Clinical Educator Track

In response to resident and faculty interest, UVA began offering a Clinical Educator Track for rising PGY2 residents in May 2016. The track is intended to give up to four residents in the rising PGY2 class additional training and mentored practice during residency to facilitate success early in careers as clinical educators. For other residents interested in education, a clinical education elective month can also be pursued during the PGY-2 or PGY-3 year.

The design of the track provides:

  • a deeper didactic exposure to medical education than traditional conferences on resident-as-teacher
  • direct observation and feedback from faculty on teaching skills in a variety of settings
  • unique exposure to educational opportunities in undergraduate and graduate medical education
  • opportunity for workshop and curriculum design
  • mentorship and participation in educational research opportunities
  • a smaller learning community of residents with shared interest and commitment to a career incorporating clinical education

The structure of this longitudinal track includes monthly didactic seminars over 12 months from the end of the PGY1 year to the end of the PGY2 year. Ongoing mentorship, feedback, and academic development will occur throughout the PGY3 year. Sample topics include adult learning theory, assessment and feedback, teaching skills based on setting, and curriculum development. Each seminar is preceded by assigned reading to prepare residents for that month’s topic. Throughout the year, there are planned sessions and opportunities to actively practice various skills and approaches with mentored feedback in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Resident Testimonials

For questions about the track, please contact:
Brian Uthlaut, MD, Residency Program Director
or Allison Lyons, MD, Associate Program Director