J. Charles Eldridge, PhD

J. Charles Eldridge, PhD - Activities in Education

I have been actively involved in various aspects of education at the Bowman Gray Campus of Wake Forest University.

Graduate School Education
Our department has a Ph.D. program with a Physiology & Pharmacology major.  I am the principal instructor of basic endocrine physiology and pharmacology in the required fundamentals curriculum (Phys-Phar 701-704).  With sufficient demand I also organize an advanced level course in Neuroendocrinology, and provide instruction to other courses in neuroscience and toxicology. 

In addition, I am the founder and director of a campus-wide graduate course sequence called Scientific Professionalism & Integrity (Grad 713-714) and Bioethics and Social Responsibility (Grad 715-716), taken by all 1st and 2nd year students in the BG Campus’ 10 Ph.D. programs.  This is a case-centered program where faculty-facilitated small groups examine and learn from scenarios in the culture of professional research. 

My lab has had 2 graduate students who completed a dissertation in endocrine research.

Medical School Education
I have also been highly involved in the medical school curriculum.  I have served as principal lecturer in endocrine pharmacology (2nd year curriculum) and occasionally in 1st year endocrine physiology.  I was also co-director of the medical neuroscience course (Traditional Curriculum, 1st year) from 1994-96. 

In 1987 the school began a Parallel Curriculum, a case-centered, small-group tutorial program for 24 medical students during their 1st and 2nd years of school.  I was involved in numerous aspects of the program, and served as director of the 1st year from 1996-98.  In 1998 the MD program began “A Prescription for Excellence”, as a merger of the former traditional and parallel programs.  I was asked to serve as one of the architects of this curricular design and to oversee the portion utilizing the case-centered, small-group tutorial components taken from the Parallel Curriculum.  I became a principal case author and manager of facilitator training and student evaluations. 

This level of participation has permitted me to assume a number of leadership positions in the school’s medical curriculum organization during recent years.  My activities also have included a number of meeting presentations, publications, consultation at other schools, and involvement with national and international education societies. 

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