November Featured Members

Michelle Z. Farland – University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Michelle teaches clinical pharmacy practice at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (UFCOP) in Gainesville, Florida. After being introduced to team-based learning during her 2nd year in post-graduate residency training while at Virginia Commonwealth University, she created a TBL course in chronic disease management for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Knoxville Campus (her first academic position), and then expanded the use of TBL to other courses in the curriculum (taught across all campuses synchronously using videoconferencing technology). At UFCOP, Michelle has been tasked with faculty development in TBL, as a decision has been made to increase the use of active learning methods in the curriculum. Michelle has mentored post-graduate pharmacy residents and other faculty in TBL and has conducted TBL workshops within and outside the institutions she has worked for. She especially enjoys working with faculty to develop creative approaches to team applications.


Sandy Cook – Duke-NUS Medical School

sandy-cookIn June 2006, Sandy joined the Duke – NUS Medical School in Singapore, as Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Curriculum Development as well as head of the Medical Education, Research, and Evaluation Department. It was decided that TBL would be the primary mode of instruction for the new medical school’s basic science year. After TBL was implemented at the medical school, Sandy and her colleagues began receiving requests from others in the region to help them develop TBL. Over 600 people have participated in the introductory TBL workshops that Sandy and colleagues developed. In 2012 she began working with the Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM.EI), a joint venture with Duke-NUS and SingHealth – Partners in Medicine as Chief of Pedagogy. To expand and deepen knowledge of TBL, Sandy and colleagues established a three series fellowship in TBL in 2012. The first series, which has had 88 participants from 9 countries, covers the basics of what TBL is; writing objectives, MCQs, and applications; facilitation, and action planning. Series 2 is about mentoring, peer review, advanced facilitation, and evaluation. Series 3 is dedicated to becoming a Certified Trainer.

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