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Medical Education Pathway

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”-William Yeats

Is medical education in your future?

This pathway is for those with a passion for teaching and learning.

The program is designed to expose you to foundational medical education topics, while embedding you in a community of practice including our most innovative faculty educators.


You can audit the classroom work, and participate as much as you would like. Or you can commit fully to the pathway and receive a Medical Education Pathway certificate at the end of residency.

See a blueprint of the Medical Education Pathway over the course of 3 years of residency:

Feedback on Teaching Skills

Medical Education Pathway residents have the opportunity to teach medical students in the clinical skills simulation lab. Expert educators provide feedback on your teaching skills, both in real time and later while reviewing video of your teaching with you. The pathway director is also available to provide feedback to you on your teaching in multiple venues using a standard feedback form. These are unique experiences that allow for deliberate practice in teaching.

Educator Portfolios

Pathway residents reflect on their teaching philosophies, as well as content covered in monthly sessions to build an educator portfolio. This is also where you can collect teaching feedback and progress with their MEP scholarly projects. This portfolio serves as a record of your growth as an educator during your time in MEP, and can be useful when applying to future education positions. Please click here to see an example of the director's educator portfolio.

Pre-Medical Student Mentors

Those who purse the certificate in the Medical Education Pathway can mentor pre-medical students from the University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Medical Sciences Pathway. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce college students to the work that you do, and to mentor them in the process of choosing medicine as a career.

Monthly Modules Examples:

Clinical teaching skills: Many people think asking questions = good teaching. We learn that not all questions are created equal. What is the Socratic method and how is it different from simply asking questions? How can we ask questions that engage higher cognitive levels in our learners? How does asking questions promote long-term retention of learning? How do I avoid “pimping” and ask valuable questions to learners?

Assessment and Feedback: What assessment and feedback strategies enhance learning? How can observation, practice, and reflection enhance learning and teaching? What is the difference between summative and formative assessment, and why does it matter?

Learning Objectives and Curriculum: How can good learning objectives lead to high value learning opportunities? What are the missions and assumptions of different health care curricula?

Large Group Presentations: What are effective techniques when teaching in large groups? What is the best way to hone facilitation skills? Examples: lead academic half day; teach in morning report.

Technology in Education: How can technology be harnessed to promote sound educational concepts in various teaching settings? How can Information Technology and Web technology be used to facilitate assessment? Example: medical apps that promote real-time quizzing or asynchronous learning

Join us!

There are many ways to be an “educator” in medicine. The Medical Education Pathway’s experiential design and community of educators will help you gain valuable educational skills and experience regardless of where your career takes you. I hope you join us!

For additional information, please email

Ben Kinnear, MD


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University of Cincinnati
Department of Internal Medicine

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Medical Sciences Building Room 6058
PO Box 670557
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0557

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