Educator Development Programs

The Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education offers a variety of programs designed to promote educator development.

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Woodward Center Programs

Events and Workshops Expand answer

A variety of workshops on educator development are offered through the Woodward Center.

Upcoming events are listed here. Click on any event for details or to add it to your Outlook calendar.

EdVenture Expand answer

EdVenture is the College of Medicine’s annual celebration of teaching and learning. Traditionally held in the spring, this event recognizes the efforts and achievements of educators across our organization. The Woodward Lecture and Workshop are central to EdVenture, and past presenters are listed here.

The next EdVenture will be held in April 2019.

Funding Opportunities Expand answer

When available, Woodward Center funding opportunities are listed here.

Harvard Macy Program for Educators Expand answer

In 2014, Penn State College of Medicine committed to sending cohorts of faculty to attend the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions.

Learn more about the Harvard Macy program

See previous Penn State participants

Lunch-and-Learn Sessions Expand answer

Lunch and Learn sessions are held most months and include a topic or journal article as a cornerstone for a guided discussion.

Educators will be encouraged to reflect on how to grow individually and as a community of practice in teaching and learning at Penn State.

Program for Educators in Health Professions Expand answer

The Woodward Center Program for Educators in Health Professions is designed to give faculty advanced training in teaching and educational scholarship.

Participants can pursue defined paths to develop focused educator skills and receive a certificate in recognition of completion.

The program is open to current and future faculty at Penn State College of Medicine and affiliated institutions.

Participants complete specific sets of Woodward Educator Development Workshops, including both online and in-person sessions.

Credit toward the program is given after demonstration of competence through assessments completed during each workshop or online module.

Access online modules here

Contact the Woodward Center for details

Scholarship in Education Award Expand answer

The Scholarship in Education Award is open to all Penn State College of Medicine Faculty members and is designed to recognize educators’ outstanding scholarly contributions to medical education.

Applications are reviewed by a highly rated panel of internal and external reviewers, using specific criteria of scholarship.

SiE Boot Camp Workshops

Those interested in applying for the Scholarship in Education Award are encouraged to attend one of the interactive Boot Camps designed to assist in the application preparation and process.

This workshop introduces participants to Glassick’s criteria, which are used as the basis for selecting awardees. After practicing with all six criteria, workshop attendees will then begin to examine how the criteria apply to their own educational activity, and plan for how they will organize their Scholarship in Education Award submission.

Upcoming workshops are listed here.

To Apply

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. June 3, 2018

See application details

With questions about the Scholarship in Education Award, contact the Woodward Center at edresearch@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-0003, ext. 280809.

2017 Recipients

The Woodward Center will announce and honor the 2017 Scholarship in Education Award recipients at EdVenture 2018.

Society of Distinguished Educators Expand answer

The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes exemplary educators among the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine. Award recipients become members of the Society of Distinguished Educators.

To be eligible for a Distinguished Educator Award, faculty members must have held an appointment at Penn State College of Medicine or Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a minimum of three years and hold the rank of at least associate professor or equivalent.

In addition to demonstrated excellence as a teacher, nominees will have made exceptional contributions in medical (which could include undergraduate or graduate) education and/or graduate student (which could include postdoctoral) education in one or more of the following ways:

  • Research in education (e.g., publications or grants)
  • Innovations in teaching methods or curriculum (e.g., new ways to teach subject matter)
  • Development of new assessment methods
  • Mentoring and development of faculty
  • Leadership in education (e.g., course director, program director, involvement at national level)

Distinguished Educator awardees receive:

  • The Distinguished Educator title
  • Membership in the Society of Distinguished Educators
  • A medallion signifying the wearer as a Distinguished Educator
  • Recognition on the Distinguished Educator plaque
  • A $1,500 financial award to be used at the discretion of the Distinguished Educator
  • Free rental of academic regalia for Commencement

See all Distinguished Educators

Stanford Clinical Teaching Framework Expand answer

The Woodward Center offers the opportunity for faculty to become certified in the Stanford Clinical Teaching Framework.

The program consists of seven two-hour sessions covering the following educational categories:

  • Learning Climate
  • Control of Session
  • Communication of Goals
  • Promotion of Understanding and Retention
  • Evaluation
  • Feedback
  • Promotion of Self-Directed Learning

Each year, the program is limited to 12 learners.

Residents, fellows and faculty are welcome.

Certification is granted upon completion of all seven sessions, and CME credit is provided.

Student and Resident Programs Expand answer

The Woodward Center offers a variety of training options for students as well.

Graduate Students as Educators

This group is for graduate students interested in learning more about research-based teaching methods.

Learning opportunities available include:

  • A four-hour workshop designed specifically for graduate students
  • Group debriefing sessions to reflect on teaching experiences
  • Personal feedback on educational philosophy/teaching statements prepared for job applications

Learn more about Graduate Students as Educators

Medical Students as Educators (fourth-year elective)

A 2.5-credit elective for fourth-year medical students serves as a foundation for learning the principles of practical clinical, classroom and small-group teaching techniques.

This course provides training in educational methods and an introduction to theory to help medical students become effective educators. Students apply what they have learned about research-based teaching practices as they work with first, second and/or third-year medical students.

Learn more about Medical Students as Educators

Residents as Educators

A variety of opportunities are available for residents through the Residents as Educators program, a joint offering of the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education and the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Learn more about Residents as Educators

Teaching in Today's Changing Environment Expand answer

“Teaching in Today’s Changing Environment: Educating from a Developmental Perspective” is a continuing education program of Penn State College of Medicine.

Today’s educational and health-care reforms require faculty who can help learners to grow and evolve into reflective, critically thinking professionals. Such educational activities are embodied in the developmental perspective (Pratt D.D. Five Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education. Malabar, FL: Krieger, 1998), an approach to teaching that aims to help learners to think critically, solve problems, and to understand for themselves.

This course will provide a combination of activities to help educators explore the developmental perspective, develop a plan for deliberate practice of developmental teaching principles, and gain skills-based experiences.

The event will take place Sept. 26 and 27, 2018, at University Conference Center, 30 Conference Dr., Hershey, PA 17033.

CME credit is available.

Register here