Dr. Liu and his collaborator, Martin Klapheke, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, received the award for their Clinical Simulation Initiative, a project that provides a free national database of online psychiatric teaching cases.
This is the third year for the project, which now encompasses seven online modules dealing with various psychiatric topics.
See Dr. Liu's module.
"Eventually, we'd like one for each psychiatric disorder," Dr. Liu said.
"It's like the stone soup model," he said.
For the module he created on adolescent depression, Dr. Liu drew on teammates from throughout the campus -- Paul Paulman, M.D., was a featured player in the film, which is posted on the ADMSEP website and was sponsored by the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.
"When these modules get created, they become the official national curriculum," he said.
One advantage of the modules is that they can illustrate for medical students situations they might not have encountered in the learning environment.
"If they have not seen something, they can at least simulate the experience," he said. "You should know about eating disorders, but if you haven't seen a patient with an eating disorder, you can watch the module."
A learner-centered mission requires meeting the students where they are, and today's students are online, he said.
"From the students' perspective, they always want what's best and most efficient," Dr. Liu said.
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dele Davies, M.D., applauded Dr. Liu's accomplishment.
"In a relatively short period of time, Dr. Liu has established a reputation as a national leader on e-learning through use of his considerable expertise in a collaborative fashion to benefit psychiatric education nationwide," Dr. Davies said. "This model is one that is likely to be adopted by other disciplines in medicine and other areas of health education."
The modules also allow for what Dr. Liu called a "flipped classroom," in which students watch an e-learning module, then come to class to see the lessons put into practice.
"They can watch a 10-minute video on the basics of de-escalation (helping a patient in a state of anger or distress to become calmer), and when they come to class, we do a simulation -- we have an actor, and the team of students can de-escalate him."
Great work Dr. Liu!
Way to go Howard! Mary