Program for Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators

December 7 – 9, 2024
Boston, MA

December 7 – 9, 2024
Boston, MA

The Program for Postgraduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician Educators is sponsored by BCH and ISMMS, and affiliated with the Harvard Macy Institute.

Course Overview

Program Description

This 3-day intensive program is focused on post-graduate trainees (residents and fellows) who seek to enhance their teaching skills and scholarship in medical education as future academic clinician- educators. Learning formats rely on small group project work and problem-solving, interactive small group activities with individualized feedback, and large group case-based discussions. Faculty members are drawn from the community built from this program, now in its 11th year, bringing leadership and expertise in health professions education.

Participants will be encouraged to apply in trainee-faculty mentor teams, with explicit project support expected from the faculty mentor. The course learning is built around the scholars’ educational project development. Therefore, each scholar must apply with a medical/health professions education project that is of interest to the scholar and of benefit to the current or future training program in which he or she works or teaches.

Target Audience

This course is geared toward post-graduate trainees who are strongly committed to an academic health professions education career and have at least one year of post-graduate training experience.

Participants with at least one year remaining in their training program are ideal candidates for this course. Trainees will be required to have a faculty mentor for project support.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Discuss and apply theories of learning to their own teaching practice
  • Adapt their teaching practices to further the achievement of intended learning objectives Use feedback for both teaching and learning improvement
  • Reflect on their own and others’ work in medical education with a scholarly focus Use a scholarly approach to educational project development
  • Broaden their own community of clinician-educators within medical education.

Additional Information

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024


There will be three components to the application, detailed below. Your application will not be complete until all three documents have been received.


There are 3 fields available in the online application that will make up your one-page bio-sketch (3300 characters max). In the Education and Professional Experience section, describe any relevant health sciences education experience (teacher, preceptor, course/curriculum designer). In the Scholarly Interest section, describe your future intended academic goals. In the Personal Background section, provide any brief personal information you would like to share with the faculty and fellow scholars in the program.


This will be the concrete vehicle to support your learning & application of new concepts. The project fields in the application have been divided into 5 sections. You will be asked to answer all the questions as they apply to your project: 1) Focus of Project. 2) Education Issue, 3) Positive Impact on education/enhanced learning/and-or patient care, 4) Supporting Literature, 5) Project Evaluation.


This letter should detail the applicant’s academic background and potential as a clinician-educator. It should detail how the project will further the educational goals of the program/department/institution or applicant’s professional development as an educator. It should also highlight the mentor’s commitment, including meeting availability, guidance, networking, and resource access.  The mentor should include their contact information. Letters are able to be uploaded at the end of the application. The mentor should include their contact information. Letters are able to be uploaded at the end of the application or emailed to the PGME Team at Boston Children’s Hospital

The proposed health professions education project is the concrete vehicle to support the scholar’s learning and application of new concepts throughout the 3-day program. Projects at any stage of planning and implementation will be considered, if supported by a relevant literature search and information related to the project’s educational impact on learners.

Although the major project management and work will be the responsibility of the trainee participant, the faculty mentor will serve a critical role in the implementation and success of the project at the home institution. Faculty mentors are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the project reporting-out on the afternoon of Day 3 (either virtually, by phone, or in-person).

The course will be held December 7 – 9 , 2024 at Boston Children’s Hospital. Attendance in-person is required at all three days. The program begins at 8:00 am the first day and ends at 5:00 pm on the last day – scholars must plan accordingly.

Tuition for the course is $2,000 per trainee participant–faculty mentor team, due by August 25, 2024.

Participants who are accepted but cancel at least 30 days prior to the course will be refunded their tuition, less an administrative fee. Tuition is non-refundable if cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course. Deferral to the following year will not be offered. Scholars will have to re-apply in the next cycle.

Questions can be directed to the PGME team at

Don't Forget to Submit your Application

Application deadline June 30, 2024


Course Directors

Susan Farrell, MD, EdM

Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation,
Harvard Medical School

Reena Karani, MD, MHPE

Director, Institute of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd

Associate Medical Officer for Education, Co-Director, Center for Educational Excellence & Innovation, Boston Children's Hospital

Course Directors

Susan Farrell, MD, EdM

Associate Dean of Assessment and Evaluation Harvard Medical School

Reena Kavani, MD, MHPE

Director for Institute of Medical Education Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd

Associate Medical Officer for Education, Co-Director, Center for Educational Excellence & Innovation, Boston Children's Hospital