Welcome to Faculty Feed - a podcast for health professions faculty from the Health Sciences Center Office of Faculty Development at the University of Louisville.

    This podcast exists to engage, equip, and inspire health professions faculty to be learner-focused and to excel in teaching and academic leadership. 

    If you want to up your game as a professional educator or to enhance your leadership skills in the academic setting, Faculty Feed is the place to be.

    Peer Observation and Evaluation of Teaching with Dr. Linda Fuselier

     calendar June 3, 2022

    How’d your class go last semester? This week we talk with Dr. Linda Fuselier, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville. We discuss peer evaluation, in which faculty get feedback about evidence-based practices from other faculty and staff who observe them teaching. Linda describes how peer observation and evaluation of teaching are critical to supplement traditional student evaluations. Learn more about the resources mentioned in the episode, including a field guide for peer observation, a study of the structured observation protocol COPUS, and the online observation tool GORP, which UofL faculty can sign up for here. Comment on Faculty Feed or ask a question at - .

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     calendar May 27, 2022

    Are you looking for a way to enhance learner engagement as you teach in the clinical environment? Join us as we talk with Dr. Jenn Hamm (UofL, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Dean for Resident Education and Work Environment & OB/GYN Residency Program Director) as she shares her personal experience with the power of gamification and teaching with technology to drive learning. She provides practical advice on how faculty of all generations can easily begin to use these technology tools to up their teaching power in a meaningful way.

    Please email us with questions or comments at FacFeed@louisville.edu

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     calendar May 20, 2022

    The Faculty Feed podcast team had the wonderful opportunity to talk with Dr. Toni Ganzel, Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in her 10th year of service in this role. Dr. Ganzel is the first woman in this key leadership role in the 185-year history of our School of Medicine. She shares her perspectives on her own path to the Dean’s role and on the future of increasing leadership roles for women in academic medicine leadership. 

    Please email us with questions or comments at FacFeed@louisville.edu

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    Let’s tweet about it with Dr. Josh Kurtz

     calendar May 13, 2022

    What does Twitter have to do with health professions education? This week we talk with Dr. Josh Kurtz, who is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. We discuss how to use Twitter for educational purposes, which has allowed Josh to engage learners and develop relationships with other medical educators all over the world. Learn more about the basics of Twitter chats or Tweetorials for health professions educators. Don’t forget to tag us! @hscfacdev | @ssaner | @jkurtz02

    Please email us with questions or comments at FacFeed@louisville.edu.

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    Stay at work through  RETAIN  with Dr. Matt Adamkin and Lynn Robbins, RN

     calendar May 6, 2022

    This week we talk with Dr. Matt Adamkin, MD, and Lynn Robbins, RN, about RETAIN: the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network. Matt and Lynn tell us about this free program that connects Kentucky residents to coordinated health and employment-related services for staying/returning to work after injury or illness. We discuss the importance of rehabilitation and learn that anyone can make a referral to RETAIN. Providers across UofL HSC and external clinics can also make easy RETAIN referrals through EPIC, Cerner, and ITW. This is an amazing opportunity for every listener to help patients, friends, family, or even yourself, so learn more about making a referral to RETAIN

    Please email us with questions or comments at FacFeed@louisville.edu.

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    The importance of relationships, a conversation with Dr. Theresa Reed 

     calendar April 29, 2022

    Are you curious about how to process the racism tensions that have resurfaced so violently this past two years? Join us as we talk with Dr. Teresa Reed, Dean of the School of Music at the University of Louisville, and author of the 2021 book, You’re Not Likely to be a Racist: Answers for Curious White People.  She weaves her personal experience and perspective on how to be compassionate while providing a safe space to discuss and explore this tension.

    Please email us with questions or comments at FacFeed@louisville.edu.

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    Welcome Dr. Chris Seals, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Advancement

     calendar April 22, 2022

    This week we talk with Dr. Chris Seals, who has recently joined the University of Louisville School of Medicine as an Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Advancement. We discuss his new role, which will focus on recruiting and retaining minoritized faculty at the School of Medicine. Chris describes the challenges and opportunities for this charge and how his previous work has prepared him to come home to Kentucky for his new role. Learn more about Chris’s research here.

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    Learning is Hard with Dr. Ashley Iles 

     calendar April 5, 2022

    Enduring learning is hard. One of the key things we can do as faculty is to help our learners to learn more effectively, including the importance of strategic questioning, a growth mindset, and the power of passion and perseverance as it relates to learning. Join us as the faculty development team interviews Dr. Ashley Isles, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine about study strategies, the role of a growth mindset, and grit in learning for enduring understanding, not just passing a test. For more, read Ashley's article on lessons in learning, Dr. Rabalais' article on nurturing a growth mindset, and check out our graduate programs in Health Professions Education

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    Compassionate Leadership with Wade Mitzel 

     calendar April 8, 2022

    Compassionate leadership is now more important than ever in healthcare as we have weathered a two-year-long pandemic. Join us as Wade Mitzel, Chief Operating Officer for the University of Louisville Physicians group, tells a personal story of how he was once the recipient of compassionate leadership at a critical time during his service as a paramedic. That event shaped how he is now working as COO to build trust, compassion, stability, and hope for employees throughout this large organization. You won’t want to miss this one. To learn more read this 2020 blog post about Compassionate Leadership. If you have questions or comments please email us at FacFeed@louisville.edu

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    Work Determinants of Health with Dr. Brad Shuck

     calendar April 1, 2022

    Could our work culture affect our health? This week we talk again with Dr. Brad Shuck, Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Development and Co-Founder of OrgVitals, a culture management company for workplaces. We discuss his proposed model of work determinants of health, which are employment-related conditions that influence health and risk. Brad encourages us to be mindful of our work stress and consider how leading with compassion creates more supportive work cultures. Learn more about Brad’s work here.

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    Faculty Leadership Training: LIAM Grads Drs. Hugh Shoff and Russ Farmer

     calendar March 25, 2022

    Did you know that faculty leadership training can improve your professional and personal skills while you help drive organizational change? Our next Leadership and Innovation in Academics Matter (LIAM) cohort starts September 2022. Listen in as we interview two LIAM graduates, Drs. Hugh Shoff (Emergency Medicine) and Russ Farmer (Surgery), as they describe why they signed up and how they put lessons from LIAM into practice. We also discuss the value of completing leadership training locally with a cohort of colleagues from your own institution. UofL Health Sciences Center faculty can learn more and apply for LIAM here.

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    Celebration of Teaching & Learning with Dr. Marie Brown

     calendar March 18, 2022

    In this episode of Faculty Feed, we’re joined by Dr. Marie Brown, the Interim Associate Provost for Teaching and Innovation from the Delphi Center at the University of Louisville. We discuss the annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning, which serves as an opportunity to honor our institution’s education mission while learning from our peers. Catch some of the highlights from this year’s conference and access the Celebration materials here. To contact Faculty Feed with questions or comments please email us at FacFeed@louisville.edu

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    Bringing Your Best Talents to Work – Part 2 with Brian Buford

     calendar March 11, 2022

    If you are curious about how to enhance your own or your staff’s success at work, you won’t want to miss this podcast as we interview Brian Buford, Director of the University of Louisville’s Employee Success Center, and how he uses Gallup’s Strengths Finder assessment to assure that each employee is able to bring their very best gifts and talents to their work. Learn what we can do to help each other learn about their strengths and how mentorship plays a critical role in professional development. Learn more about the UofL Employee Success Center (https://louisville.edu/employeesuccess) and Gallups Strength Finder. 

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     calendar March 4, 2022

    Why does it take courage to lead with compassion? This week we talk with Dr. Brad Shuck, Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Development and Co-Founder of OrgVitals, a culture management company for workplaces. We discuss his research, which shows that leaders who demonstrate compassionate behaviors like dignity, empathy, and accountability improve employee engagement and performance. Brad challenges us to “lead above the line” and considers how we can combat compassion fatigue. Learn more about Brad’s research and access a recent article in Ed Surge where Brad was interviewed about faculty engagement.

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    Difficult Conversations with Drs. Gale Rhodes and Mary Ashlock

     calendar February 25, 2022

    We are often faced with a circumstance that requires us to engage in a difficult conversation with someone. It may be at work addressing a behavioral or job performance issue with a faculty or staff member, or it may be at home with your spouse or teenager. Difficult conversations like these are often delayed (hoping the problem will get better on its own) or avoided completely. Listen to our interview with Drs. Gale Rhodes and Mary Ashlock from the University of Louisville as they provide some tools to help you to prepare for and engage in difficult conversations to achieve productive outcomes. Check out this module on difficult conversations.


    Strengths Finder with Brian Buford

     calendar February 18, 2022

    Why is it that we are naturally gifted to do some things and not others? This week we interview Brian Buford, the Director of the Employee Success Center at the University of Louisville. As a certified Strengths Finder coach, Brian discusses this tool from the Gallup Organization, which has been used by nearly 27 million people to maximize their potential at work and everywhere else. Brian talks about what you will learn about yourself, using that information to plan your work and career, and empowering others to succeed by focusing on strengths rather than shortcomings.  Learn more about the UofL Employee Success Center and Gallups Strength Finder.


    Courage and Vulnerability with Dr. Natalie Henderson

     calendar February 11, 2022

    Between 10 and 20% of all first-time specialty board exam takers will fail the test. Just imagine the resulting shame and embarrassment that can accompany this, and the impact it can have on this faculty member’s confidence as they must continue to do their job while waiting two long years to retake the exam. Join us this week as one of our young faculty members in pediatric critical care shares her experience after failing her critical care board exams. In humility and blunt honesty, Dr. Natalie Henderson shares with Drs. Rabalais, Saner, and Weingartner how this impacted her work and family life as she studied and waited to take the exam, not just one more time, but two more times. We can all learn from how Dr. Henderson demonstrated her capacity to take action, handling this exam failure with courage and vulnerability. To read Dr. Henderson's entire article, please click here. 


    Supporting LGBTQ+ Patients and Learners

     calendarJanuary 28, 2022

    Inclusive spaces are critical for the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ communities. On today’s episode, we talk with Bláz Bush, the former Director of the LGBT Center at UofL’s Health Sciences Center campus. Bláz joins Drs. Jerry Rabalais, Staci Saner, and Laura Weingartner as they discuss steps that health professions faculty can take to create supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ patients and learners. Since the recording of this episode, Bláz has taken a position at The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. However, UofL faculty can still access resources from the LGBT Center at HSC, including registering for The LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series that Bláz discussed. Listeners can also access the online LGBTQ+ Clinical Skills Training Manual and complete the free CME/CE training mentioned in the episode. 


    Time to help learners be more self-directed

     calendarJanuary 21, 2022

    Do you understand just how to teach our learners at the Health Sciences Center to become self-directed, lifelong learners? Well, the accrediting bodies for our HSC schools mandate that the faculty do so. This shift in focus from a teacher-directed to a learner-centered approach requires a change in mindset for us in our educator role. So, if you would like to learn more about how to accomplish this transition, you need to listen to this week’s podcast on self-directed learning (SDL) with Drs. Jerry Rabalais, Staci Saner, & Laura Weingartner as they discuss this shift, the observable behaviors of SDL, and how we can promote SDL with our learners.


    Power of Faculty Development 

     calendarJanuary 14, 2028

    Have you wondered just how much your teaching impacts your learners and how participation in faculty development programming can give you tools to enhance that impact? Join us as we talk with Drs. Imelda Wright and Paul Clark from the UofL School of Nursing as they describe how they have worked to bring more learner engagement to the classroom, generating the two-way conversation with their students so critical to their learning. Paul and Imelda also share how their participation in faculty development offerings has helped them continue to be lifelong learners as faculty. You won’t want to miss their personal insights on how they have become more impactful in their role as educators.


    Strategic Questions to Improve Clinical Reasoning Skills 

     calendar January 27, 2022

    In this episode of Faculty Feed, we talk with Dr. Russ Farmer (Associate Professor, Department of Surgery) about how best to drive critical thinking skills in our learners. He highlights a tool that facilitates the use of strategic questioning strategies for our busy and chaotic clinical learning environments. Instead of defaulting to lower-order questions that require only fact-based answers, this tool, the Questioning Aid for Rich, Real-Time Discussion (QARRD), prompts faculty to craft higher-order questions that require the learner to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create solutions to clinical problems. Better questions drive the development of critical thinking skills in our learners. For more information check out our publication in MedEd Portal or email HSCFacDv@louisville.eduto schedule training for your clinical educators.


    Small Teaching 

     calendar December 24, 2021

    What does the movie Moneyball, the story of the 2014 Kansas City Royals professional baseball team’s adoption of small incremental practices that brought them from obscurity to the World Series, have to do with teaching more effectively? This movie was the inspiration for the book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang (2016). Like the incremental practices that got the Royals on base to score runs, the underlying principle here is the same. Small, incremental educational practices that increase learner engagement drive better learning than passive listening to the professor in the classroom or the faculty member telling students and residents things in the clinic or on hospital rounds. Join Drs. Jerry Rabalais and Staci Saner as they discuss easy, practical things that can be done by the faculty member in both the classroom or in the clinical teaching environment to increase learner engagement and therefore learning significantly.

    For a deeper dive into this topic, check out our online module on these principles with practical suggestions that you can implement in your teaching here


    Improving student’s self-assessment skills with spaced retrieval & active engagement in dental education 

     calendar December 10, 2021

    Joining us this week on Faculty Feed, we have Dr. Mike Metz from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to discuss his latest educational research. Learn about this great research study and how HPE faculty can help learners at all levels be more self-directed in their education. Take a listen! Dr. Metz's research was also featured on a blog post by The Learning Scientists.


    Mindset - Keeping Growth in Mind 

     calendar November 26, 2021

    Has a learner ever told you that they’re just not good at a certain subject? Many learners have this “fixed mindset,” in which they believe their abilities and talents are innate and thus cannot be improved. This contrasts a “growth mindset,” in which one believes that effort can develop talents and abilities—and thus challenges are viewed as an opportunity to improve rather than as a barrier. In this episode of Faculty Feed, Dr. Jerry Rabalais and Dr. Staci Saner discuss the crucial topic of mindset. We review the transformative mindset framework by Carol Dweck and discuss what we can do to promote a growth mindset for ourselves, our learners, and our organization.


    Developing a Feedback Culture with Dr. Sara Multerer 

     calendar November 12, 2021

    Have you ever struggled with giving feedback to a learner? Most learners feel that they don’t receive actionable feedback on their performance, and feedback often impairs performance by threatening self-esteem. In this episode of Faculty Feed, Dr. Jerry Rabalais and Dr. Staci Saner tackle the crucial topic of feedback with Dr. Sara Multerer, Residency Program Director, Department of Pediatrics. We review the latest research and discuss what we can do to promote feedback aimed at professional development by creating a feedback culture in our organizations


    Telling is Not Teaching 

     calendar November 12, 2021

    In busy clinical learning environments, faculty often resort to telling learners information, but this passive activity (for the learner) does little to make learning stick. In this episode of Faculty Feed, Dr. Jerry Rabalais and Dr. Staci Saner discuss how to enhance the effectiveness of our teaching by asking good questions: open-ended questions that stimulate more than fact-based answers so that we can surface knowledge gaps and allow the learner to demonstrate their critical thinking skills. Join us to dive deeper into why telling alone is not sufficient and to learn how strategic questioning and waiting for answers make for better learning. Consider reading the blog post of the same name to learn more. 


    Why Learning Science Matters. A surgeon's dissection  

     calendar October 15, 2021

    Just how much formal training have you had to prepare you for your critical role as an educator in an academic medical center? Most of us have had little to no exposure to learning science, how to develop a curriculum or the best way to question learners. Yet there are evidence-based teaching and learning strategies that define how faculty can facilitate helping learners remember and apply what they have learned. In this episode of Faculty Feed, we interview Dr. Russ Farmer, a 2020 graduate of our Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (HPE), and an Associate Professor of Surgery, Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills, and Director of the Paris Simulation Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Together we explore how he acquired the learning science skills he now uses to magnify his impact in his various roles as a medical educator, and why you, too, should consider taking the HPE courses. For more information about the University of Louisville’s Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education, email hpe@louisville.edu.


    Making Learning Stick 

     calendar October 1, 2021

    How do you know if you have really learned something? With a doctoral degree in Health Professions Education, Staci Saner Ed.D, M.Ed, and Jerry Rabalais, M.D., M.H.A, a 35-year infectious diseases physician, dive into the learning science behind remembering as it applies to our role as educators. They push us to be more focused on getting information out of our learners’ heads than we are on putting information into their heads. Along the way, Staci and Jerry explore the key learning strategies in the 2014 book, Make It Stick, about how learning really works and what doesn’t work. Putting these lessons into our teaching will magnify your impact as a health sciences educator.

    Want to learn more? Check out Telling is Not Teaching. UofL faculty can receive CME/CE credit by accessing this learning module through the HSC FacDev Online Library. Or you can access a 2019 Blog post by the same name.