January 26-27, 2023 Orange, CA

Engaging Learners through Innovation and Technology

ELITe Conference
January 26-27, 2023
Irvine, CA

The 2022 Educating Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference is a two day conference, designed for health professions educators across all specialities. Education has rapidly changed over the past ten years. Rather than just lectures and textbooks, educators can now choose from podcasts, vodcasts, free open access medical education (FOAM), massive open online classrooms (MOOC), simulation, and audience response systems as instructional techniques or augmentations.
The focus of the ELITe conference is different. Educators will walk away from the conference with a tangible product. First, we will introduce how to leverage technology with education. Second, we will have working sessions throughout the day to help you create curricula, team based learning, podcasts, simulation cases, and oral boards. We will have an onsite production team to help you start and practice your podcasting.

Conference Information

Faculty development is an essential part of any graduate medical education program (ACGME). A needs assessment from junior faculty members in emergency medicine identified lecture development and presentation skills, use of technology in education, and curriculum design and evaluation as important topics for faculty development programs (Farley, 2008). As millennials enter the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education arenas, educators must be adept at techniques that engage this new era of learners.

Whereas the environment of health professions education once only included lectures, learners now choose from podcasts, vodcasts, free open access medical education (FOAM), massive open online classrooms (MOOC), social media sites, and other online resources (Toohey, 2016; Boysen-Osborn, 2017). Didactic teaching is changing as well with emphasis placed on the flipped classroom, including small group learning, simulation, and team based learning (Toohey, 2016).

The Engaging Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference is a two day symposium for medical educators interested in advancing their teaching skills in the current environment. The conference planning committee has used current literature in medical education as well as personal expertise (two faculty members hold master’s degrees in education, all hold leadership roles in education).

The course will focus on the following:
  • Engaging learners with effective teaching techniques including
    • Team Based Learning (TBL)
    • Flipped Classroom
    • P(V)odcasting and Digital Publishing
    • Slide Design
  • Teaching in the Virtual Era
  • Curriculum Development and Design
    • Writing Objectives
    • Curriculum Development
  • Gamification
  • Building DEI and Cultural Competency into Curricula
  • Program Evaluation

During the conference, learners will apply the techniques taught during the course to practice. Learners will have an opportunity to work one on one with conference faculty and graphic designers/artists to develop lectures, podcasts, and flipped classroom exercises.



To facilitate small group, hands-on learning and ensure our attendees can walk away with tangible skills and educational products – registration is capped at 24 attendees! Register today!

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Pre-Conference Preparation
Conference participants should spend at least two hours researching a topic on which they would like to create a podcast or didactic exercise. The topic should be relevant to medical education and should stem from board or maintenance of certification topics within their field (for example, the 2016 Model/Practice of Emergency Medicine).

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • 7:30 am
    Breakfast Available
  • 8:00 am
    Breakfast/Conference Introduction, History of Medical Education
    (Lecture, Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA)
  • 8:15 am
    Team-Based Learning Introduction
    (Lecture, Megan Osborn, MD, MHPE)
  • 8:45 am
    Creating SMART Learning Objectives
    (Lecture, Alisa Wray, MD)
  • 9:05 am
    Slide Design in Medical Education
    (Slide Off!, Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA; Jessica Andrusaitis, MD, MS-BATS; and Jon Smart, MD)
  • 10:45 am
    Creating SMART Learning Objectives/Slide Design Hands-on Session
    (All Conference Faculty)
  • 12:00 pm
    Lunch/Continue Hands-On Session
  • 1:00 pm
    Asynchronous Learning, Learning Management and FOAM
    (Lecture, Alisa Wray, MD, MAEd)
  • 1:30 pm
    Engaging Teaching Through the Flipped Classroom
    (Team-based Learning, Megan Boysen Osborn, MD, MHPE)
  • 2:00 pm
    Creating Team-Based Learning Didactics
    (Hands On Session, All Faculty)
  • 2:30 pm
    Podcasting (Recording and basics)
    (Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA and Shannon Toohey, MD)
  • 3:00 pm
    (Hands On Session, All Faculty)
  • DIDACTICS END 5:00 pm

Friday, January 27, 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023

  • 7:30 am
    Breakfast Available
  • 8:00 am
    Breakfast/Curriculum Design
    (Gabe Sudario, MD)
  • 8:45 am
    Virtual Didactics
    (Jon Smart, MD and Ronald Rivera, MD)
  • 9:15 am
    Audience Response Systems in Education
    (Megan Boysen Osborn, MD, MHPE)
  • 9:45 am
    Audience Response Systems, Hands On Workshop
    (Megan Boysen Osborn, MD, MHPE)
  • 10:30 am
    Gamification and Learning
    (Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA)
  • 11:00 am
    The Escape Room
    (Megan Osborn, MD, MHPE and Jessica Andrusaitis, MD, MS-BATS)
  • 12:00 pm
    Lunch/Hands-on session workshop (podcasting, vodcasting, team-based learning, anything you want)
  • 1:00 pm
    Gamification and Learning in the Virtual Era
    (Jon Smart, MD)
  • 2:00 pm
    Building DEI and culture competency into medical education
    (Ronald Rivera, MD and Alisa Wray, MD)
  • 3:00 pm
    Evaluation vs. Assessment
    (Shannon Toohey, MD, MAEd)
  • DIDACTICS END 3:30 pm


  • Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Warren Wiechmann is the Associate Dean of Instructional Technologies at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Professior of Emergency Medicine, and the project leader for the school’s iMedEd Initiative (www.imeded.uci.edu), a comprehensive digital overhaul of the curriculum which uses the iPad as its centerpiece for curricular innovation. He is interested in the mash-up of technology, medicine, and education. He is also intrigued by the integration of technology to improve clinical workflows and efficiency, instructional technology and information design to enhance physician and patient education, mobile and asynchronous learning, the development of a medical student curriculum in informatics and instructional technology, digital literacy, and mHealth/eHealth/Medicine 2.0/Health 2.0.
  • Megan Osborn, MD, MHPE

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Megan Boysen Osborn is residency program director for the University of California, Irvine emergency medicine residency. She completed a medical education fellowship at Stanford University and Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) at University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Osborn’s interests are in curriculum design, residency recruitment, cardiac and neuro-ophthalmologic emergencies.
  • Shannon Toohey, MD, MAEd

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Shannon Toohey is the Associate Program Director for the University of California, Irvine Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In 2016, she completed the Multimedia Design and Educational Technology (MDEdTech) Fellowship at the University of California Irvine. She completed medical school at UC Irvine School of Medicine, after which she completed her residency at the UC Irvine Medical Center. She received a Masters in Education, Multimedia and Instructional Design at Cal Poly Pomona. During her time at UC Irvine she has developed and expanded many educational programs for the residents including a flipped medical student and intern podcast curriculum, oral board review course and helped to revamp the curriculum. Her interests include asynchronous learning, flipped curricula, resident and patient education.
  • Alisa Wray, MD

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Alisa Wray joined the University of California Faculty as the second Multimedia and Instructional Design fellow under Dr. Warren Wiechmann in 2015. She is currently getting a Masters in Education, Multimedia and Instruction Design though Cal Poly Pamona. Dr. Wray grew up in rural San Diego county and attended the University of California Irvine for her Bachelors of Science; she then attended Tulane University for her MD, and finally returned to UC Irvine to complete her Emergency Medicine Residency training where, as the Academic Chief of Educational Technologies and Simulation, she helped to develop and expand an online curriculum. Dr. Wray’s interests include resident and patient education, incorporation of technology into education, as well as graphic design and flipped curriculum development. Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with her husband, baking cakes, playing with her two puppies and aerial acrobatics.
  • Jon Smart, MD

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Jon Smart is a current fellow in Multimedia Design and Educational Technology (MDEdTech) at the University of California Irvine. Having completed medical school at LSU-New Orleans and then Emergency Medicine residency at UT-San Antonio he is now continually searching for paths to innovate in medical education at all levels of training. Areas of particular interest are gamification, meta-learning, novel technology applications, as well as engaging speaking methods and slide design. Essentially he has a dream of making ineffective and mind-numbingly dull educational experiences extinct.
  • Gabe Sudario, MD

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Gabriel Sudario currently serves as a Multimedia Design and Educational Technology (MDEdTech) Emergency Medicine fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He will be completing a Masters in Education Technology and Instructional Design. He completed medical school and residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. During residency he worked closely with an international team coordinated through the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine group to develop a visual teaching aid for the PECARN and Canadian Head CT rules. He is specifically interested in visual design, social media “micro teaching”, and diversity/inclusion in the GME setting.
  • Ronnie Rivera, MD

    University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Ronnie Rivera is a current fellow in Multimedia Design and Education Technology (MDEdTech) at the University of California, Irvine. Having completed medical school at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, he went on to complete his residency at SUNY Downstate / Kings County in Brooklyn, New York. After being elected to Chief of Education, he discovered a passion for teaching his peers much in the same way he advocates for improving bedside patient education as part of patient centered care. He is currently pursuing a masters in education with hopes of creating a free, public-access, health literacy education series. His current projects include teaching techniques for improved bedside interactions with patients from at-risk populations and educating on improving social determinants of health from the Emergency Room.
  • Venue / Accomodations

    The conference will be held in Orange, CA at City Tower (333 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868)

    We do not have a hotel block but there are numerous hotels in the area for accommodations including the DoubleTree Anaheim-Orange County which is directly across the street.


    The ELITe conference was an exceptional 3-day seminar focused upon best practices in innovative medical education. A talented team of facilitators delivered active, hands-on learning sessions in curricular and instructional design, assessment, problem-based learning, podcasting and other progressive and student-centric pedagogies. Small groups of participants were able to learn together in an interprofessional setting while exploring modern approaches for didactic and clinical learning spanning undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. As a participant, I am walking away with technology-enhanced learning activities, assessments, and digital resources. Thank you for a phenomenal MedEdTech conference. Every session and hands-on activity was relevant, innovative, and geared for the authentic learner. I look forward to attending again next year! – Sheryl

    Thank you for your invaluable help last week. Coming to your class has motivated me! Trying to be innovative in my department is challenging, but coming into such a positive learning environment that was so supportive has reinvigorated me to keep working at changing our way of educating our paramedics and EMTs! Educators need to come to your class! – Shelley


    Do you offer CME?


    Accreditation Statement

    The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statement

    The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    How much is the conference?

    Registration is $699. This includes the course, as well as breakfast and lunch during the conference.

    What is your cancellation policy?

    Cancellation Policy: For cancellations earlier than 2 weeks in advance, your fee will applied to next year’s conference. We cannot accommodate cancellations within 2 weeks of the conference.

    California Assembly Bill 1195
    This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at http://www.meded.uci.edu/CME/.

    Private Sessions

    Does your program need faculty development?

    We can help!

    Our faculty can come out and give private sessions to you and your group!

    Private sessions are available and we can send 1-2 of our instructors to your program to teach a full- or half-day session. Email us for more information! mededelite@gmail.com

    Topics available include:

    1. Clinical teaching
    2. Didactic teaching
    3. Flipped classroom and team-based learning
    4. Podcasting and vodcasting
    5. Curricular development
    6. SMART learning objectives
    7. Asynchronous learning and learning management systems
    8. Audience response systems
    9. Simulation
    10. Slide design
    11. Gamification
    12. Escape rooms
    13. Evaluation vs assessment
    14. …or just tell us what you need, we can tailor it to you


    Feel free to send us an email or get in touch on twitter

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