Building on the Positive: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Teach Students and Residents

Tuesday, Apr 10 2018 @ 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Fairbanks Hall (FS) ,5005

Presenter(s): Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, PhD
Audience: Faculty


Physicians and scientists are traditionally taught to be problem-solvers: we identify what is going wrong and develop a plan to solve the problem. However, an alternative approach in medical education is Appreciative Inquiry (AI), which adopts a strengths-based approach to identify ‘what is going well’ with a situation, and how those strength areas can help learners overcome challenges.

In this session, participants will explore the concept of AI in the context of medical education. Using activities and cases, participants will:

  • Define appreciative inquiry, and describe how the approach is useful in medical education
  • Identify situations when AI might be a useful approach to advise and mentor learners
  • Practice using AI techniques in conversations with learners

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 278-3089 or by email at