A PDF version of the meeting agenda is now available. We will be using the Attendify mobile event app to manage the agenda, which will provide additional session information. Click here to download the WGEA 2016 schedule app. The web based version of the app can be located here.  

The best way for presenters to locate their session within the PDF agenda is to use the find feature (control F) to search for their session title or author name.

Download the conference meeting agenda [PDF]

Session Descriptions

Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions are an opportunity for conference attendees to hear from local and nationally recognized individuals whose work makes an impact in education, health, and health care. The speakers will connect their work with our conference theme and threads.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer a unique setting in which to learn from the best practices at regional Colleges and Schools, individual experts in their fields. These sessions will be organized into three threads:

  • Technology & Connectedness
  • Identity & Being
  • Learning & Assessing for the Future of Health Care

There are four types of concurrent sessions, workshops and panels are 90 minutes and small group and oral abstract sessions are 45 minutes. All conference session rooms will have a PC laptop, projection screen, and the ability to access conference wifi. Presenters should plan to bring their presentation on a thumb drive. If using a Mac laptop please bring any necessary cables. Oral abstract submissions are grouped into sets of three for each sessions. Presenters will be allocated 10 minutes for their presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers. 

Uploading Session MAterial

If you would like us to attach presentation materials to your session in the conference app (for oral abstract, small group, panel and workshop sessions only) so they are available to your session attendees please follow the instructions provided below (and attached).  We will be using Google Drive to collect materials. The planning team will upload the session materials to the app. Materials submitted will be available for download by all conference attendees signed into the app. By submitting your presentation you will be granting all registered attendees access to download your materials via the app. The instructions to upload your materials can be downloaded here. If you did not receive an email granting access to the google drive please email the co-chair, Bryna Koch at


One of the favorite sessions, the poster session offers an opportunity to network and have one-on-one conversations with educator researchers regarding their work. Poster display boards are 48 inches tall x 96 inches long. There is no required size as long as your poster fits within the display board dimensions. The display will best accommodate a poster size of 42 x 90 or smaller. If you want to ship your poster to the venue please use the following format:

Your Name
WGEA 2016
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750


Session and Poster Awards

Oral presentations

New Investigator (student, resident, fellow): E.Y. Liu, J.N Batten, A. Shafer “Practicing Well: Student perspectives on a bioethics and medical humanities scholarly concentration Program.”

Faculty: B. O’Brien, R. Shunk, S. van Schaik “What makes a good team? An exploratory study of variation in teamwork perceptions among team members.”


New Investigator (student, resident, fellow): Y. L., O’Sullivan, P., Hoffman, A., Jenson  “Developing a High Value Care curriculum for medical students grounded in situated learning”

Faculty: P. Mayinger, A. Myatt, L. Silbert, E. Nemecek, E. Fromme, C. Warden, M. Baskerville, H. Nelson, “Preparedness of pre-clinical medical students to plan and conduct a Scholarly Project.”

CRIME Posters

First place: Maya Adam. Applying digital content creation advances in US medical education to support the work of international community health workers

Second place: Anju Relan. Trying a Flipped Classroom? Three Active Learning Strategies to Promote Engagement and Achievement  

Enrichment Sessions

A new addition to the WGEA conference this year is the enrichment sessions. Just as medical students enroll in enrichment courses, the planning committee is pleased to offer a variety of enrichment sessions. You will have the opportunity to enjoy Pilates, participate in Cognitively Based Compassion Training, and take a guided Introduction to the Desert walk with one of our faculty members. These events are open to all participants but attendance is limited by space.

Social Event

The theme for the social event this year is Desert Nights. Attendees will enjoy a lovely April desert evening in the Coyote Corral venue at Lowes. Entertainment will include a Mariachi group. Desert Nights will be a lovely environment to network with colleagues, enjoy light bites before dinner, and hear local music that is an integral part of the culture in Southern Arizona.