Mastering the Skills of the Modern Medical Educator


(Optional Add-On)

Friday Afternoon, April 6 • 1:00 - 4:45 pm

Choose one of the three tracks described below.

Jump to:
       -Track 2
       -Track 3

Track 1: Successful Career Development for the Clinician-Educator

Through a series of highly-interactive workshops, you will explore the skills educators need to climb your institution’s promotion ladder and succeed in a career in academic medicine. You will learn strategies for: navigating a successful career path, spearheading educational innovations, becoming an educational change agent, managing your time to stay clinically and academically productive, and turning your work into peer-reviewed scholarship.

Academic Career Advancement: Climbing the Medical Education Ladder and Navigating the Maze

Navigating your institution’s academic promotion pathways and meeting all necessary promotion requirements can be challenging. This workshop will provide practical guidance for accelerating your climb up your institution’s medical education hierarchy or landing a coveted leadership position. 

You will gain ideas and guidance on how to:

  • Attain greater visibility for your work
  • Establish your educational niche
  • Identify teaching roles that are personally rewarding and meaningful to your career advancement
  • Determine local, national, and international venues to share your work and achieve greater recognition
  • Energize others to collaborate with you
  • Discover what’s needed to secure a promotion or targeted leadership position

Successful Leadership in Medical Education: Tips, Tools, and Techniques

Consider the next academic leadership position you would like to hold. It may be assuming the reins of a medical school course, being tapped to lead a multidisciplinary project, or becoming a curriculum committee chair. These and many other academic leadership roles typically require you to spearhead a team of professionals with unique working styles and diverse skills. This workshop will help you tap into your present skills as an educator to help you succeed as a leader in medical education.

Through a highly interactive format, you will learn to:

  • Leverage your expertise as an educator to effectively lead a medical education team
  • Align colleagues’ goals with your own to create win-win collaborations
  • Empower your team to be productive and successful          
  • Identify best practices for recognizing contributions of your team
  • Resolve conflicts and create a supportive environment

Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity through Better Time Management

Striking a balance between clinical and medical education demands is difficult, but there are ways to remain highly productive in both roles. This portion of the program offers productivity tips that can immediately serve you well throughout your professional career. 

Ideas and education presented here include strategies, productivity tools, tips and techniques to:

  • Enhance professional productivity
  • Reduce distraction and procrastination
  • Decide when to say “Yes” and how to say “No” without compromising your career
  • Find the right mentor
  • Get to email “zero”
  • Leverage technology and apps for significant productivity improvements
  • Achieve better work-life balance
  • Improve professional job satisfaction

Scholarship and Recognition: Maximizing the Impact of Your Work

Getting published and adding to the medical education literature is a vital part of academic career advancement; however, it can be difficult to “get your work out there” to demonstrate the impact of your teaching on students or patient care. This workshop will provide proven strategies and practical tips for you to:

  • Develop short-term, achievable goals for disseminating your work and ideas
  • Transform your teaching activities (e.g., curricula, assessment tools, novel teaching methods, innovations in medical education) into scholarship
  • Effectively present and package your ideas 
  • Accelerate your time-to-publication
  • Reduce the chances of rejection
  • Succeed with other forms of recognition for your work

This workshop also provides instruction on submitting your work for publication to MedEdPORTAL, an electronic compendium of peer-reviewed educational materials supported by the AAMC.

⇒Take-Home Tools

  • A self-assessment to help you identify the what elements of your teaching are best suited for publication
  • A template for sending your work (curricula, assessments, etc.) to the MedEdPORTAL

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Track 2: Taking Your Teaching to the Next Level ♦ 

This special three-part program examines the new challenges and requirements for medical educators and provides strategies and up-to-date techniques to address them in order to improve your teaching effectiveness in the classroom and at the bedside. 

Concept Mapping: Creating Windows into the Learner's Thinking and Reasoning

Studies of medical errors show that roughly half of the mistakes made in clinical care have a cognitive component —a mistake in thinking. Given the explosion in medical knowledge in recent years along with an increased emphasis on quality and safety, medical educators have an ever greater obligation to ensure that learners have strong clinical reasoning skills. The question is how to effectively teach critical thinking. Much of what we do as practicing clinicians is intuitive; not so for students who struggle to put a case together. This portion of the program provides strategies and best practices to teach clinical reasoning that is less susceptible to cognitive biases and helps your students to avoid many of the most common thinking mistakes that plague medicine and result in medical malpractice.

  • New perspectives gained through this program will not only help you to improve the performance of your students but also help you to advance your own clinical reasoning.

Peer Observation: Going Beyond Student Evaluation of Teaching

This segment of the program provides a rare opportunity to experience and receive new peer-observation tools and resources now being rolled out at Harvard Medical School for improved teaching effectiveness. These tools include:

  • Validated instruments to assess the quality of a lecture 
  • Detailed behavioral descriptors of effective teaching techniques
  • A peer assessment system to promote faculty development
  • A detailed faculty-to-faculty peer observation worksheet

In addition to these tools, you will:

  • Learn about the emerging team-based approaches to improving medical education
  • Receive guidance to establish a peer observation program within your own institution
  • Take home recommendations to improve the skills and morale of your faculty

Procedural Teaching and Assessment: Moving Beyond “See One, Do One, Teach One”

It is no longer acceptable for learners to acquire procedural skills by trial and error. Regulatory bodies and academic medical centers are requiring greater supervision of procedures. What makes for “good” supervision? What are the keys to teaching procedural skills, both at the bedside and in a simulated environment, in a way that protects the patient and provides for graduated autonomy on the part of the learner? This portion of the program answers these questions and provides a roadmap to help you develop (or refine) your approach to procedural skill training, ensuring it is aligned with these imperatives and optimizes outcomes for your students.

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♦ Track 3: A Beginner's Guide to Medical Education Research ♦ 

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Friday/Saturday Add-On Bundle Discount

Sign up for any of the above Friday Add-Ons along with the Saturday Half-Day Add-On, and receive a $100 discount.  Click here to read about the Saturday program, "Incorporating Technology into Your Teaching."