Clinical Educator Track

UVA began offering a Clinical Educator Track for rising PGY2 residents in May 2016. The track is intended to give interested 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 for opportunities to grow as a teacher with feedback from faculty and chief residents.

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

As of 2020, the structure of this longitudinal track involves a weeklong medical education “boot camp” early in the PGY2 year. This is composed of seminars on topics such as adult learning theory and curriculum development, assessment and feedback, teaching skills across a host of different settings, mentorship of struggling learners, and technology in education. Sessions are preceded by assigned readings to prepare for the seminar and are led by faculty experts in each topic. This boot camp encourages track participants to identify an area of interest within medical education early in their training, allowing time during the remainder of PGY2 and PGY3 years to design and implement a scholarly project under faculty mentorship, which can lead to submission to an academic conference or journal. Track participants also participate in unique opportunities to practice teaching skills in different settings throughout the remainder of their residency, with faculty supervision and feedback.

Resident Testimonials

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