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 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 SCTL program.
  • Working with a health professions education student
  • Development of expertise and scholarship in health professions education.
  • Planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of a project of interest.

Student benefits:

  • Receive stipends for completion of the required 8-week summer fellowship (MD program) or 8-week elective credit (PA program)
  • Receive reimbursement up to $1000 in travel and meeting expenses when they present their iSCTL work at regional, national or international meetings
  • Gain 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.


  • Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm 2-3 times per month (for faculty and student scholars). Meetings will be held three times in person and the rest of the sessions will meet remotely.
  • Summer fellowship orientation week, June 1, 2, 3, 2022 (for student scholars only)
  • Two regular meetings each week during the summer for students to discuss their projects and present journal club papers (for student scholars only)


  • 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.

Project Priority Areas

While curriculum projects in all areas of curriculum development are welcome, we particularly encourage projects related to diversity/equity/inclusion and use of iPads to enhance teaching and learning.  Please see possible project topics below

  • Diversity and Inclusion (these projects are strongly encouraged) 
  • Use of Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning (use of iPads strongly encouraged)
  • Interactive Learning Approaches 
  • Using the Classroom for Application 
  • Simulation
  • Health Systems Science 
  • Clinical Informatics and Big Data 
  • Health Technology
  • Bedside Teaching and Learning
  • Preparing for Residency 
  • Resident as Teacher 


The deadline to apply for iSCTL is December 3, 2021 - Please submit your application by completing the iSCTL Google form.   

You will need to sign in with a Google email to access the form and you will be required to answer questions about your project and upload a copy of your current CV.  Note that the online Google form does not allow you to save and return later.    

If you are unable to access or submit the online Google form, please contact Deidre Gruning at or (216) 368-2178 to request a word version of the document.