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
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 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 the organization. The Woodward Lecture and Workshop are central to EdVenture, and past presenters are listed here.
EdVenture 2021 details will be posted when available.
When available, Woodward Center funding opportunities are listed here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, held each year before applications are due, 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.
If you have questions about the Scholarship in Education Award, contact the Woodward Center at WoodwardCenter@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.
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
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
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.
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.
Join accomplished presenters to explore new developments in health sciences education. All sessions are held noon to 1 p.m. Fridays.