Developing a framework for promoting interest and engagement of scholarship of teaching and learning for medical students

Med Educ Online. 2024 Dec 31;29(1):2336332. doi: 10.1080/10872981.2024.2336332. Epub 2024 Apr 1.


Background: The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is a field of academic research that focuses on improving learning through reflective and informed teaching. Currently, most SoTL-related work is faculty-driven; however, student involvement in SoTL has been shown to benefit both learners and educators. Our study aims to develop a framework for increasing medical students' interest, confidence, and engagement in SoTL.

Methods: A student-led SoTL interest group was developed and a year-round program of SoTL was designed and delivered by student leaders of the group under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Individual post-session surveys were administered to evaluate participants' perceptions of each session. Pre- and post-program surveys were administered to evaluate the program impact.

Results: The year-round SoTL program consistently attracted the participation of medical students and faculty. Survey responses indicated strong medical student interest in the program and positive impact of the program. Increased interest and confidence in medical education research were reported by the student participants. The program design provided opportunities for student participants to network and receive ongoing feedback about medical education research they were interested or involved in.

Conclusion: Our study provides insights for developing a framework that other institutions can reference and build upon to educate and engage students in SoTL.

Keywords: Scholarship of teaching and learning; academic medicine; medical education research; medical student research; student-faculty partnership.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Faculty
  • Feedback
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Students, Medical*
  • Teaching

Grants and funding

This study was supported by: International Association Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) 2022 Student Grant to RB (PI), AR (Co-PI) and YZ (faculty advisor); SHSU-COM Internal Grant 299093 to RB (PI), AR (Co-PI) and YZ (faculty advisor).