Medical Students as Educators

Title of Elective: Medical Students as Educators
Preceptor(s): Anna Lama, MA,
Location: West Virginia University Health Sciences Center
Duration of Elective: 4 weeks
Offered: Continuously
Max Number of Students: 8 


Brief Description: This is a 4-week teaching practicum for 4th year students interested in teaching and learning in medicine. Students in this rotation will complete course work on SOLE, accumulate classroom observation hours, 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.

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 complete weekly readings and reflections posted in SOLE that are germane to the topic of education, teaching and learning, and assessment. Students will be required to observe a set amount of classroom teachings and journal their experience from the prospective of an educator. The journal will be submitted as part of an assessment piece. Finally, students will submit 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 are tailored to each student and faculty member schedules, and journal logs will be documented through SOLE. Students will submit all materials (i.e., reading reflections, journal observations, 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: Contact Anna Lama, one week prior to the rotation start date.