Clinician Educator Track

This unique track is run in conjunction with the pediatric residency program at Tufts and is designed for residents who are interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine as a clinician educator. Participants get a focused 3 weeks of didactics, workshops, and observation/teaching sessions during the first block of their second and third year of residency. Each participant is also paired with a primary mentor in their field who has had training in teaching and medical education scholarship. Participants work closely with their mentor on a scholarly project during their second and third year. 

Clinician Educator Track Goals

  • Developing your skills as a scholar in the field of medical education research
  • Increasing exposure to leadership and mentorship in medical education
  • Developing your portfolio for a career as a clinician educator
  • Improving your teaching skills

Recent scholarly projects include:

Development of IM resources: 
Intern Night Float Handbook
Congestive Heart Failure Management Handbook (specifically for the CHF service at Tufts MC)

Curricula: 
Interactive curriculum for IM interns to prepare for inpatient wards (Oral presentation at New England Chapter of SGIM, 2019)
Interactive text-message based curriculum for board review (Poster presentation at the annual SGIM meeting in Birmingham AL, 2020)
Development of multidisciplinary low-fidelity code blue simulation curriculum for IM residents (Oral presentation at New England Chapter of SGIM, 2017)
Management of patients on the Bone Marrow Transplant Service
Online EKG educational modules for IM interns
Education on use of appropriate oxygen delivery systems for IM interns
Flipped classroom pulmonary curriculum for 3rd year medical students on their IM Clerkship

Workshops: 
Patient literacy and teaching to the appropriate literacy level
Managing medical emergencies on airplanes (Poster presentation at the annual SGIM meeting in Washington DC, 2019)
Clinical scenarios to improve comfort and quality of end of life discussions by housestaff 
Physician advocacy for 3rd year medical students

Testimonials from recent graduates:

Anupama Kumar (2017-2019):
"The clinician educator tract (CET) is something very unique that Tufts offers, and it was one of the highlights of my residency. I am passionate about education and want to someday incorporate teaching into my career. The clinician educator tract allowed me to have dedicated time second and third year to learn through a variety of small group seminars about education theory and practice my newly acquired skills in a safe space. I was introduced to the concept of medical education research, and I conducted my own scholarly project where I created a "NightFloat Guide." The skills I learned in the clinician educator track have already helped me as an instructor in the renal small group course and as a chief as I proctor conferences for residents and medical students. My fellowship interviewers were also very impressed by my involvement in CET. Overall a great experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in education!"

Yaz Daaboul (2017-2019):
“I joined the CET out of interest in academic medicine and in learning methods of medical teaching. The CET at Tufts has been an exceptional addition to my clinical training. The track is offered in a short and protected amount of time and is designed to teach individuals the language of medical education and how to think like an educator. During my clinical rotations, it helped me become a better resident to my team of interns and medical students. Thanks to CET, I was the recipient of the Tufts University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching award in 2019-2020, as well as the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching citation the year before that in 2018-2019.  With the help of my CET mentor, I was able to turn my CET project into a well-designed research study that was subsequently submitted to the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and eventually made into a research publication. Also, during my application to fellowship, my CET experience was brought up virtually in every meeting with every fellowship program director. Overall, CET was a very unique learning experience that I had the privilege of being part of. If time goes back, I’d definitely do it all over again.”

Laurie Pearson (2016-2018):
“I applied for the CET track in my intern year because teaching had historically been a weakness of mine, pointed out to me on several medical student evaluations. I know I wanted a career academia, but I needed to improve my educator skillset in order to do so. I gained so much more than “teaching skills” from my time in CET.  I learned how to thoughtfully develop scholarly education projects of my own, assess educational activities that I design, form mentoring relationships for multiple aspects of my career, and critically evaluate medical education literature.  Even though it has only been two years since I completed the track, I have already put these skills  to use by developing curriculum for IM residents while chief resident and a virtual heme/onc electives for fourth year medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than just improving on a weakness I had, I now consider myself a passionate clinical educator and anticipate that educating students and residents will be a much larger aspect of my career than originally intended.”

For further questions, please email Dr. Taimur Dad.