Evidence-based Curricular Design: The Story of the Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine (UVM)

Presenter:  Dr. William Jeffries, Senior Associate Dean, The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Tuesday, January 10th, 11:00 – 12:15, CTLR, followed by lunch

Lecturing is being phased out at the University of Vermont’s Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine.  The current plan calls for all lecturing to cease by the year 2022 and the time spent in lecture halls will be replaced by time in active learning environments.

According to William Jeffries, senior associate dean for medical education at UVM, “We teach evidence-based medicine all the time. If you have the evidence to show one treatment is better than the other, you would naturally use that treatment. So if we know that there are methods superior to lecturing, why are we lecturing at all?”

In this session, Dr. Jeffries will discuss the increased importance of active learning, and how UVM is going about re-designing its curriculum based on growing evidence about superior strategies to lecturing. He will speak to the need for faculty development and how UVM has created a ‘Teaching Academy’ to encourage, train and support teaching faculty as they develop new ways of instruction.

Session Power Point: Middlebury address_jeffries

Michael, J. (2006). Where’s the evidence that active learning works?. Advances in Physiology Education, 30(4), 159-167: Where’s the Evidence Active Learning Works

Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Freeman, Scott, et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014: Active Learning increases student performance 

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