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Clinical Educator: Teaching Excellence Institute

The UTHSC Clinical Educator Track is a 9-month program for instructors interested in developing and/or deepening their understanding of the pedagogical strategies used to effectively teach students in clinics and hospitals.  The Clinical Educator program enrollment is open to all UTHSC clinical instructors at any level. 


The program will contain several components:


  1. A series of monthly face-to-face workshops on issues related to teaching in the clinical setting.  Topics will include challenges to teaching in the clinical setting, instructional strategies to optimize learning and feedback techniques.  Workshops will be led by UTHSC faculty, TLC staff, and outside speakers. 
  2. Access to print and online resources related to the above topics and other topics that arise.
  3. An online forum where members of the cohort can continue to meet and discuss thoughts and concerns about clinical education along with opportunities to meet face to face as a group.
  4. Support for the cohort should any of the members wish to continue meeting after the initial program.  The group would be self-led with support from the TLC as requested. 

Certificate of Completion


Participants who satisfactorily complete the set of requirements listed below are eligible for a UTHSC Teaching Excellence Institute: Clinical Educator Certificate, the Clinical Educator medallion, and will receive a $500 stipend.

  1. Attend eight of the nine monthly workshops
  2. Complete monthly assignments
  3. Develop a portfolio of teaching strategies and potential activities




20-21 AY

4th Friday

Participants will be asked to:

Clinical Educator Faculty Panel

A group of UTHSC faculty will discuss their successes and challenges teaching in the clinical setting.

Sept 25th

Reflect upon the stories they hear and write about a success and challenge that they have faced when teaching in the clinical setting

Student Panel

A group of UTHSC students will discuss their success and challenges learning in the clinical setting.

Oct 23rd

Reflect upon the stories they hear and based on stories write down one way in which you can improve teaching in the clinical setting.

Characteristics of Effective Clinical Teachers

UTHSC faculty or TLC staff will discuss characteristics essential for successful clinical educators.

Nov 20th

Identify one characteristic to improve upon or adopt and develop plan for accomplishing this.

Teaching in a clinical setting

UTHSC faculty will discuss strategies to effectively teach in the clinical setting (both inpatient and outpatient). 

Dec 4th

Depending on clinical setting, develop a plan to implement one of the strategies discussed.

Setting Expectations

UTHSC faculty or TLC staff will discuss creating and implementing a game plan to set performance expectations for each learner on the clinical rotation.

Jan 22nd

Develop a game plan to be used at the beginning of clinical rotations. 

Feedback and Coaching

UTHSC faculty will discuss feedback and coaching strategies to use in the clinical setting.

Feb 26th

Choose one of the feedback methods discussed and develop an implementation plan.

Case-based Learning to teach clinical reasoning

UTHSC faculty or TLC staff will discuss implementing case-based learning to optimize learning.

Mar 26th

Develop a case-based activity that you can implement into your clinical teaching.

Questioning as a teaching tool

UTHSC faculty or TLC staff will discuss the implementation of questioning as a strategy to optimize learning.

April 23rd

Develop a set of specialty questions focusing on higher order thinking skills.

Participant Presentation

Participants will share one way in which they will implement strategies discussed.

May 28th

Dates & Times:
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, September 25, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, October 23, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, November 20, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, December 4, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, January 22, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, February 26, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, April 23, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, May 28, 2021
  Teaching Excellence Institute > Clinical Educators  
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