Applying Audience Polling and Team Based Learning in Jefferson Medical College


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We applied “team-based-learning” with interactive polling software (NearPod) to the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Course. The goal was to help students learn to apply acquired knowledge to simulated clinical cases. Faculty provided required reading and high-yield lectures to direct students' attention to important material, along with team-based-learning activities involving the entire class. Each morning began with a quiz based on assigned reading. Then, the class divided into small groups in Hamilton lobby where they used NearPod as both a presentation and polling device. As cases unfolded, questions were asked to stimulate students’ application of previously assigned reading. Table-based teams voted on answers and were called upon to explain their reasoning. Following case discussions, the quiz was repeated, allowing students to collaborate (although answers were scored individually). We perceive that the class is developing both clinical reasoning skills and learning to apply what they have read to their simulated clinical practice. This paradigm, we hope, will facilitate the transition from student to doctor, and instill in them a culture of life-long learning.

David Strayer, MD, PhD

Dr. Strayer received his A.B. in Chemistry from Cornell University, and both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He trained in Pathology at Barnes Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, where he subsequently completed a f ellowship in surgical pathology. He served as Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor at Yale University, then Professor at the University of Texas at Houston and now Jefferson. He has been a full Professor in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, as well as the Kimmel Cancer Center, since he arrived at Jefferson, in 1992. Dr. Strayer is the principal editor of Rubin’s Pathology, which is in its 6th edition with the 7th in preparation. He teaches in Foundations of Pathology, Immunity and Infectious Disease and Foundations of Clinical Medicine, in the latter of which has been pathology unit director since academic year 2009-2010. Dr. Strayer works with Dr. Filicko-O’Hara to organize FCM instruction in the unit on hematology and oncology.

Joanne Filicko-O’Hara, MD

Dr. Filicko-O’Hara received her medical degree from Hahnemann University and subsequently did her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She joined the faculty in 1998, and is currently is an Associate Professor of Medical Oncology and Medicine in the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in the Department of Medical Oncology, in the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. She has been the Director of the Educational Programs in the Department of Medical Oncology for the last several years, including the Fellowship Program in Hematology and Medical Oncology, the oncology training for the Internal Medicine Residency and the Medical Student Education in Hematology and Oncology. Her research interests include immune reconstitution following stem cell transplantation, and the use of stem cell transplantation in hematologic malignancies and in non-malignant disorders (e.g. sickle cell anemia.)



1. Describe how to use Near Pod to facilitate learning in a large classroom setting.

2. Adopt new teaching strategies that support team based learning in a large class setting,

3. Apply the use of NearPod interactive polling software as an educational tool to facilitate team based learning, identifying the potential benefits and challenges of its use.

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