Phase 1 Learning Sessions
Phase 1 employs four distinct types of
learning opportunities at the Medical School; large group sessions, small group
facilitated sessions, structured clinical skills sessions and learner directed
Whole Group Sessions (WGS): These sessions are two to three hours
in length and are scheduled once or twice a week as determined by the
instructional demands of the curriculum. In a Whole Group Session, the class is
instructed as a whole by faculty of the School. The instructional format
includes traditional lectures, demonstrations, and large group tutorial
Module Coordination Sessions (MCS): These are one-hour facilitated session
during which students are encouraged to raise any concerns about the
instructional content or the learning process. The session provides an
opportunity for dialogue between students and faculty.
Case-Based Learning (CBL): Each week students meet with a
facilitator in groups of no more than eight for a two-hour session. Through a
model of guided discovery which is designed to support self-directed research,
students consider a complex case which directs the learning for the module.
Topic-Oriented Sessions (TOS): These two-hour facilitated sessions
occur two or three times each week. Using a problem-based learning format,
students identify learning issues, develop a strategy to acquire the necessary
knowledge and share the knowledge gained through independent research.
Structured Clinical Skills (SCS): These weekly three-hour sessions focus
on instruction and practice in communication and physical examination skills.
Students meet in small groups with a clinical instructor and practice their
interviewing and examination skills with simulated and standardized patients.
The objective for these sessions is to explore the knowledge, skills and
attitudes defined by Theme 5 of the curriculum.
Community and Interprofessional Learning
Community and Interprofessional
Learning (CIL): Most weeks medical students observe and interact
with patients in their homes, in hospitals, long-term care centres, doctors’
offices, pharmacies, rehab centers, nursing homes, or other health service
providers or organizations.
Phase 2 Learning
VARs – PBL
DTS – large
group synchronous and asynchronous sessions
Phase 3 Learning
between specialist clerkships