In order to share lessons we’ve learned on how to keep our community together during this turbulent time, we are going virtual with our annual meeting this Fall. We plan to feature many different virtual meeting formats, including webinars, panels, workshops with break-out sessions, a virtual poster session, and moderated presentations of abstracts.  A call for posters, abstracts, workshops, and award nominations will be sent out shortly.

We are not letting a 120 nm particle disrupt our community given the value and importance of human connection in teaching and mentoring; we believe no significant learning can occur in life without a relationship.  Given the easier access to the meeting, we will be prepared for an even larger conference than years past.  We hope you will join us.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown

2020 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Sandrijn M. van Schaik, MD PhD is Professor of Pediatrics with a clinical appointment in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. She is the inaugural Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning and serves as the Education Director of UCSF’s Simulation Center. She is also the Director of Faculty Development for the Learning and Caring Environment in the Center for Faculty Educators at UCSF, vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics and the Fellowship Director for pediatric critical care medicine. 

Dr. van Schaik earned her medical degree at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She earned a PhD degree studying the pathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo New York and the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She completed pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital, Tufts University, Boston followed by Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training at UCSF. She completed the Teaching Scholar Program followed by a 2-year Medical Education Research Fellowship at UCSF, and subsequently was selected for the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation Faculty Scholar program. Her educational research focuses on interprofessional collaboration and communication, simulation, and faculty development.

Call for Abstracts

The Learning Communities Institute (LCI) is seeking submissions dedicated to the mission of learning communities (LCs):

  • Foundational Skills (e.g. feedback, clinical skills teaching, mentoring/advising, coaching)
  • Innovations (e.g. wellness, peer mentoring, students as teachers, community building, professional identity formation, assessment, evaluation, faculty development, recruitment & retention of LC faculty, tools of the trade)
  • Research/ Outcomes related to LCs

New for the LCI 17th Annual Conference

  • This year’s annual meeting will be virtual, using this virtual platform to discuss and demonstrate the meeting theme: “Supporting the LC Mission in a Virtual Setting”.
  • Traditionally, meeting content targeting members new to learning communities has been offered in the Friday pre-course. This year, content of this nature will be earmarked and woven throughout the meeting program.

We welcome submissions in the following formats

  1. Workshops:  50 min ZOOM meeting targeted for the general LCI Meeting audience or targeted for LCI Professional Development
  2. Panel or Small Group Discussions:  50 min ZOOM meeting or webinar with 3 to 8 presenters and a moderator
  3. Oral Presentation (10 min live ZOOM presentation) or ePoster (along with 5 min pre-recorded audio)
For the complete submission details, please visit the submission form. CLICK HERE.

Virtual Conference: October 24, 2020 
Submissions Deadline: June 3, 2020 
Presenter Notification: late-June to early-July 

Call for Abstract Reviewers

If you are interested in reviewing abstract submissions, please use this link to sign-up. Ideally, each volunteer will receive 2-5 abstracts to review. Abstracts will be shared with volunteers in early-June. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Questions should be directed to Lauren Parker, lparker2@kumc.edu or Heather Smith, heather3.smith@UTsouthwestern.edu.