Self-Directed Learning

Small groupBecause of its connection with patient care, medical educators have long advocated self-regulated, lifelong learning as a primary goal for medical education.

In the first two years, student-led (and faculty facilitated) discussions are based on a developmental framework. Students are expected to take active responsibility for their own learning and that of their peers, to bring and share relevant personal experiences to the discussion, to incorporate evidence into theme-based discussions, and to develop and demonstrate critical thinking and self-assessment in moderating and participating in discussions.

In the clinical years, students are expected to self-direct their learning guided by institutional and personal goals, patients they are caring for, and specific clinical interests. They will manage learning based on current needs and also sharpen skills for lifelong learning.