Scholars Collaboration in Teaching and Learning

The Interprofessional Scholars Collaboration in Teaching and Learning Program (iSCTL) is a competitive program for faculty members as well as first-year students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine who:

  • Wish to develop skills as medical educators and scholars as one of their career goals; and
  • Have innovative curriculum projects they would like to develop and implement in the WR2 curriculum.

Faculty members and first-year students work as a team beginning in the spring semester (February–May) to develop project plans and scholarly expertise in the field of medical education. The first-year students then continue as funded summer education scholars, working on their projects for eight weeks with their faculty mentors. In the fall semester that follows, the faculty members and student scholars—now second-year students—continue their collaboration as projects are implemented, evaluated and prepared for publication.

Faculty members and student scholars will be selected based on criteria that measure their commitment to medical education. Selection of faculty scholars will also be based on the quality and relevance of the proposed medical education projects submitted with their applications. Student applications need not include a project proposal. Student applicants may, if they wish, invite a faculty member to share in writing a project proposal and submit a joint application.

Why a Scholars Collaboration?

The Interprofessional Scholars Collaboration in Teaching and Learning (iSCTL) creates a supportive environment where faculty members and students with committed interests in medical education come together to learn from each other and help turn ideas into action. As a part of the iSCTL, these participants develop and enhance skills in medical education for current and future faculty members and students. They work with medical education experts to implement projects, learn educational theory, explore new teaching methods and develop skills in curriculum innovation.

 iSCTL is a program that seeks to develop and enhance skills in medical education for current and future faculty and to create a supportive environment where faculty and students learn from each other and help turn ideas into action.

Program Goals

  • Create a community of scholars, composed of faculty and students
  • Provide dedicated time and support for scholarly activities, self-reflection, team building and feedback
  • Enhance scholars' understanding of teaching, learning and assessment and the theories that support them
  • Enhance scholars knowledge and skills in curriculum development and evaluation
  • Foster educational scholarship by transforming ongoing educational activities into scholarly products
  • Assist participants in reframing their belief about how students and faculty can help each other develop as educators

Benefits to Faculty and Students

Faculty benefits:

  • Professional spending stipend of $1000 for participation in the SCTL program.
  • A funded student scholar for summer to collaborate with you on your curriculum project.

Student benefits:

  • 1st year student scholars: $2500 eight week Summer Student Fellowship in Medical Education and dissemination stipend of $1000.

Mentoring: iSCTL program faculty along with faculty and student scholars serve as mutual mentors throughout all aspects of the program and beyond.

Unique credential: iSCTL is a unique program because it includes both faculty and students. It is an important credential for Promotions and Tenure for faculty and a unique credential for residency applications for students.

Meetings: The Scholars Collaboration meets Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 pm every other week beginning in the Spring semester and ending at the end of September. A iSCTL journal club/project discussion group will be held weekly during the 8 week summer project block for student scholars and for any faculty who can attend. Each student scholar will present an update on his/her project as well as lead a journal club discussion.


  • All scholars - faculty and students - commit to full participation in the program sessions. Project groups composed of faculty and students have dedicated time during each iSCTL session to work on the development of their group's project. This collaboration depends on full team participation.
  • Each Scholar (faculty and students) attends a minimum of 80% of sessions to qualify for the professional spending stipend.
  • Each iSCTL faculty scholar serves as a summer mentor for the 1st year student scholar with whom he/she is collaborating.
  • The Summer Student Fellowship in Medical Education is an 8-week, full time commitment for iSCTL student scholars to further the medical education projects of the iSCTL program. Each scholar will lead one medical education journal club discussion and present an update on his/her project.

Session Topics

  • How People Learn
  • Experiential Learning and Learning Styles
  • Defining Project Outcomes
  • Writing Effective Learning Objectives
  • Learner-centered Teaching
  • Team Building and Small Group Learning Methods
  • Educational Strategies and Instructional Methods
  • Educational Research and Scholarship
  • Instructional Design
  • Step-back Consultation
  • Mentoring and Leadership
  • Program Evaluation
  • Educational Theory
  • Piloting Your Project and Revising
  • Abstracts, Posters and Educational Scholarship


  • Name, email and phone numbers
  • Project Proposal (faculty applicants) (3000 characters maximum). Student applicants may, if they wish, invite a faculty member to share in writing a project proposal and submit a joint application.
    Must include the following sections:
    1. Describe the project. What are you attempting to accomplish with your project? What are the main goals/aims? What methods are you considering for your project?
    2. Describe the problem your project is addressing at our school. How will this project help fill a need in the WR2 curriculum? Who will benefit?
    3. State a hypothesis/prediction about the changes that might result from your project.
    4. Describe barriers you envision and resources you will need for your project.
    5. How will you know if you accomplished your goals; i.e., how will you evaluate whether your project resulted in the outcome you were aiming for?
  • One page Curriculum Vitae that includes your teaching experiences and other educational activities
  • Brief personal statement (1 page maximum) explaining your career path and the role medical education and the Scholars' collaboration would have in furthering your career goals.
  • Letter of Support from Department Chair or Division Chief for faculty applicant; from Society Dean for student applicant. If necessary, this letter may be submitted following the submission of your other application materials.


Applications are due no later than November 30, 2018. Please submit your application materials electronically to Andrea Bryner ( Those chosen to become Scholars will be notified by early-February. Required evening meetings will begin in March.  Download the full program description and application instructions.

There will be an iSCTL informational luncheon for students on October 15, 2018 during which the 2018 iSCTL student scholars will be available to discuss their experience and share the highlights of their projects with you.  If you would like to attend this luncheon, please contact Andrea Bryner ( so that we can order enough food and book a big enough room!