Office of Learning and Teaching
The Office of Learning and Teaching is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching across the medical curriculum by building a diverse and dynamic learning community.
Services for Students
Medical students are said to “drink from a firehose of information.” Even the best and brightest students are overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work. The Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) is designed to provide scaffolding for students to learn content, skills, and professionalism.
Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA)
This computer based assessment will be completed by all M1 students as part of their preparation to be Self-Directed learners. The LCME definition of Self-Directed learning is:
“Self-directed learning involves medical students’
1. self-assessment of learning needs;
2. independent identification, analysis, and synthesis of relevant information; and
3. appraisal of the credibility of information sources.”
For any questions, please contact the Office of Learning & Teaching at (313) 577-2015 or email OLT@med.wayne.edu.
Strategic Study Sessions
December 6, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
Services for Faculty
At the same time, OLT provides support for faculty instructors on how to best teach for student learning. Using the latest in learning and teaching literature, teachers work with instructional specialists on designing the best pedagogical methods for students to reach student learning objectives. OLT enhances curriculum by supporting, recognizing, and rewarding outstanding educators.
Any faculty members who would like to get one-on-one support related to instruction, curriculum, or assessment can begin by clicking here to complete a Faculty Support Inquiry form.
The course is a longstanding nationally-recognized teaching improvement effort designed to help faculty enhance versatility in teaching, better analyze and improve teaching encounters, and engage in collegial discussions about approaches to teaching.
These sessions will be facilitated by James Kruer, M.D. Dr. Kruer is the Internal Medicine Program Director for St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, Michigan. He has been facilitating the Stanford Faculty Development Program at Wayne State School of Medicine since 2008.
All sessions will last from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.. All session must be attended.
- Friday, February, 3, 2017
- Friday, February 10, 2017
- Friday, February 17, 2017
- Friday, February 24, 2017
A boxed lunch will be provided.
Register for this event.
Academic Boot Camp
Friday, April 31, 2017
Friday, May 7, 2017
Friday, May 14, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Lunch served at 12:00 p.m.
Objectives: Participants completing ABC will be able to describe
- Wayne curriculum
- Wayne technology for learning
- TBL & PBL at Wayne
- The medical learner by ACGME Domains of Competency
- Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning
Academic Boot Camp (ABC) is the first step in the professional development program for Wayne faculty and residents. It is a hands-on seminar and workshop on principles and practices for designing and conducting effective learning experiences including f2f and online courses, clerkships, electives, workshops, and other activities.
Each ABC offered is designed for the interests of the registered participants, so no two ABCs are identical. Each of these sessions is focused on preparing students to be outstanding physicians. Topics and activities include the latest research on student learning; setting objectives and assessing skills; scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); simulation; facilitating clinical reasoning; and using technology for learning.
Meals, texts, and other materials are provided at no charge to participants, but you must be registered to attend. There are a limited number of spaces available. Participants must be available to attend all three sessions.
To learn more about these sessions or for any questions, please contact the Office of Learning & Teaching at 313-577-2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Education Grand Rounds
Last Thursday of each Month, 5:30-7:00PM
Dinner served at 5:00PM
Medical Education Grand Rounds provide the opportunity for WSUSOM faculty members, professional staff, and interested students to address important topics about our students’ learning. After a light dinner, participants will engage in a seminar where they can learn and exchange information and ideas with each other. All sessions will include pre-reading and active learning. There is no charge, but pre-registration is necessary. Additional information will be send to registrants.
February 23, 2017
Who Are Our Medical Students? How Do They Learn? What Does That Mean for Our Teaching?
Laurie Richlin, Ph.D.
Simone Brennan, Ph.D.
Office of Learning and Teaching
How do students understand what their learning needs are before they find out that they have learning needs? How does the WSU School of Medicine help struggling students before they struggle? Developing student learning profiles provides a picture of a student’s readiness for medical education.
Starting with the class of 2020 students have completed multiple protocols used to develop learning profiles of their learning styles, study skills abilities, and research readiness.
Join us for this session to learn more about the profile that has been developed with this data and how it can be used to inform student support and curriculum decision making.
March 23, 2017
Introducing the Wayne Houses: WSU School of Medicine’s Student Learning Communities
Members of the 2016 Faculty Learning Community for Developing Student Learning Communities
Come find out about a new and exciting aspect of WSUSOM medical education! The 2016 Faculty Learning Community for Developing Student Learning Communities will report on its development and recommendations.
Medical school learning communities are environments where students and faculty members can establish close and sustained professional and personal connections, common goals, and most importantly, can learn together and from each other (Osterberg, et al., 2014).
Beginning in Fall, 2017, students of the Class of 2021 will be assigned to one of 8 “Wayne Houses,” where they will learn “everything about being a doctor except the science.” Students in coming years will be assigned as they enter WSUSOM, so that the Houses will have students from all four years. The Wayne Houses will engage students with a sense of personal membership, and provide an opportunity develop professional skills that will support their overall success in medical school.
Wayne Houses will require physician and pre-clinical faculty members to support the Wayne House curriculum: Profession of Medicine. Medical faculty across the country report being part of a student learning community is the “best job on campus,” and evidence shows that faculty who participate in learning communities are refreshed and renewed in their careers.
April 27, 2017
Empathy in Medical School Education
Dr. Katherine Rowell
In recent years, new and compelling research has been published examining the often noted “affective” domains of student learning. This presentation will explore exciting research on the importance of instructor empathy in increasing student learning and success. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own individual “empathy index.”
Educational Grants and Scholarship
Interested in doing an educational research project? The Office of Learning and Teaching can help you find grants, design your project, write up your results, and assist you in presenting and publishing your work. Send an email to email@example.com with your ideas and we will set up a time to meet!