February 5-7, 2020 Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim, CA



Engaging Learners through Innovation and Technology

ELITe Conference
February 5-7, 2020.
Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim, CA

The 2019 Educating Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference is a three 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 three 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
  • Writing simulation and oral boards cases
  • Curriculum Development and Design
    • Writing Objectives
    • Curriculum Development
  • Gamification
  • 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.


Early bird discount $799

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!

Register Here


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 28, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

  • 8:00 am
    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, Jon Smart, MD)
  • 9:15 am
    Slide Design in Medical Education
    (Slide Off!, Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA; Alisa Wray, MD, MAEd; and Jon Smart, MD)
  • 11:15 am
    Inclusive Teaching Environment
    (Gabriel Sudario, MD and Ronnie Rivera, MD)
  • 11:45 am
    Learning Management Systems
    (Lecture, Alisa Wray, MD, MAEd)
  • 12:15 pm BREAK
  • 12:45 pm
    Engaging Teaching Through the Flipped Classroom
    (Team-based Learning, Megan Boysen Osborn, MD, MHPE and Andrew King, MD)
  • 1:15 pm
    Podcasting (Recording and basics)
    (Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA)
  • DIDACTICS END 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Individual Breakout Rooms for Questions/Help: Smart Objectives, Slide Design, Team-Based Learning, Podcasting and/or Homework
    (Attendees move between rooms as desired)

Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

  • 8:00 am
    Podcasting (Editing)
    (Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA)
  • 9:00 am
    Audience Response Systems in Education
    (Megan Boysen Osborn, MD, MHPE and Ronnie Rivera, MD)
  • 9:25 am
    Virtual Didactics
    (Ronnie Rivera, MD)
  • 10:00 am
    Gamification, Learning and Escape Rooms in the Virtual Era
    (Jon Smart, MD and Ronnie Rivera, MD)
  • 11:30 am
    The Escape Room
    (Jon Smart, MD and Ronnie Rivera, MD)
  • 12:15 pm BREAK
  • 12:45 pm
    Evaluation vs. Assessment
    (Shannon Toohey, MD, MAEd)
  • DIDACTICS END 12:45 pm
  • 12:45 pm – 5:30 pm
    Individual Breakout Rooms for Questions/Help: Smart Objectives, Slide Design, Team-Based Learning, Podcasting, Virtual Learning, Audience Response Systems, Gamification and Escape Rooms and/or Homework
    (Attendees move between rooms as desired)


Venue / Accomodations

The conference will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge. All sessions will be held at the conference center of the Great Wolf Lodge, and there is a block of rooms available at a VERY reduced rate. Get your family suite at only $129.99/night, including 4 water park tickets! Just use group code 0502UNIV when booking. MUST BOOK BY JANUARY 16th TO GET DISCOUNT.

Great Wolf Lodge Resort offers comfortable and convenient accommodations and conference rooms. It is found just outside of Anaheim and Los Angeles, offers the most fun for your entertainment dollar in the area. Nested in Southern California, Great Wolf Lodge provides the ultimate indoor water park experience.

Attend the conference in the morning and evening and enjoy the waterpark with your family in the afternoon! While it’s rare to have a bad day of weather in Southern California, it’s downright impossible to experience bad weather during your stay in Great Wolf Lodge’s water park resort. Beyond the indoor water park, guests are invited to enjoy spa treatments, shows, arts and crafts and so much more!

Additionally, the lodge is minutes from Disneyland!


Note that when selecting the lodge, it is listed on their website as the “Anaheim” location although it is technically in Garden Grove, CA.


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 18 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 $799. This includes the course, as well as breakfast and lunch during the conference.


Where should I stay?

We recommend you stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. Not only is it convenient to stay where the conference is held, but you won’t find many hotels in Orange County as cheap as our room block. The accommodations are great, the water park is a blast and it is minutes from Disneyland if you want to spend a day there before or after 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


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