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McGaw Medical Education Clinical Scholars

The McGaw Medical Education Clinical Scholars Program is a two-year certificate program for Northwestern University residents and fellows at McGaw Medical Center that provides competency-based training in educational theory and teaching in a variety of settings. 

Clinical Scholars Program Goals

  • Provide trainees who have an interest in medical education with the opportunity to receive more information on how to achieve this career path and with increased opportunities to grow as an educator.
  • Provide experiential opportunities in a variety of medical education formats, including clinical teaching, administration, educational research, curriculum design and assessment.
  • Provide career mentorship to trainees interested in medical education.
  • Promote faculty-mentored scholarly activity in medical education for trainees.

Application Timeline for 2023-2025 Cohort

  • Application opens: June 1, 2023
  • Application deadline: July 28, 2023
  • Decisions communicated: August 2023
  • Orientation: Medical Education Day, September 27, 2023

See below for application and curriculum requirements.

 How to Apply

Application Process and Deadlines

The call for applications is currently closed. When the next admission cycle is announced, information sessions will also be announced for applicants to ask questions and learn more about the program.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of support from the program director
  • Statement of interest
  • CV

 Curriculum Requirements

Attend Program Orientation and Introduction to the Educator Portfolio

  • Orientation is held in September during Medical Education Day, a full-day series of presentations and discussions celebrating and examining the future of medical education.

Attend or Watch 12 TIME (Today’s Innovations in Medical Education) Lectures

  • TIME Lectures sponsored by the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators are offered the third Tuesday of each month. Trainees may watch via live webcast or afterward via online stream – if watched remotely, a reflection form must be submitted.

Attend 5 Faculty Development Workshops

Listen to Podcasts

  • Listen to 10 KeyLIME (Key Literature in Medical Education) podcasts and submit reflection forms on these. Read the reviewed literature and comment on the paper after listening to the podcast. This podcast is published every other week – learners can choose from any archived topic.

Read Core Texts

  • Participants will read "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching." Each section of the book will be discussed during the quarterly meetings (see below) that must be attended to receive credit for the reading.
  • Read four other medical education books and discuss at quarterly book group discussions.

Participate in 5 Directly Observed Teaching Sessions

  • Trainees will have their teaching observed by a mentor, certificate program leader or other expert in the field. They should also have a peer (preferably another participant in the certificate program) observe and give feedback for one observation.
  • Feedback will be given to the learner after each session. Trainees should plan to include this feedback, as well as their own reflections on the session, in their educator portfolio (see below).
  • Trainees should hope to have a variety of teaching formats observed – such as lectures, small groups, leading rounds, precepting students or leading simulations.

Develop an Educator Portfolio

  • Trainees will build an educator portfolio that includes their teaching philosophy, teaching materials, directly observed teaching feedback, learner evaluations and self-reflection.
  • Mentors will review the portfolio and provide feedback on the content.

Conduct Scholarly Project

  • Poster presentations, peer-reviewed publications, curriculum development materials, research and quality improvement initiatives are examples of acceptable projects. Projects should be presented as a poster or presentation format in June during the provided TIME session for presentations.

Attend Mentor and Administrative Meetings

  • Trainees will be paired with a medical education mentor, drawn from the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. Meeting with mentors should occur quarterly.
  • Trainees are also required to attend quarterly administrative meetings with program leadership.

Contact Us

Karen Mangold, MD, MEd headshot

Karen Mangold, MD, MEd
Director of the McGaw Medical Education Clinical Scholars Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) & Medical Education

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