Educational Methodologies & Student Assessment

Students will learn in a variety of methods depending on the elective experience they choose. These electives will emphasize one-on-one interaction between the student and teacher. The methods employed include working in the inpatient and outpatient settings under supervision of physicians, oral and written case presentations, and education in specialized testing procedures used in the specialty. Attendance of lectures and seminars specific to the elective is required. Non-clinical electives will involve practical hands-on learning under the supervision of the sponsoring expert, based on the objectives and competencies as outlined in the specific course description. Conference attendance will require the student to submit a copy of the paper or oral presentation along with a conference schedule and attendance at conference sessions to qualify for credit. Self-directed learning is an integral aspect of this elective. For student directed electives, the sponsor will be required to identify the objectives of the electives with a brief description of how these will be met along with the competencies addressed by the elective. Other methods employed include journal keeping for international electives, community health and service electives, or project reports for research electives.

Student assessment methods are defined as are appropriate to specific electives to determine credit or no credit, with optional narrative on Medical School Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter). Criteria for granting credit are attendance, effort, and achievement of minimum standards of performance as laid down by the sponsoring department. Summative evaluation will be provided to each student by the sponsoring faculty or person. Formative feedback by all members of the sponsoring team and the student is encouraged.


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