenticeship) required little attention to individual students’ progress. Curricular modifications to implement contemporary, outcomes-based education focus on individualization of content and delivery. In this model, data about students’ performance is the unifying element of teaching and learning. This session will present logic and conceptual technical models for curriculum change and explicate the value of data to successfully execute those changes.

    11:30am-12:00pm ET - Data Sharing and Collaboration for Health Professions Education and Credentialing

    Data standards allow us to share and collaborate across silos and systems. We often hear that data standards are intimidating or only for the tech savvy. We want to help demystify what data standards are and how they can help in such a turbulent and unprecedented time. 

    We invite you to come learn about the fundamentals of data standards and how they enable collaboration and sharing for education administration and accreditation; teaching activities and educational content; as well as credentials and certification. The common language that data standards provide improve costs and efficiency which is greatly needed in our current resource limited environment.


    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. “MedBiquitous Community Connection” provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.

    Hugh A. Stoddard, MEd, PhD

    Assistant Dean for Medical Education Research, Emory University School of Medicine

    Hugh Stoddard, MEd, PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education Research at Emory University School of Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Medicine. Prior to joining the Emory faculty in 2013, he was the Assistant Dean for Medical Education at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine where he also held the position of Director of the Curriculum and Educational Research Office. 

    Dr. Stoddard earned his PhD in Educational Studies (Administration, Curriculum, and Learning) and his Master of Education (Economics Education) from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College in Philosophy and Anthropology. Before launching his career in medical education research in 2004, he was a high school teacher and coach in Nebraska, Saudi Arabia, and Colombia. 

    Dr. Stoddard is a member and contributor to the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education. He was elected President of SDRME 2009-12, the Chair of The Generalists in Medical Education 2017-2020, has been the Co-Chair of the MedBiquitous Curriculum Inventory Working Group since 2014, and was Program Chair for AERA Division I Annual Meeting in 2015. 

    Dr. Stoddard’s primary research interests include: organization of educational programs and educational quality improvement, assessment of medical student performance, increasing the number of medical students from underrepresented groups, and implementation of educational technology.

    Jess Bowling, BFA, CTS, CSM

    IT Manager (Curricular Support), Emory University School of Medicine

    Jess Bowling is an IT Manager with the Emory School of Medicine and leads the Office of Information Technology Services’ Curricular Support team, which is responsible for providing technical support and consulting for systems relating to the education component of the School of Medicine’s tripartite mission. A part of the Emory community since 2007, Jess has designed and implemented a spectrum of IT and audiovisual solutions pertaining to medical simulation, standardized patient-based education, video-based learning, student computing, and online assessment.

    Having recently earned a certificate in Artificial Intelligence Management from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, Jess’ recent activities include critically analyzing how AI, machine learning, and deep learning systems can be incorporated into medical education and academic health programs for formative and summative purposes. As an MBA candidate at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, Jess is interested in creating novel management techniques that enable strategic, effective, and ethical use of AI, ML, and DL systems for academic and business purposes.

    Robby Robson, PhD

    CEO, Eduworks Corporation

    Member IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors
    Chair IEEE Standards Education Committee

    Robby Robson is a researcher, entrepreneur, and standards professional who is co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation and serves as a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors and as chair of the IEEE Standards Education Committee.  During his career he has contributed to areas ranging from pure mathematics to web-based learning, digital libraries, and applications of AI to learning systems and has been involved in developing interoperability and data standards for over 20 years with organizations such as the IEEE, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the W3C, and ISO/IEC JTC1. 

    Robby is currently leading the Competency and Skills System (CaSS) project, which is developing next-generation competency management and talent analytics solutions, and a related new national science foundation project called "Bridging the Healthcare Skills Gap" that seeks to increase healthcare capacity by guiding people to credentialing opportunities based on skills inventories. These projects make essential use of open data standards related to competencies, learner profiles, and credentials, including those developed by MedBiquitous, and in his various standards governance capacities he has worked with groups developing standards related to eBooks, machine learning, adaptive instructional systems and many other areas.  He is looking forward to sharing insights into what open data standards accomplish and the benefits they bring.

  • MedBiquitous Community Connection - August 25

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/25/2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe.

    12:00-12:30pm ET - Creating a Low Cost Analytics Solution for Medical Education Data 

    The top BI tools such as Tableau, Power BI and Qlik are associated with high costs and also require organization-wide training which are prohibitive for initial BI efforts. The analytics group at the University of Virginia School of Medicine uses open source technology to create a low-cost alternative with similar functionality. This presentation will discuss the various components and share the insights that were gleaned from building a successful custom BI solution using Python, Flask, Plotly, Tabulator.js and Visual Studio Code (all free).

    12:30-1:00pm ET - Development Process for UCF's HoloLens Augmented Reality Application on Cardiac Disorders 

    This presentation will discuss how UCF's AR application for cardiac disorders was developed - from idea to completion. This AR application was developed for the Microsoft HoloLens. The goal of the application is to integrate heart anatomy and physiology instructions. Learners are able to manipulate cardiac rhythm while visualizing contractions, electrical activity and blood flow. Built-in flashcards and clinical cases are presented within the application to direct learning and provide a mechanism for self-assessment. 


    “MedBiquitous Community Connection” is a series of free one-hour webinars featuring health professions educators and technology innovators from around the globe. “MedBiquitous Community Connection” provides a forum for community experts to share how digital technologies are promoting improvement and better outcomes across the continuum of health professions education. A portion of each webinar will reserve time for a brief Q&A session, allowing attendees the opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.

    Aneet Bhattal

    Manager, Business Intelligence, University of Virginia School of Medicine

    Melissa Cowan, MA

    Instructional Learning Designer, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Melissa Cowan is an instructional learning designer at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine and the project manager for the UCF cARdiac Hololens app. She has a background in multimedia and graphic design and a master’s degree in instructional design and technology with an emphasis on e-learning. She is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified. In her role, Melissa collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to develop, edit, and publish pedagogically sound instructional materials for face-to-face and online delivery using various applications such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Articulate 360, Camtasia, and Canvas LMS. Melissa has collaborated with UCF COM faculty on various research projects including the use of e-portfolios in medical education, small-group engagement, the use of augmented reality in medical education, gamification for pharmacology, and clinical reasoning skills. Prior to joining the UCF College of Medicine in 2012, Melissa worked for L-3 Coleman Aerospace as a multimedia specialist and records retention coordinator.

    Michael Callahan, EdD

    Director of Knowledge Management, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Dr. Callahan is the Director of Knowledge Management at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine.  In his role, he oversees the college's curriculum database, data warehouse, reporting systems, AR/VR applications, AI-Driven development, and provides data-driven models.  Dr. Callahan and his team build and maintain routine and ad hoc reports taking advantage of many different platforms to ensure smooth delivery of data while ensuring the data is secure and follows university, state, and federal policies and procedures.  He also provides data interpretation to support the many administrators and departments within the college with their data-related questions.  To accomplish this, Dr. Callahan works very closely with the Assessment Office, Educational Technology, and IT office.  Prior to joining the UCF College of Medicine, Dr. Callahan served as the Director of Information System for the UCF Burnett Honors College and been working with university data for almost 20 years.