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 FAME@northwestern.edu.
How to Apply
- One-page letter of interest
- Brief letter of support from your department chair or division chief
Submit all application materials to FAME@northwestern.edu
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
Class of 2019
Rajat K Jain, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)
Paul E. Later, MD, Neurology
Class of 2020