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The Clinician-Educator Training Pathway provides trainees with the knowledge, skills, and professional preparation they need to be successful in a career as a clinician-educator.
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Clinician-Educator Training Pathway

The Clinician-Educator Training Pathway (CETP) is a two-year program that 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.


Applications for the 2024–2026 cohort will be open March 1–April 5, 2024.


Training Areas

Career Development Teaching Strategies Education Leadership Education Research Community of Educators

Learn about possible career pathways

Learn how to be promoted

Learn to navigate academic medicine as an educator

Explore traditional and innovative instructional strategies

See how technology can be used

Examine the literature support and theoretical basis for strategies

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

Appreciate the value of mentorship

Learn how to navigate committees

Explore basic concepts through journal club and scholarly projects

Produce a tangible capstone project that will demonstrate your skills to future employers

Join a community of peers and mentors

Build meaningful relationships that will support you throughout your career

Explore the program curriculum

Program Eligibility

  • Residents and fellows who are completing at least the first year of their training program, or fellows preparing to start a shorter (less than two year) fellowship
  • Trainees interested in making medical education and teaching a significant part of their careers
  • Trainees who are not completing a research fellowship (which would imply that a career would be focused on research outside of education)
  • Any level of prior training/experience acceptable

Application Process

Applications for 2024–2026 will be available from March 1 to April 5, 2024. Applicants will be asked for their CV and brief statements about what they hope to gain from the pathway, their career goals and a description of a role model. Program directors will be prompted to complete a form indicating their support for the application. 

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Participants will earn badges/credentials for completing each component of the program:

  • Teaching development (attend 12 sessions over 2 years)
  • Peer review of teaching
  • Curriculum development modules
  • Literature review
  • Education scholarship (presentation or publication)

Those who earn all five badges will receive the GME certificate.

Education scholarship project

For the 2024–2026 cohort, we will be trying something new! Participants will work in small groups on a project mentored by a faculty member. 

Program Leadership

Program Director
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Christen K. Dilly, MD, ME

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
​​​​​​​Associate Professor of Medicine

Christen Dilly, MD, is a general gastroenterologist with a career focus on medical education and obesity. Her career mission is to help colleagues at all levels develop the most fulfilling careers possible. Her clinical practice is at the Roudebush VA Medical Center, where she performs endoscopic therapies for obesity, Barrett’s esophagus and other upper GI pathologies, and large colon polyps. She is an assistant dean for GME, where her focus is on professional development for trainees and program directors. In this role, she directs the GME Training Pathways, which are programs through which residents and fellows can gain additional non-clinical skills as they complete their clinical training programs. She provides support to program directors working with struggling trainees. She directs a GME-wide coaching program focused on trainee well-being. At the fellowship level, she is an associate program director and director of the clinical competency committee.

Read Bio Christen K. Dilly, MD, ME

Program Director
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Sara K. Kane, DO, MSED

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Sara Kane, DO, is a clinical neonatologist at Riley Hospital for Children. She completed her fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, and during her fellowship training also earned her master’s degree in adult education. She served as the associate program director for the Neonatal Fellowship program for three years, and is now the program director for the Pediatric Residency program as well as the associate director for the Clinician Educator Training Pathway. Her research interests focus on resident and fellow education, especially in program development, curriculum design and evaluation methodology. In addition, she participates in running neonatal simulations for pediatric and emergency medicine residents and outreach programs throughout the state.

Read Bio Sara K. Kane, DO, MSED