The Flipped Classroom, Dr. Susan DiGiovanni

Dr. Susan DiGiovanni – Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs, Professor and Eminent Scholar in Internal Medicine at VCU School of Medicine (SOM) elaborates on her experience with using Flipped Classroom in support of enhancing the effectiveness of the new, integrated SOM curriculum.  Medical students are taught that medicine is a collaborative effort. As with several of the changes to the new curriculum, Flipped Classroom offers the opportunity to hone critical thinking skills by leveraging the in-class time for more group and team interactions and in-depth discussions. While the shift from lecture-based teaching to engaged teaching strategies like the Flipped Classroom may prompt some uncertainty, instructors have become advocates of the method after seeing the effectiveness. Using this teaching strategy, students have a better chance of learning the content, increasing their understanding and being able to apply the new knowledge.

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