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College’s Active Learning Approach Featured in Page 1 Boston Globe Article

Larner College of Medicine Class of 2020 students work in small groups during an Attacks and Defenses course flipped classroom session in this photo from the Boston Globe website.

The innovative medical education approach of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont is the focus of a Boston Globe article, titled “Who needs lectures? Vermont medical school chooses other ways to teach,” which is featured on Page 1 of the February 1, 2017 issue.

Reporter Felice Freyer visited Burlington, Vt., and the College in early January to conduct interviews with Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education William Jeffries, Ph.D., faculty and students and observe active learning in action. In addition to Jeffries, Larner College of Medicine members Patricia King, M.D.’96, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and Convergence course director, and medical students Julia McGinty ’19, Marie Kenney ’19, and Soraiya Thura ’18, are quoted in the article.

The article acknowledges the role of donor-alumnus Robert Larner, M.D.’42, in “bolstering” the College’s efforts in making the transition to 100 percent active learning in the curriculum.

A photo in the print article features three participants – including medical student Matthew Shear ’17 – in an Interprofessional Clinical Care ICU session in the Clinical Simulation Lab, led by Laurie Leclair, M.D., associate professor of medicine. Additional photos that appear in the online story include a shot of Class of 2020 students participating in an Attacks & Defenses course flipped classroom session and another Interprofessional Clinical Care ICU session photo featuring ICU nurses, a pharmacist, medical resident, medical student and respiratory therapist.