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Medical Education Track

Medical education takes place in settings and in formats that are unique, even for those with prior experiences in teaching. Teachers and learners both have a duty of care to their patients that must always be balanced with and may take priority over education. The time constraints of clinical care add further challenges to effective teaching.

Residents are expected to teach in a variety of clinical and classroom settings with little formal instruction or feedback from supervisors or peers. As residents progress to attending-hood, the expectations continue to rise out of proportion to formal training.

The Medical Education Track is intended bridge this gap for residents interested in pursuing academic and medical education careers. It is currently open to residents in internal medicine, pediatrics, medpeds and neurology.

Goals & Aims Heading link

  • Introduce MedEd theories and teaching strategies that are applicable to the unique position of residents-as-teachers
  • Improve teaching skills through observed teaching sessions and individualized feedback
  • Expand MedEd opportunities available to residents by providing protected time to develop teaching skills and to participate in mentored longitudinal MedEd projects
  • Provide individualized mentorship to residents who plan on incorporating MedEd as a component of their future careers

Track Components Heading link

Residents who participate in the track attend a monthly MedEd noon conference series that includes topics such as career advising, MedEd project development, teaching workshops and adult learning theory. Residents also work with a faculty mentor to complete a longitudinal project in MedEd with the goal to submit and abstract to regional/national conference, present scholarly work at research symposium, or publishing an article on a MedEd blog or MedEd portal. Residents participate in several teaching opportunities throughout the year including but not limited to leading simulations or small group discussions, sitting on panels discussions, precepting in clinic and/or participating in the College of Medicine Mentor’s Program. Residents must also complete a 2-week MedEd elective.

MedEd Elective Heading link

This elective is designed to provide exposure to medical education in its many diverse settings, focusing primarily on classroom and clinical teaching most likely to be encountered by a resident physician or an attending physician in their early career. The course material will introduce frameworks to facilitate teaching followed by real-life situations in which to apply them and feedback from a supervisor or peer.

Throughout the course, residents will encounter the following:

  • In a classroom setting, residents will:
    • Create and deliver a case conference lecture
    • Lead medical student small group discussion sessions
    • Lead medical student simulation sessions
  • In a clinical setting, residents will:
    • Create and deliver a chalk talk lecture
    • Lead physical exam rounds with medical students
    • Lead inpatient teaching rounds
    • Precept an ambulatory clinic