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Virtual Education Program

Beyond Survival: Thriving in Psychiatric Education

Virtual meetings are everywhere, and yet feeling part of an interactive and supportive academic community has gotten more complex. In addition, the virtual environment has amplified aspects of social and demographic disparities that lurk in the academic environment.  In lieu of the annual meeting in September (postponed due to Covid-19), AAP will be hosting a series of online workshops highlighting educational skill-building and discussions of strategies to foster inclusivity, equitability, and anti-racism in the academic environment. Given the world’s “new normal,” we are going to emphasize strategies to continue to positively grow and develop your academic career, teaching & mentoring skills, and educational programming, rather than to just “get through this until things are normal again.” Programming includes real-time mentorship opportunities as well as time to connect with colleagues across the world. Join us for an educational program designed in the interactive and collaborative format you’ve come to expect from the AAP.

~ Lewis P. Krain, MD
Virtual Education Program Chair

Virtual Education Program Registration

Registration open October 9, 2020 - April 6, 2021.

Virtual Education Program Details

AAP is pleased to provide an online opportunity for academic psychiatrists and their colleagues to connect and collaborate through the AAP Virtual Education Program. Six educational sessions will be offered on the second Tuesday of the month from 4:00pm - 6:00pm (central time) beginning November 10, 2020 through April 13, 2021. Each virtual session will have an hour-long educational presentation followed by an optional moderated, informal discussion (estimated one hour).

Join your colleagues to learn more about and discuss the following important topics:

November 10, 2020: Freedom from PowerPoint: Planning a Highly Effective Learning Session
Presenters: Lora Wichser, MD, University of Minnesota (AAP Member 6 years); Katharine Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota (AAP Member 6 years); Jonathan Homans, MD, University of Minnesota (AAP Member 3 years)

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

1: Quickly identify your audience’s prior knowledge during a virtual active learning session.
2: Apply the “Minnesota Arc” to efficiently engage your audience for any given educational activity, including virtual.
3: Efficiently create an effective virtual education session which incorporates evidence-based learning theory.

December 8, 2020: Zoom & Distance Mentoring
January 12, 2021: Inclusivity & Anti-Racism in Academics
February 9, 2021: Virtual Recruiting: Lessons Learned
March 9, 2021: Building Virtual Learning Communities & Wellness
April 13, 2021: Becoming a More Equitable Educator

In addition to registering for the six presentations, AAP will have more community building offerings available over the next 6-8 months, for no additional charge: examples include: interest group sessions, poster reviews, WIPs/Educators Showcase, social gatherings and more.

Once registration has been paid, participants will be required to pre-register for each session by clicking the link provided in their confirmation or reminder emails.  Registration will open one month prior to each session and close 1 week prior to session. We will send regular reminders to all AAP Virtual Education Program registrants about the upcoming sessions so signing up even a week in advance is possible. At 9:00am (central time), on the morning of the presentation, we will email each pre-registrant a unique entry code allowing access into the session.

PLEASE NOTE: The AAP Virtual Education Program does not offer CME credits.

Please share information about the 2020-21 AAP Virtual Education Program with your colleagues on your social media using #AAPVirtual20_21

Please contact Lisa Hedrick at or 770-222-2265

2020 Posters

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Stay tuned! More to come!