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There is a link between wonder and humility. Humility is a key process in cultural understanding because when you are curious you seek to understand and when you understand you develop empathy, and when you develop empathy you develop a connection. – Andy Stoll



EVMS's Live Humble Faculty Growth Initiative brings faculty awareness surrounding cultural humility while supporting the Live Humble QEP and the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan: Advancing Health Equity and Inclusion. The certificate program requires approximately 13 hours of combined live sessions and eModules. Ultimately, the goal is for the EVMS community to walk away from encounters saying "I was respected and I was heard." The pilot program launched in November 2021 and starting Spring 2022 the certificate program will be available to faculty in the M1/M2 years and progressing to faculty in the M4 years. Please check back for updates. 

To support faculty in understanding the Live Humble approach embraced by EVMS, while cultivating self-awareness and reflection surrounding cultural humility and the key attributes of empathy, respect, trust, and active listening, that are associated with implementing a culturally humble approach in the curriculum.

  • Articulate the concept of cultural humility and examine cultural humility aspects/attributes that are applicable to the learning environment in the context of one’s own personal and professional practice

  • Apply generalizable practices associated with a culturally humble approach including trust, respect, empathy, and active listening, regardless of the setting or situation.

  • Reflect on one’s own culture and identity, and how it impacts your interactions and ability to provide culturally humble experiences.

The curriculum for Live Humble Faculty Growth Initiative is based on an institution-wide needs assessment, a comprehensive literature review, and conversations with colleagues internal and external to EVMS.  Kern's six-step approach was used as a guide to frame the development of the program. 

Over the course of the certificate program, six workshops will be conducted complemented by asynchronous eModules and workshop preparation materials, designed as flipped learning encounters.  Workshops will address factors that affect culturally humble interactions and be applicable to the different learning environments throughout the curriculum including classroom, lab, small group setting, and ambulatory settings including clinic and bedside. Themes that will thread through the program include building trust, respect, and empathy within the context of (i) the Live Humble Approach at EVMS, (ii) the culturally humble learning environment, (iii) active listening, (iv) student-centered 'interviewing' to guide 1:1 encounters, (v) feedback and assessment. 

Emphasis will focus on carefully guiding faculty to co-construct their learning and development of critical self-reflection behaviors. Critical self-reflection will thread through activities in addition to content that includes structural inequity, micro and macro aggressions, unconscious bias, and others. Various cases and resources such as; short stories, TED talks, works of art, podcasts, journal articles, and more. will be explored throughout the program to invoke discussion. These will be delivered in the modality of pre-workshop materials. Educational Grand Rounds will be offered that enhance a certain aspect of cultural humility.

Faculty will understand and perform cultural humility encounters and be role models with each other, students, patients, and indirectly staff. Scenarios, case studies, and videos will be context-specific to the pre-clerkship and clerkship learning environment to elicit authentic situational context.

Stated learning outcomes guide learning objectives, which direct learning experiences and measures through a series of assessments including pre and post-measures, formative Objective Structured Teaching Exercises, and Peer Observations.

An External Academic Advisory Board (EAAB) was created to support the Department in accomplishing the goal and objectives for the Live Humble Faculty Growth Initiative. Combined the board has years of experience in medical education, faculty development, and cultural humility.  During the 2021-2022 academic year, the EAAB is seeking to help advance research, creation, and implementation of the initiative. 

The EAAB consists of:

  • Dr. Cynthia Foronda RN, Ph.D., CNE, CHSE, ANEF an Associate Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Dr. Larry Gruppen Ph.D. a Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School
  • Dr. Patricia O’Sullivan EdD a Professor of Medicine and Surgery, and Director of Research and Development in Medical Education at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Dr. LuAnn Wilkerson EdD an Associate Dean for Evaluation & Faculty Development and a Professor of Medical Education at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • Dr. Elza Mylona Ph.D., MBA a Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness, Founding Director of the Fine Family Academy of Educators, and Professor of Internal Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Judith Taylor-Fishwick MSc a Director of Professional Development, Assistant Director of the Fine Family Academy of Educators, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Ashley Potter MSEd an Assistant Director of Professional Development at Eastern Virginia Medical School 

Live Humble Events for All Faculty

All sessions are being held virtually via Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom until further notice. 

Academic Year 2021-2022

Date TimeDescription



Sept. 17


2 – 4 p.m. 


Promoting Inclusive Learning Environment via Active Bystander Training: How Faculty can Address Microaggressions

 Watch Informational Recording


Nicole Jacobs, PhD 


Nov. 4


Noon - 1 p.m. 

Educational Grand Rounds

Mitigating Bias and Integrating Equity in Medical Education: A Checklist-Based Approach

Watch Session Recording


Amy E. Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS, HEC-C 

Dec. 9

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Sponsored by WiMS (open to all)

Building Inclusive Teams 


Magali Fassiotto, PhD

Jan. 19

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Fostering Reflective Capacity With Interactive Reflective Writing:

“Reflection Apprenticeship” for Learner and Teacher


Hedy Wald, PhD 

Jan. 27

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

AAMC Virtual Seminar

Legacy of Medicine During the Holocaust and its Contemporary Relevance 

Watch Session Recording


 Hedy Wald, PhD 

March 24

Noon - 1 p.m.

Educational Grand Rounds

Professional Identity (Trans)Formation for Flourishing in Health Professions Education & Practice


Hedy Wald, PhD 

April 6  1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 


The Link Between Humility and Medical Education 

Watch Session Recording


 Stephen G. Post, PhD 

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Judith C. Taylor-Fishwick, MSc.

Director, Professional Development
Assistant Director, Fine Family Academy of Educators
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Eastern Virginia Medical School
PO Box 1980, Norfolk VA 23501-1980

Ashley Potter, MS. Ed (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director of Professional Development

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Eastern Virginia Medical School
PO Box 1980, Norfolk VA 23501-1980
757.446.8913 |