This fantastic and extremely popular elective is offered twice a year - May and December. All sessions are held on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Please note that the May 2021 session will most likely be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
covers four weeks – three weeks of classes combined with one week of vacation or other activities assigned by the participant’s training program.
Currently, the May 2021 course is full, however we are still accepting applicants to the waitlist at SOM.Academy@ucdenver.edu anytime between September 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021. Please include the following information:
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 and $400 for external participants with external being anyone outside of the University of Colorado Health System. Depending on the state of the pandemic, this fee may be waived for the May 2021 session.
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 ICC 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 at the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE). 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:
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.