This fantastic and extremely popular elective provides residents and fellows with a solid foundation for their careers as medical educators. The elective runs twice per year (May and December). The majority of workshops are in-person on Anschutz Campus.
Director of Elective:
Eric Young, MD
This elective runs for three weeks starting on the first calendar day of the month falling on a weekday. The remaining week in the month can be used as vacation or for clinical work as determined by each GME program.
On May 1st of each year, all GME Program Directors and Coordinators will receive an email invitation with the online application for the December and May sessions in the upcoming academic year. We enroll 18 participants per session. We accept fully completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Slots are taken up quickly, so please do not delay in submitting an application. In the event that a GME program would like to acquire a spot but does not have the exact participant identified on May 1st, the application may be completed with the participant’s name listed as “TBD.” Each GME program is allotted a maximum of 2 participants per session.
Please reach out to Riley Remedios at SOM.Academy@cuanschutz.edu with any questions you might have.
Residents and Fellows as Medical Educators Elective Overview
This elective will provide residents and fellows with the knowledge, attitudes and teaching skills necessary for an academic teaching physician. The course has four components. The first component is a series of workshops and lectures that introduce fundamentals of medical education. The second component is a project for trainees to develop and apply their teaching skills to an area of their choice (curriculum development, procedural teaching, etc.). The third component is a teaching practicum typically involving the medical student Basecamp course and practicing skills of small group facilitation. The fourth component is an Observed Structured Teaching Encounter (OSTE), where course participants will practice these skills with standardized learners. The goals of the elective are…
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:
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:
Residents and fellows will design and implement a medical education project specific to their residency or fellowship program. Trainees will identify a project prior to the start of the elective. The project will allow trainees to implement their skills in an area of interest. Possible projects include:
Near the end of the rotation, an Observed Structured Teaching Encounter (OSTE) is offered, in which real life medical students portray standardized learners. The three station OSTE allows elective participants to practice various educational skills in a highly realistic, simulated, educational encounter. The purpose is not evaluative, but developmental: there is no grade for the OSTE, although there is feedback and reflection.