Active Learning


Beyond our stellar experiential activities, conducted throughout all phases of the Program, we also implement mindful active learning strategies that are purposive, holistic, reflective, complex, engaging, collaborative, and case-based.

Imagine...

Imagine a curriculum that is modularized by organ system. In such a curriculum, you would learn the clinical medicine, physiology & pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, patient examination, and patient work-up and evaluation layered and synced by organ system. When you study for one course, you are also studying for your other courses by covering similar material.  

Imagine...

Imagine a class, in which students are organized into small teams of 4-6 persons and situated in 'pods' throughout the room. Each pod is at a separate table. One student acts as the team leader and scribe and types information into a laptop document that is projected onto an adjacent wall. 

Imagine...

Imagine a class that is 'flipped'. Students will receive lecture presentations ahead of time as an assignment, along with their other reading assignments for that particular class. Upon arriving in class, students will take an individual quiz on the assigned material. After taking that quiz, students will retake the quiz as a group, within their team. The quiz will then be reviewed and discussed within the class as a whole. The quiz grades are averaged and the resulting score represents the student grade for that particular quiz. For the entirety of the course, the quiz grades are combined and averaged and then represent the weight of one full-exam grade.

Imagine...

Imagine a collaborative team-based, case-based learning experience. Following discussion on the quiz, course instructors/facilitators will then present portions of or a full medical case, and students will be assigned projects to work on within their teams. Examples of such projects include, but are in no way limited to, developing differential diagnoses; determining physical examinations; ordering laboratory, imaging, and/or procedural testing; constructing treatment and follow-up plans; developing patient education materials. As each team works on their assignment, the laptop screen image is projected onto the adjacent wall, allowing all members of the class and the course instructor to view the progress made within each team. Students will complete the case within the remaining class time. Throughout the time, course instructors/facilitators will stop the class activity and ask questions of the teams that will then be discussed in the class as a whole.

Imagine...

Imagine learning in a contemplative environment. Imagine learning differently, in an active, engaging, and exciting way, an effective way, a way that best prepares you for clinical practice....

Welcome to the Emory & Henry College

Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program!


Emory, Va. Campus: P.O. Box 947, Emory, Va. 24327 (map)    276.944.4121
Marion, Va. Campus: 565 Radio Hill Rd., Marion, Va. 24354 (map)    276.944.6342 ·  276.781.7200