Classroom-Based Teaching Opportunities

We have many opportunities for volunteer clinical faculty to interact with students outside of their clinical practice. These sessions occur outside of your clinical practice and offer flexibility. Providers can volunteer for one or several classes at your convenience. These sessions focus on fundamental clinical and interactional skills for students. Although these sessions cover all specialties, they are fundamental and value the perspectives of pediatricians.

Medical Sciences

Facilitate small group discussions of various topics in the medical sciences. There is no specialized knowledge required. Time commitment may be as little as 2 hours.

For more information, contact the individual block directors: or

Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum

Classroom and simulation-based teaching opportunities are available for interested faculty. Most instruction occurs within small groups of students and utilizes standardized patients. Specific topics include communication, physical examination and clinical reasoning skills. Facilitator training is provided. For more information please contact:

Communications Coach

Description: Series of interactive and engaging workshops focused on developing essential communication skills for first and second-year medical students. Faculty members guide a group of four students who coach each other as they interview standardized patients. Coaches also work one-on-one with students, reviewing their digitally recorded standardized patient encounters.

Time Commitment: Faculty orientation from 12-1 pm, followed by student sessions from 1-5 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Training sessions required prior to each

Time of Year: August through May

Faculty Needed: physicians from all specialties, social workers, psychologists, communications specialists


Advanced Physical Exam Tutor

Description: Sessions involving patients or patient models demonstrating abnormal physical exam findings. Each session focuses on a specific portion of the physical exam, eg. respiratory exam, abdominal exam, etc. Faculty are paired with patients/models who demonstrate findings. Students rotate through the various stations, visiting with each faculty/patient pair to gain exposure to various conditions and physical findings.

Time Commitment: Faculty participate in one or multiple sessions. Sessions run from 1-5 pm on many Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Time of year: November through April

Faculty Needed: Physician in both primary care as well as specific specialties. There is a dedicated session for the pediatric exam. Pediatricians are welcomed to participate in any/all of these sessions.


Clinical Skills Tutor

Description: Small group workshops for 1st and 2nd year medical students teaching clinical reasoning, oral presentation and written documentation skills.

Time Commitment: Faculty may participate in one or multiple sessions. Sessions are scheduled from 1-5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time of Year: November through April

Faculty Needed: Physicians from all specialties.


Interprofessional Education and Development

Description: Interprofessional Education and Development (IPED) is a required classroom-based course for all first-year students in the schools of dental medicine, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant and physical therapy programs on campus. IPED uses Team-Based-Learning (TBL) and covers foundational content in teamwork and collaboration, values and ethics, quality and safety. Students and teams gain knowledge, skills and behaviors fundamental to interprofessional collaborative practice. They learn to work together and work to learn together in interprofessional teams under the guidance of interprofessional faculty. Faculty have three roles: IPE promotor, TBL facilitator, and team coach. All new faculty will receive training for these roles. Faculty development includes a semester-based orientation and weekly brief/debriefs.

Time Commitment: Faculty will participate in 16 sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 2-5:30

Time of Year: September through April.

Faculty Needed: Faculty needed from all medical professions: DMD, MD, BSN, Pharm D, PA, and PT

Application Contact: 

Course Director: Wendy Madigosky, MD, MSPH, School of Medicine, 

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Hidden Curriculum

Description: Quarterly meetings with small groups of medical students during their clinical years. Sessions are facilitated by a faculty member and are meant to be “safe spaces” for students to reflect upon issues they experience in clinical situations. These are primarily topics that  are not covered in formal portions of the curriculum but that shape their professional development. The purpose of these sessions is to promote reflective skills and peer communication.

Time Commitment: 2-hour sessions on weekday evenings. There are 4 sessions during Phase III, 2 in Phase IV.

Time of Year April through May for Phase III, February though May for Phase IV.

Faculty Needed: physicians, social workers, psychologists, communications specialists, ethicists, educators, etc.

Contact: Meleah Himber, M.Ed, Interim Health, Ethics & Professionalism (HEP) Education Coordinator,

Mentored Scholarly Activity

The MSA is a four-year requirement for all undergraduate medical students. The project culminates in a capstone presentation in Phase IV prior to graduation. The goal of the MSA curriculum is to foster self-directed, life-long learning and scholarship over the course of the medical student’s career. The MSA requires students to identify and work with a mentor to complete scholarly projects in disciplines, including basic sciences, clinical research, public health, education, and humanities.

Time commitment: Variable, to be arranged between student and mentor

Time of Year: Longitudinal over 4 years of school

Contact: Kari Mader, MD, MPH, Mentored Scholarly Activity Co-Director,