Student Participation Policy

Student Participation Policy

Student Participation in
Educational Activities

Small group sessions are valuable learning situations as they exercise a number of activities critical to the function of a physician.  Physicians rarely if ever function alone.  The practice of medicine is complex and requires the cooperation of many individuals. The educational value of small group sessions is outlined below.  The Curriculum Committee agreed that participation in small group activities is a necessary part of medical education.

Some courses may wish to require attendance at all sessions while others might require attendance at a specific number of the sessions per semester, e.g. 8 of 10 sessions. Each course should have clear expectations for critical learning content and process.

Small Group Session Educational Value:

Small group sessions are valuable learning situations as they exercise a number of activities critical to the function of a physician.  Physicians rarely if ever function alone.  The practice of medicine is complex and requires the cooperation of many individuals.

Small group sessions place the student in cooperative learning situations involving purposeful discussion, group interaction, teamwork, and assessment of group and of self.

Small group sessions build effective communication with training in both verbal and listening skills.

Small group sessions build the skills needed for team dynamics.

Small group sessions provide opportunities for one-on-one with teachers.

Small group sessions provide opportunities for students to teach one another.

For the reasons outlined above, small group sessions are required activities for students.

Participation in small group sessions is an important part of the learning process and it is expected that students will participate to the best of their ability.

Case based learning situations where contributions from all are needed to model the health team approach.

Functioning in a team environment requires the ability to lead in some situations and the ability to follow in others