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 account of $1000 for participation in the SCTL program.
  • A funded medical or credit receiving physician assistant student scholar for the summer to collaborate on project.
  • 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.

Meetings: 

  • Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm 2-3 times per month (for faculty and student scholars)
  • Summer fellowship orientation week, June 1-5 (for student scholars)
  • Three regular meetings each week during the summer for students to discuss their projects and present journal club papers (for student scholars)

Expectations:

  • 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

Project proposals in all areas of curriculum development are welcome but are especially sought in the following areas:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Active Learning Approaches
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Use of Technology to Enhance Learning
  • Health Systems Science
  • Optimizing 4th Year of Medical School
  • Big Data and Informatics
  • Critical Appraisal of Digital Resources (e.g., videos)

Application

  • Name, email, and phone number
  • CV
  • Two-page (maximum) narrative that includes the following:
    • Why you want to be in the Scholars Collaboration in Teaching and Learning?
      • Please include a statement that indicates that you are committed to arranging your time such that you will be able to attend not less than 80% of the required meetings and mentor your student partner?
    • What is your project idea? Describe your project briefly. (Please note that projects always change and are improved by collaboration with your assigned student teammate, so detailed descriptions of how you intend to accomplish the project are not required at this time.)
      • What are you attempting to accomplish?
      • What are the main goals/aims?
      • What methods are you considering to accomplish your goals?
  • Applicants should be prepared to make themselves available to meet with a member of the selection committee upon request.

Submission

Applications must be submitted by December 2nd, 2019. Please submit your application materials electronically to Amy Wilson-Delfosse (axw41@case.edu).   Those chosen to become Scholars will be notified by early-January.  Required evening meetings will begin in February.  If you have questions, please contact Amy Wilson-Delfosse via email (axw41@case.edu) or by phone at 216-368-3494.