Curriculum and Requirements

Our program includes two intensive workshops, one in the fall and one in the spring. Between these sessions, you apply what you learn to your teaching practice.

Evidence-Based Methods

Real-world research in education backs our curriculum. You will not only explore new teaching models — some developed specifically for medical education — but also see the evidence behind them.

Our program equips you with flexible, useful teaching strategies, including:

  • developing more precise teaching goals
  • tailoring your teaching to your students’ learning styles
  • teaching effectively while delivering patient care
  • working with challenging residents
  • making the most of one-on-one meetings with your learners

Participatory Learning

In the workshops, you discuss the benefits of being a medical educator and the challenges you face with peers and our faculty. As a group, you analyze video of real medical education situations, like teaching in clinical settings. You practice teaching techniques and receive immediate feedback from your peers and UB faculty.

Between these sessions, you meet with a peer support group, led by an Educational Initiative Advisor. This group helps you implement changes to your teaching strategies, evaluate your success and address concerns along the way.

Practical Applications

You will complete one Educational Initiative Project, applying what you learn from the Jacobs Educator Excellence Program to improve your teaching.

Working with your peer support group, you develop a targeted strategy to address a teaching problem of your choice. Throughout the year, you reflect on the impact this has on your teaching in writing and group discussion.

The full program prepares you to integrate reflection, evaluation and self-improvement into your teaching on an ongoing basis.

Accreditation Requirements

To obtain full educator credit, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Attend both fall and spring sessions.
  2. Complete the Reflective Diary and one Educational Initiative Project.
  3. Present your project in poster format at the Annual JSMBS Research Day Spring 2023 - Date TBA.
  4. Participate in Virtual Peer Review (three meetings over the course of the year).

In addition to the UB Educator Certification, you can earn a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ .

“Topics were presented concisely using active learning strategies, and resources for more in-depth study on each topic were provided. I learned much that will be useful, and I look forward to sharing it with other faculty. ”
Department of Family Medicine