Physician Assistant Studies Program: Team Based Learning

team-based learning is a flipped classroom approach where the content that is typically delivered in lecture is acquired by the student outside of class and the homework or the application of that content to scenarios and critical thinking and problem solving is actually done in the classroom. it’s a pretty simple concept that goes back to the saying that two heads are better than one. Most PA program still are relying on a fairly traditional, lecture-based model: the first year dedicated to classroom study and the second year dedicated to hands-on clinical experience. And we’re no different in that way but as we learned more and more about learning itself and the best way to learn and to retain knowledge we have embraced this model of team-based learning. It really helps us lay down this knowledge onto the hard drive of our brain so it sticks for a long period of time rather than just being something that we memorize long enough to answer the question on the test and then we forget it the minute we walk out. The MGH Institute program really intrigued me when I was looking for PA programs to reply to because I’d much rather be discussing these concepts with my colleagues as opposed to passively hearing a lecturer all day. It’s a unique and very interactive way of learning and certainly something that fits my style of learning. Through practicing the concepts daily out loud going through clinical cases and weighing pros and cons of different treatments or different outcomes you really ingrain that knowledge and you’re ready for the test. We actually give them what they call the independent learning module before class and there it can be a video, it can be an article, it could be a reading it could be a PowerPoint but it has information in it that we expected to them and what we do in the beginning of each class is give them a quiz that they individually take that is probably on the basic concepts that we want them to know but they are individually accountable for that information. As soon as they finish that individuals quiz they take that very same quiz with their team because if they get to check in with their teammates and they have to show their teammates that they actually spent the time learning this material and then the last pieces they move into their application activity in the classroom so now we’re going to do cases looking at the questions is a 61 year old firefighter trap for 12 hours collapse building your PA working in emergency rooms and you are concerned that he may possibly get into fiction if this doesn’t get to take care of as soon as possible Natalie beyond like a cosmetic on the water to know what you guys they’re absolutely people each other which is probably one of the best things about team-based learning and they’re listening to each other so it’s absolutely beneficial to news it’s important that you are accountable for your side of things and what you studies the night before without your team can learn from you because that’s a big part of ppl if you’re not accountable the team can rely on you becoming prepared to contribute to the success of the team then you’re not really going to learn we purposefully design the teams or put the team together so that there’s variability across that clean when you put these different groups of people together you’re inevitably going to have commissioned some conflicts you’re not going to automatically gel and get along beautifully with everybody on your team when they’re out in the workforce when they’re taking care of patients they’re working on a team the same things are going to happen and they really need to learn how to work through challenges disagreements differences of opinions and interpersonal conflict we’ve had the opportunity to take a look again at the anonymous survey that y’all filled out honestly I’ve been pretty frustrated I don’t know I feel like I’m always kind of getting coming up overshadows is the right word so that was good we all heard it feedback what specific actions do you think that you’d like for us to take well I know sometimes I can be overpowering so maybe that can be problematic when you’re trying to talk so maybe moving forward we can try or like I can try more to ask your opinion to have your office we have a series of practical exams at the end of every semester through the first and second year of the program where we check in to make sure that they’ve acquired a basic level of competency which is the list of things we say they need to be able to do before they graduate we’re really excited about what we feel we’re seeing in terms of the outcomes of pain based learning for us we have the ultimate confidence that the team-based learning approach in our classrooms here is preparing our students for the healthcare team of the future

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