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Another Successful Engaging Learners Through Innovation and Technology(ELITe) Conference

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As new forms of educational technology and media emerge, educators have had to adapt quickly or risk losing the engagement of millennial trainees. Many rising emergency medicine faculty believe that skills in lecture development and multimedia integration are essential to any well-rounded faculty development program. The Engaging Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) conference is a three-day symposium that caters to physicians seeking to advance these skills within a rapidly evolving educational ecosystem.

The growth of open access resources like Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) and various massive open online classrooms highlights the increasingly diverse library of resources from which learners choose from as they progress through the stages of medical education. The ELITE conference helps educators become familiar with the most in-demand media types used by these open-access resources. In addition to these next-generation modalities, participants will become comfortable with the latest innovations taking place in the traditional didactic environment. For example, participants learn to engage students in team based learning activities and to direct flipped classroom education.  Other highlights of the program include instruction on the gamification of medical education, the creation of simulation cases, and the best strategies for oral-boards preparation. While participants develop hard skills like podcast or presentation production, they will also design multimodal curricula that they can then integrate into their own educational programs.

The ELITE conference is led by three UCI Emergency Medicine faculty in collaboration with three faculty from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. This year, 19 attendees came together from a variety of backgrounds including physicians, instructional designers and curriculum coordinators. Together, they worked through creating their own educational content. Collaboration is an essential part of ELITe and both instructors and co-attendees assist with new ideas and suggestions for content. There is a lot of time for hands-on practice with the skills with plenty of faculty to assist. The goal is for attendees to walk away with a ready-to-use didactic and the skills to make more engaging content in the future. We are proud to announce that 2019 was another successful ELITe conference and are looking forward to our next class!

Thank you for the special assistance of Arnie Shah, MS3, in preparation of this report.