Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center
303 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

October 8,  2021
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Friday, October 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Morning Session 1 - Short Presentations 2

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8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

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Factors Influencing Surgeons’ Intraoperative Teaching Behaviors
Egide Abahuje, MD, MHPEd

Gender Equity Among Continuing Medical Education (CME) Planners and Speakers
Clara Schroedl, MD, MS

Building a Topic-Based Pediatric Hematopathology Curriculum for Hematopathology Fellows
Shunyou Gong, MD, PhD

Pediatric Resident’s Counseling of Patients with Epilepsy
Heba Akbari, MD 


  • Factors Influencing Surgeons’ Intraoperative Teaching Behaviors
    Egide Abahuje, MD, MHPEd
    • We observed 18 procedures involving 6 surgeons, 11 residents, and 7 medical students, over 37 hours. The most frequent teaching domains that surgeons used was instructional behaviors (N=28.2), followed by responding behaviors (N=4). Inquiry about resident’s prior experience or expectations, adaptation of surgeons’ teaching style to meet residents’ needs, and evaluation if residents met their expectations were the main themes that we identified from the qualitative analysis. Residents’ level of training and familiarity between residents and faculty affected the faculty teaching behaviors. There was no relationship between surgeons’ non-technical skills and the frequency of their teaching behaviors (Pearson=0.53, P-value=0.17).

      Conclusion: The teaching behaviors of the surgeons were variable. Surgeons’ awareness about residents’ competencies and what they expect to learn would guide faculty intraoperative teaching approaches. After operations, attending surgeons should assess what the residents learned and help them identify what they need to do improve.
  • Gender Equity Among Continuing Medical Education (CME) Planners and Speakers
    Clara Schroedl, MD, MS
    • Gender inequity exists within academic medicine and affects national conference leadership and speakership roles. We retrospectively examined all CME activities hosted over a yearlong period at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and performed descriptive statistics to determine gender differences among leadership and speakership roles, presence and number of conflicts of interest(s), and honorarium paid. Among 51 live, in-person CME activities from calendar year 2018, 36.5% (n= 303/831) of participants were women. If at least one woman was involved as a course director of an activity, significantly more women were invited as planning committee members or speakers (39.74% vs 28.32%, p = .048). Men reported significantly more conflicts of interest and were more likely to receive an honorarium. Including women as course directors and ensuring equity among honorarium paid are strategies that may improve equity and visibility of women in academic medicine.
  • Building a Topic-based Pediatric Hematopathology Curriculum for Hematopathology Fellows
    Shunyou Gong, MD, PhD
    • In the United States, the subspecialty training in Hematopathology requires various amounts of pediatric exposure among different institutions, and there is no commonly followed curriculum to ensure the quality of Pediatric Hematopathology training. To establish a standardized curriculum for Hematopathology fellows at Northwestern University, data about the lengths and contents of Pediatric Hematopathology rotations from various Hematopathology fellowship programs were analyzed, and the contents of the rotation were defined. A rotation curriculum composed of 10 blocks covering various core learning topics critical for practicing Pediatric Hematopathology was designed. Each block begins with a series of unknown slides to study, followed by discussions on the approaches towards a correct diagnosis, and then suggested readings to further develop the fellows’ diagnostic skills. This topic-based 10-block curriculum on Pediatric Hematopathology received very positive feedback from the trainees and may be useful for other institutions to improve and standardize their Pediatric Hematopathology core rotations.
  • Pediatric Resident’s Counseling of Patients with Epilepsy
    Heba Akbari, MD
    • Patients with epilepsy are at increased risk of seizure-related injuries and sudden unexpected (or unexplained) death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Given this increased risk, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends counseling patients on precautions that can be taken. It remains unclear what counseling, if any, pediatric trainees and primary care providers are comfortable providing these families. In this study, we aim to improve pediatric trainee's counseling of parents and children with epilepsy. We completed a needs assessment to determine the incidence of anticipatory guidance regarding seizure anticipatory guidance provided by pediatric residents. Our project also examined the familiarity of pediatric providers with SUDEP. We propose a curriculum outlining recommended anticipatory guidance and standardized material that can be provided to parents and used a reference for pediatric providers. We found that implementation of the curriculum changed the ways pediatric residents counseled patients with seizures and increased their knowledge of SUDEP.

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Egide Abahuje, MD, Ms-HPEd

Fellow, Surgery
Dr. Abahuje is a research fellow at the Surgical Outcome and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC). He completed his General Surgery training at the University of Rwanda in 2016. He thereafter completed a research fellowship in Simulation Medical Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital... Read More →
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Heba Akbari, MD

Fellow, Pediatric Neurology
Heba Akbari is a Pediatric Neurology Fellow at Lurie Children's Hospital/Northwestern McGaw Medical Center. Prior to beginning her pediatric neurology fellowship, Heba completed her residency training in general pediatrics. Heba earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University... Read More →
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Shunyou Gong, MD, PhD

Faculty, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Pathology
I am an Assistant Professor of Pathology and the Director of Hematology and Hematopathology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. My clinical duties include signing out bone marrow and lymph node pathology reports, and supervision of the clinical hematology... Read More →
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Clara Schroedl, MD, MS

Faculty, Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Education
Clara Schroedl, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she currently serves as the Medical Director of Continuing Medical Education and as the Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care... Read More →
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Aashish Didwania, MD

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Medical Education, Medicine
Dr. Aashish Didwania is the residency program director and vice chair of education for the Department of Medicine.

Friday October 8, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Treinens Conference Room 302 East Superior Street, Chicago IL 60611