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Residents and Fellows as Medical Educators Elective


This fantastic and extremely popular elective is offered twice a year – May and December.  All sessions are held here on the Anschutz Campus.

Director of Elective:  Mel Anderson, MD, Associate Chief of Medical Services, Eastern Colorado VA

This elective covers four weeks – three weeks of classes and the participant must take vacation or be assigned other activities by their training program during the fourth week.

To reserve your place in the elective, contact Tracy Johnson before April 15 for the May session and November 15 for the December session.

Residents and Fellows as Medical Educators Elective

This elective will provide residents and fellows with the knowledge, attitudes and teaching skills necessary for an academic teaching physician.  The course has three components.  The first component is a series of workshops and lectures that introduce fundamentals of teaching.  The second component is a teaching practicum for applying newly learned skills.  The third component is a project for trainees to develop and apply their teaching skills to an area of their choice (curriculum development, procedural teaching, etc.). Specific elective goals include:

  1. To develop teaching skills
  2. To encourage resident and fellows engagement in medical education
  3. To promote excellence in medical education

Elective Design:
The first week is a series of workshops.  The second and third weeks include required teaching practicum (see below), didactics and time to work on projects.

I.  Workshops/Lectures:
The workshops will be led by faculty who have experience in each topic.  The workshops are designed to be interactive and allow for practicing new skills.  Examples include:

  1. How Learning Styles Impact the Way You Teach and Learn
  2. Teaching at the Bedside
  3. Teaching Procedural Skills
  4. How to Identify a Struggling Learner
  5. Giving an “On the Fly” Lecture
  6. Teaching to a Large Group
  7. Giving Effective Feedback
  8. Your Future Career as a Medical Educator
  9. Developing Expertise
  10. Mentorship

II.  Teaching Practicum:
There are multiple opportunities for teaching practicum in the clinic and classroom setting.  Teaching practicum opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Teaching medical students communication and physical exam skills
  2. Leading 3rd and 4th year medical student small groups
  3. Bedside rounding
  4. Giving morning report or a specialty specific conference

III.  Project:
Residents and fellows will design and implement a “medical education” project specific to their residency or fellowship program.  Trainees will identify a project and project mentor prior to the start of the elective with the assistance of the Academy of Medical Educators and/or their training program.  The project will allow trainees to implement their skills in an area of interest.  Possible projects include:

  1. Designing and giving a conference or workshop on teaching skills for a specific specialty (i.e. teaching procedural skills, giving and receiving feedback, etc.)
  2. Developing a workshop for medical student interest groups (i.e., reading ECGs, airway management, central lines, neurologic exam, etc.)