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Teaching Opportunities

Please see below for a list of medical student and resident teaching opportunities, and pertinent contact information.

For an updated list of activities, please click this link.

Intern / Resident Peer Teaching

Noon Conference
Held daily at the VA, St. Raphael’s Hospital and York Street Campus at noon. Contact the Yale Traditional Internal Medicine or Primary Care/ Med-Peds (YPC/MP) Chiefs if you have a topic that you would like to present.

Yale Primary Care Ambulatory Didactic
Held Thursday mornings for the YPC/MP program. Teaching options include ambulatory morning report, or journal club. If interested in presenting, contact Dr. Sarita Soares.

Medical Student Teaching

HAVEN Medical Student Peer Teaching Feedback
The HAVEN elective is for 4th and 5th year medical students who want to spend more time working in the student run free medical clinic and receive credit for doing so. As part of this elective students are required to do a Saturday afternoon teaching session. CED residents can receive teaching credit by reviewing one of these teaching sessions via a video recording, documenting feedback, and meeting with the student to go over the feedback. Angela Kang.
Inpatient Medical Student Teaching

Various one-hour sessions comprised of case-based teaching for medical students on inpatient internal medicine clerkship rotations.

Medical Student Simulations

Residents work with faculty members at the Simulation Center to guide medical students through simulations of common medical cases, followed by a 20-minute chalk talk on the diagnosis of the day. Technicians help with the simulation and faculty members provide feedback on the resident’s teaching. Contact Anna Zimmerman

Medical Student Physical Exam Course

Residents interested in teaching in this course may serve as substitutes for faculty instructors

  • Faculty instructors work with first year medical students as they practice the basics of physical examination on each other
  • Groups meet on Thursday afternoons for 3 hours for 9 consecutive weeks during the spring semester
  • Instructors observe students, provide feedback, and correct write-ups
  • Optional instructor development sessions are available
  • Instructors receive a detailed syllabus
  • For more information contact  Dr. Joseph Donroe
Medical Student Interview Practice

Pre-clinical medical students learn patient-centered interviewing skills using the “5-step model” described in Smith’s Patient Centered Interviewing textbook. Third year students also participate in sessions on delivering difficult news. Faculty or resident instructors observe the students and provide feedback as students practice medical interview skills with standardized patients.

  • Attendance at a planning meeting each semester is required since the objectives of sessions change as students progress in their training
  • Development sessions are available to learn the “5-step model”
  • Time commitment is flexible
  • For more information contact Dr. Tara Sanft
End of Life Care Curriculum

End‐of‐life and palliative care skills are taught to medical students in a longitudinal curriculum spanning all four years of medical school.

  • First Year: Faculty and residents with experience in caring for patients at the end of life and/or personal experiences with death and dying participate in panel discussions with students
  • Second Year: Students join faculty and residents in visiting hospice or palliative care patients at facilities or in their homes
  • Third Year: Faculty and residents facilitate end-of-life case discussions and other workshops
  • Fourth Year: Faculty and residents supervise students in practicing communication skills related to end-of-life care
  • Time commitment is flexible
  • For more information contact Dr. Matthew Ellman
Clinical Reasoning Workshop Series
  • Faculty and residents teach clerkship level medical students about advanced concepts in clinical reasoning including metacognition and diagnostic error through the lens of clinical cases
  • Time commitment is flexible
  • Instructors are provided with background information on key clinical reasoning concepts and the clinical cases
  • Sessions are semi-structured, giving faculty and residents the opportunity to share their own experiences in making challenging clinical decisions
  • For more information contact Dr. Thilan Wijesekera
Miscellaneous Teaching Opportunities

Psychosocial communication: Facilitate a conversation with first-week medical students related their own essays about the psychosocial impact of illness.

  • Clinical correlates of bedside ultrasound: Faculty and residents provide physical examination correlates to ultrasound findings. No ultrasound experience is necessary although instructors may learn about ultrasound by participating in this activity Social History & Sexual Dysfunction: Faculty and residents observe and provide feedback to students practicing sensitive history questions on standardized patients
  • For more information on any of these sessions, contact Dr. Jaideep Talwalkar, Director of Clinical Skills