Educational Scholarly Work
Reshma Narula (Class of 2017) presenting her work at the annual Yale Med Ed Day.
Presentation at AAN
Dr. Jeffrey Dewey (Class of 2017) presenting his scholarly work as a platform presentation at the AAN Annual Meeting.

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.


· Develop teaching skills

· Understand how to move an educational activity into scholarship

· Design and implement an educational project

· Obtain mentorship regarding career pathways for clinician-educators

Overview of the 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 portfolio of educational experiences

· 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

· Developing a scholarly project in neurological education

Objectives for Each PGY Year


· Attendance at noon conference sessions on “Resident as Teacher” (3 per year)

· Develop teaching skills, including: effective bedside teaching strategies, effective small group teaching and giving and receiving feedback


· 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). Scholarly projects could include original educational research, a systematic review, development of an educational tool, or curriculum design


· Participate in a two-week “teaching senior” elective

· Teaching the neuro exam to PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents, and giving feedback on it

· Implement the educational scholarly project from year 2, and share the results with peers at a noon conference or research session

· Prepare the scholarly project for dissemination at a national or regional meeting, or for publication as a manuscript or in a forum such as MedEdPORTAL

· Participate in a national meeting with an educational component

Educational Opportunities

Some specific educational 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

· Leading a formal case-based session with 3rd year medical students on the “Top Ten Chief Complaints” in neurology and internal medicine

· Facilitating simulation sessions of Neurological Emergencies for 3rd year medical students

· Impromptu sessions during medical students’ clerkships on various topics

· Formal training on teaching and learning through the Teaching and Learning Center at Yale School of Medicine

· Teaching sessions for internal medicine residents