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Announcing the 6th International ABE Conference   May 7-11, 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL. 


The 2017 ABE and APHMG Conferences will overlap at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL, giving registrants from both associations the opportunity to attend both meetings at discounted registration fee.  Click on the links to see the full program and register.

6th International Conference of the Association of Biochemistry Educators: Teaching Biochemistry to Students of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy
May 07-11, 2017
Click here for ABE Registration.
Poster abstracts may be submitted during the registration process; a limited number of short oral presentations may be chosen for presentation during the Poster session.

23rd Annual Workshop of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics
May 09-12, 2017
Click here for APHMG Registration.

We hope to see you at Clearwater Beach in May!  

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ABE Elections for Board of Directors, 2017

Nominees for the ABE Board of Directors

Deadline for additional nominations is noon, May 8th

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A Note from Our Colleague Robert Bateman Regarding the Tornado in Hattiesburg, MS:

Friends and family:

Just a note to let you know that our family and property were not touched by the tornados, although one did pass within a few hundred yards of our house. WCU was damaged severely, as you can see in the local media (Hattiesburg American and WDAM.com). Six of our medical students were in one of the medical buildings that took a direct hit and had to be rescued by the police. Fortunately none were hurt. One medical student living in a nearby apartment had the roof ripped off while he was under his bed hanging onto the legs of the bed for dear life. He and a few others lost everything, so we are working to stabilize their situation.

WCU is basically abandoned right now as the insurance assessors get to work. The WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine has moved into the recently vacated USM nursing building and today my office is functional. USM President Rodney Bennett and the USM staff have been extremely supportive and I cannot say enough about their hospitality. I hope to take advantage of this “closeness” to introduce our students to the USM research programs and seminar series. It is a challenge to rearrange our curriculum to fit the available facilities and we are spending today and tomorrow hashing things out. It will work and we will come out stronger eventually. If you want to contribute to the support of students that lost much, I have included a link about donations to either the Student Tornado Relief, or the Tornado Damage Funds

Wish you all the best,

Bob 

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Metabolic Map for Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Association of Biochemistry Educators has been working with the National Board of Medical Examiners since 2015 to explore options for including a metabolic map in future licensing (Step 1 and Step 3), shelf and customized exams. The Pathways of Human Metabolism map, created by Tina Cowan and associates at Stanford University School of Medicine, has been adapted based on extensive feedback from ABE members. The Metabolic map is freely available to all (see link above). Please send any additional feedback or suggestions about the map to Janet Lindsley, Chair of the ABE Metabolic map working group at janet@biochem.utah.edu

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NEW and Exciting ABE Resources!!

Homeostasis Professional Mentoring Initiative (HPMI). It is imperative to our discipline that we strive to maintain homeostasis in our ranks and train a new generation of educators. The HPMI matches veteran members with less experienced colleagues in a one-to-one longitudinal mentoring relationship, to help our younger members become more successful educators and course directors.  For our veteran members, here is a chance to share your wealth of knowledge and experience with a younger faculty member.  For our younger members, this is a rare chance to seek advice from an established leader in education, curricular design and implementation, course integration, policy, etc.  More information about the HPMI is found in the ABE Members Only Resource section.

ABE Curricular Initiative.  Is your Department or Institution faced with the process of curricular revision? Have you been tasked with incorporating biochemistry and other foundational sciences into an integrated medical, dental, or pharmacy school curriculum? Are you being asked to adopt new methods of “learner-centered teaching”, or small group activities? Do you need assistance writing learning objectives or assessment items for your courses or linking them to institutional competencies?  The Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE) can assist you with all of the above and more! We currently have a membership of nearly 300 biochemistry faculty representing ~170 Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy across North American and the Caribbean. ABE members are educational and curricular leaders at their institutions. We have members with tremendous experience and expertise in all aspects of curricular design and integration, learner-centered teaching modalities, and educational scholarship.  If you would be interested in hosting one of our members for a visit to your institution to consult with you on these matters or to run discussions or interactive workshops, or would like more information about the ABE Curricular Initiative, click here

Want to see what has been recently published by ABE Members? Check out the ABE Conferences and Publications tab.

 


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