Faculty Advancing Medical Education (FAME): “I Recommend . . . Without Reservation?”: Authoring Letters for All Kinds of Learners

Chicago, IL US
August 29, 2018
Faculty Advancing in Medical Education (FAME) is a faculty development program sponsored by the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and the MERITS Program (Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching, and Scholarship). FAME supports faculty educators by providing resources and training in key conceptual and practical skills in teaching and assessment.
Letters of recommendation can be difficult to compose. Faculty members are continuously asked to write letter of support for their leaners whether it is for residency programs, grants, or internships. In this session, faculty will receive knowledge as to the best practices for writing such letters so they can do so with confidence.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for faculty members at the University of Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem interested in medical education skills.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how to apply best practices in letter writing across the educational continuum;
  • Identify, decipher, and employ “code phrases” describing both positive and negative learner attributes;
  • Describe how to avoid unintentional bias (e.g., gender, racial, age, specialty) in letter writing;
  • Develop strategies for authoring or declining letters for challenging learners.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Elizabeth Rodriguez
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
(773) 702-2041
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Event starts: 
08/29/2018 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
08/29/2018 - 1:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
900 E 57th St
KCBD 1101
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
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ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact our office at (773) 702-2041 or via email at erodriguez@bsd.uchicago.edu.

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.

  Alisa McQueen, MD
  Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  Associate Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics
  Program Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
  Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  Sabrina Holmquist, MD, MPH
  Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research
  OB/GYN Clerkship Director, Pritzker School of Medicine


Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professions Credit
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
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