M1 & M2 Small Group Instruction

College of Medicine Policy on Small Group Instruction in M1 and M2 Years

During the M1 & M2 years, all “morning cores” will be responsible to provide case-based, small group experiences during the core that constitute at least 8% of the instructional time for the core.  Each Core Director will be responsible for reporting to the appropriate Core Directors Committee how case-based, small-group instruction is incorporated into their core’s curriculum.

  • "Case-based" is understood to mean that:
    • The instruction centers around a patient for whom students are provided with the following data (as appropriate):
      • Patient history
      • Physical exam results
      • Lab results
      • Images
    • students analyze the data presented to identify the problem to be solved
    • students produce and evaluate solutions to the problem (hypotheses, differential diagnosis)
    • students’ products are manifest and assessable
  • "small group" is understood to mean:
    • students are organized into a group of 4-12 peers
    • the students in the group are expected to work cooperatively and to communicate with each other
    • attendance at small group sessions is mandatory
    • small groups will have appropriate faculty interaction, as determined by the core director
  • The goals of the small group sessions are that students will:
    • learn how to identify and frame a clinical problem
    • apply content knowledge in a clinical context
    • hypothesize and research solutions to a clinical problem; including differential diagnoses
    • employ research skills to find solutions to clinical problems
    • take responsibility for their own learning
    • work in cooperative teams

Approved by COM Curriculum Committee on April 24, 2012

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