Clinical teacher program

Group shot of teachers that have completed the clinical teacher program

The Office of Medical Education is proud to announce the launch of the hybrid Clinical Teacher Program. This updated course is a direct result of the Faculty Development Needs Assessment conducted in 2021 with all our residency and fellowship programs.

Our mission

The Clinical Teacher Program aims to create a culture of academic excellence by cultivating professional and personal development in clinical faculty by: 

  • Developing and enhancing clinical teaching, assessment and feedback skills
  • Improving the learning environment at Spectrum Health

Program goals

At the end of this program, participants will: 

  • Improve their ability to effectively teach in busy clinical settings 
  • Expand their knowledge to assess resident or medical student performance by direct observation
  • Improve their ability to give constructive and effective feedback to learners
  • Increase their capability to teach clinical procedures
  • Practice evaluating residents using competency-based assessments

Learn more about the program

The Clinical Teacher Program condenses the previous two-day in-person course into a hybrid model consisting of: 

  • An engaging, interactive and asynchronous two-hour online module
  • A four-hour in-person session, including group discussions and opportunities to practice new skills 

Topics covered in the course: 

  • Orienting new learners 
  • Precepting in one minute 
  • Conducting direct observations 
  • Teaching bedside procedures 
  • Giving feedback 
  • Designing effective competency-based assessment
  • Clinical questioning 

The new Clinical Teacher Program is open to Program Directors, Assistant Program Directors, Core and Community Faculty, as well as Fellows and Senior/Chief Residents. Completing both portions of the course will earn six CME credits.

Upcoming in-person sessions

  • October 19, 2022, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Michigan State University Secchia Center
  • November 16, 2022, 8 a.m. to Noon, Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building 
  • December 9, 2022, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building 
  • January 18, 2023, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building
  • February 15, 2023, 8 a.m. to Noon, Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building 
  • March 15, 2023, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building 
  • April 19, 2023, 8 a.m. to Noon, Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building 
  • May 17, 2023, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building

Spectrum Health Hospitals CME is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Spectrum Health Hospitals CME designates each live activity for a maximum of [6] AMA PRA Category 6 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

History of the clinical teacher program

Clinical Teacher Program classroom photo

Spectrum Health and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine joined together in September 2017 to create an interactive two-day faculty development program. Since its start, over 14 courses have been held with attendees from varying medical specialties across the system. The course has since been modified to a hybrid structure to best meet the needs of our Spectrum Health community, but the feedback about its outcomes remains the same.

What participants have said about the course

  • "The approach to the difficult conversation was great - not an easy task but such an important one. A key responsibility of being a teacher/preceptor is being able to have the difficult conversation."
  • "The course helps you realize it's okay to only teach or observe or give feedback on portions of tasks/procedures."
  • "We enjoyed the One-Minute-Preceptor, Pendleton rules, and learning variety of teaching techniques and skills to use in precepting in busy office."
  • "It was a wonderful opportunity to practice the skills we were taught. This is so important as a clinical educator to ensure proper feedback and to make sure my skills are up to the best they can be for teaching.
  • "This should be offered to all preceptors! I love that it is an offered benefit at no cost - shows SH/MSUs commitment to increase the quality of medical education."
  • "Learning a new and better approach to teaching that engages learners at a higher level. I loved how interactive it [Bedside Skills Teaching] was and having the opportunity to play the role of a learner, teacher and observer and learning new skills."

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