Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare

4th Annual Brody Medical Education Day

Sponsored by the REACH Initiative, Office of Medical Education, and Office of Faculty Development

March 21, 2018
Brody Auditorium

Brody Medical Education Day celebrates Scholarship and Innovation in medical education and offers an excellent opportunity to join a growing community of educators, leaders, scholars, and learners to promote exciting changes in medical education. Poster and podium presentations will provide the opportunity to learn more about ongoing educational activities at the Brody School of Medicine and ECU's Health Sciences Campus.

The goals of Medical Education Day include:

  • Provide a forum for sharing educational innovations in curriculum and teaching, educational research and leadership related to medical education.
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of new approaches in medical education across the US.
  • Build a network of faculty, staff and students interested in promoting educational excellence.

We are seeking abstract submissions including works in progress in the following categories: Educational Research and Innovations

  • Examples of educational research must include presentation of complete or partial results that demonstrate the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of an educational intervention.
  • Examples of innovations include new or novel ideas. These may include technology (apps, new programs or innovative task trainers), learner assessments (including new or novel OSCEs, clinical evaluation tools, or simulation assessments), or enduring curricular materials (new or revised curricular, independent learning activities, online media, teaching/training materials, or simulation cases).

Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Abstract Title
  • Authors with affiliations
  • Background, Rationale or Need
  • Methods or Description
  • Results if Available (Evaluation Plan if no results)
  • Conclusions, Potential Impact or Lessons Learned

Important Dates:

January 29, 2018: Abstract submission deadline

February 16, 2018: Notification of abstract acceptance

For more information, contact Jenna Garris at or 744-0439

Health Systems Science Textbook
Group Photo with textbook

Brody faculty celebrate the release of a new textbook to teach the "third pillar" of medical education. The textbook is the first of its kind to define health systems science and provide a framework for its implementation nationwide. Five Brody School of Medicine Faculty and one ECU College of Nursing Faculty member authored four chapters of the textbook with Dr. Luan Lawson serving as both an author and editor. Pictured below from left to right are Dr. Elizabeth Baxley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Danielle Walsh, Pediatric Surgery; Dr. Richard Hawkins, American Medical Association vice president for medical education outcomes and editor, Dr. Luan Lawson, Assistant Dean of Curriculum, Assessment and Clinical Academic Affairs; Dr. Donna Lake, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Niti Armistead, Teachers of Quality Academy 2.0 Program Director, (not pictured, Dr. Jason Higginson, Chair, Department of Pediatrics).

Health Systems Science, published by Elsevier, can purchased from the AMA Store and Elsevier, as well as from Amazon and other online booksellers.

3 TQA 2.0 participants build paper airplanes
Aiming High: Clinicians, educators learn about boosting quality in health

Twenty-five health sciences professionals and administrators from East Carolina University and Vidant Health gathered for a daylong session recently at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's Club Level to learn about improving quality in health care delivery. And to build paper airplanes.



Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare (REACH) is an American Medical Association (AMA) grant-funded initiative to transform the Brody Medical School curriculum so that it better prepares future physicians in patient safety, quality improvement and population health in an environment of team-based, patient-centered care. The grant addresses the substantial gap that now exists between what physicians have been taught in the past and what they will need to know now and in the future to provide safer, higher quality patient care.


REACH Happenings: Patient safety seminar

Join us for a discussion on reliability science as it relates to healthcare with guest Steve Kreiser, CDSR, USN Ret., MBA, MS.

Steve Kreiser is a senior consultant with Healthcare Performance Improvement (HPI). HPI is a consulting firm that specializes in improving human performance in complex systems using evidence-based methods derived from high-risk industries. Steve is a former FA-18 pilot with over 21 years of leadership and management experience in the U.S. Navy.


Brody School of Medicine's $1 Million Grant

East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine is one of 11 schools in the nation selected for a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to change the way it educates students while keeping its focus on rural and under-served populations.