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Medical Education Pathway

Throughout their careers, physicians serve as teachers to trainees and patients daily, whether in academic or community medicine, and yet, most doctors never learn how to teach. Opportunities to develop the skills needed to be an effective educator and to participate in scholarly work in the field of education are threaded throughout the curriculum, beginning in the pre-clerkship.

Medical Education

Teaching is an inherent part of being a physician. Patients who need to understand their condition, family members interested in learning about preventive care, medical professionals who want to stay informed about the latest research — it’s the role of the physician to educate them all.

The Medical Education Pathway offers opportunities for future physicians to do just that. In this track, students will develop the skills they need to become the scholars who shape the future of medicine, the instructors whom medical professionals trust, and the teachers whom patients deserve.

Rutvi Patel

Student Project

Development of a Vascular Surgery Simulation Curriculum: From Design and Implementation to Studying the Impact of Peer Assisted Learning on Skills Acquisition

Rutvi Patel

M.D. with Distinction in Medical Education

Headshot of Shivani Gaitonde

Student Project

Utilizing Learning Theories in Development of Pelvic and Urological Anatomy Curriculum for Clerkship Students

Shivani Gaitonde

M.D. with Distinction in Medical Education

Headshot of Neda Wick

Student Project

Student Led Design of a Medical Education Track and Distinction: Providing an Opportunity for Medical Students to Transform into Knowledgeable Clinician Educators

Neda Mitkova Wick

M.D. with Distinction in Medical Education



Students interested in Medical Education can satisfy their curiosity with electives designed to provide enrichment as well as an entry point to this track.

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These electives are designed for MS1 and MS2 students and are offered sequentially.

Med Ed I (Non-Credit)

  • Basic teaching skills

Med Ed II (Non-Credit)

  • Intermediate teaching skills
  • Scholarly work skills

This elective is designed for MS4 students and is offered for the length of the final year.

Med Ed III (Credit)

  • Curriculum design
  • Advanced teaching skills
  • Educational project
  • Teaching portfolio

Scholarly Activity

Students who want to engage in a more intensive learning experience centered around Medical Education can complete a scholarly activity.

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  • Scholarly Project

    Students are paired with a faculty mentor who shares an interest in medical education, and together they complete a scholarly project.

    Examples of the types of projects include:

    • Curriculum design and evaluation
    • Assessment of innovative teaching strategies
    • Assessment of learning outcomes
    • Development of assessment tools
  • Journal Club

    Students in the Journal Club present articles that relate to their respective scholarly projects. Through discussion of their findings, students learn from one another and deepen their understanding of the field of medical education.

  • Adult Learning and Small Group Activities

    The Adult Learning program offers lecture series throughout the year covering education topics of interest, and Small Group Activities promote discussion and cooperative learning.

Curriculum Details


Students with the highest level of interest in Medical Education can set themselves apart by earning a distinction. In addition to the scholarly activity, completion of a student project, thesis, and portfolio is required.

Distinction Details

Contact Us

Dorothy Sendelbach, M.D.

Assistant Dean, Medical Education; Professor Pediatrics; Track leader, Medical Education

Phone: 214-648-8489

Dorothy Sendelbach, M.D.