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Teaching Skills Program

Hospitalists in academic medical centers are often recent graduates from residency and can lack important teaching and leadership skills necessary to succeed as clinician-educators. The teaching skills class started in 2010 as a way to help junior faculty learn how to build supportive learning environments, become more learner-centered and give effective feedback. 

The course is arranged in a small group discussion format with discussions being led by experienced faculty known for their teaching skills. This format allows participants to share ideas, styles, advice and personal experiences in a way that benefits everyone in the group. Topics covered in the course have included:

  • Teaching on rounds
  • Small group teaching sessions
  • Feedback
  • Team management
  • Time management
  • Conflict negotiation
  • Lecture skills
  • Professionalism
  • Maintaining medical knowledge/career development

Discussion leaders also provide individual support and guidance to junior hospitalists outside of class. These leaders help troubleshoot educational problems for hospitalists on teaching service, provide observation of teaching and peer review of evaluations and introduce junior faculty to teaching opportunities within the medical school.