Curriculum Integration and Student-centered Learning at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Presented by Robert Noiva, Ph.D. and Angela Nuzzarello, M.D., MPHE on January 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

In this session, we will discuss some of the innovative instructional and support programs of the OUWB School of Medicine.  Our curriculum utilizes an organ systems-based approach to instruction during the M1 and M2 years, employing weekly integrative team-based learning sessions to encourage small student groups to apply recently acquired knowledge to solve relevant clinical problems.  Basic science content will be reinforced in the M3 and M4 years using weekly small group cased-based sessions highlighting clerkship-specific basic science concepts.  The OUWB curriculum also features a four-year capstone project for all students, encouraging students to pursue independent activity in bench, clinical or translational research, as well as education-related or service-related activities.  This capstone program allows students to pursue their passion in a mentored environment, while producing scholarly work of scientific or social importance.  Recognizing that the path to becoming a physician is enhanced through guidance and mentoring, OUWB has also established the PRISM program (Promoting Reflection and Individual growth through Support and Mentoring), providing students with a multi-layered system of support that begins the first day of medical school and continues to graduation.

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Presenter Bios

Robert NoivaDr. Noiva serves as the Associate Dean for Educational Programs and is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Science at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. His primary role is the oversight of all aspects of the undergraduate medical student curriculum, including course planning and evaluation as well as student and faculty assessment.  Noiva spent 18 years at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine where he served as Course Director for Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Most recently, he served as Director of Medical Biochemistry at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. His efforts in science education outreach programs for K-12 students have been recognized nationally.


Angela NuzzarelloDr. Nuzzarello serves as the Associate Dean for Student Services at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She has been active in medical education for 20 years and has shared her experience at regional and national conferences presenting on topics such as the health, wellness, and professional development of medical students and career counseling.