White Paper: Team-Based Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning in PA Education

by Christine Bruce, DMSc, MHSA, PA-C, Program Director, Penn State College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program & Associate Professor of Medicine | September 16, 2020

Physician Assistant Programs throughout the country are faced with the challenge of educating our students in two very different learning dimensions: students need to know certain facts about disease entities but they also need to learn how to apply this knowledge into real-life clinical situations. No matter how inclusive and in-depth a PA curriculum is for the student, health care providers need to be able to develop critical thinking skills which will allow them to apply this knowledge in clinical settings.

In our newest Kaplan Medical white paper, “Team-Based Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning in PA Education,” Christine Bruce, DMSc, MHSA, PA-C, Program Director, Penn State College of Medicine Physician & Assistant Program, Associate Professor of Medicine, address the value of incorporating team-based learning in order to help students better develop critical skills such as clinical reasoning, effective communication, team working strategies, and the giving and receiving of feedback.

Christine Bruce has been a practicing physician assistant for 37 years. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant Program Director in 1996, she served as a clinical preceptor for PA students in hospital-based internal medicine and general surgery for 13 years. A summa cum laude graduate from St. Francis University in 1983, she earned a Master in Health Service Administration in 1995, and earned a Doctor of Medical Science in 2019 from Lynchburg University. She previously served as a tenured full professor and is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. 

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