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Elective Title: 02ZI701 — THE DOCTOR AS EDUCATOR


Working in an academic environment is one option besides private practice for medical school graduates. In this elective students will be introduced to the educational pedagogy for learning experiences and then apply them by participating in different teaching settings (i.e. clinical, lab, large group and small group settings) as well as designing curriculum (i.e. clinical skills, TBL, integrated cases, large group setting) to be taught by the student in the various settings. Students will utilize the educational framework, tools and strategies presented throughout the course in their class presentations and portfolio work. Students will demonstrate their skills and attitudes through communication, professionalism, self and peer assessment and life-long learning.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Fen-Lei Chang, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: IUSM - Fort Wayne

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate the skills of life long learning through: a) Application of current scientific research on learning when planning a lesson (PBLI1)

  • b) Evaluation of educational resources for accuracy and suitability (PBLI1)
  • c) Application of knowledge effectively (PBLI1)
  • 2) Demonstrate the skills of communication through: a) Effective oral and written communication through presentations and the portfolio (ISC5)
  • b) Effective facilitation in either a didactic session or non-didactic format, e.g. TBL, PBL, CBL (ISC5)
  • 3) Demonstrate personal growth through: a) Feedback as part of training and practice (PBLI2)
  • b) Recognition of personal strengths and limitations in relation to providing a learning experience (PBLI1)
  • c) Identification and usage of resources effectively to remedy personal limits in knowledge and experience (PBLI1)
  • 4) Demonstrate the skills for developing and implementing learning experiences through: a) Construction of strategies that address the diverse needs and learning styles of students (PBLI1)
  • b) Application of multiple methods of evaluation to determine students' learning (PBLI1)
  • c) Development of appropriate goals/objectives for different learning experiences (PBLI1)
  • d) Construction of strategies to achieve student understanding and retention (PBLI1)
  • e) Use of feedback in a learning environment (PBLI1)
  • f) Application of the IUSM competencies within all learning experiences (PBLI1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Portfolio Rubric; Teaching Experience Rubric (The Elective Course Director will complete all assessments for students with input from other IUSM faculty involved in the course. Students will complete a portfolio that tracks their progress to include self and/or peer assessments, coaching, research, classroom presentations, and curriculum development projects. The course director will observe the students conducting any teaching experience and provide feedback on their experiences.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-46

Time Distribution: 30% Clinical, 40% Library/Research, 30% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators.� For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573.� All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224) . Enrollment needs director's approval� �

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Student will have opportunities to develop teaching modules involving team work and team learning among medical students, nursing, pharmacy, and PT/OT students in a geriatric fall prevention clinic setting.

Service Learning Included: None