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Texas Educator’s Academies Collaborative for Health Professions - Southeast (TEACH-S)

Educational Symposium

2022 TEACH-S Educational Symposium

The Power of the Learning Environment

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Abstracts describing educational projects are being accepted for the 2022 TEACH S Educational Symposium. The Symposium provides a forum for showcasing the scholarly innovations of the regional community of educators. Submission of work previously presented at national or regional meetings is encouraged. Abstract proposal due date: March 15, 2022

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Presented by:

  • Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Academy of Master Teachers
  • McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Academy of Master Educators
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Houston College of Medicine

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Abstract Submissions

You will be contacted by a representative of the selection committee regarding acceptance no later than the week of April 8, 2022. Only timely submitted abstracts will be considered. Each proposal should include a 50-word description that will be used verbatim in the symposium program and a 300-word Abstract Proposal.


  • Workshops
    A 60-minute workshop session allows participants to acquire and practice skills or to work together on common problems. Strategies to encourage participants’ active involvement in the session should be explicitly described.
  • Posters
    A poster is a visual presentation of a project, innovative program or other structured experience. Poster proposal (Limit 300 words) should include a description of issue/topic and rationale, objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. The poster will be displayed in a special, online poster room.
  • Small Group Discussion
    This is a 60-minute session to bring together people interested in a specific topic that allows participants to better understand the challenge of a topic or to learn from the experience of others who have addressed the problem and have a solution. Proposals from presenters from 2 or more departments are encouraged. Strategies to encourage group members’ active participation should be explicitly described.
  • Oral Presentation
    This is a 15-minute platform presentation about a project (e.g., educational research project, acurriculum development project, a faculty development project). The presentation should include the rationale, the project description, the results and discussion. There should be a 3-minute allowance for questions and answers.

Review Criteria

  • Clarity of proposal
  • Soundness of project design and conclusions
  • Significance and potential for interest
  • Appropriateness of proposal for this forum
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Send questions to: Alicia Howard, McGovern Medical School at

Planning Committee

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Academy of Master Educators (AME)

  • Peggy Hsieh, PhD, MEd
  • Alicia Howard
  • Vineeth John, MD, MBA
  • Allison Ownby, PhD, MEd
  • Gary Rosenfeld, PhD

University of Texas Medical Branch Academy of Master Teachers

  • Era Buck, PhD
  • Marie Dawlett, MD
  • Annie Guajardo

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Diane C. Bodurka, MD, MPH
  • James L. Cavalier, PhD, MBA
  • Melissa Mims
  • Helene P. Phu, MEd, RN

Baylor College of Medicine Faculty Development

  • Sandra Haudek, PhD
  • Deborah Fernandez

University of Houston College of Medicine

  • Nafisah Alston
  • Donald Briscoe, MD
  • Robert C. Hausmann, EdD
  • Steve Spann, MD, MBA
  • Michelle Carroll Turpin, PhD

Guest Speaker

Alice Fornari, EdD, FAMEE, RDN Image

Alice Fornari, EdD, FAMEE, RDN

Professor in Science Education, Occupational Health and Family Medicine, Associate Dean of Educational Skills Development, Zucker SOM (ZSOM), Vice President of Faculty Development for the 23 hospitals of Northwell Health

Keynote Session: The Power of the Learning Environment: When you Jump from Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces

Interactive Discussion: Faculty Development 2030: Critical Skills and Tools for Optimal Learner Engagement

Dr. Fornari is a Professor in Science Education, Occupational Health and Family Medicine. She is an Associate Dean of Educational Skills Development, Zucker SOM (ZSOM) and is the Vice President of Faculty Development for the 23 hospitals of Northwell Health. Her faculty development role at both institutions is designed to align the UME, GME and CPD continuum. In June 2021 she received the IAMSE award Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Scholarship.

Recognizing a need for additional faculty development to align UME and GME education, in 2016 she created and admitted the inaugural cohort to a Master’s of Health Professions Education degree program. As Program Director, she supports high level faculty development for faculty who desire an advanced degree in education.

An interest in health humanities and reflective practice as a core competency has supported successful implementation of health humanities curriculum at the SOM and Northwell Health. She is currently coleading a AAMC/NEGEA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Health Humanities as Teaching and Learning tool.

In 2014, Dr. Fornari was awarded a 2-year grant, Mentoring and Professionalism in Training (MAP-IT), that focuses on developing mentoring skills in clinicians to achieve humanistic relationships with trainees, colleagues and ultimately patients across the continuum. Currently she is preparing a new IAMSE Manual as a co-editor entitled Mentoring in Health Professions Education: Evidence Informed Strategies.

Dr. Fornari obtained her EdD, Higher Education, College Teaching and Academic Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2001. Her research interest was focused on curriculum to support ethical decision making for healthcare professionals. Her interest in ethics education has continued and she obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Bioethics form Hofstra University in 2018.