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Medical Students as Educators

Title of Elective: Medical Students as Educators (MSaE)
Preceptor(s): Anna Lama, MA
Location: West Virginia University Health Sciences Center
Duration of Elective: 4 weeks
Offered: Continuously
Max Number of Students: 15-20 


Brief Description: The Medical Students as Educators (MSaE) elective is a longitudinal teaching practicum for 4th year students (all campuses) interested in teaching and learning in medicine. Beginning on July 1 of their academic year, students in this rotation will complete course work on SOLE, accumulate classroom observation hours including a Simulation Day event in STEPS, co-facilitate small group teaching iterations, and plan and execute a final project related to teaching and learning. The overall purpose of this rotation is to equip students with the knowledge to develop basic teaching, presentation, and assessment skills that are necessary and useful in any residency discipline. Therefore, the MSaE rotation requirements should be completed in one full academic year.

Medical Knowledge (MK1-MK8) - Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences from medical school curriculum and apply this knowledge to a specific and detailed lesson plan. Students will learn how to gather information appropriate and germane to the lesson content, organize, prepare and deliver a product that aligns with a proposed educational project component.

Problem Based Learning & Instruction (PBL&I1-2, 4-5) - Students in this rotation will be engaged in literature review, teaching observations, reflections and discussion that are necessary for lifelong learning. Planned topics may include approaches to teaching, teaching methods, learning styles, assessment principles, planning and organizing a lecture or learning activity (e.g., PBL, TBL), developing content, etc.

Professionalism (PROF5) – Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate dress, responsibility, timeliness and punctuality for all assignments and observations.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills (I&CS4) – Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with course directors, physicians, and other students in the interdisciplinary setting of a classroom, small group, or other educational learning experience. Organize, prepare, and deliver an educational teaching project.

Methods to achieve objectives

Students will be required to meet objectives in the MSaE rotation through four distinct ways: (1) Complete learning module readings and reflections posted in SOLE that are germane to the topic of education, teaching and learning, and assessment; (2) Observe a set amount of classroom teaching observations (including Simulation in STEPS) and journal their experience from the prospective of an educator. The journal entries will be submitted as part of an assessment piece. (3) Co-facilitate a small group (e.g., PBL, CLG, Ethics) in multiple iterations and submit a reflection on the experience; (4) Develop and implement a final project proposal outlining their interest in classroom teaching or curriculum development. This project will be executed in person and assessed by the rotation director.

Examination procedures and evaluation criteria

Students will receive preceptor feedback on SOLE module assignments. Classroom observations and Small Group Co-facilitation is tailored to each student and faculty member schedule, and journal logs will be documented through SOLE. Students will submit all materials (i.e., reading reflections, journal observations, small-group facilitation reflection, project proposal and final lesson plan project) to the preceptor for review, and a pass/fail grade for successful completion of the rotation.

Pre-Rotation Instructions: Any student interested in scheduling this rotation will need to contact Anna Lama (alama@hsc.wvu.edu) before July 1 of the academic year for more information. Additions to the rotation after July 1 will be based on rotation availability.