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Teaching Opportunities: Year 3 Curriculum

IQ+ Facilitator
Friday afternoons (1-5pm)
Contact: Dawn Reid (

The IQ+ program builds on the IQ team experience, utilizing small groups and student-centered activities in the third year to:

  • Develop appreciation of emerging knowledge and the relationship to clinical care
  • Extend knowledge and skills in the clinical encounter
  • Integrate basic science and clinical experiences to enhance diagnostic reasoning

Basic Schedule (1:00 - 5:00pm Friday afternoon):
12:30 - 1:00 Facilitator orientation
1:00 - 1:45 Check-in, reflection (see "IQ+ Reflection Facilitator" below)
1:45 - 3:00 Work through the case in parts, generate a ddx and questions for experts
3:00 - 4:00 Expert session including emerging basic science and clinical medicine
4:00 - 4:30 Clinical skills session
4:30 - 4:45 Check-out
If there is no associated clinical skills session, afternoons end at ~4:00. The IQ+ program is run 3 out of every 4 Friday afternoons at the School of Medicine.

The role of the IQ+ facilitator is to help the student groups (~10 students) stay on track with the afternoon's case and also to provide general clinical reasoning guidance. Facilitators are not experts in the case topics.

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IQ+ Student Assessment Case Evaluator

Up to 3 Friday afternoons (1-5pm), 4 times per year
Contact: Dawn Reid (

Student assessment in the IQ+ program involves small groups of students (3-4) writing teaching cases and presenting them to their peers. Components of these cases include:

1. Reflection trigger
2. Differential diagnosis generation
3. Unfolding of the rest of the case
4. Basic science component
5. Expert consultation (optional)
6. Summary
7. Peer and case author group feedback

Faculty members evaluate the cases as both a group exercise as well in terms of individual contributions. A standardized evaluation form is provided. This evaluation forms the basis of the feedback provided to clerkship directors about student performance in IQ+. Facilitators are not experts in the topics presented.

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IQ+ Reflection Facilitator
4-6 Friday afternoons from 1-1:45pm over a 12-week block
Contact: Kathy Cole-Kelly (

Goal of IQ+ reflections: increase student self-awareness and provide a time for reflection and sharing.
IQ+ reflections sessions give students opportunities to spend focused time on difficult, rewarding or challenging experiences during clerkships.

Faculty responsibilities:

  • Participates in an orientation specifically focused on uses of narrative and reflection.
  • Work with group of 10-12 students for 4 - 6 sessions each 12-week block. Continuity with the same faculty is important.
  • Facilitator introduces triggers to stimulate conversation and provides a safe, supportive environment for students to debrief their clinical experiences.

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Research Block Mentor - Year 3
4 month dedicated research block
Contact: Sharon Challahan (

All students in the University track at CWRU School of Medicine are required to complete a 4 month research block. This is dedicated time in year 3 where students do not have competing responsibilities. Students pursue research in all areas relevant to medicine ranging from basic and clinical research to socially-oriented questions. Their hypothesis-driven research serves as the basis for their M.D. thesis. Many of our students have accomplished a great deal during this time, leading to publications and abstracts. Orientations to the medical student research requirement are offered for interested faculty several times per year at CWRU SOM, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. Contact Jennifer Lennon ( for faculty orientation schedules.

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