Self-DIrected Learning in Medical School Curricula

The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell invite you to participate in a series of sessions about Self-Directed Learning in medical school curricula.

As the amount of medical information expands and accessibility to information through technology has become commonplace, medical schools are recognizing the need to equip learners with self-directed learning skills. As schools revise and create new curricula, they must grapple with making decisions about existing content and provide new ways for understanding information. One strategy frequently employed is asking students to learn information outside the classroom. This change presents challenges and opportunities for faculty and students.

Each session will begin with a presentation and will include time for conversation. The goal of these sessions is to engage one another in this conversation across institutions for the purpose of improving medical education nationwide. You may sign up for sessions individually, or you may join us for all four; there is no associated cost.

Session 1 Tuesday April 24th 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT: Basics of Self Directed Learning (Facilitated by Samara Ginzburg, MD Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell)

This session is designed for faculty and staff at Medical Schools that are thinking about, or in the early stages of implementing a self-directed approach toward student learning. This session will provide some examples of self-directed learning in medical education and describe some of the practical structures that need to be in place for it to meet the LCME standard on self-directed and lifelong learning.

Samara Ginzburg

Session 2 Tuesday May 8th 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT: Preparing and Supporting Faculty in Curricula with Self Directed Learning (Facilitated by the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at MSU: Randi Stanulis, PhD and Stacey Pylman, PhD)

This session is designed to support faculty as they implement a curriculum with a significant self-directed learning component. Session conversations will focus on how to implement teaching practices and active learning strategies to support students in synthesizing their learning.

Stacey PylmanRandi Stanulis

Session 3 Tuesday May 29th 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT: Preparing and Supporting Students in Curricula with SDL (Facilitated by Academic Achievement at MSU: Amy Ward, MEd and Binbin Zheng, PhD)

This session is designed to support advisors, mentors and faculty members in providing support to students in a curricula with self-directed learning. This session will explain a cognitive framework students can use to organize their learning, as well as provide specific, research based strategies to practice within that framework.

Binbin ZhengAmy Ward

Session 4 Tuesday June 19th 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT: Assessment in SDL (Facilitated by Samara Ginzburg, MD and David Elkowitz, DO at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell)

This session is designed to support faculty and administrators as they tackle issues of assessment in curricula with self-directed learning. Challenges to assessment of self-directed learning as well as some strategies for how to assess both the content acquired through and the process of self-directed learning will be discussed.

Samara GinzburgDavid Elkowitz


 Registration is full. To be added to the wait list, please email Lori Anderson-Turczyn.

Downloadable bios of the presenters are available here: David Elkowitz, DO; Samara Ginzburg, MD; Stacey Pylman, PhD