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.