PaCE Cases are a centerpiece of the Phase 1 ForWard Curriculum, to connect foundational concepts in a way that makes them relevant and applicable to authentic clinical scenarios.

The sessions are student-focused and inquiry-based. Students lead the discussions; synthesizing, integrating and identify knowledge related to each case. Students and faculty facilitators see many educational benefits to this unique way of learning.

PaCE Case small group sessions occur twice weekly and consist of approximately 8 students and one faculty facilitator. The facilitator’s role is to ensure that students stay on-topic, address the learning objectives and provide feedback to each student as well as the group as a whole. Students have identified roles such as leader and scribe, who are responsible for the group process and discussion.

PaCE Case Features

In addition to medical knowledge, PaCE Cases create an environment that enhances learning in many important competency areas.

Problem solving

Cases provide a mental model to integrate concepts as they relate to a clinical problem, increasing retention and ability to transfer knowledge to future clinical scenarios.


Each student has an identified role in the group and the experience and quality of the work depends on active participation of all group members.


Effective communication skills and constructive feedback will enhance the learning environment and improve group process.

Lifelong learning

The process requires learners to become adept at identifying gaps in knowledge and finding appropriate resources to address those gaps.


Students hold one another accountable to the learning standards, quality of work, learning environment and group interactions.

The specific structure of PaCE Cases creates an engaging and constructive learning environment.