Clinician-Educator Track for Fellows

CET for Fellows

Clinician-Educator Track for Fellows

Advance Your Career Goals

Do you envision a career as a clinician-educator? If so, the BIDMC Department of Medicine Clinician-Educator Track for Fellows is a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a leader in medical education.

As discoveries and procedural innovations emerge at incredible rates, it is essential that we develop skilled educators who can effectively teach the next generation of learners and become educational leaders in their field.

By tailoring a program designed for subspecialists, the Clinician-Educator Track for Fellows extends BIDMC and Harvard Medical School’s rich tradition of medical education excellence, building upon long-standing programs such as the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and the Clinician-Educator Track for internal medicine residents.

Develop Skills Needed as an Educator

develop skillsWhile physician-as-teacher programs offer an opportunity to learn many of the basic elements of effective teaching, more training is needed to fully develop the skills needed to succeed as a future clinician-educator. This novel track will provide you the opportunity to rapidly develop your skills and advance your career goals as a clinician-educator.

More Than The Ability to Teach Effectively

A successful academic clinician-educator needs more than the ability to teach effectively. To excel as a clinician-educator, you must also:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate learners and programs and effectively design new curricular offerings.
  • Develop the expertise necessary to be an efficient administrator, effective leader, and successful change agent.
  • Master the skills needed to investigate and disseminate important educational developments.

Curriculum and Timeline

Fellows who wish to participate in the Clinician-Educator Track will generally apply for a position during their first year of fellowship. If accepted into the track, you will participate in a comprehensive longitudinal curriculum that will extend through the remainder of training. The ideal candidates will have already demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to education during residency. The track will allow participants to expand their reach through publications, presentations at national meetings, and development of curricula.

Track Features

Small Group Sessions

During highly interactive, small group sessions we will discuss and apply the key principles of medical education and practice teaching skills.

Observation and Taping of Teaching Sessions

Educator Track 2To enhance your teaching skills and to facilitate self-refection and peer and faculty feedback, we will directly observe and video tape many of your teaching sessions.


You will be paired with a mentor who will provide longitudinal guidance and support.

Scholarly Project

To enhance your skills as an educational researcher, you will have the opportunity to work with mentors to create and implement an educational scholarly project/study.

Examples of scholarly projects:

  • An inter-disciplinary program for mastery learning of ultrasound guided renal biopsy.
  • Development and validation of a high-fidelity simulator for endoscopic submucosal dissection.
  • 12 tips for effective body language for medical educators.


Here is a sample timeline and a partial list of potential curricular offerings. (Given the variable nature of fellowship training, modifications to the timeline may apply depending on your specific field and length of fellowship.)

1st Year 
2nd Year
3rd Year
Principles of Medical Education Course (April)
Year-Long Educational Curriculum
HMS/Institute Educational Seminars
National Educational Meeting
  X X
Longitudinal Mentorship
Identify mentor and establish educational contract Regular meetings with mentor Ongoing evaluation and feedback
Educational Scholarly Project
Plan project Complete project Publication
Develop and Maintain Educational Portfolio

Year 1

  • Apply for Clinician-Educator Track
  • Participate in the Harvard CME course, Principles of Medical Education
  • Participate in HMS Academy/Shapiro Institute Educational Seminars
  • Identify a mentor and establish an educational contract
  • Identify an educational scholarly project

Year 2

  • Complete educational scholarly project
  • Teach at Mount Desert Island “Physiology on the Fly” course for hospitalists
  • Longitudinal curricular content focusing on core educational topics. Sessions will have assigned readings, utilize video/simulation, and emphasize application of principles of medical education. Some of the topics include:
    • Educational contracts
    • Adult learning
    • Best clinical teaching practices
    • Assessment
    • Educator Track 3Curricular development
    • Feedback
    • Lecturing
    • Precepting/Ambulatory teaching
    • Small group discussion/teaching
    • Bedside teaching
    • Teaching procedure skills
    • Observation of master teachers
    • Self-Reflection
    • Negotiation skills
    • Peer observation
    • Using literature and humanities in teaching
    • Advanced feedback skills (the "problematic learner")
    • Time management
    • The ACGME
    • Publishing in Medical Education
    • Financing in Medical Education
    • Promotion in Medical Education

Year 3 (for 3-year fellowships)

  • Enhanced medical education leadership roles in fellowship
  • Serve as educational mentor for projects and teaching
  • Educational and Leadership Experiences:
    • Bedside teaching
    • Lead small group discussion during teaching attending rounds
    • Teach in HMS tutorials/Small Groups
    • Lecture to HMS students
    • Provide teaching and specialty expertise for resident reports and M+M
    • Participate in Educational Journal Club