Highlights from the ICRE 2014

By Jonathan Sherbino (@sherbino)

The International Conference on Residency Education is a global forum (more than 30 countries were represented this year) for those involved in residency education to share ideas, challenges, innovations, and advance training.

If you weren’t able to attend OR if you missed an event because of a competing session, the ICE blog editorial board has you covered.  Below is a sample of some of the highlights.

1. The Social Media Summit in Health Profession Education (SoMe)

The #SoMeSummit was the first (as best as we know) opportunity for an international representation of thought leaders in social media-based education to meet.

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Four issues were addressed:

  • Ethical and professional use of social media for health professional education
  • Best practices for social media platforms
  • Defining and evaluating social media-based education scholarship
  • How education theory should inform social media

To contribute to the post-Summit discussion around these topics, join the LinkedIn group.

The #SoMeSummit consensus documents will be published in the Postgraduate Medicine Journal. Check out the ICRE-inspired collection of PMJ articles on digital education here.

For a sample of the discussion, see here.

2.Digital Engagement

With the ICRE 2014 theme “Residency Education and Care in the Digital Age” the conference tried to operate by these principles. The plenary sessions were webcast.

  • Anne Marie Cunningham (@amcunningham) presented “How Social Media can change health professional education”.
  • Michelle Lin (@M_Lin) spoke on “How health professions educators should use social media”.
  • Lorelei Lingard discussed “Collective competency: Adapting our concept of competence to healthcare teams”.
  • Ali Jalali (@ARJalali) and Dave Cook (@CookMedEd) debated (armwrestled?)  “Futurecasting in education technologies: Fun new toys and a reality check”; and
  • Mike Evans wrapped up the conference taking about “Disruption, peer to peer healthcare, creativity and YouTube: New skills for new doctors”.

Check back at the Royal College YouTube channel for the archived version of these talks in the next week (or so).

ICRE also experimented with virtual posters.  Presenters supplemented their traditional poster presentations with a QR link to an interactive site that included a digital abstract, a video overview of their scholarship, and a forum for readers to comment on the author’s work. Check out a sample of virtual posters.

There was also an incredible dialogue happening online during the in-person discussions.  It was the first time I had ever experienced the “dual-channel dialogue” of listening to a person present, while following the interpretation/response/side-bar debate of a related Tweet-chat.  It was very similar to watching a movie with the director commentary turned on.  Simultaneously, multiple interpretations of the content was provided.

Some rough user numbers on Twitter usage for #ICRE2014, which trended in the Twitter Canada top 3 hashtags all week.

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Via Symplur.

3. Public Debate on the National broadcaster

The Canadian public broadcaster hosted a public – profession discussion on resident duty hours.  (See here for a Royal College report on the issue.)

Details of the debate are here. The future radio broadcast on “White Coat, Black Art” can be found here.

4. ICE Summit

For many Clinician Educators, the ICE Summit was the highlight of the weekend.

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An international group of CEs were provoked by a line-up of emerging and controversial ideas.

5. Award Winners

Finally, one of my favourite events was the ICRE awards dinner where educators from Canada and the world were acknowledge.

If you’ve never attended ICRE, consider ICRE2015 Oct 22-24, 2015 in Vancouver.