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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 clinical opportunities.

Large Group Sessions

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 activities.

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.

Small Group Sessions

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.

Clinical Skills Sessions

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 Sessions

VARs – PBL and rounds

DTS – large group synchronous and asynchronous sessions


Phase 3 Learning Sessions

Vary between specialist clerkships


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