Collaborative Learning Community on Learning and Working Environment Optimization

Collaborative Learning Community on Learning and Working Environment Optimization

Collaborative Learning Communities (CLCs) are defined groups with a commitment to shared goals, resources and responsibility and managed through collective authority and accountability.
The overall goal of the collaborative is to promote flexibility for internal medicine education to adapt to local patient, clinical, and educational microsystems with sufficient safeguards to ensure learner wellness.  This collaborative will identify the important components of the learning environment and working conditions that could be leveraged to enhance and promote education and thus optimizes the learning environment for all UME and GME learners.

The following are examples of issues that the collaborative might wish to consider:

  • Develop service specific leaner workload limits that reflect daily encounters, patient complexity, geographic distribution, IT support, throughput, and other variables across both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Define a limit of faculty responsibilities when engaged in clinical supervision of learners in either inpatient or outpatient settings.
  • Define the interprofessional team and suggest workflows and resources to optimize the clinical care team.
  • Define factors that distinguish the necessary experiential learning from pure clinical service.


Andy Ekpenyong, MD
Collaborative Facilitator
Rush Medical College
Rush University Medical Center 

Christina R. Bergin, MD 
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Emily Fondahn, MD 
Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine

Bethany Gentilesco, MD 
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Susan A. Glod, MD 
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Karen Hamad, MD 
Florida State University College of Medicine at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Rebecca C. Jaffe, MD 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Lawrence K. Loo, MD 
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Alyssa C. McManamon, MD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

Simran K. Singh, MD 
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Brian S. Uthlaut, MD 
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Sara L. Wallach, MD 
Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences (St. Francis)

Katherine Walsh, MD 
Ohio State University College of Medicine