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.

The iSCTL Program assists faculty in furthering their skills in teaching, curriculum development, and educational scholarship. This program is designed for faculty who have a project or program they would like to develop and implement that would enhance the education of students/trainees. In addition to program faculty, the Collaboration includes early phase students from the health professions schools.

Faculty and students will be paired and work as project teams beginning in January 2024 and completing their formal participation in the program in September 2024.  During this period student and faculty scholars will develop, implement, and study their scholarly projects and will attend a series of approximately 17 Monday evening interactive workshops.

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 do 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 health professions 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 health professions education for current and future faculty members and students. They work with health professions education experts to implement projects, learn educational theory, explore new teaching methods and develop skills in curriculum innovation.

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 account of $1000 upon completion of the iSCTL program.
  • Mentorship of an early phase health professions student scholar
  • Development of expertise and scholarship in health professions education.
  • Planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of a project of interest.

Student benefits:

  • Student scholars can be reimbursed up to $1000 in travel and meeting expenses when they present their work at a regional, national, or international conference.
  • Develop expertise and scholarship in health professions education research
  • Work closely with a faculty member as a project development team

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.


  • Monday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm, 2-3 times per month.  While the majority of the program is offered remotely, approximately 4 sessions will be held in person at the HEC.
  • A special additional meeting schedule specifically for students will be established during the summer months to support their work.  Faculty are welcome (but not required) to attend these meetings during the summer.
  • Successful completion of the program includes attendance at 80% or more of the Monday evening workshops.

The Collaboration will begin meeting on January 29, 2024, at the HEC.


  • 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 mentor for the 1st year student scholar with whom he/she is collaborating. 

Project Priority Areas

While curriculum projects in all areas of curriculum development are welcome, we particularly encourage projects related to diversity/equity/inclusion, use of technology in the classroom, flipped classroom, and use of generative AI in health professions education

Faculty Submission

There will be a faculty iSCTL Information session on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 pmPlease join this Zoom Meeting (meeting ID: 928 6269 3026, Passcode:  SOM).

The deadline to apply for iSCTL is November 30, 2023 - Please submit your application by completing the Qualtrics iSCTL Application form.  Faculty will be required to answer questions about your project and upload a copy of your current CV to apply.  

If you are unable to access or submit the Qualtrics Application form, please download the fillable Word version and email it to Deidre Gruning at  If you have questions please contact (216) 368-2178