Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS, Dean of the College of Chiropractic, represented Logan at the annual
conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) held in August in Helsinki, Finland.
The worldwide organization, which has
members in 90 countries on five continents,
promotes international excellence in
education in the health care professions
across the continuum of undergraduate,
postgraduate and continuing education.
Among the conference’s 4,000
attendees, Logan was the only U.S.
chiropractic school present. Highlights
included presentations on subjects from
curriculum mapping and mentoring to
enhancing student engagement.
Dr. DeBono’s poster presentation,
“Incorporation of the Spiral Curriculum
Model in Chiropractic Education,” discussed
ongoing results from Logan’s 2014
curriculum revision, which marked the
first time a spiral curriculum model was
incorporated in a U.S. chiropractic program.
The curriculum framework was modeled
after the Center for Medical Education
at the University of Dundee in Scotland, wherein patient care concepts are
introduced to novice students, then covered
repeatedly and with increasing levels of
complexity as the students’ foundational
science and clinical knowledge expands.
“From when the first cohort was
launched, we’ve seen a significant increase
in standardized board performance on the
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Part 1 exam,” said Dr. DeBono. “We’ve also
seen an increase in student performance on
clinical exams, floor evaluations and student
In addition to presenting his poster,
Dr. DeBono participated in many sessions,
including a two-day course on “Essential
Skills in Medical Education Assessment.”
Dr. DeBono had the opportunity to engage
in a small group with trauma surgeons and
pediatric oncologists to discuss the challenge
of assessing students.
“It’s easy to assess knowledge and skills,
but how you assess the professionalism
of students is a challenge,” he said. “It’s
not just the knowledge and skills, but the
attitude. Our goal is to teach students to be
effective, empathetic health care providers
while improving patient outcomes.”