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Reimagining Remediation: Supporting Growth and Flourishing

  • April 26, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


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In the complex, dynamic environment of health professions education, there will inevitably be moments where improvements or course corrections are necessary for individuals, whether students or faculty, to fully meet performance expectations. Although remediation can have a negative connotation, it represents an opportunity to support a growth mindset, culture of continuous learning and ultimately flourishing — when approached from a positive, constructive perspective. Using a framework for flourishing as a lens for re-examining current practices can move us toward that goal. Explore how the foundational concepts of character, caring and practical wisdom can help us reimagine remediation processes for the better and shape educational environments where all those within can truly flourish.

Kimara Ellefson, MBA

National Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Kern National Network for Flourishing in Medicine

As the national director of strategy and partnerships for the Kern National Network for Flourishing in Medicine (KNN), Kimara Ellefson fosters long-term engagement with individuals and groups across the healthcare ecosystem and society. She also provides operational leadership for the KNN program office while helping to shape strategic plans for expanding the KNN’s work and influence. Kimara’s three-part leadership philosophy—put people first, seek to understand, and get to yes—supports strong relationships and inspires collaboration. Kimara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Business Administration, and she is currently pursuing her EdD. Ultimately, she endeavors to influence cultures and relationships through systems change in a way that helps all flourish.

Sonia Nagy Chimienti, MD, FIDSA

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Sonia Chimienti’s extensive educational leadership spans the spectrum of undergraduate and graduate medical education, including directing both preclinical and clinical undergraduate medical education courses, leading curriculum, educational policy development and student affairs, and directing infectious diseases fellowship training programs. In her current role, Dr. Chimienti leads the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program at Geisel. In addition to managing the UME Affairs Office, she is also responsible for oversight of other UME offices and programs, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Student Services, dual degree programs, the anatomical gift program, and biomedical libraries. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Chimienti has maintained her commitment to clinical service, providing care for patients with immune compromise or general infectious diseases. She is a member of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellows Class of 2019.

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