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Transforming Health Professions Education Conference

2018 Transformation Conference

The 2018 Pursuing Radical Transformation Health Professions Education conference was held March 22 and 23 with keynote speaker Dr. James Lang, professor of English and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Lang facilitated our pre-conference workshop entitled "Academic Integrity" and was based on his research in his 2013 book "Cheating Lessons." Nearly 100 attendees participated in the two-day conference that consisted of the keynote address entitled "Small Teaching," plenary and breakout sessions from several Duke faculty and staff as well as speakers from across the U.S. The conferences keynote address was recently renamed the Valiga Address after Faculty Emeritus Dr. Terry Valiga.

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As an outgrowth of the Institute’s activities, the Duke University School of Nursing established an annual conference in 2010 that would address the overarching theme of Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education. The conference was designed to challenge nurse educators to think differently about how we design and do the work of educating the next generation of nurses and leaders. It has been an opportunity for those teaching in all types of nursing education programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral – to learn, grow and innovate.

In 2018, the conference broadened its reach to all Health Professions Educators, with the hopes of stimulating deep discussions and innovative ideas across and between the professions. This annual conference features internationally-known experts in education, as well as educators from disciplines other than nursing, and it provides extended opportunities for dialogue about emerging issues and innovations in education. The 2018 Pursuing Radical Transformation in Health Professions Education Conference promises to be unique and thought-provoking!

Past Conference Highlights

Year Focus Keynote Speaker


The Science of Learning

James Lang, PhD, is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Lang presented the keynote address Small Teaching, based on his book by the same name. He also facilitated the pre-conference workshop entitled "Academic Integrity," based on his research in his 2013 book "Cheating Lessions." The presentations were filled with helpful, evidence-based ideas to improve student learning, enhance teaching practices, and improve education.


Promoting Deeper Learning

Thomas Angelo, EdD is a clinical professor of Educational Innovation and Research in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and director of Educator Development in the Academy for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Angelo presented "Promoting Deeper Learning for Students and Faculty: Seven Practical, Research-based Strategies for Radical Transformation Worth Pursuing." Participants learned about promoting students' deeper learning; overcoming barriers to or challenges encountered when attempting to promote deeper learning; cues nurse educators can use to determine if learners are learning deeply, not merely superficially; and overarching principles that nurse educators use to help transform nursing education.


Active Learning and Engaging Teaching

Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He regularly presents workshops on effective college teaching around the world, is widely published and has received awards for teaching and pedagogical scholarship


Cultivating Meaningful Collaborations

Dr. Lee Shulman, immediate past-president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and an internationally-known award-winning education scholar


Becoming a Student-Centered Teacher

Dr. Maryellen Weimer, noted educational scholar, editor of "Faculty Focus" and author of "Learner-Centered Teaching"


Preparing Faculty for the Challenge of Critically Reflective Teaching

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, an internationally-known education scholar and author of 15 books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory


What the Best College Teachers Do

Dr. Ken Bain, an internationally-known education scholar and author of the award-winning book "What the Best College Teachers Do"


Fostering Our Pedagogical Imagination

Dr. Pam Ironside, nursing education leader and scholar who is at the forefront of pedagogical research and development of the science of nursing education