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From the New York Times: In treatment of depression, competence matters most

August 18, 2014

Dr. Joseph Flaherty, dean and chancellor of RUSM, and a psychiatrist, drew our attention to this recent article by his colleague Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

The essay, entitled "To Know Suicide," appeared in the New York Times print edition on August 16, 2014, and focuses on treatment of depression. Jamison writes:

"Many different professionals treat depression, including family practitioners, internists and gynecologists, as well as psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. This results in wildly different levels of competence. Many who treat depression are not well trained in the distinction among types of depression. There is no common standard for education about diagnosis."

Empathy, she writes, is important to treating depression, but "competence is essential."


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Center for Teaching and Learning offers Support to RUSM Students

August 05, 2014

Can people be taught how to learn better? Utilizing the latest technology and advanced adult-learning techniques the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) offers individualized and small-group support to students to help them maximize their potential for academic success.

Helping Medical School Students Become Lifelong Learners

“We’re here for all students,” said Stanley White, PhD, CTL’s Associate Dean, and Professor of Physiology. “We offer students a ‘smorgasbord’ of techniques to help them to be more successful in their study and learning. These techniques can be carried forward and adapted to help students maintain active study habits not only in their careers at RUSM but also beyond; that is, we try to encourage students to become life-long learners. We expose them to mainstream practices that are research-based, using brain-based theories of learning and incorporating cognitive neuroscience.” 

Factors such as a lack of time-management skills, poor study habits, and being unfamiliar with the resources available through the learning management system may contribute to a student’s experiencing difficulty with the curriculum. Working in small groups, and one-on-one with CTL faculty, students can get the tools they need to help enhance their academic performance.

An introduction to CTL and all that it offers begins at new-student orientation, with facilitators meeting first-semester students in small groups, giving them a brief lesson, and inviting them to make an appointment or simply walk in for a personal meeting with a CTL faculty member. This is followed by the opportunity to join the Academic Enhancement Program.

“The Academic Enhancement Program is voluntary,” said Dr. White. “But after the first mini exam, every student who scores below a C+ gets an email from me, offering support. This is an individual intervention.”

Using Innovations in Medical School Technology and Pedagogy

Many students who seek services through CTL are doing well academically, but want to take advantage of any resource that may assist them to do even better, from reducing test anxiety, to achieving a more balanced work/life balance. Good students may also become peer tutors.

MaryAnne Campo, MAET, CTL’s Educational Technologist, said that, “The mission is to enhance student learning through the use of many different technologies. We also introduce students to technology such as software to take notes, create flash cards and concept maps, and we provide resources that will improve their study techniques. We open their eyes to see there are many ways to learn and there are new technologies that will help them be more effective and efficient in their learning.”

In addition, Dr. White said, “One of our other roles is to make faculty members aware of innovations in pedagogy that might enhance technology-supported teaching.”

Efforts are underway to determine how the resources provided through CTL can also be made available to students in the clinical years. “We are entering an exciting period in the evolution of CTL,” said Dr. White.

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