Mastering Medical Teaching


Stanford School of Medicine

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The apprenticeship model is at the heart of medical education--all doctors-in-training must also become teachers. Yet medical education generally provides very little training on how to be an effective educator. This course, developed by the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers, provides practical approaches for improving teaching practice among medical teachers including clinicians, basic scientists, and postdoctoral scholars. For over 30 years, the curriculum has been refined and disseminated, through a train-the-trainer model, to academic institutions around the world.

The course takes a non-prescriptive approach that you can apply, regardless of the teaching philosophy you use, to a broad range of learners, content areas, and instructional settings. You will strengthen your ability to establish a positive learning climate and communicate goals. You will master effective techniques to promote understanding and retention, give feedback and evaluate learners, and promote self-directed learning.

What you will learn

  • How to analyze and improve your teaching using a conceptual framework and behavioral suggestions
  • How to incorporate course concepts and behaviors into your preferred teaching philosophy and method 
  • How to formulate personal plans for teaching improvement

Who should enroll

  • Medical teachers including faculty, fellows, chief residents, residents, teaching assistants
  • Post-doctoral scholars
  • Basic science teachers


  • $299
  • $75 one-time document fee

Time to complete

You should expect to spend approximately 12 hours to complete this course. Each unit will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete. 

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.



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