Scholar's Workshop

The Scholar’s Workshop is a continuous course, spanning all four years of the medical school curriculum. The design of the course is based on the recognition that, in order to thrive in 21st Century medicine, two attributes are necessary: (1) the skills of critical thinking, and (2) proficiency with an enduring a set of tools. The tools help students interact with information and systems. In the Scholar’s Workshop kit are the tools of:

The curriculum of The Scholar’s Workshop is designed to help students develop habits of critical thinking. Faculty will guide students – working in teams – through a series of projects aimed at developing their proficiency with the toolkit, as well as their team-building, teamwork, management and leadership skills. The projects are designed to correlate temporally and substantively with the remainder of the school curriculum. Through the Scholar’s Workshop, we intend to endow students with the enduring skills and mindset to lay the foundation for fruitful, rewarding, high quality practice in a vast sea of information and ever-changing systems of care.

Scholars Workshop emphasizes the competencies of Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Practice Based Learning, Systems Based Practice. In addition, it will include the competencies of Scholarly Inquiry, Health Partnerships and Working in Teams.

The majority of the sessions will be conducted in small groups led by “Faculty Group Leaders” to introduce concepts, generate discussions and guide the completion of deliverables. Certain sessions will be delivered in a large group didactic forum, and others may utilize the “flip” lecture and team-based learning (TBL). Attendance is required at all Scholar’s Workshop sessions. The use of electronic devices is encouraged during class sessions.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: