Program for Educators in Health Professions
Please be advised: As we typically receive many qualified applicants, you may be asked to defer taking the course to the following year. Applicants are encouraged to note any time-sensitive circumstances in their application.
Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD
Holly Gooding, MD, MSc
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 provide 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.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Evaluate how adults learn and incorporate teaching strategies and other methods that enhance learning
- Identify the elements of effective curriculum design and plan strategically for curricular change
- Identify leadership styles that increase the likelihood of acceptance to change
- Develop organizational plans strategically for educational innovations in your institution
- Develop skills to deal productively with conflicting responses and resistance to change
- Incorporate the educational innovations designed within your organization
- Evaluate the success of your innovative educational project
- Report the effectiveness and success of your educational innovation to your organization
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.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 64.00 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
*Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.
Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.