Joined January 2016

Eastern Virginia Medical School has launched its CareForward curriculum in order to provide students with a better understanding of health systems science and make students catalysts for much-needed change in health care.

2019 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: The double rainbow: Peer-led small groups facilitate effective HSS learning and foster inclusion (PDF)

Need/gap addressed: Focus group feedback from the M2 class suggested that students had a strong preference to learn HSS content in the context of virtual family clinical cases in a small group format. Specifically, students articulated increased likelihood of accountability to one another, the assignment and increased comfort level discussing topics in a small group format.

Using this feedback, the format for the 2018-2019 academic year was adapted to provide opportunities for peer-led small group learning around these cases. We proposed that the format in Figure 1 would provide opportunity for students to develop increased comfort with discussing HSS topics with their peers, as well as create an environment that fostered collaborative learning and inclusion.

Principal investigator: Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran, MD, FAcadMed 
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  

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