Development and Implementation of Medical Courseware for a Multi-Campus Learning Activity

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Brief Abstract

In this session we will provide a demonstration for the successful implementation of a multi-campus learning activity.  We will describe how we implemented preparation for a series of live-interactive learning activities utilizing a centralized web page for access, interactive online learning modules, live session google docs, and providing continuing medical education (CME) credit for participating medical doctors.


M.D. UT Houston Medical School, 2003. Internal Medicine internship BCM 2003-2004, Pathology residency UT Houston, 2004-2008, and Surgical Pathology fellowship MDACC, 2008-2009. Staff Pathologist at BUMC with resident teaching responsibilities, 2009-2014. Assistant Professor at TAMU-COM since 2014. CSIE Program co-leader.
Patty Luna has 15+ years of experience in higher education as project manager, instructional designer, academic coordinator and online facilitator. She currently works as an Instructional Designer/Technologist for the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University. Her work focuses on design accessible eLearning medical projects and educational technologies for adoption and integration. She has worked with clients and partners as Microsoft Mexico, World Bank Institute, the Nature Conservancy Group, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, BBVA Group, John O'Quinn Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and others.
I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Texas A&M College of Medicine where I work with second year medical students. My main academic role is co-director of the Case Synthesis Integration Exercises (CSIEs) - a live faculty facilitated learning activity that promotes integration of basic science knowledge into clinical practice scenarios. Clinically I have worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist (specializing in the care of children while hospitalized) for the last 15 years.

Extended Abstract

Starting in the 2014 academic year, Texas A&M College of Medicine implemented a new educational activity into the pre-clerkship years titled Clinical Synthesis Integration Exercises (CSIEs) with the purpose of better integrating basic science knowledge and its clinical application.

A year and a half into the implementation, feedback from faculty facilitators identified concerns related to content access and the amount of preparation time required.  Additionally, there was a need to expand the CSIE activity to multiple regional campuses.

In response, we developed a centralized website page to improve content accessibility, an online learning module with interactive options per activity, which is deployed in two Learning Management Systems, and provided an opportunity to capture CME credit as an incentive for faculty facilitator participation.  We also integrated the use of google docs for students’ active participation.

This session will share the details of how we successfully implemented this multi-campus learning activity including methods for content development and editing, faculty orientation and training, faculty facilitator preparation, incentivizing faculty facilitator participation, faculty facilitator content access, student content distribution and active participation, and how the technologies used have helped us to achieve our goals.

During this session, the participants will:

  • Experience a demonstration of the website and the comprehensive courseware.
  • Identify the key elements for the successful implementation of a multi-campus learning activity.
  • Discover how the use of technologic applications can improve faculty facilitator participation and satisfaction.