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Weekly Structure and Learning Activities

ACE Curriculum Weekly Structure and Learning Activities

Big Case - establishes the focus for the week.  Big cases may use different approaches, including:

  • Clinical presentations
  • Descriptive case of disease process
  • Public health challenge
  • Patient panel

Subsidiary Cases 

  • Broadly related to Big Case
  • Used to generate learning activities
  • Ultimately relate back to Big Case

Learning Activities

  • Flipped Classroom: a variable length session in which content provided in earlier sessions (or as pre-work in the form of reading or podcast) is used in the large group setting to solve problems proposed by the instructor.
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL) Sessions: typically lasting two hours, with at least two sessions per case.  A major goal of these sessions is the acquisition of clinical reasoning skills and includes instruction in clinical tests and imaging.
  • Case Based Collaborative Learning (CBCL) Sessions: a three-hour block constructed as a 60-90 minute small group paired with a large group session to follow up and extend the small group content. The overall goal of these sessions is the utilization of previously acquired content to address a clinical problem (case).
  • Lecture: standard 50 minute lectures that are used to provide carefully selected content that is necessary for addressing case
  • Clinical Skills and Simulation Labs: sessions of variable length to instruct, practice and assess clinical skills based on the big case of the week.
  • Cadaver Anatomy Labs: cadaver labs will be one part of anatomy content, in addition to medical imaging and living anatomy. 

Representation of Two-week Block Schedule

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018