Faculty Development for Clinician Educators & Clinical Teachers

Aurora Health Care’s Clinician Educators and Clinical Teachers are uniquely positioned to advance trainee competencies across the continuum and improve patient care through alignment with our system priorities for high quality, safe and cost effective care.

Our Clinician Educator and Clinical Teacher Faculty Development Initiatives advance participants’ knowledge and skills in health professions education using evidence-based models and techniques within the 70/20/10 workplace learning framework. Currently our focus is on physician teachers and educators primarily in southeastern Wisconsin with offerings matched to their educational role(s).

Our Faculty Development Initiatives

  • Clinician Educator emphasizes the breadth of competencies needed for those who lead, co-lead and/or aspire to have a major role in our residency/fellowship, clerkships, CME, simulation and/or our medical education initiatives. Through a common project focus, participants actively apply the evidence-based principles in instructional design, learner assessment, evaluation, leadership, and teaching using a scholarly approach. During the 18-24 month program participants meet for 3 hours/month and spend approximately 1 hour per week of “outside” time a month (e.g., reading, practicing, gathering data, reviewing project drafts). Participants are mentored by experienced clinician educators, receiving guidance to optimize their current and aspirational educator roles and responsibilities.
  • Clinical Teacher sessions are 45 minute “hands on” – deliberate practice sessions where participants can learn and practice specific skills and get feedback to advance their skills as teachers. Topics range from the one-minute preceptor, teaching in the patient’s presence, providing feedback and assessing for milestones in the clinical setting, to interactive small group teaching in the classroom setting.
  • New to Aurora Medical Education is a 60-90 minute orientation designed for new physician teachers to overview our medical education programs across the continuum from medical student to resident-fellow through continuing medical education. Initiatives that cut across each stage of training are highlighted by reviewing how accreditation and competency requirements at each training level can allow us to maximize our training and patient care priorities.

Sessions are co-taught by Aurora’s nationally recognized medical educators and award winning teachers. It is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Academy of Clinical Teaching Scholars (ACTS), a member of the Aurora Academy.

For a copy of our scheduled events and/or to learn more about our faculty development initiatives, please contact Sharon Sabourin in Aurora Academic Affairs or Program Leaders:

Deborah Simpson, PhD
Director Medical Education Programs
Academic Affairs

Andy Anderson, MD, MBA
Senior Vice-President
Academic Affairs