What you'll learn

  • Master evidence-based justifications for critical clinical education skill sets

  • Develop a framework to educate medical learners in practice through the study of educational theories

  • Learn and apply practical teaching skills to diverse groups of adult learners in bedside, ambulatory, classroom and other settings

  • Accelerate leadership and professional development in medical education pedagogies and teaching techniques

Course description

To successfully train the next generation of health care professionals, medical educators must utilize innovative teaching strategies and techniques in both classroom and clinical settings. Training to Teach in Medicine is an online program that integrates traditional and novel pedagogic methods, skills-based training, two live virtual workshops, online learning modules, individual and team projects, as well as a final capstone project to benefit your home institution. 

Training to Teach in Medicine aims to develop skilled clinical educators who can apply educational theories and teaching best practices to instruct medical students and physicians-in-training, in turn equipping the future medical workforce for career success. Participants will graduate from the program with the skills, strategies and techniques required to educate medical students and adult learners in a variety of settings.

Participants will be eligible for Associate Alumni status upon successful completion of the program. Early tuition and need-based tuition reductions may be available.

Course Outline

Principles of Adult Learning

  • Medical Education Pedagogy in the 21st Century

Application of Adult Learning and Theory to Teaching

  • Enhancing Memory and Attention During Lectures
  • Knowing Your Learner

Teaching Methods

  • Flipped Classroom 
  • Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning

Teaching on Wards and in Clinics

  • Effective Teaching on the Wards and in the Clinic
  • Microskills for Teaching in Clinical Settings

Contemporary Teaching Techniques 

  • Using Multimedia and Technology to Enhance Teaching
  • Small Group Teaching
  • Curriculum Development Steps

Assessment, Evaluation and Feedback

  • Curriculum Development Steps- Selecting Assessment Tools
  • The Use of Quizzes/Formative Assessments in Teaching and Learning
  • How to Give and Get Effective Feedback
  • Teaching and Assessment of Critical Thinking in Medicine

Physician Identify Formation and Life-Long Learning

  • Promoting Lifelong Learning: Developing Curious Learners
  • Reflection as a Teaching Tool in Medical Education
  • Competence Assessment in Resident Training
  • Leading Change in Academic Medicine

Medical Education Research

  • Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Study Design in Medical Education Research
  • Best Practices in Survey Design


Director of the Medical Education Research Laboratory, Shapiro Center for Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship Trainee in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Hospital Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School