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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 on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

Director of Elective: 
Eric Young, MD

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 for May 2020, use the following link

before March 15 for the May session and October 15 for the December session.  

To offset the costs of the elective the Academy will now be charging a fee to participate in the elective. $100 for those affiliated w/ the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, and The VA (Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado) and $400 for external participants with external being anyone outside of the University of Colorado Health System.​

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: 

  • To develop teaching skills
  • To encourage resident and fellows engagement in medical education
  • 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:

  • How Learning Styles Impact the Way You Teach and Learn
  • Teaching at the Bedside
  • Teaching Procedural Skills
  • How to Identify a Struggling Learner
  • Giving an “On the Fly” Lecture
  • Teaching to a Large Group
  • Giving Effective Feedback
  • Your Future Career as a Medical Educator
  • Developing Expertise
  • Mentorship
  • Curricular Development

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:

  • Teaching medical students communication and physical exam skills
  • Leading 3rd and 4th year medical student small groups
  • Bedside rounding
  • 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:

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

 May 2020 Draft S​chedule​​​