Core Inquiry Curriculum Small Group Facilitators

Core Inquiry Curriculum 2024-2025

Small Group Facilitator Sessions for Summer & Fall 2024

We invite you to teach in the 2024-25 Core Inquiry Curriculum (CIC). This is an opportunity to help our students develop skills for life-long learning and the practice of evidenced based medicine. Content expertise is NOT required and everything you need to succeed in this role will be provided in extensive facilitator notes and just in time prep sessions. Our facilitators consistently get very high ratings, so this is a fun and rewarding way to fulfill that teaching component on your CV!

We are currently recruiting for the summer and fall 2024 quarters and please note that all small group sessions will be in person. Please see below for the dates and times of the CIC small group sessions with the MS1s. Please note that you do not have to volunteer for every block (continuity is desirable but not required). Preceding each small group there will also be an optional facilitator training.  Please contact for more information.

While we prefer longitudinal facilitators, it is OK to pair with a colleague or sign up for individual sessions as we can always use subs. Please click here to indicate your availability or let Susana Aranas know if you’re available and interested.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.




121A (MS1s)

Ground School (GS)

  • Session #1 on Monday, August 12th from 2:10-4:00pm

121B (MS1s) Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Part 1 (ABC1) & Justice & Advocacy in Medicine (JAM)
  • Session #1 on Monday, October 21st from 1:10-2:00pm
  • Session #2 on Monday, October 28th from 1:10-3:00pm
  • Session #3 on Monday, November 18th from 1:10-4:00pm
  • Session #4 on Monday, November 25th from 1:10-2:30pm\
  • Session #5 on Monday, December 2nd from 9:10-10:00am
122A (MS2s) Life Stages (LS)
  • TBA Fall 2024
121C (MS1s) REGulatioN (Renal, Endocrine, GI, Nutrition, aka REGN)
  • TBA Winter 2025

121D (MS1s) PhD (The Pathogens & Host Defense Block)
  • TBA Spring 2025

The goal of the Inquiry curriculum is to train medical students to develop an inquisitive habit of mind, challenge current concepts, and create new knowledge—skills critical for the success of physicians and leaders committed to advancing health for all. We aim to help students shift from the conception of medicine as a series of facts to be learned from textbooks or didactics, to a vision of medical practice as consistent engagement with an ever-evolving and imperfect body of knowledge.

You would precept student-led PBL sessions in which students explore cases in a student-led, open-ended fashion, with no “right answers." Additionally, you would lead journal club sessions and problem-based exercises in evidence-based medicine, in which students will use inference, Bayesian reasoning, and scientific and biostatistical principles to reason answers to problems. It should be fun!

Faculty Benefits:

  • Opportunity to get to know a group of medical students longitudinally during their first 18 months of medical school
  • Opportunity to help shape and refine an innovative curriculum for the 21st Century Physician
  • Learn new teaching skills
  • Engage with cutting edge problems facing 21st-century care
  • Gain valuable teaching experience

CIC Facilitator Requirements:

  1. Passion for teaching early-stage medical students
  2. Interest in exploration and discovery of cases using a PBL-format
  3. Commitment to continuous learning and improvement of the emerging Core Inquiry Curriculum
  4. Eagerness to gain volunteer teaching credit, experience and recognition
  5. Availability for 4-7 consecutive Monday afternoons (1.5 -2.5 hours) during 1 (or more) Foundational Sciences blocks, shareable with a partner.