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On Sept. 9, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) student, Michael Blazaskie, a member of the MD Class of 2024 presented a session at Drexel University’s seventh annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment, held virtually.

Blazaskie presented a session entitled, “Assessment of Graduate Students’ Professional Identity Formation during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” along with Michelle Schmude, EdD, associate dean for admissions, enrollment management and financial aid and an associate professor.

Blazaskie earned his Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degree from GCSOM in 2019 and is ow a first-year medical student and was accepted to GCSOM’s Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program. With Dr. Schmude, he focused on the assessment of GCSOM’s service-learning model within its graduate professionalism course during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed community service activities, reflections on the experiences that enabled students to advance their professional identity and student resiliency during the global crisis will be discussed. The  session was designed to improve attendees understanding of how course and programmatic objectives can be achieved by students in an asynchronous, distanced setting while advancing their professional identity.

The conference annually gathers more than 500 higher education faculty and administrators to acknowledge that the quality of the student academic experience must be the driver behind all assessment and accreditation activities and to learn how to include as its focus students’ active engagement and understanding, along with the ability to assess it.

Michael Blazaskie, MD Class of 2024
Michael Blazaskie, MBS '19, member of the MD Class of 2024