Medical Educator Pathway

The Medical Educator Pathway is designed for residents interested in becoming clinician educators. The curriculum is aimed at developing resident skills related to giving effective educational presentations and teaching clinical reasoning, while simultaneously guiding residents towards implementing educational initiatives on campus and producing scholarly work.

The pathway is directed by Dr. Robert C Lowe, an award winning medical educator. Dr. Lowe uses the literature on medical education and learning theory to guide practical discussions and workshops for the residents. He also selects other dedicated faculty who provide expertise in areas such as mentoring, providing feedback, and highlighting career paths for clinician educators to speak with the residents throughout the year.

Opportunities available to residents include teaching medical students in classroom settings and on the wards, developing curriculum used by the residency program, and being observed while presenting clinical cases followed by receiving feedback

Current projects from pathway residents are highlighted below as examples:

  • Development of the Boston Medical Center Resident Initiated Guide to Discussing Goals and Expectations (BRIDGE) document, a guideline to help residents properly orient interns and medical students at the beginning of an inpatient rotation, with a focus on effective communication and regular feedback.
  •  Drafting the Second Year Medical Student Cardiology Class Syllabus, which previously used only a commercial textbook.
  • Developing a pilot program on mentoring MD/PhD Students prior to the transition from their research years to the beginning of their clinical rotations.
  • Initiation of a point-of care ultrasound elective based on internal medicine resident needs and the American College of Chest Physicians’ Statement on Competency in Critical Care Ultrasonography. The ultrasound course improved resident knowledge immediately and 6 months after the course. Results were presented at the 2015 CHEST conference in Montreal, Canada. This project was conducted with the guidance of Dr. Frank Schembri, a member of our pulmonology/critical care faculty and an expert in critical care ultrasonography. This extremely popular course is the basis for teaching ultrasound to pulmonary and critical care fellows at Boston Medical Center.