Internal Medicine Residency Medical Education Pathway

The Medical Education Pathway is a one-year program designed to provide an opportunity for selected residents to learn about medical education and practice their teaching skills. Activities occur in a longitudinal fashion under the mentorship of our Educators Academy, which includes master teachers within the Department of Internal Medicine.

Pathway Curriculum

The skills learned in this pathway provide opportunities to:

  • Practice traditional and novel educational techniques
  • Prepare for careers in medical education
  • Research medical education topics

Through a competitive application process, six to eight upper-level residents are selected for this pathway.

In the pathway, residents will:

  • Participate in the Resident as Teacher Elective, which includes the following activities:
    • Observe master teachers on rounds
    • Design and deliver small-group sessions under direct observation in clinical and non-clinical settings
    • Observe medical students at the bedside and give feedback 
    • Review relevant medical education literature
  • Attend monthly meetings on selected topics, including the following:
    • Learning Theory
    • Physical Exam Teaching
    • Large Group Teaching
    • Remediation
    • Clinic Teaching and the One-Minute Preceptor
    • Giving Feedback
    • Teaching Professionalism
    • Small-Group Teaching
    • Gamification as a Learning Tool
  • Meet with faculty mentors from the Wake Forest Educators Academy to discuss teaching strategies and careers in medical education through a longitudinal relationship.
  • Participate in simulated clinics and other educational activities in the Wake Forest School of Medicine pre-clinical curriculum.
  • Have an opportunity to pursue an optional scholarly project under the guidance of their mentor.