BCH Teaching Certificate Program


This website is your home base for the The Boston Children’s Department of Education’s Teaching Certificate Program. The program consists of 8 content sections and 5 observation/coaching activities.

Under the Module Content Section below, you will find a listing of the core certificate sessions, the elective BCH Academy professional development seminars, and an overall course evaluation form. All of these components must be completed prior to graduation. We have included pre-readings for each of the core certificate sessions and post-session reflection assignments that must be uploaded <6 weeks after the session.

We prefer that you attend certificate sessions live or synchronously, and CE credits are only available when participating in a live session, in-person or online. The session recordings are provided only as a final option for graduation purposes. CE credits are not granted for viewing recorded sessions online.

Under the Activities Section, you will find fields for you to notate the dates and times when you completed the Master Teacher, Peer Observation, and three Coaching Meetings. We ask that you complete these activities in your first year of the certificate program. These activities are independent from the seminar sessions. A program feedback form needs to be completed prior to graduation.


Education is a core mission of Boston Children’s Hospital. Teaching and training happens across the hospital for learners on a daily basis; however, health professionals are often asked to assume teaching roles without prior training in educational principles or teaching methods.1 Boston Children’s Department of Education’s Teaching Certificate Program offers health professionals a pathway to greater knowledge of educational principles and clinical teaching practices, while providing meaningful hands-on instruction that improves knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The program includes an annual seminar series focusing on core educational principles, teaching strategies, and best instructional practices. Sessions are taught by health professions educators who possess advanced degrees in education or have undergone intensive educational fellowships or programs. Program facilitators, possess extensive real-life experience, model best educational strategies, and foster the transfer of learning to actual teaching practices.2

Target Audience

Health Professionals who are new to teaching or would like to further develop their understanding of educational principles and their application to clinical settings across the Boston Children’s enterprise.

1Steinert Y, Mann K, Centeno A, et al. A systematic review of faculty development initiatives designed to improve teaching effectiveness in medical education: BEME Guide No. 8. Med Teach. 2006;28(6):497-526. doi:10.1080/01421590600902976

2Yelon SL, Ford JK, Anderson W a. Twelve tips for increasing transfer of training from faculty development programs. Med Teach. 2014;1-6. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2014.929098


Upon completion of Boston Children’s Teaching Certificate Program, participants will be able to:

1. Apply adult learning principles and determine best teaching practices for an array of clinical teaching venues.

2. Determine effective educational strategies to promote competency and growth in one’s learners.

3. Use reflection, observation, and coaching to further professional development as a teacher.

Lori Newman, MEd
Director, Teaching Certificate Program

Kathleen Huth, MD, MMSc, FRCPC
Associate Director, Teaching Certificate Program

Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd
Chief Education Officer and Director of the Department of Education

Teaching Certificate Program Core Session Schedule

(See the BCH Academy seminar schedule here to sign up for the elective Academy professional development seminars — Reflections are not required)

Disclosure Policy

Boston Children’s Hospital adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is Boston Children’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that Boston Children’s may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported no relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients.

The following course faculty have reported no disclosures:

Lori Newman, MEd (Director, Teaching Certificate Program)

Kathleen Huth, MD, MMsc-Medical Education, FRCPC (Associate Director, Teaching Certificate Program)

Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd (Chief Education Officer, Executive Director, Department of Education)

Emily Crossen, MSN, RN, CPHON

Eva Gomez, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPN

Beth Harper, MD

Joshua Nagler, MD

Shelly Pignataro, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Ariel Winn, MD

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2019-2021 Group

2020-2022 Group

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How to Access the Course

Once you are logged in, this course can be accessed at any time from the Modules tab under the My Profile link at the top right of any page. 

How to Navigate the Course

How to Check Your Progress and Review Submissions

You can review any submissions you’ve made by selecting the arrow next to the BCH Teaching Certificate Program title in the modules list under your profile. From the list of completed activities, select the clipboard icon under the statistics column.

How to Edit Your Profile

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