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Faculty Development: Using interactive platforms to enhance integration of basic science into clinical experience

Please join the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLAS) team from SMHS Education Resources on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at noon (Central ST) for a faculty development session presented by Amanda Haage, Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences), Laura Nichols, M.D. (Internal Medicine), and Sarah Sletten, Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences) entitled “Using interactive platforms to enhance integration of basic science into clinical experience.”

Live virtual meeting (recorded for later viewing): Join Zoom Meeting (

As part of the current medical curriculum redesign, this group of medical educators was tasked with developing methods for integrating basic science concepts into the Phase 2 curriculum. Over the past year they have put into practice a series of three workshops centered on the clinical presentation of “shortness of breath” as interactive learning sessions during the internal medicine clerkship. These clerkship sessions are repeated for each internal medicine clerkship rotation. They utilize an interactive learning platform that anonymously poses questions to students in combination with zoom allowing all students to attend simultaneously across all campuses. These learning sessions are led collaboratively by a clinician and a basic scientist.

For this TLAS session, the presenters will demonstrate an active learning session by using the example of one of the actual patient cases, give insights into the development process of these active learning sessions, and share their thoughts on how this model could be expanded to clerkships in other clinical sciences departments.

This faculty development session is hosted by the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship unit of Education Resources and the Office of Education and Faculty Affairs. This series showcases topics of interest to the medical and health education community and is free and open to anyone. Previous sessions can be streamed at any time from our website.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to suggest a future meeting topic, please contact Adrienne Salentiny (