Harvard Macy Programs

Program for Educators in Health Professions

Offered Annually in Boston, MA
Next Program:
January 8-18 and May 15-19, 2017
Application Deadline:
September 27, 2016

Program Directors:

Program Objectives Advances in the science of learning require health care educators to develop and practice new teaching skills consistent with the current knowledge of experiential learning theory. The goal of this Harvard Macy Institute Program is to provides a select group of participants with the knowledge base and skills to enhance their expertise in both conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the educational activities at their institutions.

Scholars will reflect on the questions and assumptions underlying health care education, including:
  • Learning and teaching: How do adults learn? What teaching strategies enhance learning? How can observation, practice, and reflection enhance learning and teaching? How are effective faculty development programs designed and implemented?
  • Curriculum: What are the missions and assumptions of different health care curricula? What are the elements of effective curriculum design? How can we plan strategically for curricular change?
  • Evaluation: What are the basic purposes of educational evaluation, research and assessment in healthcare education? What methods of evaluation are effective in assessing the merits of innovative activities? How can evaluation outcomes best be disseminated and used?
  • Leadership: How can conflicting responses and resistance to change be dealt with productively? How can organizations plan strategically for the introduction of educational innovations? Which leadership styles increase the likelihood of acceptance of change?
  • Educational technology: What are the latest contributions of Information Technology to effective learning and curriculum design? How can Information Technology and Web technology be used to facilitate assessment?

Program Description

The goal of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions is to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists, and other healthcare professionals as educators. The program is built around 6 major themes: teaching & learning, curriculum, evaluation, leadership, educational research and information technology.

Competent clinical faculty can find it challenging to step into the role of teacher, especially if they don’t have a background in education. The next generation of learners needs the capacity to discriminate vast amounts of information & extract & synthesize knowledge that is necessary for clinical and population-based decision making. These developments point toward new opportunities for the methods, means, and meaning of education. The program provides a select group of those involved in training the next generation of healthcare providers with the knowledge base and skills to enhance their expertise in conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the educational activities at their home institutions.

The program consists of two sessions in residence at Harvard: a 10 day winter session and a 6 day spring session.

Learning formats include large group presentations; interactive exercises; problem based learning; observations; reflective use of journals; discussions in large and small groups. A variety of faculty facilitated small group formats are used to support learning from observations, to draw together scholars with common interests, and to further the development of each scholar’s back home project for educational change.


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 64.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at: www.eaccme.eu.


“The Harvard Macy Program has been a capstone experience in my development and growth as a leader in medical education. The breath of experiences, individual attention, responsive faculty and carefully constructed curriculum were all highlights of a program that is light years ahead of any other professional development offering. It is a highly sought after course at our institution and one that, year after year, never fails to exceed our every expectation!”

Reena Karani, MD, Director, Clinical Curriculum and Assessment; Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Co-Director, Integrated Internal Medicine-Geriatrics Clerkship; Assistant Professor Brookdale Department of Geriatrics & Adult Development, Samuel M. Bronfman Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


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