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:
- evidence-based medicine
- data collection and analysis
- systems theory / engineering
- healthcare delivery and financing
- performance and quality improvement / patient safety
- the scientific method, including the ethics of scientific inquiry
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:
- Cite landmarks in the history of medicine that illustrate major advances in medical science and hygiene, and critically analyze major historical misconceptions
- Evaluate the relative reliability and validity of various sources of information
- Search available relevant sources of literature and retrieve relevant information in order to support a scholarly inquiry
- Categorize scientific studies according to their design
- Demonstrate proficiency with basic tools of biostatistics, including data collection, analysis, and presentation
- Use epidemiological methods to study local populations and plan interventions in public health and medicine
- Critically analyze existing research articles
- Answer a focused question related to patient care using a systematic appraisal of the existing medical literature (Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, EBCP)
- Describe current evidence for the existence of disparities in health quality and access based on race, education, literacy, language spoken, ethnicity, gender, residence, class, and age.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues involved in scholarly inquiry, and take these into account when designing and implementing a scholarly inquiry project.
- Build, and work within, a team of stakeholders to identify and ameliorate an area for performance / quality
- Develop and carry out a long-term project of scholarly investigation (e.g., research, performance improvement), for presentation as a capstone at the end of Phase 2.
- Demonstrate the ability to work with peers in a small group to engage in active learning and completion of deliverables.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the health care system including methods of access, health care delivery, and payment structure, current and in the past.