July 30, 2019

Advances Learning Strategies Course pilots digital badges for new class of MD students

Photos by Matt Garin.

Upon entering medical school, students must quickly adapt to a multitude of complex academic, interpersonal and professional expectations. To facilitate student success in medical school and as lifelong learners, the Wayne State University School of Medicine requires all incoming students to participate in the Advanced Learning Strategies for Physicians in Training Course, or ALS, in the first two weeks of school.

Austin Meadows
Austin Meadows is one of more than 100 students who received a certificate and badge at a ceremony July 25 in Scott Hall.

Assessments included a formative quiz, concept-map and a final capstone creative project. This year’s two-week experience for the Class of 2023 was held July 15-26. The creative projects were displayed July 25 in Scott Hall’s Cafeteria, and included a variety of unique posters, games, illustrations and more.

A yearlong longitudinal program with additional sessions will run until May 2020.

A Digital Badge program, new for 2019, is a form of micro-credentialing that serves as a digital representation of an accomplishment. The initiative is part of a campus-wide push to introduce digital badges to the Wayne State University community.  The ALS course digital badge program at the School of Medicine was led by Office of Learning and Teaching’s Learning Skills Specialist Zsa-Zsa Booker, Ph.D.

Students had opportunities throughout the two-week ALS course to earn badges as leaders in various sections of the course, including clinical skills, problem-based learning, self-regulated learning and the mentoring program. More than 100 freshman medical students were recognized for earning the ALS Digital Badge at a ceremony July 25 in Scott Hall. They may also add the accomplishment to their portfolios and final recommendation letters at the end of their undergraduate medical education career.

Vice Dean for Medical Education Richard Baker came to the School of Medicine in 2015 with a vision that included four major initiatives: creating a culture of data-driven decision making and continuous improvement; strategic investments and more than adequate resources; organizational clarity; and the creation of a learner-centered environment.

The ALS course promotes that vision and provides students with an immersive introduction to the content and fast pace inherent in the delivery of a medical school curriculum, which can be a profound adjustment from undergraduate education.

The ALS course focuses on six themes central to the academic success of physicians in training: 1. evidence-based learning strategies, 2. professionalism, 3. self-regulated learning, 4. wellness, 5. assessment, and 6. collaboration/communication. 

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Capstone projects and section results are displayed in Scott Hall Cafeteria after the Advanced Learning Strategies course.

The ALS introduces students to the structure, content and assessment expectations of an integrated pre-clerkship curriculum and engages them in advanced learning strategies to develop collaborative, professional and self-regulated learners.

 “This is the third year that program has been offered. Each year has improved upon the prior year. One of our keys to success and improvement is that we listen to students and capitalize on their experiences to continuously improve the course. This year we are happy to incorporate the Student Lead Resource HUB, consisting of multiple stations with M2 and M3 students sharing the wisdom and resources they have acquired over their time in medical school,” said ALS Course Director Simone Brennan.

More than of a third of the Class of 2023 earned ALS Digital Badges in this inaugural year. They are:

Arielle

Best

Peter

Dimitrion

Alyssa

Goodwin

Yazeed

Haddad

Marwa

Harp

Aneesh

Hehr

Sutton

Hulse

Andrew

Kao

Ali

Mannaa

Austin

Meadows

Bao Chau

Nguyen

Zachary

Shaffer

Ala Addin

Sid Ahmed

Ajith

Thomas

Rebecca

White

Donovan

Wilcox

Emily

Currier

Mauli

Patel

Gina

Polsinelli

Annie

Savka

Rahul

Gupta

Roxanne

Ilagan

Lindsay

Jenkins

Swetha

Reddi

Lucki

Word

Brandon

Batarse

Kaycee

Ching

Chad

Coffman

Sara

Saymuah

Lauren

Shawver

Abdul Mohsen

Ghuloum

Oksana

Doubrovski

Gabrielle

Barthel

Tiffany

Khaw

Annie Thy

Nguyen

Omar

Mahmood

Amer

Abu-Kwaik

Katie

Adlaka

Kenan

Alhayek

Silvia

Aluia

Ahmed

Ayantayo

Paige

Baal

Victoria

Badia

Isha

Bagga

Caroline

Caldart

Un Yong

Chung

Garret

Clark

Lauren

Culver

Shelby

Freeberg

Youmna

Gabr

Jayant

Gadrey

Preetha

Ghosh

Tara

Gloystein

Meredith

Hengy

Adel

Hijazi

Amita

Hinge

Adita

Kappagantu

Sisira

Kavuri

Aisha

Kazeem

Samadhi

Kiridena

Marla

Krasnick

Ashton

Lewandowski

Philip

Ma

Leya

Maliekal

Michelle

Malik

Nasyr

Malik

Aman-Vir

Mandair

Sean

Mccarthy

Brendan

Mullan

Renieh

Nabaty

Mitchell

Naveh

Caroline

Nikolaidis

Rajmund

Niwinski

Claire

Novelly

Rachel

O'Dell

Adam

Olszewski

Anointing

Onuoha

Arthur

Orchanian

Aaron

Orellana

Kimberly

Palmer

Alisha

Pandit

Aishwarya

Panneerselvam

Krishan

Parashar

Emily

Pauls

Austin

Qasawa

Avinash

Ramkissoon

Manvir

Sandhu

Adam

Seidel

Hannah

Shuman

Ashlyn

Sovereen

Samantha

Thacker

Sara

Thomas

Samuel

Todd

Thomas

Vismara

Megan

Walsh

Margaret

Wasvery

Iman

William

Lathem

Wojno

Kenneth

Wu

Benjamin

Young

Katherine

Zhao