Small Group Teaching - St. Mary's

September 13
St. Mary's Medical Center
450 Stanyan St., Morrissey Hall, C Level, San Francisco CA

Community-Based Educational Skills Workshop
Small Group Teaching


Led by:

Marieke Kruidering, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Katherine Hyland, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Much of clinical and classroom teaching takes place in small groups. A faculty member can use the skills for leading an effective discussion and encouraging active student participation in a variety of instructional formats including case studies, problem-based learning, and small group discussions. The session will begin with an introduction by the facilitator, who will describe the roles and expectations just as we would with learners in real life. A handout derived from Tools for Teaching will serve as the basis for the discussion.

During this session participants will:

  • Brainstorm about advantages and challenges to small group teaching
  • Observe and discuss video clips of small groups in action
  • Discuss specific challenges faced by participants in a small group setting and share solutions for managing group dynamics
  • Generate a list of best practices for small group facilitation

After this session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of using small group discussions as an instructional strategy
  • Identify characteristics of effective group discussions
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a small group facilitator
  • Identify facilitator and learner behaviors that promote effective learning in a small group, based on video clips and small group discussions
  • Describe solutions to specific challenges encountered in small group instruction
UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Course No. MGR13075