Medical Educator Track

This specialized track emphasizes clinical and didactic teaching skills, curriculum development and educational research.

If you intend to pursue an academic career, you may opt for this track to support your professional development during residency. You’ll get additional experience and supervision while teaching medical students, fellow residents, ancillary staff and the community, and you’ll complete a relevant research project of your own design.

Once accepted to the medical educator track, you will identify a research topic related to medical education. A faculty mentor will help you cultivate your project, which you may present at a local or national professional meeting or develop into a journal article.

Practical, Engaged Research

Our residents do practical, engaged work. We have incorporated many of their research projects as major improvements to our overall curriculum.

Residents involved with this track determine its curriculum for each year. Past session topics have included:

  • small and large group teaching
  • preparing handouts
  • giving feedback
  • building an educational portfolio
  • writing an academic research paper
  • curriculum development
  • teaching in the clinical setting

Dynamic Professional Training

We work closely with the Faculty Educator Program to provide you formal training to address the unique demands of teaching in, and outside of, clinical settings; many of our faculty have already gained accreditation from this program. You will also have opportunities to participate in seminars on pedagogical and research techniques, from using EndNote to workshops on small-group teaching.

How to Apply

Contact the Associate Program Director for a questionnaire regarding your experience and goals as they relate to medical education. Return it and a copy of your CV for review by the medical educator track committee.

Applications are due by Aug. 15 of each year. The committee will notify you of their decision by Aug. 31.

You can apply to this track between PGY-2 and PGY-4.

Associate Program Director

Elberg, Zhanna

Zhanna Elberg, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

462 Grider Street Erie County Medical Center Adult Child and Family Clinic Department of Psychiatry Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: 716-898-3255; Fax: 716-898-3658