Fresh perspectives: Teaching epidemiologic methods from the perspective of your teaching assistants (TAs)

Fresh perspectives: Teaching epidemiologic methods from the perspective of your teaching assistants (TAs)

The best ways of teaching epidemiology have always been an issue of debate and discussion. Lately, a great deal of focus has been on the place of formal causal inference and epidemiologic methods in our curricula. The public discussions have taken place primarily from the perspective of senior faculty who have been practicing epidemiologists for years – faculty who perhaps first learned the concepts when some of the formal causal inference “languages” were not developed, or who may not easily recall what it was like to be presented with epidemiologic concepts for the first time. This symposium will highlight a different perspective on teaching epidemiology: the perspective of current and recent teaching assistants (TAs). This vantage offers a unique and relatively unheard view on the same issues debated by faculty but also on subjects unique to the TA experience. Recent TAs will discuss their experiences as teachers, students, and translators of modern epidemiologic methods.

Session Chair:
Sonja Swanson
, Erasmus University
Ryan Seals, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Presenters:
Hailey Banack
, McGill University
Tarik Benmarhnia, McGill University
Catherine Lesko, Johns Hopkins University
Xiaojuan Li, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Marissa Seamans, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Alexandra Seaward, McGill University