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♦  University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine

♦  OSU Wexner College of Medicine

♦  Georgetown School of Medicine

♦  Stonybrook School of Medicine

 


 

Recent Learning Communities Publications by LCI Members

 

 

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Read about the impact of learning communities to enhance connectedness between students and faculty in a study published by Young Investigator Award winner Dr. Katherina Brandl (UCSD)

 

Small group activities within academic communities improve the connectedness of students and faculty. Katherina Brandl, R. Ph., PhD, Stephen Schneid, MHPE, Sunny Smith, MD, Babbi Winegarden, PhD, Jess Mandel, MD, and Carolyn Kelly, MD

The implementation of a new curriculum with more small group educational activities including academic communities enhanced connectedness between students and faculty and resulted in an increased sense of community.
 
 

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Read about the association of learning communities with a more positive learning environment in a large multi-institutional study led by Sunny Smith (UCSD)

 

Medical Student Perceptions of the Learning Environment: Learning Communities Are Associated With a More Positive Learning Environment in a Multi-Institutional Medical School Study. Sunny Smith, MD, and Dunham L, Dekhtyar M, Dinh A, Lanken PN, Moynahan KF, Stuber ML, Skochelak SE.

This large multi-institutional cohort study found that LCs at medical schools were associated with more positive perceptions of the LE by preclerkship students.
 
 

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Read about the use of the faculty learning community (FLC) model to design student learning communities (SLCs) at Wayne State University School of Medicine in an article published by Laurie Richlin, PhD (Wayne State University).

 

Using the Faculty Learning Community Model to Design Medical Student Learning Communities.

Laurie Richlin, PhD, Rod D. Braun, PhD, Steven Daveluy, MD, Jack Folbe, MD, Mitchell Gauger, BS, Lisa MacLean, MD, Jennifer Medez, PhD, Nathan Nartker, BS, and Michael C. Webber, PhD.

In this article, we have described our experience using an FLC to develop medical school SLCs. The process of discovering what learning communities actually are as we worked to develop the SLCs was a ma- jor contributor to the success of our FLC. The inclusion of input from all stakeholders also was important in the process. We believe that the use of the FLC to develop the WSU SOM SLCs resulted in a much better product than we would have achieved using a different process, and we highly recommend the use of this model in the development of future SLCs.
 
 

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Read about the impact of learning communities on interpersonal relationships among medical students in a study published by Young Investigator Award winner Dr. Eve Privman-Champaloux (University of Virginia)

 

The impact of learning communities on interpersonal relationships among medical students.

Eve Privman-Champaloux, MD-PhD candidate and Meg Keeley, MD

This work is the first to investigate the effects of learning communities on interpersonal relationships among medical students and finds that learning communities positively impact both social and educational medical student bonds.
 
 

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Read about a new measure to assess students’ perceptions of the medical school learning environment in a study published by Robert Shochet (Johns Hopkins), founding Chair of LCI

 

The Johns Hopkins learning environment scale: measuring medical students’ perceptions of the processes supporting professional formation  Robert Shochet, MD, Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, and Scott Wright, MD

The JHLES is a new measure to assess students’ perceptions of the medical school LE, with supporting validity evidence and content describing the social, relational, and academic processes of medical school that support students’ professional formation.
 
 

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Read about the benefits to faculty involved in medical school learning communities in a new study published by James Wagner (Univ of Texas – Southwestern) and other LCI leaders!

 

Benefits to faculty involved in medical school learning communities James Wagner, MD, MSc, Amy Fleming, MD, Kevin Moynahan, MD, Meg Keeley, MD, and Robert Shochet, MD

Academic clinical faculty members reported serving as a mentor in an LC was a strong source of job satisfaction.  LC may be a tool for retaining clinical faculty members in academic careers.
 
 

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Read about the validity of tools used to assess medical students’ and residents’ perceptions of the learning environment in a study led by Jorie Colbert-Getz (University of Utah)!

 

Assessing medical students’ and residents’ perceptions of the learning environment: exploring validity evidence for the interpretation of scores from existing tools Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, S Kim, MD, Victoria Goode, MLIS, Robert Shochet, MD, and Scott Wright, MD

Given the limited validity evidence for scores from existing LE tools, new tools may be needed to assess medical students’ and residents’ perceptions of the LE. Any new tools would need robust validity evidence testing and sampling across multiple institutions with trainees at multiple levels to establish their utility.
 
 

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Read about the importance of learning communities in education from high school to medical school a new report published by Lars Osterberg (Stanford University) and other education leaders!

 

From High School to Medical School: the Importance of Community in Education Lars Osterberg, MD,  Jeff Gilbert, MA, and Rachel Lotan, PhD

Learning communities (LCs) are learning environments created within larger settings where students and faculty members of these communities can establish close and sustained professional and personal connections, common goals, and most importantly, can learn together and from each other.
 
 

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Read about the growth of learning communities in undergraduate medical education in a new study published by Sunny Smith (UC San Diego) and other LCI leaders!

 

The Growth of Learning Communities in Undergraduate Medical Education Sunny Smith, MD, Robert Shochet, MD, Meg Keeley, MD, Amy Fleming, MD, and Kevin Moynahan, MD

The number of medical schools with learning communities is increasing rapidly.  Learning communities provide an opportunity to transform medical education through longitudinal relationships and mentoring.
 

 
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