EL Teaching and Learning Center Medical Education Elective

The word “doctor” is derived from the Latin docēre, which means “to teach.” Indeed, the role of physicians as care providers is deeply intertwined with their role as teachers - of patients, of students, and of peers. The goal of this rotation is to introduce medical students to their role as teacher before they begin residency and better prepare them for this role. It makes use of didactic lectures, observations, group exercises, and teaching activities with the help of a diverse and talented set of faculty in order to facilitate the development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to help our students develop their experience and identity as teachers as they transition from medical school into residency.

Assessment will be built into the elective through self-reflection and verbal and written feedback from peers and faculty. These will include homework assignments or feedback in group exercises and teaching activities. Students will also be asked to self-assess their previous knowledge of and exposure to each of the topics described in the course. All students will complete a set of objective structured teaching encounters (OSTEs) at the end of the course. They will be directly observed by faculty facilitators.

Length of Rotation: 2 weeks (maximum-12 students)

Scheduling Restriction(s): Only available 09/21/2015 - 10/02/2015

Student’s Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year and beyond for MD and/or MD/PhD

Prerequisite(s): N/A

Accept Visiting Students: US - no; Int'l - yes.  Visiting international students may combine this two-week elective with another elective to meet the four-week elective minimum requirement.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. To develop specific skills that will allow students to teach more effectively in various clinical and classroom scenarios (work rounds, grand rounds, physical diagnosis rounds, operating room, morning report, noon conference) that they will experience during their residency.
  2. To observe and learn from role models in the field of medical education and describe the characteristics of effective teachers.
  3. To describe the current state of medical education, with a focus on educational theory and evidence derived from the medical education literature.
  4. To explore how students can integrate their roles as clinician and educator regardless of career goals.
  5. To develop the attitudes that place a strong emphasis on the value medical education.