Focused on the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of competency-based education, including what it is, how to implement it, common pitfalls, and how to assess competency. Sessions may explore topics such as current competency-based medical education frameworks in PA and physician education, such as entrustable professional activities and the future of competency-based medical education.
Focused on the learning experiences and instructional methodologies that leverage technology to enhance learning. Sessions may explore topics such as the use of technologies, like simulation and ultrasound, as well as teaching models, such as blended and online learning. Sessions should address how technology is being used to complement learning and contribute to student success, as well as best practices to help guide educators.
Focused on teaching in a learner-centered way. Sessions may explore topics such as using the principles of backward design, active learning strategies, increasing learner engagement, tackling wicked problems, and innovative teaching ideas. Sessions may also touch on best practices for promoting a culture of continuous quality improvement in didactic learning experiences, targeting a novice to advanced audience.
Focused on the policies, practices, environments, and strategies that lead to student success and foster learner engagement. Sessions may explore topics such as teaching students how to learn and study, guiding students through transitions to a professional program, best practices for promoting professional behaviors during the program and beyond, and developing students into leaders.
Focused on designing meaningful clinical learning experiences. Sessions may address topics such as designing longitudinal and integrated rotations, assessing clinical performance, and tracking procedures, along with preceptor recruitment and retention. Sessions may also explore best practices for promoting a culture of continuous quality improvement in clinical rotation experiences.
Focused on the leadership capabilities and organizational infrastructure needed for success. Sessions may explore topics such as creating opportunities for promotion and tenure, program evaluation and accreditation, managing up, advocating for resources, and the qualities of successful leaders.
Focused on how programs can promote access, student success, and high-quality learning through the integration of diversity, equity, and educational quality in programs. Sessions may explore topics such as student recruitment and admissions, faculty recruitment and retention, issues of diversity and inclusion in PA education, and trends in the practice environment affecting education.
Focused on the third pillar of PA education, which integrates the basic and clinical sciences and includes knowledge and skills related to value-based care, quality improvement, social determinants of health, population health, informatics, and system thinking. Sessions may explore how programs are preparing students to function in evolving health care delivery systems and engaging in changing systems of care to improve health.
Research is one of the major pillars of PAEA’s mission. As such, we promote rigorous, high-quality research within PA education and the profession, including at the Forum. Original research of any kind, whether education-related or workforce-related, is welcome as a poster or research brief.