Faculty Advancing Medical Education (FAME): Leading Small Group Sessions Effectively: Preparation, Educating, and Connecting

Chicago, IL US
February 20, 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.

Much of clinical and classroom teaching takes place in small groups. A faculty member can use the skills for leading an effective discussion and encouraging active student participation in a variety of instructional formats including case studies, problem-based learning, and small group discussions. This FAME session will begin with an introduction by the facilitator, who will describe the roles and expectations just as we would with learners in real life. 

During this session scholars will:

  • Participate in groups and subsequent debriefings;
  • Interact with expert small group facilitators to address personal facilitation challenges;
  • Discuss and formulate successful strategies for creating, leading and guiding discussions, and for asking and responding to questions.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the characteristics of different kinds of small groups;
  • List two factors for success and two pitfalls to avoid in development of new small group sessions;
  • Describe solutions to challenges of small group learning both in design and group dynamics;
  • Set personal goals for applying the skills learned in this workshop to one's own practice setting.

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, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how to prepare to lead small groups in a systematic fashion tailored to the needs of a particular group of learners;
  • List basic principles of positive group dynamics;
  • Identify how techniques such as listening, responding, and explaining encourage critical reasoning skills for 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: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Participation
Event starts: 
02/20/2018 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
02/20/2018 - 1:30pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Center for Care and Discovery
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CCD 7750
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.

  Michael Marcangelo, MD, FAPM, DFAPA
  Associate Professor
  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

  Nicola Orlov, MD, MPH                                                                                
  Assistant Professor
  Department of Academic Pediatrics

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 anycommercial 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Health 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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