The Academy for Teaching and Learning
The mission of the ATL is to support the academic success of our students. The student is the focal point: an active learner who develops successful life-long learning skills within his or her chosen profession.
The ATL is committed to supporting and empowering our students to achieve their educational and career goals. The ATL provides this support through three connected areas: Student-Centered Programs, Faculty Development, and Medical Education Research and Scholarship.
ATL STUDENT CENTERED PROGRAMS
The ATL offers a range of Student Centered Programs to support the academic success of our students. We aim to provide the highest quality educational experience possible
The Academic Success Program is offered to all students and is especially targeted towards students whose performance on Mini exams suggests an improvement in learning strategy is needed. Through ATL workshops, online materials and advisement with faculty mentors, students receive individualized support concentrating on the development of active learning skills such as:
- Goal setting and time management
- Preparing for learning
- Processing learning content
- Active participation during learning events
- Using deliberate practice to enhance understanding
- Self-reflection techniques and wellness that supports cognition
- Test taking strategies
The Peer Tutor Program connects successful students in upper semesters with those needing assistance. The one-on-one and group sessions focus on various subject disciplines. Sessions are held on evenings and weekends.
The Essential Lifelong Learning Skills Program is a required course for any student repeating a semester in the medical sciences curriculum. This course provides students with the needed cognitive foundations, language of medicine and reasoning skills needed for success in medical school and beyond.
The Communication for Medical Practice Program provides individual and small group sessions to develop and improve English communication skills needed for study as well as future medical practice.
The Preparation Support for Board Examinations Program offers assistance in planning and preparing for the CBSE and Step 1 examinations. This includes the use of resources offered by Becker, diagnostic exams and available question banks.
ATL Faculty Development Programs
The ATL also supports students through a robust faculty development program.
The Faculty Development Framework is based on six focus areas:
- Teaching and Learning
- Learning Technology
- Curriculum Design and Development
- Assessment and Measurement
- Research in Medical Education
- Leadership and Administration
Faculty Development Opportunities:
- Medical Educator Graduate Certificate (MEGC)
o 6 courses over 6 semesters
- MSc / PhD
o MEGC + Research Course + Thesis
o Semester-long learning opportunities
o Determined by needs analysis, or request.
MEDICAL EDUCATION RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The four-tiered framework for the ATL Medical Education Research and Scholarship program provides an understanding of the levels of engagement that faculty researchers and students can participate in medical education research programs and specific projects.
The goal of ATL Medical Education Research and Scholarship (MERS) is to support and empower learners, educators, leaders and scholars to conduct research in all fields of medical education. MERS aims to provide opportunities for students who are interested in engaging in medical education research. Students will also be able to receive training and mentoring from faculty members who have established medical education research programs.