Medical Education Leadership


To provide students with a basic understanding of and facility with educational theory and techniques.


Program Objectives

  • Understand concepts of Adult Learning Theory and learning style variation
  • Develop beginning skills in:
    • Lecturing
    • Small group facilitation
    • Individual tutoring
    • Curriculum development and evaluation
    • Clinical teaching/precepting
    • Use of educational technology
    • Educational administration
  • Become involved in educational research, administration, and evaluation


Program Activities

Required First & Second Year Activities

  • Attend lecture series
  • Participate in an Experiential Opportunity in the summer following first year
    • Students must submit a project proposal including scope of work, a timeline, objectives/goals, and the organization/mentor with which the student will be working including contact information.
    • After project completion, students are required to submit a 4-6 page paper to include the student’s project scope, the role the student played in the project, how the project changed from the original proposal, and reflections on the experience


 Other Medical Education Leadership Related Opportunities

  • Develop/participate in “Pearl Panels”
  • Attend AAMC meetings, national or regional
  • Attend Faculty Development Series - CMEI (monthly)
  • Participate as class Curriculum Representative or POM Representative
  • Participate as the Honor Code or MSEC (Medical Student Evaluation Committee) representative
  • ISCOPES representative
  • Participate as a coordinator for the GW “Day in the Life” program
  • Big Sib Program
  • Thalamus Anatomy Tutorial Club
  • Become school OSR (organization of student representatives) representative (AAMC -Association of American Medical Colleges)
  • Become involved in the AMA education section, AMSA, or other organizations that attend to issues in medical student/resident education


Required Third & Fourth Year Activities

  • Scholarly Project will be related to Track of study
  • Senior Elective - IDIS 351: Clinician as a Medical Educator


Lecture/Workshop Series (attendance is mandatory)

  Topics – Years I & II

  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Lecturing Skills Workshops
  • Use of Educational Technology
    • Powerpoint
    • Flash
    • Blackboard
    • Web design
  • Small Group Facilitation
  • Individual Tutoring
  • Giving Feedback
  • Educational Research
    • Study design
    • Concepts of Informed Consent
    • Human subjects protections, HIPAA, and IRB protocols
  • Teaching a Skill
  • Establishing a Learning Environment
  • Understanding Learning Styles


Summer Programs/Senior Electives


Current Literature (as a course primer)

  1. Journals/Publications
    1. Teaching and Learning in Medicine:
    2. Academic Medicine:
    3. Medical Education:
    4. Medical Teacher:
    5. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Guide:
    6. BMJ guides:


  1. Texts/Monographs
    1. Newble D. A Handbook for Medical Teachers. Dordrecht, Boston, 4th edition, 2001. call number R834. C87
    2. Saks N. How to Excel in Medical School. J&S Publications, Alexandria, VA, 2nd edition, 2003. call number R834. N49
    3. Edwards J. Residents’ Teaching Skills. Springer Pub. Co. NY, 2002. call number R834.5 .S159
    4. Kern DE. Curriculum Development for Medical Education. Johns Hopkins University Press 2003. call number R834 .D441
    5. Ludmerer K. A Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care. Oxford University Press, NY, 1999. call number R737 .C66
    6. Davidoff F. Who has seen a blood sugar?: Reflections on Medical Education. American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA. 1996. call number R745 .L843
    7. Coombs R. Surviving Medical School. Sage Publications, CA. 1998. call number R834 .R47


*Other educational opportunities and activities to enrich students’ experiences may be added to the curriculum during the program, per the discretion of the Scholarly Concentration Directors.