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Medical Education Pathway

The Medical Education Pathway is designed for residents with an interest in curriculum design, teaching via different modalities and/or educational leadership.

The goal of this pathway is to augment the education we provide pediatric residents regarding teaching in a clinical setting by providing:

  • Background about the underpinnings of educational theory
  • Additional experience and feedback to hone clinical teaching skills
  • Opportunities for early educational scholarship
  • Exposure to educational administration

Medical Education Pathway Curriculum 

Pediatric residents regularly lead educational activities with fellow residents, medical students and other members of the medical team. This pathway seeks to build on these activities and experiences through self-guided learning modules, opportunities to facilitate several different types of educational sessions, opportunities for direct observation and feedback of one’s educational activities and faculty mentorship. Also, there are opportunities to complete and disseminate an educational-based research project or to engage in curriculum design.

There are two options for participation in the Medical Education Pathway:

  • Pathway participant: Choose one or more educational opportunities to supplement your graduate medical education, incorporating them into your own individualized education plan (developed in consultation with your portfolio advisor). There is no minimum level of participation.
  • Certificate in Medical Education: To qualify for the Certificate in Medical Education, residents must complete each the following categories by graduation:
    • All pathway modules
    • Create or revise a curriculum or prepare an education-related product (A REACH project may serve as this product but it is not required)


A Medical Education Pathway mentor is not required for participation in the pathway. Mentorship by a pathway mentor is required for qualification of the Certificate in Medical Education. Most of the pathway mentors have completed the Master Teacher Leadership and Development Program at George Washington University or comparable graduate coursework in medical education.

Learning Objectives of the Pathway

After completing associated modules, residents will be able to:

  • Describe principles of adult learners in relation to clinical medical education.
  • Plan and lead learning events tailored to principles of adult learners in clinical settings.
  • Utilize strategies to teach clinical reasoning related to the care of a specific patient.
  • Apply a structured approach to orienting learners and teams.
  • Apply a structured approach to feedback and learner assessment.
  • Facilitate learning via medical simulation and standardized patient cases.

Residents interested in earning a certificate of distinction will also be able to:

  • Create a plan of action for being a mentee.
  • Create and maintain an educator portfolio.
  • Apply skills learned to medical education committee.

For certificate of distinction, residents must complete one of the following:

  • Apply a structured approach to designing or revising a new curriculum.
  • Prepare a submission of an education-related product (abstract, workshop, manuscript or curriculum development) for peer review.

Contact Us

For more information about the Medical Education Pathway, contact Jeremy Kern, M.D.