Finding Meaning in Medical Education

Enduring - This is a virtual, asynchronous educational session that is part of the Center for Faculty and Professional Development’s Foundations in Medical Education Grand Rounds series.

About the Speaker: William Cutrer, MD, MEd received his medical degree with high distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed his Pediatrics residency, chief residency and Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He also has a Masters of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cutrer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). He is actively involved in medical student education, including curriculum development, student assessment, and program evaluation, where he serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. Additionally, he serves as the Associate Vice President for Educational Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) where he oversees the simulation center and ongoing learning environment efforts. ​​

Dr. Cutrer is very interested in understanding how students learn in the workplace and how to help them more effectively. He was the Vanderbilt PI for their participation in the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education (ACE) Consortium, and was the leader of the Vanderbilt team participating in the AAMC pilot project Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (Core EPAs). He currently serves as the Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). He has published and presented widely on these topics. 

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers.  Other learner groups, such as. residents, fellows, medical students, non-clinician educators, GME program administrators and other education staff would also benefit from this education.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • describe important contributions to dissatisfaction and burnout at work
  • analyze potential strategies for finding meaning in work
  • draft a personal action plan to consider and pilot test strategies for finding meaning in work
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 1.00 ANCC
    • 1.00 Participation Credit
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 

    Finding Meaning in Medical Education

    This is an asynchronous enduring material activity.
    Activity Director
    Robert Cooney, MD, MSMedMEd
    Associate Dean, Faculty Development
    Geisinger Medical Center
    William Cutrer, MD, MEd
    Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM)


    In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for 1 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.


    This Geisinger continuing education activity is designed for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only.  Information and opinions offered by the contributors represent their viewpoints.  Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

    While Geisinger makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered.  The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

    Terms of Approval

    February 2, 2024 - February 2, 2027

    Original release date

    February 2, 2024

    Peer Review

    On February 2, 2024, this continuing education online material was reviewed by Courtney Hugo, MEd, MSLS, Manager, Continuing Education, Geisinger, Danville, PA. To ensure the scientific relevance of this enduring material, its contents will be reviewed again in February 2027.


    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activities sponsored by the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

    If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial or promotional bias, please inform us by using the commercial bias comments box on the evaluation form.  Please answer the questions about balance on the CE activity evaluation form candidly.

    The following individual(s) have reported no financial or other relationships with commercial entities who products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

    Courtney Hugo, MEd, MSLS, William Cutrer, MD, MEd, Nicole Woll, PhD, MEd, Rob Cooney, MD, MSMedEd, Karen Tillotson, PA-C, Rebecca Stoudt, DNP, PhD, CRNA, Daniel Longyhore, PharmD, Annie Seif, BS, and Kristi Shirk, BA.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 1.00 ANCC
    • 1.00 Participation Credit


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