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Resident Opportunities: Neurology Education

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