Woodward Endowment

The Woodward Endowment for Medical Science Education promotes excellence in medical science education at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Hershey Medical Center by strengthening the educational mission and adding value to the clinical and research missions of the institution. Programs supported through the Woodward Endowment include grants for Innovation in Education and Research, the Woodward Education Scholar Award, the Woodward Lecture in Medical Science Education. Click on the tabs below for more information.

The Woodward Endowment also supports the Distinguished Educator Award, which recognizes individual faculty for outstanding accomplishments in education, and EdVenture, the annual celebration of education at PennState Hershey.

Helpful information on medical education research projects, research methods, and the medical education literature may also be found in the Harrell Library Guide for Medical Education Research at the following link: http://harrell.library.psu.edu/mededresearch.

The Woodward Steering Group 2012/2013 (pdf)

The Woodward Lecture in Medical Science Education

The Woodward Lecture and EdVenture education celebration, which it keynotes, provide a unique occasion for faculty to focus on our educational mission while gaining exposure to leaders in the medical education field and an opportunity to learn of the educational activities and accomplishments of their colleagues.

The Woodward Lecturer's visit to the campus occurs over 2-3 days, usually in April. The invited lecturer also engages in extensive discussion with groups involved in medical science education at Penn State  Hershey. The Woodward Lecturer is chosen annually by the Woodward Steering Group from nominations solicited from faculty and staff in the Fall of each year. 

Invited Lecturer:
L. Dee Fink, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma

Woodward Lecture
Medical Education:  Changes That Can Make a Big Difference
Time:  12:00 p.m.
Location:  Lecture Room D

Workshop
Want Your Students to Learn More?  Designing Your Courses for More Significant Learning
Time:  1:30 p.m.
Location:  Lecture Room D

View the 2013 Woodward Lecture
Peer-led Team Learning: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Educational Reform
Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Ph.D.

View the 2012 Woodward Lecture
Memorization or understanding:  Are we teaching the right thing?
Eric Mazur, Ph.D.

View the 2012 Woodward Workshop
"Engaging students one-on-one, all at once"
Eric Mazur, Ph.D.

View the 2011 Woodward Lecture
Highly Effective Teaching:  Why can't everyone be like me (or you)?
Daniel D. Pratt, Ph.D.

View the 2010 Woodward Lecture
Medical Education Reform and Premedical Requirement
Jules Dienstag, M.D.

View the 2009 Woodward Lecture
Meet Generation Next:  Today's Student in Professional Education and Entering the High-Stakes Workplace
Mark Taylor, M.S.W., Ed.D

2008 Woodward Lecture (not available to view)  
Teaching Content That Has No Home:  Case-Based Teaching in the Clinical Years
Michael Wilkes, M.D.

View the 2007 Woodward Lecture
From Lab Rat to Bureaucrat: Modern Support Structures for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs
G. Roger Chalkley, DPhil

View the 2006 Woodward Lecture
How People Learn:  Implications for Teaching and Curriculum
Geoffrey R. Norman, Ph.D.

View the 2005 Woodward Lecture
Health Professions Education:  Building the Bridges
Joan L. Shaver, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

 

Woodward Education Scholar Award

The Woodward Education Scholar Award supports various educational learning opportunities including travel to other institutions for training in health sciences education. The goal of the Award is the integration of the scholar's new knowledge or skills into our medical science education processes. To meet this goal, Woodward Education Scholars must meet high standards of scholarship and academic rigor in the planning and conduct of their projects.

Applicants for this award must be involved in the education mission of the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and may include faculty involved in undergraduate or graduate medical education, graduate student programs, or Penn State School of Nursing Programs on this campus. Applications for funding are reviewed biannually by the Woodward Steering Group from applications received in January and July.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Shantz, Woodward Project Manager at lms17@psu.edu or Lisa Harman, Administrative Support Assistant, lharman@hmc.psu.edu or call 531-8566.

Innovation in Education Projects and Research

These awards provide support for the implementation, evaluation, and publication of innovations in medical and biomedical science education. Supported activities may include educational research as well as the development and implementation of new curricula, tools, or teaching methodologies.

Applicants for this funding must be involved in the education mission of the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and may include faculty involved in undergraduate or graduate medical education, graduate student programs, or Penn State College of Nursing Programs on this campus. Applicants may also be eligible and are encouraged to apply for other competitive institutional support for innovations in education.

Level I Funding ($500-$3,000): to provide support for innovative pilot projects or one-time investments to improve a specific aspect of our education resources.

Level II Funding ($3,000-$25,000): for projects of larger scope that may have the potential to gain external funding. A successful Level II application will include a well-conceived theoretical justification, a detailed program description, and benchmarking data or narratives from other institutions (if available).

Applications for funding are reviewed biannually by the Woodward Steering Group from applications received in January and July.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa Shantz, Woodward Project Manager a lms17@psu.edu or Lisa Harman, Administrative Support Assistant, lharman@hmc.psu.edu or call 531-8566.