Peer Observation

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Peer Observation

Co Chairs:
Susan Frankl, MD
Lori Newman, EdM

2015 Meetings

  • Friday, March 6, 2015- 11:30AM-1PM TMEC 333- RSVP
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015- 3:330-5PM TMEC 126.- RSVP
  • Wednesday, June 24- 9-10:30AM- TMEC 333- RSVP 

Goal and Achievements:

The primary goals of the HMS Academy’s Interest Group in Peer Observation of Teaching are to develop a culture of teaching improvement across HMS; provide individualized faculty development for those involved in teaching at the UME, GME, and CME levels; and generate a community-wide conversation about best teaching practices.

To assist HMS with its current efforts to cultivate use of interactive teaching strategies that foster active learning and encourage critical thinking and reflection, during AY2014, the Interest Group focused its attention on exploring and gaining a better understanding about the flipped classroom method.  While there are many ways to “flip a classroom,” a unifying characteristic of all such classrooms is to direct attention away from the instructor and onto the students and their application of learning.  To sample various flipped classroom approaches presently used at HMS, we received permission to observe the Integrated Human Physiology (IHP) course in which faculty deliberately use interactive and flipped classroom techniques during their large group discussions. As a result, the Interest Group (IG) engaged in the following activities:

  • 12 interest group members conducted 22 observations of the IHP large group sessions. 
  • IG members completed a post-observation survey after the IHP sessions. From the results of this survey, 10 structured themes were identified including:
  • Learning environment
  • Student preparation and readiness
  • Sequencing, timing, and flow of class activities
  • Instructors’ use of questions and active learning techniques
  • Instructors’ promotion of critical thinking
  • Student engagement, collaboration, and participation
  • Co-teaching techniques and instructional interplay among multiple faculty members
  • 10 IG members participated in reviewing and summarizing the comments from the post-observation survey. We then discussed these summaries with the Interest Group and members of the IHP faculty.

Observation of the IHP course allowed the Interest Group members to witness authentic use of flipped classroom techniques and to see how the students interacted with the course instructors and each other in real time. The course director, Dr. Richard Schwartzstein, plans to share the IG findings with those involved faculty development efforts for new the pre-clerkship curriculum.

Using the IHP observations and summaries, in AY 2015, we will plan to devise and pilot test a peer observation of flipped classroom instrument.  

 If you have any information of current HMS and HMS-Affiliated peer observation faculty teaching activities, please help us gather data by filling out this form:

Peer Observation of Faculty Teaching Activity Form

Meeting Minutes:

October 1, 2014 Meeting
**Important article to read about Flipped Classroom Definition - Click here

June 5, 2014 Meeting

April 3, 2014 Meeting
Summary of IHP Observation Questions

January 16, 2014 Meeting

12/05/2013 Meeting
Flipped Classroom Observation Schedule
"The Post-Lecture Classroom: How Will Students Fare?" by Robinson Meyer
Article: The Flipped Classroom

11/14/2013 Meeting
Thought Questions Flipped Classroom

10/02/2013 Meeting:
Small group observation instrument
Peer Assessment Instrument

9/12/2013 Meeting:
9/12/2013 Agenda
09/12/2013 Minutes  
Medical Education Reimagined: A Call to Action.
Just Imagine: New Paradigms for Medical Education.
What’s Different about the Inverted Classroom?
Lecture Halls without Lectures—A Proposal for Medical Education.

6/19/2013 Meeting:
6/19/2013 Minutes
IN752 Course Description
Analyses of Host and Observer Feedback – Medical Ethics Course

1/2/2013 Meeting:
1/2/2013 Agenda
1/2/2013 Minutes

 2010-2012 Meetings

11/1/2010 Minutes
2/14/2011 Minutes
4/25/2011 Minutes
9/20/2011 Minutes
11/15/2011 Minutes
1/25/2012 Minutes

10/31/2012 Meeting:
10/31/2012 Agenda
Medical Ethics Course Description
Small Group Discussion Observation Form

<12/12/2012 Meeting:
12/12/2012 Agenda
12/12/2012 Minutes
Medical Ethics Course Calendar


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