Course Overview


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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 2020 curriculum helps medical educators to:

  • Provide more effective feedback that motivates change
  • Better assess learners' needs individually and as a group
  • Design educational sessions that meet your learning objectives
  • Deliver more impactful and engaging lectures
  • Become a more effective one-on-one mentor
  • Optimize evaluation of trainee competencies
  • Enhance the interactivity of small group discussions
  • Spur critical thinking and self-learning among students
  • Incorporate technology and active learning models into your teaching

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 Curriculum
  • Assessing Learners
  • Procedural Teaching
  • Learner Engagement
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Teaching and Maintaining Wellness

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.

Quickly, Easily, and Effectively
Tuesday, March 24 • 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Offered one day prior to the the main course, this special half-day program provides strategies to quickly, easily, and cost effectively integrate technology into your teaching for improved outcomes.  
Learn more about Incorporating Technology into Your Teaching.


Friday, March 27 • 1:00 – 5:00 pm 
This program delves more deeply into the educator’s skills development as a teacher, a content creator, and an institutional leader. Choose one of the following three tracks.

Click on the Track Title for a full description of each program.

Track 1: Successful Career Development for the Clinician-Educator
Track 2: Taking Your Teaching to the Next Level 
Track 3: Medical Education Scholarship: From Creating a Curriculum to Publishing Your Work