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Small group instructors are needed for Medical and MBS Biochemistry in the Fall of 2018. Each group comprises about 12 first-year medical school students or 20 MBS students. Each small group session is organized around the Biochemistry behind a disease: Leukemia (Conference #1), Carbohydrate metabolism (Conference #2), Heart disease caused by high cholesterol (Conference #3) and Hyperammonemia (Conference #4). The emphasis is on basic biochemical processes (transcription, translation, the glycolytic pathway, gluconeogenesis, cholesterol metabolism, amino acid metabolism). There is a preparation session when we review the guided questions and standard answers and talk about the main concepts for each conference. In addition, a 1-hour group session will be given on being an effective small group instructor.  Questions, answers, and access to the syllabus (via TUSK) will be available in mid August.

In addition, we are looking an individual to lead weekly review sessions (one for MBS, one for medical students).

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Baleja (, telephone 6-6872). You may wish to discuss the time commitment with your supervisor. If you’re interested in just one or two sessions, still let me know, as substitutes are always needed. If you have taught medical students before in Biochemistry, are have extensive experience with the course material, there will be financial compensation for your efforts. In any case, I expect to be able to write a letter of recommendation for your help with teaching in the course, which should help those interested in careers with a teaching component.

2018 Dates and Times

For MEDICAL Biochemistry (room tba):

  • Wednesday, Aug. 22,  10:15 AM to 12 noon    Conference #1 Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM  Conference #2 Errors of Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10  8:15 AM to 9:45 AM         Conference #3 Hypercholesterolemia
  • Monday, Nov. 5   10:30 AM to 12:00 PM     Conference #4 Hyperammonemia

For MBS Biochemistry (rooms tba):

  • Thursday, Aug. 23,  10:30 AM-12:30 PM  Conference #1 Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18  8:30 AM-10:30 AM  Conference #2 Errors of Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 1 PM- 2:30 PM  Conference #3 Hypercholesterolemia
  • Monday, Nov. 5 1 PM- 2:30 PM      Conference #4 Hyperammonemia

Preparation sessions (Jaharis-611 Conference Room)

  • Monday, August 20, 1-2 PM Dr. Maria Blanco, the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development will present a 1 hour workshop on how to run an effective small group. Attendance is expected for first-time conference leaders. All are welcome to attend.
  • Monday, August 20, 2-3:30 PM. Preparing for Conference #1
  • Monday, Sept. 17 1:00 to 2:30 Preparing for Conference #2
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2:00 to 3:00 Preparing for Conference #3
  • Monday, Oct 29, 1:15 to 2:45 Preparing for Conference #4

Objectives – for the student

  • Apply biochemical concepts to patient cases
  • Review the material taught in lecture to reinforce understanding of core concepts
  • Raise further questions to clarify understanding of core concepts & discover new ideas to explore

Objectives – for the facilitator

  • To gain teaching experience that may help in promotion of one’s career
  • To learn effective teaching strategies for future classes or for leading a research group
  • To reinforce one’s understanding of Biochemistry