Eligibility & Requirements

Eligibility

Membership in the Teaching Certificate Program requires nomination by a candidate’s Division Chief, Department Chair, or supervisor. Calls for nomination for  AY2019-2020 will go out in the Summer of 2019. For more information, please contact  the Department of Medical Education at x41325, or email medicaleducation@childrens.harvard.edu

Requirements

Program requirements include the following (estimated as 3 hours of commitment per month):

  • Participating in 10 professional development sessions over two years focusing on the understanding and application of clinical teaching principles
  • Engaging in preparatory work for the sessions and submitting post-reflection assignments
  • Partnering with other certificate members to engage in discussion of relevant educational topics
  • Observing a master teacher in a clinical teaching setting and debriefing the observation
  • Being observed and receiving personalized feedback – 1-2 teaching sessions
  • Meeting with a senior educator as a coach, who will discuss the certificate member’s teaching goals and progress – approximately 3 sessions

The professional development sessions focus on the following core topics. We are currently developing online alternatives for many of the sessions.

  • Understanding and applying adult learning principles
  • Leading interactive teaching sessions
  • Providing effective learner feedback
  • Designing and evaluating teaching sessions
  • Teaching critical thinking skills
  • Effectively supervising trainees and students

In addition, teaching certificate members are automatically accepted into the BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship. Certificate members are encouraged to attend the monthly BCH Academy seminar series.

Teaching Certification may be attained over a two-year cycle.