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Faculty Workshops

Curricular Integration - The "Genes to Society" Model

Charles Wiener, MD, March 4, 2015

Workshops on Learning

John Pelley, Ph.D., August 28, 2013

  • Session 2: Deciding What To Teach: Learning Objectives

    The problem with learning objectives is not writing them. Instead it lies with understanding your teaching and what motivates students. This presentation shows that a proper learning objective is nothing more than a short essay question. When writing objectives from a linear review of their lecture notes, the teacher is made aware of the level of complexity used in their teaching. This session helps teachers think about the level of their teaching, how to motivate students through exam-objective coupling, and how to integrate learning objectives into their presentations.


  • Session 3: The Neurobiology of Learning

    Dr. Pelley, the AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher for 2010, illustrates how personality type, learning theory, and brain based strategies can lead to practical and efficient lifelong self-directed learning. This workshop/lecture will be organized to demonstrate how to develop integrative learning skills that that improve both test scores and clinical reasoning. It is a structured, interactive discussion that encourages informal dialog. Internet support is available at the SuccessTypes Medical Education Site.


  • Session 4: Developing A Step 1 Brain/Learning As A Clinical Skill – Medical Student Learning

    This presentation to first- and second-year students describes how learning skills are also clinical skills. The major topics briefly covered include the Growth Mindset concept, personality type and learning style, the neurobiology of personality type, memorization vs. clinical thinking skills, the role of sleep in learning, and the use of Deliberate Practice in developing intelligence and superior skill performance. A system for Step 1 preparation that makes maximum use of time available throughout the school year is detailed as a way of preparing for the more demanding process in the second year. It is helpful but not essential if attendees visit Dr. Pelley’s website at and download the free book, SuccessTypes.

Educational Scholarship

Rose van Zuilen, Ph.D., May 29, 2013