Alumni Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking PBL Facilitators

Dear Veterinary Colleagues:

I am writing as the course director of Problem Based Learning II to request your assistance in facilitating this course. This is a small-group learning experience in which first year veterinary students work through mock cases as an introduction to the clinical reasoning process. The course also provides them with the opportunity to foster communication skills and self-guided use of primary resources. Facilitators serve as "guides" for the students to ensure the groups navigate down the correct clinical path and touch upon important learning issues. Last year we had a great response from our alumni and area practitioners in helping facilitate the course. Student response to these facilitators was positive with many students appreciating the perspective private practitioners bring to a case. We hope to continue this trend and are looking for facilitators to help out for PBL in the spring of 2014. This is PBL II, for students in the second semester of their first year.

The sessions will be held from 8-10 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 26; and April 2, 9, 16. If you are only able to commit to half of the sessions, please also let us know as we may be able to find someone to share a group with you.

For those of you who are interested but have not facilitated PBL before, we can arrange a facilitator training session prior to your first PBL group. These are all volunteer positions, although travel reimbursement is available (50 miles max. per day @ $0.565/mile). Additionally, through the school’s Continuing Education Office, we have been able to arrange 5 hours of CE credit (max. allowable per year for PBL instruction) for those teaching a semester of PBL (24 contact hours).

Thank you again for considering this request, and I hope that some of you will choose to join us as we train the Tufts alumni of the future. If you would like to participate, please e-mail Sabrina Stidsen at sabrina [dot] stidsen [at] tufts [dot] edu as soon as possible. I am also happy to answer questions. Feel free to e-mail me at michele [dot] keyerleber [at] tufts [dot] edu.

Thank you,

Michele A. Keyerleber, DVM, DACVR (Radiation Oncology)
Course Director, Problem Based Learning II
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-4272