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KU Medical Alumni Societies

 

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About:

In 1999, the School of Medicine in partnership with the KU Medical Alumni Society established Academic Societies to foster a collegial learning environment through student-student, student-faculty, and faculty-faculty interactions. Like other learning communities, the societies evolved from an intimal focus on learning, leadership development, and community service to a substantial role in fostering a safe learning environment in core educational programs that promote scholarship, professional development, and collegial relationships. Emphasis is on the promotion of professional behaviors, compassionate, patient-centered care, health practitioner well-being, and lifelong learning.

Structure:

There are eight societies between the Kansas City, Salina and Wichita Campuses. Cates, Delp, Major, Murphy, Orr and Wescoe are housed on the Kansas City campus, and Jager and Lukert are housed on the Wichita and Salina campuses respectively. Each society was named for a distinguished school leader. Every matriculating class is dividing into learning communities of 7-8 students. Four sets of learning communities make a society. The Salina campus is an exception in that there is just one learning community per class. Every society has a faculty director and four to eight faculty assistant directors. The campus has only two assistant directors due to class size. An individual learning community has two assistant directors assigned to it. One assistant director serves as a PBL facilitator, and the other serves as an academic coach. All assistant directors serve as both PBL facilitators and coaches. To avoid conflict of interest, a PBL facilitator for one society learning community, serves as an academic coach for a separate learning community within the same society.

Learning Activities:

PBL FACILITATION
Society assistant directors facilitate problem-based learning for their assigned learning community students. The activity provides an interactive, team based educational environment for an enhanced learning experience that goes beyond the traditional large classroom model. Each session has focused content and learning objectives. The role of facilitator is to guide the discussion, not provide significant information. 

COACHING
Each learning community has an assigned assistant director serving in the academic coach role. Coaching is conducted 1x-2x per course block for 15-30 minute sessions. The academic coach meets with each of their assigned students individually. The objectives of the meeting are to monitor and review academic performance, examination performance, and narrative feedback. Progress toward mastery of competencies is provided using positive and constructive feedback. Coaches have access to the student's academic dashboard and evaluative assessment data and comments. Based on individual student needs, coaches will make appropriate referrals and assist the student in accessing resources for educational and personal support and development, such as tutoring, mental health, career advising, etc. Society directors serve as academic coaches in the clinical years of the curriculum on the Salina and Kansas City campus. School administrators and faculty alums conduct coaching in the clinical years on the Wichita campus.

Qualifications for Assistant Director and Director:
1. MD, DO or equivalent medical degree
2. Current KUSM faculty appointment or recent faculty appointment in the case of the Wichita campus
3. Sustained record of success in medical education at medical student or residency level
4. Demonstrated ability to provide effective feedback
5. Evidence of success in undertaking new roles and in working collegially to implement and improve innovations
6. Regarded as role-model by learners and peers
Active faculty must participate in training activities, faculty development, and case discussions.

Student Wellness:

The societies promote student wellness and fostering a safe learning environment. The program aims to achieve these goals with extra-curricular society activities, required wellness workshops, and coaching. Student leaders from each society plan monthly lunch meetings with a variety of programming. Topics include yoga classes and wellness presentations, humanities topics, cultural awareness discussions, and faculty and student panels. Additionally, the student leaders plan off-campus programming. The required workshops typically occur once per academic year. Assistant directors and directors facilitate some of these workshops to encourage reflective discussion in a safe learning environment. Through academic coaching, assistant directors serve as extensions of student affairs. Students are referred to counseling and educational support services and other on-campus resources if needed. The societies meet once per academic block for coaching and PBL case discussions. Through information gathered at these meetings, the offices of medical education and student affairs keep a pulse on student concerns and issues within the learning environment.

Faculty Allocation Model:

Faculty Positions (Assistant Directors and Directors): Appointments are initially for one academic year (July 1-June 30) with expectation for annual review.

0.1 FTE FACULTY (Assistant Directors):

  • Work with just one academic class (first or second year students). 
  • Time Commitment: 4 hours per week for the academic year
  • 0.1FTE allocated to the faculty's primary department
  • Report to their society director and the senior associate deans for medical education and student affairs
  • Evaluation: students formally evaluate their facilitator, coach, and the societies program at regular intervals through surveys and/or focus groups. Feedback is provided to assistant directors at regular intervals and only when a minimum threshold of students has responded. 

0.2 FTE FACULTY (Assistant Directors):

  • Work with two academic classes (first and second year students). 
  • Time Commitment: 8 hours per week for the academic year.
  • 0.2FTE allocated to the faculty's primary department.
  • Report to their society director and the senior associate deans for medical education and student affairs.
  • Evaluation: students formally evaluate their facilitator, coach, and the societies program at regular intervals through surveys and/or focus groups. Feedback is provided to assistant directors at regular intervals and only when a minimum threshold of students has responded.

0.25 FTE FACULTY (Directors):

  • Time Commitment: 10 hours per week for the academic year.
  • 0.25FTE allocated to the faculty's primary department. 
  • Report to the senior associate deans for medical education and student affairs. 
  • Evaluation: assistant directors formally evaluate their director

INTERESTED FACULTY:
Please contact Lauren Parker, lparker2@kumc.edu, if you would like to learn more or are interested in applying for an assistant director position in the 2020-2021 academic year. All positions for academic year 2019-2020 have been filled.

 

 

 

Last modified: Feb 14, 2019
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