The Clinical Educator Track (CET), led by co-directors Heather Vestal, MD, MHS, and Paul Riordan, MD, prepares residents for a career as clinician educators by offering additional training and mentorship toward developing knowledge and skills in teaching and education, as well as fostering academic scholarship in medical education.
Residents in the CET serve as teachers to junior residents, develop expertise in medical education, learn how to conduct and evaluate medical education research and develop relationships with other clinician educators across specialties and institutions.
Read on to learn more about the specific program components and how to apply.
The didactic curriculum is co-developed and taught by CET faculty and residents in 1.5 hour sessions held monthly on Tuesdays before Residency Academic Half-Day. Examples of topics include teaching skills, development of curricula and educational tools, career development and educational research.
Venues for teaching practice may include teaching opportunities embedded within residency rotations, outpatient clinics or electives; medical student clerkship seminars; teaching in the medical student pre-clinical psychiatry course; and teaching opportunities for trainees across disciplines or specialties. Residents hone their teaching skills through individual meetings with their CET mentor(s) and direct observation/feedback by CET mentors and peers.
CET residents are encouraged to mentor junior residents, medical students interested in psychiatry, pre-medical students and underserved youth in the community. The CET will assist interested residents in getting paired with mentees and will provide mentoring training and support.
Each resident is paired with their own CET mentor who provides guidance on the residents’ education project, mentorship for career development as a clinician educator, and individual guidance/feedback around teaching activities.
A CET mentor may also help the resident identify teaching opportunities, assist in planning/developing the teaching activity, and/or provide direct observation and feedback of the didactic experience.
Residents may apply to the clinician educator track in July of their PGY1, 2, or 3 year.
“The Clinician Educator track provides an innovative platform for residents to expand and develop their skills as educators in a deliberate manner. The interactive workshops, individual mentoring and support for independent projects have fostered my teaching skills and contributed to a really meaningful experience as a trainee.”
— Jordan Broadway, MD, Third-Year Psychiatry Resident