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Brown University

EFD On-Demand: Engaging the Learner - Active Learning in Didactic Medical Education

Brown University via Independent


Program Release: January 20, 2022 Expiration Date: January 20, 2023 Estimated time to complete: 75 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. SPEAKERS Courtney C. Bilodeau, MD, IBCLC, FACP Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinician Educator Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Attending Physician, Women’s Medicine Collaborative Lifespan Physician Group, Women and Infant's Hospital Providence, Rhode Island Niharika D. Mehta, MD Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinician Educator Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Attending Physician, Women's Medicine Collaborative Lifespan Physician Group, Women and Infants’ Hospital Providence, Rhode Island Andrea Parker, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University General Surgery Specialist Newport, Rhode Island Overview This session helps educators understand the importance of incorporating active learning strategies into didactic teaching, for both in-person and virtual platforms. We will define “active learning,” and discuss the data behind its facilitation in US medical schools and postgraduate medical education. We will demonstrate several practical and easy-to-use techniques that facilitate active learning and that can be employed in didactic teaching sessions. Tips on how to effectively use strategies such as game-based learning, interactive polling, and case-based discussions in virtual and live platforms will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to revise and enhance a teaching session of their own to incorporate more opportunities for active learning.


After completing this course, participants should be better able to: 

  1. Differentiate active from passive learning.
  2. Describe various active learning strategies.
  3. Apply live polling in PowerPoint presentations using 3 different polling programs.
  4. Apply interactive features including game-based strategies in presentations, to engage the virtual learner.
  5. Incorporate one or more of the active learning techniques discussed, in plans for a future didactic session.


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the recorded presentation
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.


The Warren Alpert Medical School is committed to presenting CME activities that promote improvements and/or quality in health care and are developed free of the control of ineligible companies (formerly known as a commercial interest).It is our policy to ensure that our activities are balanced, independent, objective, scientific, and in compliance with ACCME and other regulatory requirements.

Anyone who is in a position to control the content of a CME presentation is required to disclose all financial relationships within the past 24 months with ineligible companies. This collected disclosure information has been reviewed and any potential conflicts of interested mitigated prior to the activity.

Please see below for speaker and planner financial relationship information:

Speakers:    Courtney C. Bilodeau, MD, IBCLC, FACP, Niharika D. Mehta, MD, and Andrea Parker, MD have nothing to disclose.
Planners:     Emily Green, PhD, MA receives royalties from Springer Nature. Jennifer Maloney, Chelsea Reyes, & Maria Sullivan have nothing to disclose.



Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.

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