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Clinician Educator Training Pathway

The Clinician-Educator Training Pathway (CETP) provides trainees with the knowledge, skills, and professional preparation they need to be successful in a career as a clinician-educator, recognizing that the medical education career pathway is a deliberate choice that requires a particular set of skills rather than a secondary facet to another career focus. Trainees are introduced into a community of educators that stresses the collaborative approach necessary for success.

The two-year CETP program is integrated into existing training programs and does not detract from the core program’s missions or goals. Trainees interested are encouraged to apply to join CETP after completing at least the first year of training at IU School of Medicine, though fellows onboarding into a two-year program may apply before officially beginning the fellowship.

The Clinician Educator Training Pathway requires a monthly two-year commitment. CETP leaders work with programs to ensure trainees are supported while completing the CETP program.

  • During Year 1, participants complete five curriculum development modules and write a literature review. The curriculum plan is presented at the end of the first year.
  • During Year 2, participants can both implement and evaluate the curricula created during Year 1 or they can start another education scholarship project. Results are presented at the end of the second year. Additionally, participants will also complete teaching peer review both to gain feedback on their own teaching as well as to provide feedback to a colleague.
  • Participants are strongly recommended to engage in a longitudinal teaching experience.



Applications for the Clinician Educator Training Pathway 2022-2024 cohort are available from February 14, 2022 through April 15, 2022.


Program Goals

  • Career Development

    Explore possible career pathways

    Understand how to be promoted

    Learn how to navigate academic medicine as an educator

  • Teaching Strategies

    Explore traditional and innovative instructional strategies

    See how instructional technology can be used

    Examine the literature support and theoretical basis for various strategies

  • Education Leadership

    Gain basic skills in curriculum development, program development and evaluation, and assessment

    Appreciate the value of mentorship

    Learn how to navigate committees

  • Education Research

    Explore basic concepts through journal club and scholarly projects

  • Capstone Project

    Produce a tangible project that will demonstrate skills to future employers

  • Community of Educators

    Join a community of peers and mentors

    Build meaningful relationships to provide support throughout a career

Program Leadership

Program Director
5459-Dilly, Christen

Christen K. Dilly, MD, ME

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

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Associate Program Director
23303-Kane, Sara

Sara K. Kane, DO, MSED

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Sample Program Curriculum

Month Year 1 Year 2
July Orientation Orientation
August Introduction to Education Scholarship Qualitative, Theoretical Frameworks in Education Scholarship
September Mentoring Peer Review of Teaching
October Promotion and Tenure for Clinician-Educators Setting Expectations in the Clinical Learning Environment
November Simulation in Medical Education Feedback
December Diversity & Inclusion in Medical Education Precepting in the Clinic
January Teaching Clinical Reasoning Assessing Learners
February Journal Club Bedside Teaching
March Teaching Communication Skills Lecturing
April Instructional Strategies in Undergraduate Medical Education Turning Clinical Work into Scholarship
May Adult Learning Theory Communication Skills, Teaching Philosophy, and Manuscript Peer Reviews
June Graduation and Presentations Graduation and Presentations