Curriculum Renewal Update: Gateway Coaching Program

As the Gateway Curriculum is prepared to launch with its inaugural class this coming September, we are thrilled to provide an update on the Gateway Coaching Program. The program will be replacing the traditional academic advising model and will be a truly unique approach to supporting our learners through their medical education journey. This program will span the four years of the Gateway Curriculum and provide longitudinal coaching relationships for students that will assist them in achieving their highest potential. The Gateway Coaches will integrate with the Gateway Curriculum, with goals to:

  1. Create a safe and supportive space for the community of learners and faculty coaches, providing the opportunity for a longitudinal, non-supervisory nor evaluative relationship between a group of learners and a WUSM faculty member.
  2. Utilize coaching skills to assist learners’ self-identification of professional values and formation of professional identity as an academic leader.
  3. Provide regular review of learners’ competency development through assessment data, assisting learners’ identification of individualized learning goals and creation of a plan to achieve these goals.
  4. Support learners to establish practices of continuous reflection with integration of external data for goal setting and lifelong learning.
  5. Model active and reflective listening with a mindful presence to enhance learners’ interpersonal communication skills.

The Gateway Coaching Program will be directed by Dr. Nichole Zehnder, Associate Dean for Educational Strategy and Associate Professor of Medicine.

We have selected our first cohort of Gateway Coaches, who will begin their preparation, training, and development on August 1st.  We are excited to introduce the inaugural group of Gateway Coaches:

  • Dr. Muyibat Adelani, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dr. Dennis Chang, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Dr. Brian Fuller, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Jennifer Griffith, Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Dr. Timothy Holden, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Dr. Katie Leonard, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Jonathan Mullin, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Amjad Musleh, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Jessica Pittman, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Noor Riaz, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Snehal Shah, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Kara Sternhell-Blackwell, Associate Professor of Dermatology

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