Medical Educator Certificate Program
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 are open November 28, 2022 - January 23, 2023.
Program details and application requirements listed below.
For questions or to submit application documents, email FAME@northwestern.edu.
- 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 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 Zoom 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.
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 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. 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.
Cohort 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)