Innovations in Teaching


Rap to remember

Choose a disease. Gather your team. Compose a rap. A ballad. A poem. Or shoot a music video or skit. Remember the material forever.

Sometimes, the way you learn nursing concepts cements your understanding. That's true for prof Donna Schminkey's undergrad pathophysiology class, which found a creative route to understanding medical conditions. >>

 Lund_exchange2 Up close learning from a distance

Why do Swedish clinicians get dressed at work? Are American and European medical record keeping systems alike? And do Swedish students shoulder student loan burden like their American counterparts?

Those were some of the questions lobbed between UVA nursing students and their counterparts at Sweden's Lund University in a virtual exchange -- now a regular part of the 2nd year Foundations of Nursing course. >>

Tapping experienced RNs to teach

With a dangerous shortage of nursing faculty, UVA nursing profs Kim Elgin and Kathleen Rea embarked on a new approach to expand the School's pool of nurse educators. And they didn't have to look far.

“Many of our talented RNs at the Medical Center have the kind of authority and knowledge to be impactful teachers,” explains Rea. “Our idea was to teach them to teach, and then measure their effect.”

And the Clinical Scholars program was born. >>


Mistakes on purpose

As part of a learning exercise, a small group of U.Va. health care professionals have a few minutes to individually note what’s wrong in the ICU. Each identifies about 30 problems, but collectively they spot 54.

In this Room of Errors -- now a regular part of new training program for nurses, doctors, students and others at the Medical Center -- that's the point. >>


At the HeArt of medicine and nursing

How do your perceptions about art, religion and your own feelings about death and dying inform the way you communicate with patients about end-of-life issues?

A new student-developed program -- called the HeArt of Medicine -- explores these topics, and finds a permanent home in nursing and med students' curricula. >>


Postpartum depression, up close and personal

Postpartum Polly - the alter ego of award-winning nursing professor Emily Drake, who teaches maternal child health to undergraduate students - offers students a memorable glimpse of a serious problem that many new mothers face: a major depressive episode after giving birth. >>