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J. Charles Eldridge, PhD

J. Charles Eldridge, PhD - Medical Education Activities

Click 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

1993-1996    Co-Director, Medical Neuroscience Course (Unit II).
For three years I was co-director of this 1st year course in the traditional curriculum.  I was responsible for all assessments and for a collection of case-based, small-group exercises known as "Lesion Hunts".  I oversaw the preparation, scoring and grade assignments of the exams.  I prepared the lesion hunt case scenarios and exhibits, organized the student groups, recruited and trained faculty facilitators, and managed the schedules.  The highly successful exercises were consistently rated by students as the best aspect of the course.

1996-1998    Director, Unit A, Parallel Curriculum.
During the final two years of its 11-year existence, I was overall director of the 1st year component of this largely PBL-like program for 24/108 students in each class.  Management responsibilities included:  training and counseling of the group facilitators, preparation and administration of content exams, revision of tutorial group cases, counseling students individually and in a weekly representative session, interviewing applicants for incoming classes and representing the program before the student progress and promotions board.

1998-2007    Phase 1 Director, "A Prescription for Excellence: A Physician's Guide to Life-Long Learning".

With the development of a new, integrated curricular model for medical education, that features contextual learning and early professional development, I assumed overall leadership of Phase 1, covering nearly the entire first year.  I was a principal architect of the program delivery through a server-based network to laptop computers issued to each student.  I also directed "Basic and Clinical Science Problems" (BCSP), a twice-weekly tutorial activity for groups of 6 students.  BCSP utilized case-centered, problem-based learning experiences to integrate concurrent lectures, labs and professional skills sessions.  I was principal author and editor of the Phase 1 cases, and also the cases used by the Endocrine/Reproduction block in Phase 2.  Additional duties included faculty facilitator training and evaluation for the 18 small groups. 

2004-date   Charter Member, Core Teaching Faculty.
In 2004, the medical school Dean invited 24 faculty leaders in education to establish the Core Teaching Faculty.  This group has been charged with assuming creative leadership to drive the future of medical education at Wake Forest.  Initially the CTF was subdivided into working groups focusing on specific objectives and goals, including curriculum delivery, student evaluation, educational research, and future curricular designs.  I was a member of working groups on faculty development and the case-based small group tutorial phases.  In recent years the CTF has expanded to include all faculty and staff involved in leadership roles for education.

Other Administrative Service to Medical Education at Wake Forest
Medical School Admissions Committee (1990-93)
Admissions Subcommittee on Scholarships (1990-91)
Preclinical Student Promotions and Progress (1993-96)
LCME Cross-Departmental Review Committee (1994)
Departmental Representative, Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (1996-2007)
Education Dean’s Committee of Unit Chairs (1996-98)
Steering Committee for LCME Review Process (1999-2001)
Teaching Advancement Program for Faculty Development (Co-Director, 2001-2004)
Dean’s Select Advisory Group on Strategic Planning (2003)
Committee on Student Professionalism and Academic Review (2013-2016)  

Traditional Medical Curriculum (until 1998)
Pharmacology Course Management Committee (1988-1998)
02 Preclinical Year Administrative Committee (1993-96)
Committee on Faculty Development (1995-96)
Committee on Community Medicine (1996)
Committee on Standardized Patients (1997-98)  

Parallel Curriculum (1987-1998)
Cases & Curriculum Committee (1988-96)
Evaluations Committee (1990-96)
Administrative Committee (1991-98)
Admissions Committee (1994-96)
Subcommittee on Problem Solving/Clinical Reasoning Skills (1994-96)
Chair, Unit A (1996-98)

"Prescription for Excellence" Curriculum - Planning and Design (1996-98)
Committee on Programs at Other Institutions
Committee on Computers and Information Technology (Chair)
Laptop Selection and Design Group
Hardware and Facilities Renovation

"Prescription for Excellence" Curriculum - Implementation (since 1998)
Phase 1 Committee (Chair, 1998-2007)
Basic & Clinical Science Problems (Course Director, 1998-2007)
Curriculum Executive Management Committee (1998-2007)
Evaluations Committee (1998-2002)
Cultural Competency (1998-2012)
Information Technology Committee (2004-2006)
Curriculum Development Committee (2004-2010)
Committee on Case-Centered Learning (2007-2016)
Advisory Group for Medical Pharmacology (2013-2016)
Pharmacology Representative, Bridge Curriculum Phases (2014-2016)

Professional Activities in Medical Education

Professional Memberships

Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Education Affairs (since 1989)
International Association of Medical Science Educators (Charter Member, 1993)

External Consultation and Service  

Saudi National Medical Board Preparation Program (1991-93)
Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (consultant, 1993-2007)
Harwell Medical Book Publishers (editorial service, 1994-96)
United States Pharmacopeia Quintennial Assembly (Alternate Delegate, 1995-2010)
Interactive Multimedia Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning (Medical Section Editor, 1995-2003)
Medical University of South Carolina (Curriculum Development Consultant, 1999-2003)
Basic Science Educator (Managing Editor, 1999-2002) 
Baylor College of Medicine (National Advisory Panel for FIPSE Team Learning Project, 2001-2006)
Mayo Medical School (Consultant for Curriculum Development, 2001-2004)
Case Western-Reserve University School of Medicine (Reviewer, Scholarship in Teaching Awards, 2003-2015)
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Consultant for Medical Student Core Competencies, 2003-2005)
International Association of Medical Science Educators (Nominating Committee, 2003-04)
National Board of Medical Examiners (USMLE Step 1 Item Committee, 2010-2013)  

Awards in Teaching and Education   

Medical University of South Carolina, Medical Technology Program Excellence Award (1976-1978)
WFU School of Medicine, Parallel Curriculum Merit Award (1998)
Macy Foundation Scholar, Harvard Medical School (2001)
Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine (Outstanding Program Award, Annual Meeting, 2001)
WFU School of Medicine, Core Teaching Faculty (Charter Member, 2004)
WFU Medical Class of 2009, Basic Science Teaching Award (2007)
WFU School of Medicine, Special Recognition for Diversity Initiatives (2008)
WFU Medical Class of 2010, Basic Science Teaching Award (2009) 
WFU Medical Class of 2012, Basic Science Teaching Award (2010)
WFU Medical Class of 2013, Basic Science Teaching Award (2011)
WFU Medical Class of 2012, Basic Science Teaching Award (2012)
WFU Medical Class of 2015, Basic Science Teaching Award (2013)  

Sponsored Research Projects in Education

(1992-1993) Sticht Center on Aging Grant Program, Bowman Gray School of Medicine:
"Development and Implementation of a Gerontology/Geriatrics Curriculum for the Bowman Gray School of Medicine Parallel Education  Track” F.S. Celestino, M.G. Camp, Co-Directors (Associate Faculty)  

(2001-2004) American College of Rheumatology, Clinical Scholar Education Award:
“Case-Based Learning Exercises for Clerkship Rotations" 
Kenneth S. O'Rourke, Principal Investigator (Associate Faculty)  

(2001-2006) National Board of Medical Examiners, Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund: 
"Measures of Professionalism in Medical Students" 
George A. Nowacek, Principal Investigator (Associate Faculty)  

(2005-2008) National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, NIH K01-02750:
“Medical Student Training Program Targeting Health Disparities”
Sonia J. Crandall, Principal Investigator (Advisory Board Member)  

(2005-2009) National Science Foundation 0530028:
“Problem-Based Learning for Ethics:  Graduate Curriculum for Science and Engineering” 
J. Charles Eldridge, Principal Investigator

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