The Techniques and Strategies That Significantly Improve Student Engagement, and Teaching and Mentoring Effectiveness

Incorporating best practices, newer principles of adult learning, and widely available technologies into your teaching can significantly improve your ability to engage and inspire students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. This special program, ranked among Harvard Medical School’s highest-rated CME courses, is a uniquely comprehensive exploration of best practices for teaching medicine at the bedside, in ambulatory settings, and in the classroom.  

The 2024 curriculum helps medical educators to:

  • Leverage artificial intelligence in your teaching
  • Provide more effective feedback that motivates change
  • Utilize active learning strategies in small and large group teaching settings
  • Deliver more impactful and engaging lectures
  • Characterize best practices for mentor-mentee relationships and identify opportunities to leverage mentorship opportunities to help you thrive at work
  • Optimize evaluation of trainee competencies
  • Improve engagement and interactivity for in-person and virtual teaching sessions
  • Enhance critical thinking and self-directed learning among students
  • Describe real-time strategies to address unprofessional behavior
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of various assessment tools
  • Incorporate various forms of technology, including digital media and artificial intelligence, into your teaching
  • Identify strategies to be an inclusive leader and lead different generations
  • Create an action plan for implementing and sustaining effective change as leaders in medical education
  • Identify strategies to recognize and mitigate bias
  • Describe personal and organizational strategies to improve the well-being of yourself and your trainees

Case-based and hands-on learning are a hallmark of this course, with significant participant interaction and active modeling of instruction techniques. Whether you are newer to teaching or a seasoned educator and mentor, this course will give you modern tools and practices to optimize skills transfer and learner success.


Areas of focus in which attendees will deepen their skills include:

  • Interactive Lecturing
  • Bedside Teaching
  • Effective Mentoring
  • Impactful Feedback
  • Developing Curricula
  • Assessing Learners
  • Learner Engagement
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Teaching and Maintaining Wellness


The 2024 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 90 days after the end of the course. 

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Mastering the Skills of the Modern Medical Educator
Friday Afternoon, October 25, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Participants of Principles of Medical Education can customize their learning experience, choosing from the following add-on options. Please note that seating is limited for these special sessions—available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is advised.

TRACK 1 - Successful Career Development for the Clinician-Educator

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TRACK 2 - Taking Your Teaching to the Next Level

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify principles of adult learning in order to:
    • Assess their learners' needs
    • Design an educational intervention
    • Establish learner-centered learning environments
  2. Employ venue-specific teaching skills for:
    • Ambulatory teaching
    • Bedside teaching
    • Large-group presentations
    • Small-group/case-based teaching
  3. Recognize effective learner assessment strategies and provide effective feedback in order to set educational expectations
  4. Foster critical thinking skills so learners may effectively use questions to promote clinical decision-making
  5. Engage in reflective practice in order to identify effective teaching techniques