EL Teaching and Learning Center Medical Education Elective

This elective provides health care professional students with a unique opportunity to work together and explore their roles as teachers. The role of health care providers is deeply intertwined with their role as teachers - of patients and their families, of students, and of peers. The goal of this elective is to introduce health care professional students to their role as teachers. The elective makes use of didactic lectures, observations, group exercises, and teaching activities with the help of diverse and talented faculty in order to facilitate the development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to help students develop their experience and identity as teachers as they transition to the next phase of their career.
The objectives of the Medical Education Elective are:
1. To develop specific skills that will allow students to teach more effectively in various clinical and classroom scenarios.
2. To observe and explore how to learn from role models in the workplace.
3. To describe the characteristics of effective teachers.
4. To describe the current state of health care education, with a focus on educational theory and evidence derived from the education literature.
5. To develop the attitudes that place a strong emphasis on the value of teaching to promote learning.
Assessment will be built into the elective through self-reflection and feedback from peers and faculty. These will include homework assignments 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 09/26/2016-10/7/2016

Student’s Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year and beyond for MD and/or MD/PhD. PA and RN students based on their schedule and availability.

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.