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From trainees to teachers

The ability to become a good educator as well as a good clinician is a hallmark of Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine’s graduate medical education programs.

In partnership with the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education and the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, the Office of Graduate Medical Education makes available a number of training and recognition opportunities in the area of education.

Exceptional Teachers: Residents and Fellows

  • Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

    The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

    Each month, the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment honors one of the nominees. Read more about the latest honorees in these stories.

    In addition, all trainees and their nominators’ comments are listed here in order of nomination date. Click the + next to each nominee to see nominator comments.

  • Each year, medical students who are completing their clerkships show their appreciation for their GME colleagues by nominating them for the annual Resident Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards acknowledge GME trainees’ outstanding work happening every day on the College of Medicine’s teaching services.

    Recipients of this award are listed here.

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

Each month, the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment honors one of the nominees. Read more about the latest honorees in these stories.

In addition, all trainees and their nominators’ comments are listed here in order of nomination date. Click the + next to each nominee to see nominator comments.

Each year, medical students who are completing their clerkships show their appreciation for their GME colleagues by nominating them for the annual Resident Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards acknowledge GME trainees’ outstanding work happening every day on the College of Medicine’s teaching services.

Recipients of this award are listed here.

Resident and Fellow Educator Training Programs

  • The Cross-Specialty Medical Education Elective is a two-week rotation for residents designed to enhance the teaching knowledge and skills of residents and to promote understanding of introductory concepts in medical education scholarship.

    By the end of the elective, residents should be able to:

    • Describe and apply medical education teaching tools.
    • Discuss the evidence for use of identified tools in medical education.
    • Explore concepts in adult learning theory and apply those concepts to their teaching.
    • Demonstrate effective bedside, small-group and large-group teaching.
    • Develop a medical education teaching session (two weeks) or scholarship project (four weeks).
    • Recognize the value of medical education scholarship in career advancement.

    Email Dr. Rachel Casas for details

  • The Hippocrates Scholar Program is a longitudinal track that creates a community of practice for residents across specialties at Penn State Health who are interested in medical education.

    Monthly sessions in this program:

    • Develop skills in teaching and curriculum design
    • Encourage scholarship and collaboration on educational projects
    • Prepare participants for careers in academic medical education

    Applications are accepted annually before April 15 for residents in PGY-1 or above who can participate in the full two-year curriculum.

    Email Dr. Rachel Casas for details

  • Teaching Champion Retreats are half-day programs for residents designed to build teaching skills and facilitate personal goals related to teaching.

    Each retreat covers adult learning theory and instructional techniques with the opportunity to apply these skills in real time and obtain feedback.

    Email the Woodward Center for details and dates

The Cross-Specialty Medical Education Elective is a two-week rotation for residents designed to enhance the teaching knowledge and skills of residents and to promote understanding of introductory concepts in medical education scholarship.

By the end of the elective, residents should be able to:

  • Describe and apply medical education teaching tools.
  • Discuss the evidence for use of identified tools in medical education.
  • Explore concepts in adult learning theory and apply those concepts to their teaching.
  • Demonstrate effective bedside, small-group and large-group teaching.
  • Develop a medical education teaching session (two weeks) or scholarship project (four weeks).
  • Recognize the value of medical education scholarship in career advancement.

Email Dr. Rachel Casas for details

The Hippocrates Scholar Program is a longitudinal track that creates a community of practice for residents across specialties at Penn State Health who are interested in medical education.

Monthly sessions in this program:

  • Develop skills in teaching and curriculum design
  • Encourage scholarship and collaboration on educational projects
  • Prepare participants for careers in academic medical education

Applications are accepted annually before April 15 for residents in PGY-1 or above who can participate in the full two-year curriculum.

Email Dr. Rachel Casas for details

Teaching Champion Retreats are half-day programs for residents designed to build teaching skills and facilitate personal goals related to teaching.

Each retreat covers adult learning theory and instructional techniques with the opportunity to apply these skills in real time and obtain feedback.

Email the Woodward Center for details and dates

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