Got Research?: Updates and a call for educational research and scholarship


  1. Corey Heitz, MD – Virginia Tech
  2. Kriti Bhatia, MD – Brigham and Womens Hospital
  3. Bo Burns, MD – University of Oklahoma


  1. Charlie Inboriboon, MD MPH – University of Missouri- Kansas City


Updates on the CORD AA ePosters Session:

Over the past several years, we have been amazed by the quantity and quality of the submissions that we’ve seen. This past year’s Assembly brought in over 300 submissions with almost 200 accepted for presentation as either posters or orals. Last years poster presentations can be found on the CORD website and the published abstracts in WestJEM Volume 17 Issue 4 Supplement: CORD Advances in Education Research and Innovations.

Academic Assembly 2016 saw a major change in the way abstracts are presented at CORD. For the first time, we used the e-poster format instead of traditional paper posters. Overall this was a major success – well-presented posters, few technical issues, and much less cost to presenters! We did solicit feedback and will be incorporating a few changes for next year based on that feedback and our observations. We will be going with only e-poster format for future meetings.

In response to some of this feedback, the following improvements will be made:

  1. The e-poster bar will be available for the entire conference
  2. The room layout as well as poster abstracts will be available in the CORD app and brochure
  3. Attendees will be able to browse posters by abstract number (displayed in the brochure) at kiosks in the research hall.
  4. food and drink will be outside the research hall to cut down on noise pollution


A Call for Scholarship:

CORD Academic Assembly wants your educational scholarship! Abstracts can be submitted for either Graduate Medical Education (GME) or Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), and in one of two categories (see below), all are eligible for both e-posters and oral presentation:

Educational Research: Hypothesis-driven comparisons of educational methods with outcomes data. The best educational research compares methods, uses some form of group selection with control group inclusion, has appropriate statistical power, and shows relevant educational or clinical outcomes. Single-intervention studies (“we taught them and they learned”) or studies using only learner feedback as outcomes tend to score lower than those with better study design and outcomes.

Educational Innovations: Novel methods of teaching, curricular innovations, additions to your residency or medical student educational curriculum. Effectiveness should be demonstrated. Novelty, generalizability, reflective modification based on multiple iterations, and objective measures of effectiveness tend to earn higher scores for innovations submissions. If a technological innovation is accepted, we will have resources available to facilitate live demonstration

Note: Innovations or research without outcomes data (such as studies that are in progress) will only be considered for our new-in- 2016 “Up and Coming” presentation session, which will have a limited number of abstracts chosen. These presentations will not be included in the WestJEM supplement of CORD AA abstracts.


Submission Timeline:

December 1, 2016: abstract submissions are due at As per prior years, abstracts can be submitted to both SAEM and CORD.

Late January 2017: authors will be notified of acceptance of presentations, and whether they have been selected for oral or poster presentations.


We look forward to seeing your submissions!



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