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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators

Medical Educator Certificate Program

Medical Certificate Program Event

The two-year 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. All Feinberg faculty with an interest in medical or health professions education are welcome to apply to this self-directed program.


Through participation in the program, faculty will:

  • 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 they learn into medical student and resident education within the medical center
  • Generate new scholarship in medical education
  • Reflect on their experiences and establish an educational philosophy


Now accepting new program applicants!

Deadline: November 12th

Program details and application requirements listed below.

For questions or to submit application documents, email


 How to Apply

Application Requirements 

  • CV
  • One-page letter of interest
  • Brief letter of support from your department chair or division chief


Submit all application materials to  


 Program Details

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 webcast or later online.
  • Workshops: Participants must attend ten faculty development workshops sponsored by FAME. They are offered the third Tuesday of each month from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Periodic Program Meetings: Attendance at periodic program meetings are also required. These meetings are an opportunity to interact with program leadership and other faculty participants.

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 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 eight Directly Observed Teaching (DOT) sessions — two sessions every six months throughout the program's two-academic-year period.
  • Four of these sessions will be observed by a mentor, certificate program leader or other expert in the field. The additional four will be observed by a peer in the program. 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. View our MD Teaching Opportunities page to explore your options.

Create 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 but should also thoroughly capture your key takeaways from each activity.
  • At the end of the program, participants are expected to create and submit a statement of educational philosophy.

Compile an Educator Portfolio

  • Participants will build an educator portfolio that includes their educational philosophy, teaching materials, directly observed teaching feedback, learner evaluations and self-reflections.

 Certificate Program Members

Class of 2018

John Brinkmann, CPOAssistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Mobola Campbell-Yesufu, MD, MPHAssistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

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, MDInstructor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Max Maizels, MDProfessor of Urology

Kimberly McMahon, MDClinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Joseph Posluszny, MDAssistant 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, MDInstructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) 

Nathan Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Class of 2019

Michael P Angarone, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Medical Education

Meredith F Bone, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Kristin J Carnahan, MS, Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Christina E Clarke, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Nazia Husain, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Rajat K Jain, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

Jill E Larson, MD, Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Paul E. Later, MD, Neurology

Debi L Mitra, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Margaret G Mueller, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology)) and Urology

Charulatha P Nagar, MBBS, Health System Clinician of Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department

Farooq Shahzad, MBBS, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)

Brenda B Suh-Lailam, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology

Maria E Theodorou, MD, Instructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Class of 2020

Mackenzie Asel, MD, Health System Clinician of Dermatology

Veronika Butin-Israeli, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Pathology

Conrad Epting, MDAssociate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) and Pathology

Michelle Fletcher, MDInstructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Noopur Gangopadhyay, MDAssistant 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, MDAssistant Professor of Radiology

Amanda Hauck, MDAssistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Allison Kessler, MD, MScAssistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Roneil Malkani, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology (Sleep Medicine)

Sheetal Patel, MD, MSCIAssistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Mahmoud Salama, MD, MSc, PhDAdjunct Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Marion Stanley, MDAssistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Maura Steed, MDInstructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Pediatrics

Sally Taylor, DPTAssistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Taher Valika, MDInstructor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery