The Teaching Course Alcatraz

13 Nov 2017 — 16 Nov 2017

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The Teaching Course is coming to San Francisco!


New York has served us extraordinarily well as the host city for our flagship course over the past several years (and we’ll be back!) but the pull of The Rock was too strong for us to ignore. #TTCAlcatraz is coming November 13th-16th, 2017.


If you’ve been to one of our courses in the past, you know to expect a whirlwind of meducational goodness not seen at any other conference within the world of medicine. But this year’s course is like nothing you’ve ever seen. We’ve again recruited an all-star cast of world-renowned educators, but this year we’re adding 4 preconference workshops that you won’t want to miss. All of the preconference workshops will be held on Monday, November 13th, with the main course to follow from November 14th thru 16th.






We’re extremely excited to announce a new partnership with TTC alum Haney Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow) and his brand new presentation design course, Keynotable. Keynotable is a workshop-style course specifically designed for medical professionals who want to give effective, engaging, and inspiring presentations.

This workshop-style preconference will cover every step you need to deliver powerful presentations. Working in both small and large groups, you’ll interact with course faculty and your colleagues to learn the skills necessary to brainstorm your idea, design your slides, and deliver your presentation.

Keynotable will host 2 half-day workshops. You can take one and combine it with one of the other preconference workshops below, or you can take both the morning and afternoon sessions.

For more information about Keynotable check out their website.





Soon to be its own independent course, we’re launching The Learning Course (TLC) at #TTCAlcatraz. A first in medical education, TLC will show you how to use cutting-edge learning principles and theories to most effectively learn any new topic of your choosing. If you’re an educator, you’re a learner, and if you’re attending #TTCAlcatraz, you’ll want to be at The Learning Course.




Trying to use all of that #FOAMed goodness to your advantage but work in a traditional academic setting? We’ve got you covered with SoMe2 – Social Media and Medical Education. With SoMe2, you’ll learn how to use social media and #FOAMed effectively within an academic setting, both in terms of incorporating content into curriculum design and in how to best use your social media presence and contributions to advance your career.





And no matter what role you play in the healthcare setting, we know that you’re impacted by stress, burnout, and mental illness in one way or another. This has been an issue for years, but now it’s time to stand up and recognize how it affects us, our colleagues, and our families. If wellness is important to you – and it should be – you’ll want to be there for the launch of ZenMed in November.



The Course
Think of The Teaching Course as a medical education, social media, and digital media extravaganza designed for any healthcare professional looking to make a difference in the world of their learners. Whether you're a physician, nurse, medic, or student, The Teaching Course is for you.

The Faculty
The Teaching Course Faculty are what set us apart. We've gathered world-renowned educators known for their enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate approach to medical education.

Scroll down to see the amazing lineup of educators in this year's lineup.

Why We're Awesome
You could say it's because of the learner-centered approach we take to designing the curriculum, the extensive interactivity and energy built into every lecture and workshop, or even the opportunity to network with a group of like-minded individuals. But really, it's because of YOU!


The Teaching Course 2017 will be held at Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco
545 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 USA


An unforgettable location.

An unforgettable city.

An unforgettable experience.


Block rates are available at two hotels:
Hotel Zeppelin / 415-321-5124
Group Code: TTC Flagship

Hotel G
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The Teaching Institute
The Team

Our Team

Salim Rezaie
Course Director, The Teaching Course
Anand Swaminathan
Chief Operations Officer
Ashley Liebig
Director of Logistics & CME
Julie Derringer

2017 Course Faculty

Emergency / Critical Care physician and ultrasound enthusiast
Haney Mallemat
MD, University Hospital Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Iain Beardsell
Medical Education Research Fellow, Division of Emergency Medicine at The University of Washington
Jeff Riddell
MD, Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine, Stanford University
Nikita Joshi
Masters of Education and Ultrasound Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Adaira Chou
Emergency Physician, Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael’s Hospital
Christopher Hicks
PhD Candidate, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Advanced Clinician Social Worker
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Liz Crowe
EM/CC Physician Specializing in Resuscitation & Emergency Department Critical Care
Scott Weingart
Paediatric Surgeon, Surgical Oncology, Neonatal Surgery and Trauma, Sheffield Children's Hospital
Ross Fisher
Assistant Professor and EM Clerkship Director at The University of Maryland
George Willis
Chief Technology Officer
Will Sanderson

Nov 14

8:00 am - 8:15 amBREAKFAST
8:15 am - 8:30 amIntroductionSwaminathan
8:30 am - 9:00 amJohn Hinds Memorial Plenary

Importance of Education

9:00 am - 9:30 amIcebreaker Activity
9:30 am - 10:00 amPresentation DesignFisher
10:00 am - 10:30 amCOFFEE BREAK
10:30 am - 11:00 amPresentation Tools in EducationMallemat
11:00 am - 12:00 pmImprovisation for EducatorsChou, Beardsell
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLUNCH
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmStress Inoculation - The ConceptHicks
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmStress Inoculation - The WorkshopHicks, Swaminathan
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmSocial Media WorkshopRezaie, Sanderson
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmCOFFEE BREAK
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmFaculty QA Panel
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmWrap UpSwaminathan

Nov 15

8:00 am - 8:15 amBREAKFAST
8:15 am - 8:45 amWellness in MedicineCrowe
8:45 am - 9:15 amWhy Are Innovations in Curriculum Design Important/NeededJoshi
9:15 am - 10:00 amHow to Introduce a New CurriculumChou
10:00 am - 10:15 amCOFFEE BREAK
10:15 am - 12:00 pmDesigning a Great CurriculumRiddell, Willis, Swaminathan, Rezaie, Joshi, Chou, Fisher
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLUNCH
1:00 pm - 3:00 pmAdvanced Podcasting SessionSwaminathan, Rezaie, Weingart, Beardsell
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmCOFFEE BREAK
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmBetter Bedside Teaching WorkshopRezaie, Chou, Swaminathan, Beardsell
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmFaculty QA Panel
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmWrap UpSwaminathan

Nov 16

8:00 am - 8:15 amBREAKFAST
8:15 am - 8:45 amKeynote: Am I Any Good? The Feedback MindsetSwaminathan
8:45 am - 9:15 amLeadership in MedicineLiebig
9:15 am - 10:00 amMake it Stick: Evidence Based Practices for Better Teaching and LearningRiddell
10:00 am - 10:30 amCOFFEE BREAK
10:30 am - 12:00 pmFeedback WorkshopLiebig, Willis, Crowe
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLUNCH
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmRemediationWillis, Joshi
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmRemediation WorshopWillis, Crowe, Beardsell, Joshi
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmCOFFEE BREAK
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFaculty QA
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmWrap UpSwaminathan
Partnership With The ALiEM Faculty Incubator Program


We will pay for course tuition, hotel, and flight for one fellowship to be chosen by the ALiEM Faculty Incubator team.

Find out more on the ALiEM website.

European Society for Emergency Medicine
European Society for Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Association of Turkey
Emergency Medicine Association of Turkey
International Federation for Emergency Medicine
International Federation for Emergency Medicine
Swedish Society for Emergency Medicine
Swedish Society for Emergency Medicine
Sociedad Chilena De Medicina De Urgencia
Sociedad Chilena De Medicina De Urgencia
Social Media and Critical Care
Social Media and Critical Care
Ultrasound Podcast
Ultrasound Podcast

Option 1


MD, DO, Attending/Consultant

Option 2


Residents/Registar, RN, Pre-Hospital, Pharm-D, etc.


Keynotable: Stories & Slides (AM)


Keynotable: Standing & Speaking (PM)


Keynotable 2 Sessions


ZenMed (PM)


Social Media & Med Ed (AM)


The Learning Course (PM)


Pick 2: SoMe2 + TLC


Pick 2: SoMe2 + ZenMed


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