J. Charles Eldridge, PhD
J. Charles Eldridge, PhD - Activities in Education
here to view list of publications, presentations at education conferences,
invited seminars and consultations in education, and copyrighted materials used
for case-based, small-group tutorials at Wake Forest University
my arrival in 1978, I have been highly involved in the medical school
curriculum, beginning as a principal lecturer in endocrine and GI pharmacology
(2nd year curriculum) and occasionally in 1st year
endocrine physiology. I also served co-director
of the medical neuroscience course (Traditional Curriculum, 1st
year) from 1993-96.
the late 1980’s the school began a Parallel Curriculum, a case-centered,
small-group tutorial-only program for 24 medical students during the
preclinical years. I participated in
numerous aspects of this program, eventually becoming director of the 1st
year from 1996-98. In 1998 a new program,
“A Prescription for Excellence”, began as a merger of the former traditional
and parallel curricula. I was invited to
serve as an architect of this new design and then to oversee the new 01 year
curriculum. I was also course director
for the case-centered, small-group tutorial activity brought over from the
Parallel Curriculum. In this role I served
as a principal case author and manager of facilitator training and student
present I have stepped back from active management to focus on improving
pharmacology learning and to assist education administration with special
tasks. I’ve been very fortunate to serve
in a number of leadership and advisory roles at the school and elsewhere. My activities also have included a number of
meeting presentations, publications, consultation at other schools, and
involvement with national and international education organizations.
here for more information about my activities in medical education.
biomedical campus of Wake Forest has a very active and growing graduate school
program. Until recently our department
had a Ph.D. major in Physiology & Pharmacology, and I was one of the
principal instructors, for basic endocrine physiology and pharmacology, in the
required fundamentals curriculum (Phys-Phar 701-704). I also organized an advanced level course in
Neuroendocrinology, and provided instruction to other courses in neuroscience
and toxicology majors.
Bowman Gray campus now offers a diverse program at the doctoral and
masters level. I am a faculty member of
the emphasis tracks in Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology and Neuroscience, and provide instruction
in areas of endocrine physiology and pharmacology to students in both
tracks. Many of the instructional
sessions also include students enrolled in MS degree programs of Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences, the latter including a
highly successful Premedical
Post-baccalaureate MS degree program.
2007 I became the founding director of a campus-wide graduate course sequence
called Scientific Professionalism & Integrity (Grad 713) and Bioethics and
Social Responsibility (Grad 714), taken by all 1st year graduate
students. This case-centered program utilizes
faculty-facilitated small groups to examine and learn from scenarios that
illustrate ethical challenges in the culture of professional research. My duties included authorship and editing of
the cases, recruitment and training of facilitators, securing plenary speakers,
and logistics of scheduling group sessions.
Through 9 years we have involved over 50 different faculty and more than
100 post-doctoral fellows in providing this program to some 500 graduate
lab has had 2 PhD graduate students who completed a dissertation in endocrine
here for more information about my activities in graduate education.
many years I have served the Wake Forest Physician
program in a variety of ways, including delivery of basic science lectures,
small-group facilitation in case-centered learning, helping to write and edit
cases, and conducting student practical evaluations.