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Medical Educator Certificate

The FAME Medical Educator Certificate Program seeks to prepare clinical educators for excellence in teaching practice through participation in a variety of learning and teaching activities. This self-directed program is open to all Feinberg faculty with an interest in medical or health professions education.

Medical Educator Certificate Goals

  • Develop a theoretical rationale for educational practice in a variety of settings.
  • Identify areas of strength and areas of growth though directly observed teaching.
  • Integrate what is learned into medical student and resident education within the medical center.
  • Generate new scholarship in medical education.
  • Reflect on experiences and establish an educational philosophy.

Last Call for Applications: November 28, 2022 - January 23, 2023

Application and curriculum requirements listed below.

For questions or to submit application documents, email

 How to Apply

Application Requirements 

  • CV
  • One-page letter of interest (name of mentor must be included in this letter)
  • Letter of support from named mentor – letter should include mentor's support plan (time, energy, dedication)

Submit all application materials to

 Curriculum Requirements

During the two academic years of this program, participants will complete the following activities:

Attend Lectures, Workshops and Meetings

  • Lectures: Participants must attend and complete a brief reflection on eighteen TIME (Today’s Innovations in Medical Education) lectures. They're sponsored by FAME and held the third Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. They can be viewed in person, live via Zoom or later in an online recording. Attendance at up to five Education Scholarship Series Sessions can be subsituted to fulfill this requirement. These sessions are sponsored by FAME and held the third Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Workshops: Participants must attend 10 faculty development workshops sponsored by FAME. They are offered the third Tuesday of each month from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in person and the subsequent Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Review Online Resources

  • Participants can complete these online learning components when it suits them. They are expected to listen to 24 KeyLIME (Key Literature in Medical Education) podcasts and submit reflection forms for each.
    • The podcast series publishes a new episode every other week. Faculty can choose from any archived topic.

Teach Medical Students

  • Faculty must participate in four Directly Observed Teaching (DOT) sessions. These sessions should be observed by a mentor, certificate program leader or other expert in the field. Faculty will receive feedback at the end of each session.
  • Participants are encouraged to plan sessions in a variety of formats, such as lectures, small-group teaching, leading rounds, precepting students or leading simulations. Search our Teaching Opportunities directories to explore your options.

Develop a Scholarly Project

  • A scholarly project includes but is not limited to peer-reviewed publications, curriculum development materials, an educational blog, research and quality-improvement initiatives.
    • The project must address an issue in medical education or answer important question within the field.
    • Faculty must provide a PDF or a link to the project and will present it during a TIME lecture dedicated to this program's projects.

Reflect on All Program Activities

  • Routine reflections are required at the end of most activities listed on this page. These reflections should be concise while also thoroughly capturing your key takeaways from each activity.
  • At the end of the program, participants are expected to create and submit a statement of educational philosophy.

 Certificate Program Members

Cohort Fall 2019

Rachel Bercovitz, MD, MS, Associate Professor of  Pediatrics (Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation)
Janelle Renee Bolden, MD, Assistant Professor of  Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine) and  Medical Education
Samuel Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wee-Jhong Chua, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine)
Sue Hong Routson, MD, Assistant Professor of  Pediatrics (Critical Care)
Sarah Hwang, MD, Assistant Professor of  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Linda Kelahan, MD, Assistant Professor of  Radiology (Body Imaging)
Amy Lay, MD, Associate Professor of  Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Shivani Patel, MBBS, MS, Health System Clinician of  Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Tara Reddy, MD, Instructor of  Medicine (Hospital Medicine)
Giselle Rodriguez, MD, Instructor of  Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)
Heidi Roth, PT, DHS , Assistant Professor of  Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, Assistant Professor of  Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Sean Sachdev, MD , Assistant Professor of  Radiation Oncology
Stephen VanHaerents, MD , Assistant Professor of  Neurology (Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology)Medical Education and Neurology (Neuro-infectious Disease and Global Neurology)
Michael Verre, MD, Instructor of  Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)
Andrew Wagner, MD, Associate Professor of  Obstetrics and Gynecology (Clinical Genetics)
Sigrid Wolf, MD, Assistant Professor of  Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care)
Nicholas Zessis, MD, Instructor of  Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine)

Cohort Fall 2018

Mackenzie Asel, MD, Health System Clinician of  Dermatology
Veronika Butin-Israeli, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of  Pathology
Conrad Epting, MD, Associate Professor of  Pediatrics (Critical Care) and Pathology
Michelle Fletcher, MD, Instructor of  Medicine (Hospital Medicine)
Noopur Gangopadhyay, MD, Assistant Professor of  Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)
Khalilah Gates, MD, Assistant Professor of  Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)
Larry Gray, MD, Associate Professor of  Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)
Lindsay Griffin, MD, Assistant Professor of  Radiology
Amanda Hauck, MD, Assistant Professor of  Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Allison Kessler, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Roneil Malkani, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology (Sleep Medicine)
Sheetal Patel, MD, MSCI, Assistant Professor of  Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Mahmoud Salama, MD, MSc, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Marion Stanley, MD, Assistant Professor of  Medicine (Hospital Medicine)
Maura Steed, MD, Instructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and  Pediatrics
Sally Taylor, DPT, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Taher Valika, MD, Instructor of  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Cohort Fall 2017

Michael Angarone, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Medical Education
Meredith Bone, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)
Kristin Carnahan, MS, Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Nazia Husain, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Rajat Jain, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)
Jill Larson, MD, Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Paul Later, MD, Neurology
Debi Mitra, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)
Margaret Mueller, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) and Urology
Charulatha Nagar, MBBS, Health System Clinician of Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department
Farooq Shahzad, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)
Brenda Suh-Lailam, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology
Maria Theodorou, MD, Instructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)


Cohort Fall 2016

Sara Bradley, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)
John Brinkmann, CPOAssistant Professor of  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Leslie Caldarelli, MDAssociate Professor of  Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Mobola Campbell-Yesufu, MD, MPH,  Assistant Professor of  Medicine (Hospital Medicine)
Maria Colavincenzo, MDAssistant Professor of  Dermatology
George Cybulski, MD, Associate Professor of  Neurological Surgery  and  Orthopaedic Surgery
Beth Dunlap, MDAssistant Professor of  Family and Community Medicine
Marc Feldstein, MD , Clinical Associate Professor of  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Shunyou Gong, MD, PhDAssistant Professor of  Pathology
Rachel Kadakia, MD,  Instructor of  Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Max Maizels, MDProfessor of  Urology
Kimberly McMahon, MDClinical Instructor of  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joseph Posluszny, MD,  Assistant Professor of  Surgery (Trauma/Critical Care)
Leslie Rydberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Nahzinine Shakeri, MDInstructor of  Emergency Medicine
Rachel Tappan, DPTAssistant Professor of  Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Abigail Tarbox, MDAssistant Professor of  Surgery (Trauma/Critical Care)
Nicole Triggs, MD,  Instructor of  Medicine (Hospital Medicine) 
Nathan Seth Trueger, MD, MPH,  Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

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