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Clinician Educator

The Clinician Educator Distinction (CED) provides an in-depth exposure to knowledge and experiences in medical education. As part of this distinction, residents participate in a rigorous curriculum of didactic sessions, practical workshops and teaching exercises, and mentored scholarly projects. Participants are paired with a dedicated faculty advisor who guides them through these steps.

Interested residents are encouraged to apply at the beginning of their PGY-2 year. This website will serve as an overview of Clinician Educator Distinction activities; our Teams page has the most up-to-date information on upcoming didactics and opportunities. There, you will find the details of the curriculum, currently available mentors, teaching opportunities, upcoming events, and a link to a page to record your credits. We thank you for your interest in our program and encourage you to reach out with any questions.

Please view the video below for an overview of the CED program:

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The Clinician Educator Distinction (CED) credit requirements aim to build upon residents’ current proficiency as educators and communicators by introducing them to new concepts in observation, feedback, pedagogy, and public speaking in order to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and scholarship needed to transition our residents from clinicians who educate into true clinician educators.

Requirements are divided into four categories:

  • Didactics/Observation
  • Teaching
  • Scholarship
  • Leadership/ Mentorship

The attached document provides detailed descriptions of the credits and how residents can meet CED requirements. You can also find the document on our Teams page.


CED Evening Curriculum

These 1-2 hour evening sessions, which serve as the core of the Clinician Educator Distinction (CED) Curriculum, provide CED residents with tools needed to teach in various clinical settings and conduct medical education scholarship. . Sessions are held approximately once a month either in-person with a Zoom option or solely on Zoom. CED residents participate in evening sessions alongside residents from clinician-educator tracks in other specialties as part of a GME-wide effort to increase education skills across the institution.

Please visit the Teams page for up-to-date information about sessions for this year.

Below is a sampling of sessions that CED residents can expect over a two year period.

Learning Climate Bias in Assessment
Direct Observations/Feedback Technology in Teaching
Approach to Education Research Learner Assessment
Curriculum Development Teaching Clinical Reasoning
Goals and Expectation Settiing Teaching in Simulation
Networking and Social Media Career Panel
Procedural Teaching Medical Education Journal Club & Scholarship in Progress

Center for Medical Education

The Center for Medical Education (CME) provides a variety of didactic opportunities for clinician educators, including bi-monthly workshops and monthly Medical Education Discussion Groups (MEDG). See the CME website for more information.


Residents are encouraged to participate in local, regional, and national conferences with a focus on medical education. Below is a list of conferences that frequently feature education content.

Connecticut Chapter ACP
October 20th, 2023
The Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, CT

Northeast SGIM
November 4, 2023
Boston, MA

Keck Innovations and Medical Education Conference
February 15-16, 2024
Virtual Conference

National ACP
April 18 – 20, 2023
Boston, MA

National SGIM
May 15-18, 2023
Aurora, CO

AAMC National Meeting
November 3rd – 7th, 2023
Seattle, WA

Northeast Group on Educational Affairs Conference
Dates to be announced
Location to be announced

Yale Medical Education Day
June 6, 2024
New Haven, CT

Teaching Resources

Teaching Strategies

  • Center for Medical Education:
    • Resources specifically for Yale School of Medicine faculty but also available to residents
  • Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning:
    • Mostly geared towards undergraduate college teaching, but some resources could be helpful
  • UAB Med Ed Moments
    • New video series on medical education teaching skills
    • New virtual medical education mentor based on established medical education theory

Evidence-Based Medicine Tools

Useful Articles

See this link for a repertoire of helpful articles outlining teaching techniques.

Also see MedEdPortal—The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Medical Education Scholarship

Clinician Educator Distinction (CED) residents are required to complete a medical education scholarly project and encouraged to present their work at Yale and/or a local, regional, or national conferences (See “Conferences” page)

  • The Faculty Mentors Project List provides a database of faculty members who have ongoing education projects amenable to resident participation.
  • Residents may also design their own projects with support from their CED advisors

Project Funding: Several funding sources are available for residents who may need additional monetary support for their projects. If you are a CED resident, please stay tuned about application opportunities.

Research / Medical Education Scholarship Resources: