What is your style of teaching?
Hospital and outpatient clinic clinical rotation. Encourage students to be proactive learners: ask questions, make comments. I provide frequent feedback.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
In addition to using Blumenfeld as basic interactive text, I provide a packet of journal articles relevant to the rotation.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
15-minute presentation at end of rotation on a topic of student's choice, inspired by an interesting case, or topic of particular interest to the student.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Proactive not passive learning, evidence of reading during rotation, maturity, confidence tempered by humility, professionalism with patients and staff.
What kind of student would love your class?
Enthusiastic, self-motivated, inquisitive.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Learn proactively not passively. Learn how to learn by asking relevant questions of patients and colleagues after researching the answers yourself.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
TBI, behavioral neurology, neurorehabilitation, medical ethics.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Positive feedback from students (teaching award 2011). Assisting in the development of the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at Providence VAMC.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Helping my kids become inquisitive and responsible young adults.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Be prepared to learn--and enjoy it!