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Guided Learning Groups

The Center for Student Success (CSS) launched its Guided Learning Groups Initiative (GLGI) in 2022 to provide additional support to OMS-I SGL students as they adjust to the rigor of their first year of medical school. GLGI uses a peer-to-peer learning framework to organize participants in weekly learning groups where they, along with their peer tutor, review challenging course content, co-create study plans, incorporate valuable resources, and discuss effective time management strategies.

Other skill sets include:

  • pass systems
  • preview discernment
  • analyzation of relevant lectures
  • exam reflection and interpretation
  • methods of organization (charting, mind maps, tabling, etc.)
  • utilization of resources and time management
  • self-care
  • determination of learning objectives
  • system blocks navigation
  • study schedule creation

Created for students by students, our GLGI participants:

  • Feel a sense of membership and belonging through supportive personal connections and peer-mentoring relationships. 
  • Demonstrate independent learning through the skills and strategies that are practiced throughout the sessions. 
  • Model self-management and self-awareness skills required to navigate their first year at Rowan-Virtua SOM.
  • Engage in self-reflection and problem-solving to identify knowledge gaps and address continuing academic concerns.

Interested students will have the opportunity to apply to the program during orientation week.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Dearden at

GLGI Student Leadership:

Founding Members

Debbie Meskin, DO - Rowan-Virtua Alumni, Class of 2023
Tracy Tauro, DO - Rowan-Virtua Alumni, Class of 2024

Curriculum Leads

Talia Hartman, OMS-III
John Sauer, OMS-III