• Patrick Lawlor

Day 1 Morning

This morning, after a great kick off by Dr. David Roberts which inspired all of us to invest in our professional development, we learned about the “Science of Learning” in a talk by Dr. Hayes (@MHayes_MD). This first session was meant to set the foundation for the whole course and the concept of scaffolding in addition to many others (adult learning theory, system 1 vs. system 2) were introduced. You will hear these concepts discussed in more depth throughout the course. Dr. Hayes shared her framework of thinking about the “Science of Learning” as an umbrella term that includes how memory works, dual process theory, adult learning theory, cognitive learning theories, and active learning strategies. There was some great discussion about active learning strategies. Learning happens when the brain is taxed and works hard. Who’s ready to work their brains??!!



Dr. Fishman (@Laurie_fishman) built on some of the concepts Dr. Hayes discussed with emphasis on grabbing the attention of the learner and creating a safe environment. She taught us to use questions that don’t have a right answer such as open-ended questions and blue-green questions. Asking the right questions is difficult but so important. You will hear more about how to ask questions throughout the course!


Dr. Fishman shared some great pearls and offered to help with writing cases.

· Don’t answer your own question

· Don’t be afraid of silence

· Sum up what was learned and not learned



Dr. Meredith Atkins (@kmeratkins) taught us how to do one of the most difficult things – give effective feedback!! After this talk everyone should walk away a feedback superhero! Dr. Atkin’s shared Jack Ende’s powerful definition of feedback: “…an informed, non-evaluative, objective appraisal of performance intended to improve…skills-rath than an estimate of the trainee’s personal worth…”

This was a chance for you to reflect and share thoughts about what makes feedback effective – some of the common themes were:

- Authenticity

- Timeliness

- Specific

- Behavior-focused (NOT generalizations)


Dr. Atkins talked about the power of positive framing and depositing into the feedback bank.


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