Learning Communities at MSM
A learning community is a group of individuals sharing common goals, values, and ideas that actively engage in learning with and from each other.
Our Quality Enhancement Plan project, “Mentoring Students at Morehouse,” began in fall 2011. The QEP project was developed strategically to align with initiatives to expand the institution’s educational programs and sustain the highest standards of teaching, excellence and professional competence. Its primary objectives are to train faculty mentors, mentor academically challenged students, and mentor all students through learning communities.
Learning communities are student-led and mentor-facilitated educational sessions that take place in a supportive team environment. The expected outcomes of learning communities are:
- Improvement of learning outcomes for our students, including skills, grades, scores, and time to degree;
- Development of long-term supportive relationships through mentoring sessions and
- Development and/or enhancement of faculty members’ skills and capacities as mentors.
All MSM students are grouped into learning communities. Medical students are grouped into the eight learning communities of Knowledge; Innovation; Compassion; Wisdom; Excellence; Leadership; Integrity; and Service.
Graduate students in biomedical sciences are grouped by the degree levels of Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.); Master of Science in Biomedical Research (MSBR); Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR); Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS); and Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSNS).
Master of Public Health (MPH) students also participate in learning communities that are grouped by life stages.