Clinician Educator Track

The Yale Department of Neurology has developed a Clinician-Educator (C-E) Track for residents who choose to focus their scholarly work in educational activities. The goal of this track is to develop outstanding educators during residency while gaining a fundamental knowledge and skills in the field of education.


The objectives are to:
· Develop teaching skills
· Understand how to move an educational activity into scholarship
· Design and implement an educational project
· Discuss career pathways for clinician educators 


The track includes the following curriculum:
· Developing a personalized learning plan activity
· Meeting regularly with an assigned mentor
· Reading and becoming well-versed in medical education literature
· Participating in a medical education journal club
· Keeping a journal with defined observations
· Participating in a variety of teaching formats under the observation of faculty, and receiving feedback on teaching skills.
· Becoming involved in curriculum planning, specifically for noon conference


A specific year-by-year plan during the residency is outlined below. 

PGY-2:

· Attend 3 educational sessions on teaching to promote learning
· Develop teaching skills, including
          o effective bedside teaching strategies
          o effective teaching strategies during morning report
          o giving and receiving feedback

PGY-3:

· Lead a medical education journal club
· Observe first year residents teach and give feedback
· Identify and begin the design of a scholarly project on medical education (working with your mentor and the education committee to develop the idea)

PGY-4:

· Participate in a one-month “teaching senior” elective
· Teaching the neuro exam to PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents, and giving feedback on it
· Implement the educational project from year 2
· Participate in a national meeting with an educational component


Some teaching opportunities include:
· Small group sessions with 1st year medical students in their neuroanatomy course
· Small group sessions with 2nd year medical students in their pre-clinical neuroscience workshops
· Bedside teaching of 3rd and 4th year students during rotations on the ward and consult services
· Impromptu sessions during medical students’ clerkships on various topics

Although all members of the Yale Department of Neurology teach, this track has a core group of Clinician Educator faculty who will serve as the primary mentors for residents interested in the residency C-E track. Residents can opt into this track at any time during the residency.