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Hundreds of Faculty Join PAEA Response Forums to Share Ideas

By Steven LaneMarch 25, 2020

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The PAEA community is coming together to think through how to adapt to the current crisis.

More than 600 faculty joined each of two PAEA “Response Forums” hosted by the Faculty Development Mission Advancement Commission (FD MAC) over the past week — an enormous number relative to the more typical 40 or 50 that attend our targeted webinars and other online offerings. These sessions were designed to address the full breadth of issues raised as programs adapt their curricula to the changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic, and to allow as much time as possible for faculty to ask questions, following some introductory comments from invited speakers.  

“I think this level of interest shows how hungry faculty are for ideas and information on how to manage the shifts we are all being asked to make in our programs,” said FD MAC Chair Cody Sasek, who hosted the two sessions, one on didactic education and one on clinical education. Both sessions were recorded and can be accessed on the Digital Learning Hub if you were not able to attend or want to refresh your memory. The recordings also include the live chats, another rich source of ideas on how faculty are adapting to the new reality of the past few weeks: 

Response forums are based on the idea of a “community of practice,” a group of people who share a profession or interest who want to share information and learn from one another. 

PAEA Exam Policies Revised  

One topic on the clinical phase session that generated particular interest was the announcement that PAEA is temporarily waiving proctoring policies for the End of Rotation™ exams, effective immediately and through the end of June. We have also made the difficult decision to suspend delivery of the End of Curriculum™ exam. For more information and support, please contact PAEA Assessment:  Chat,  301-617-7820, or exams@PAEAonline.org.

We’re Here to Help: Resources and Conversations 

These sessions are part of a growing portfolio of resources and platforms for sharing of information and ideas that PAEA is developing to help programs respond to these challenging times. Our Digital Learning Hub (DLH) now includes a new carousel – COVID-19 Resources – that brings together all of the channels on topics like remote teaching, resilience, and resources for families, while the Teacher Toolkit carousel is also very active. The Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide venues to keep the conversations going, on the exchange of COVID-19 information and everything else that PA educators want to discuss. For starters, we just posted the 2019 Presidents Commission paper on “Reimagining PA Education,” which may contain some timely ideas on new approaches to PA education – necessity being the mother of invention.  

If you have not yet signed up for the DLH or the PLCs, now would be a great time. Our staff are ready to assist you at any time; please connect with the Learning team at learning@PAEAonline.org

Coming up in the next three weeks are two more curated webinars: 

Remote Teaching Crash Course: A Changed Mindset 
Laurie Burruss, LinkedIn Learning 
Friday, March 27, Noon–1:30 p.m. ET.  Sign up here
Approved for 1.5 Category 1 CME hours 

Virtualizing Your Classroom – Leveraging Video 
Karin Reed, Speaker Dynamics 
Wednesday, April 15, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET.  Sign up here. 
Approved for 1.5 Category 1 CME hours 

For the latest information on PAEA webinars and other resources, please check the PAEA Coronavirus Virtual Resources page regularly. PAEA is with you every step of the way in these challenging times; please let us know how we can best help you. 

Steven Lane

Steven is the senior director of strategic communications for PAEA. He has worked with the PA profession for much of his career and in 2016 he joined the PAEA staff for the third time.