Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Rebecca Miller, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Additional Author(s) Information

Michael L’Heureux, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

Stephanie Ann Call, M.D., MSPH, Department of Internal Medicine, VCU School of Medicine

Presentation Format


Type of Activity


Original Presentation Date


Date of Submission

March 2019

Abstract/Short Description

Purpose and Background:

  • Compression of education and training with other responsibilities into more limited work hours
  • Shift towards algorithm-based teaching/practice
  • Less time spent in practice of basic science
  • Intellectual Curiosity/Mechanistic Thinking less emphasized
  • Self-directed learning and intellectual curiosity a primary focus for improvement in 2017

Mission Statement:

Through science experimentation in applied physiology, housestaff will reconnect with basic physiology and apply learned principles to commonly encouraged clinical scenarios.

Housestaff will participate in experiments to stimulate intellectual curiosity among participants and encourage appreciate and incorporation of physiology into their clinical and teaching roles.


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VCU Medical Education Symposium