At the core of the Shared Discovery Curriculum is the Academy, comprised of four Learning Societies of medical students and master teachers, exploring the curriculum in small and large groups, simulation and laboratories. The Academy is the intellectual and professional home of our learners and the medical education home of its Faculty Fellows.

The Academy is designed to organize and deliver several components of the curriculum, including post-clinic debriefing, problem-based learning and other small group learning experiences, student portfolio review and individual personal learning plan coaching. It also enables the delivery of specialized faculty development to promote both excellence in teaching and coaching, as well as ongoing support of scholarly endeavors.

This administrative structure enables students to interact with educators in a variety of settings over multiple years.


Students and Faculty Fellows are organized in the curriculum through the creation of four learning societies spanning the geographic campuses and medical student years in the curriculum. The Learning Societies are the site of academic coordination of student learning plans as well as the home of post clinic groups that integrate and contextualize students’ experiences in clinic with the programmed content of the curriculum.

What happens in the learning societies?

  • Post-clinic debriefing
  • Small group instruction
  • Portfolio development
  • Individual learning plan review
  • Professional socialization and career development
Learning Societies Overview