Course List

These workshops represented a range of faculty development topics, including adult learning theory, giving feedback, writing test questions, assessment, curriculum development, team-based learning, screencasting, large group teaching, active learning and mentoring, and simulation instructor training. Over 500 individuals representing nearly every department at the Feinberg School of Medicine participated in the 42 faculty development workshops that were held in the past year.

If you would like more information about scheduling a Faculty Development Workshop please call 312-503-4022 or email

Large Group Presenting & Active Learning

Speakers: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd and James J. Paparello, MD

Great large group teaching encompasses much more than just lecturing. This workshop will provide you with the skills needed to prepare and deliver and effective presentations. It will also equip you with the tools to identify the appropriate active learning techniques to enhance your large group teaching.  We encourage all levels of large group educators to join us for this interactive workshop.

Needs Assessments

Speakers: Lauren Anderson, MEd and Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Conducting a thorough needs assessment is an essential component of curriculum development. This workshop will be an introduction to the types of needs assessments (i.e. general needs assessments, targeted needs assessments), the necessary components, examples of tools to gather information, and finally how the needs assessment fits into the larger scope of curriculum development.

Small Group Teaching

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Engaging participants in small group activities can pose challenges for healthcare educators across the learner spectrum.  In this workshop, we will explore success factors for facilitating small groups including active learning strategies to promote group discussion and reflection. Participants of this session will also have a better understanding of group dynamics and approaches for dealing with difficult group members.

Feedback and Debriefing

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Healthcare educators have long recognized the importance of giving effective feedback in improving learner's performance in clinical settings. A high degree of proficiency in this important skill, however, often remains elusive. Feedback integrated into debriefings and learning conversations, whether after actual clinical encounters or simulation training, can help diagnose learning needs and promote reflective practice. By providing feedback based on observable performance gaps and then using specific communication strategies to elicit the invisible drivers that underlie them, healthcare educators can target instruction to individual learning needs in a variety of domains.

Screencasting Workshop

Speaker: Jim Brucker, MSLIS

This is an introductory hands-on workshop for the either the Windows screencasting program, Camtasia Studio or the Mac screencasting program, Camtasia for Mac. This class will introduce the concept of screencasting and work through a sample screencast, from recording to simple editing to production. This class is presented as a collaboration between the Galter Health Sciences Library and the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators.

Large Group Facilitation

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Are you trying to incorporate more active learning into your large group teaching but struggling to move past lecturing? Do your attempts at facilitating a conversation in a large group somehow always end up reverting back to didactics? When teaching larger groups, it can be particularly challenging to gain and keep the audience’s attention in a way that helps them engaged with the educational content.  This workshop will help you gain the skills you need to balance essential didactic inputs and learner activation. We encourage all levels of large group educators to join us for this interactive workshop.

Blended Learning

Speaker: David H. Salzman, MD, MEd

Blended-learning has been described as the “thoughtful integration of classroom face-to-face learning experiences with online learning experiences.” Additionally, “there is evidence that blended-learning has the potential to be more effective and efficient when compared to a traditional classroom model.”  A more deliberate approach to including blended-learning into the context of any educational activity may assist to reduce the ever-increasing demands on student's time related to patient care and protected learning in the context of limited time due to work-hours regulations.  This workshop will focus on a thoughtful and deliberate approach to the development and integration of on-line learning modules to support existing classroom activities.

The Role of Professional Culture in Feedback Conversations

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Recent work in health professions education has highlighted the important role of professional culture in facilitating the feedback conversations that promote learning. During this session, we will explore the culture of feedback in healthcare and discuss how educators can work to improve it.

Debriefing Basics for Healthcare Professions Educators

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

This course is designed for simulation educators who want to enhance their healthcare debriefing skills. Through a mixture of interactive didactics, small group work, and debriefing exercises, participants will learn the basics of debriefing, including: how to create a supportive yet challenging environment, how to structure a debriefing, and how to use an honest yet nonthreatening approach in promoting a balanced discussion about areas of strength and improvement.

Bedside Teaching as Dialogue

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

During this session we will frame bedside teaching as a dialogue between educator and learner. We will explore issues related to learner vs. teacher-centered focus of the interactions as well as the dynamic tension between education and service provision in patient care. Participants will also gain practical skills to improve their bedside teaching.

Writing Learning Objectives

Speakers: Lauren Anderson, MEd and Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Creating an effective curriculum requires educators to explicitly state what they want learners to accomplish by the end of the instruction. Writing well-constructed learning objectives can be a challenging, but necessary, step in the process. In this workshop, we will discuss 1) learning objectives as part of overall curriculum development; 2) different types of learning objectives; 3) learning objectives and their relationship to assessment. We will then ask participants to work in small groups on writing/editing their own learning objectives.

When is it Appropriate to Use Simulation?

Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd
Christine Park, MD
David H. Salzman, MD, MEd
Jim Brucker, MS

Simulation is a rich, immersive approach to skills- and scenario-based education. It is also resource-intensive. As with any instructional tool, educators should know when to employ simulation, and when other strategies may be more appropriate.  During this session we will discuss learner-focused strategies for deciding which instructional tools and frameworks are appropriate for your needs. We will work through the elements of a well-constructed simulation effort, emphasizing how these support educational goals.  We will also discuss appropriate alternatives to simulation, and how to make outcomes-based instructional decisions.

Simulation Lab Logistics

Speaker: David H. Salzman, MD, MEd

Maximizing the effectiveness of simulation-based education as an instructional method to create an engaging and interactive learning environment requires not only an understanding of the specific equipment used for a simulation but the roles various people have in the delivery of an educational session.  This session will focus on various aspects of implementing a simulation session after goals and objectives for a simulation-based educational session have been developed.  In this workshop we will discuss a variety of simulation methods that can complement educational activities.  Additionally, we will review various considerations required in the design of a simulation session including type of space for simulations and debriefings, staff necessary to deliver high quality sessions, the logistical steps in planning a session, and the preparations prior to the actual simulation.  Finally, the session will end with an open-table workshop offering an opportunity for the participants to meet with experts and review specific questions related to intended simulation-based educational activities.

Simulation Debriefing

Speakers: David H. Salzman, MD, MEd and Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

This course is designed for simulation educators who want to enhance their debriefing skills. The course will be structured in two parts- A one-hour interactive didactic session to provide the rational and strategies for facilitating effective debriefings and a subsequent 90-min workshop with opportunities for debriefing practice. During the 90-min workshop, attendees will gain valuable insight to the debriefing process through video review, structured practice with role-play, use of a debriefing script, and focused feedback from faculty.

Bedside Teaching

Speaker: Marianne Tschoe, MD

Rounding with a team provides great learning opportunities, but it often can be difficult to balance education with patient care.  In this workshop, we will discuss how to teach effectively on rounds using different modalities, including one-minute preceptor and SNAPPS.

Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

Speaker: Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd

Psychological safety is a belief that allows learners to take interpersonal risk. Effective educators create learning environments that are both supportive yet challenging in which learners believe they will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. After this one-hour interactive didactic session, attendees will be able to discuss the role of psychological safety and outline specific strategies to promote it in a variety of teaching settings.

Maintenance of Certification Courses

Learn more about our MOC course work via the links below. 

Maintenance of Certification for Anesthesiologists (MOCA®)