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Teaching in New Ways: The Importance of Faculty Development

May 6, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

The Academy at Harvard Medical School
Medical Education Grand Rounds
Teaching in New Ways: The Importance of Faculty Development

Barbara A. Cockrill, MD
Harold Amos Academy Associate Professor
Director of Faculty Development, The Academy at Harvard Medical School

In August 2015, HMS embarked on a new journey:  The Pathways Curriculum.   In a major undertaking, not only were courses completely redesigned, but the effort incorporated a change in pedagogy.  In Pathways pedagogy, learning is recognized as a joint responsibility shared by student and faculty.  Guiding principles of the Pathways pedagogy include an emphasis on critical thinking, accountability for self-directed learning, and classroom interactivity-student-student, student-teacher and teacher-teacher.

The change in instructional methods represented a challenge for students, but also required a transformation for faculty.  How do faculty best facilitate a discussion with forty students?  How do faculty best prepare “homework” for student preparation?  Should homework be reading, videos,  prepared syllabus material?  How do faculty of different specialties best work together as paired teachers?  Although we don’t have all of the answers (as the “answers” often differ for each course), we are on the way to a cohesive program. In this session, we will discuss the faculty experience and propose some “best practices” learned from the launch of the Pathways curriculum. This session is also intended to serve faculty in clinical rotations and advanced science courses to better characterize the experience of students who will be joining them soon!

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