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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators

Medical Educator Certificate Program

Medical Certificate Program Event

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. 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


Call for applications deadline is August 14, 2020.

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

Cohort Fall 2016

Cohort Fall 2017

Cohort Fall 2018

Corhort Fall 2019

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