Building a Career in the Medical Educator Track*

Date/Time: Sunday, September 10, 2023 - 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Track: Professional Development
Room: Franklin Hall 3 (4th Floor)
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Chair: Rohini Samudralwar, MD

Co-Chair: Christa Nobleza, MD

The core missions in academic neurology are patient care, education and research. The clinician pathway as well as the research pathway for professional development are usually clearly define. The progress from a clinician can be measured by productivity metrics such as relative value units. There are various training, specialty fellowships that can be done for a clinical pathway (1). Knowing the career path one takes is important to decrease burn out and increase career satisfaction (1). On the other hand, research tracks established include the pre-NIH or NIH-established tracks as well as available Masters of Science courses and degrees for faculty in research. Little is known regarding tracks for medical education (1). The role and pathway of a medical educator in academic neurology is not clearly defined (1). Although some institutions have delineated programs for faculty to be a medical educator, this has not been widely recognized. There is a need for increased awareness, dissemination and consistency of this professional development track for academic neurologists (2). This session will provide the foundation for which the milestones, approach to grant funding, identification of ones teaching philosophy and how educational research information should be shared will be discussed. Experts in the field of medical education in academic neurology will discuss these topics as well as answer questions from the audience.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Following this session, the learner will be able to define the building blocks and milestones throughout the career of an academic medical educator.
  • Following this session, the learner should be able to describe the approaches to successful medical education grant funding and application.
  • Following this session, the learner should be able to define and describe teaching philosophies in academic neurology.
  • Following this session, the learner will be able to describe meaningful mechanisms to disseminate educational findings in academic neurology.

Career Milestones in the Clinician Educator Track: Beyond Bedside Teaching in Academic Neurology

Speaker: Amy Pruitt, MD

We will discuss ways in which clinical educators can become recognized within and beyond their institutions by engaging in CME courses, invited lectureships, and developing course materials (both for neurologists and non-neurologists) and creating various types of evaluations. We will also address the utility of obtaining a Master's degree in medical education and what subspecialties lend themselves to a career in medical education.

Grant Funding as a Clinician Educator in Academic Neurology

Speaker: Nicholas Morris, MD

In this presentation, we will explore the benefits of funding clinical education initiatives, develop a toolkit for successfully obtaining funding for clinical initiatives, and delineate educational grant funding sources.

Disseminating Educational Findings in Academic Medicine

Speaker: Roy E. Strowd, MD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Dissemination of scholarship is central to advancing the field of science and education. It is also a critical currency for academic neurologists. Dissemination of teaching scholarship can be difficult with limited outlets, differing approaches, and often less experience during training. Recently, the Neurology family of journals has launched a new peer-reviewed journal, Neurology: Education, which publishes original research articles on education research, outcomes-driven curriculum innovations, and other articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In this talk, attendees will review recent publications in Neurology: Education and identify evidence-based approaches that they can incorporate in their teaching. Using this "case based" approach of recent publications, attendees will learn tips and pitfalls for publishing in medical education. By the end of the talk, attendees will be able to identify outlets for developing and disseminating their own teaching scholarship within neurology and adjacent fields.

Defining your Teaching Philosophy in Academic Neurology

Speaker: Deborah Bradshaw, MD, FAAN 

A "teaching philosophy" articulates the values and beliefs that guide an educator's work with learners.  Educators develop a teaching philosophy through a combination of their own experiences as learners, observation,  experimentation, reading and life experience as teachers.  It incorporates the educator's concepts of how learning and mastery occur, original or modeled methods of teaching and a distillation of the ideas, values and material the educator hopes to impart. This session will offer examples and propose ways to explore and develop one's teaching philosophy.