The Medical Education Track is a comprehensive, four-year curriculum in medical education that is integrated into the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. The University of Chicago has a long rich history of innovation in education from John Dewey to the current MERITS – Medical Education Research Innovation and Teaching Scholarship Program. Quality medical education is essential for preparing future physicians to not only provide exemplary patient care, but also to become outstanding educators who will engage in innovative research that will change paradigms and challenge the status quo. A thoughtful, rigorous, evidence-based medical education leads to scholarly discovery that will improve the quality of future physicians’ education and ultimately improve patient care. The Medical Education Track combines interactive didactic sessions, seminars, teaching and mentoring opportunities, as well as scholarly projects with the goal of providing students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be future leaders in medical education.
All Pritzker students will have the opportunity to participate in medical education experiences during their four years of medical school. Medical education interactive sessions are integrated into the preclinical curriculum in Scholarship & Discovery. Subsequently, students have many opportunities to serve as educators during their time at Pritzker. A few examples are serving as a teaching assistant in a variety of courses, taking the Becoming a Resident Teacher Course as a fourth year elective, or teaching grade school or high school students in the community.
For those students who wish to become future leaders in medical education, pursuing the Medical Education Track will provide the opportunity to receive advanced training, conduct a mentored medical education project, and connect with medical education leaders institutionally and nationally.
Core Components of the Medical Education Scholarship Track:
First-Year Elective in Medical Education
As a component of the Scholarship and Discovery curriculum, students in the Medical Education Track are able to enroll in a Medical Education elective during the spring quarter of their first year. The elective will introduce key concepts, career opportunities and roles, and venues for scholarship in medical education.
Advanced Training in Medical Education
All MET students will obtain advanced training in medical education through a variety of possibilities such as taking the Becoming a Resident Teacher Course, participating in a Residents-as-Teacher two week teaching elective, attending a minimum of 4 hours of teaching skills workshops offered at regional and/or national meetings or another institution, or earning an advanced degree in education.
Students will be given the opportunity to meet with various faculty members who are involved in medical education. Through a process of discovery, they will be paired with a mentor who has similar scholarly interests. This mentor will guide them through their scholarly project as well as be a resource throughout their four years of medical school.
In addition to having a mentor, Medical Education Track students will serve as mentors themselves to other students and meet with their mentees on a regular basis. Some examples of mentorship opportunities include mentoring students in subsequent MET cohorts or serving as mentors to grade school or high school students.
Medical Education Committee Service
Students in the Medical Education Track will serve on at least one committee during medical school that focuses on some aspect of medical education including but not limited to Admissions, Wellness, Professionalism, or Curriculum.
Students in the Medical Education Track will have a significant teaching role during medical school to be approved by track leaders. Some examples include serving as a teaching assistant for a course, developing and teaching their own course, or teaching students or patients in the community.
Students in the Medical Education Track are required to begin a faculty mentored Medical Education project by their second year and will complete this project by the end of their fourth year. They will present their scholarly work at a Medical Education Day and local, regional, or national conferences.
Medical Education at the University of Chicago
- MERITS – Medical Education Research Innovation and Teaching Scholarship Program
- RIME- Research and Innovation in Medical Education
- Medical Education Fellowship
- Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators
Medical Education Scholarship on the Web
- Association of American Medical Colleges National Meeting
- Academic Medicine
- JAMA Medical Education Topic Collection
- Education Science Discovery Institute
- Stanford Faculty Development Program
- Harvard Macy Program
Examples of Student Work
- Primary Care, the ROAD Less Traveled: What First-Year Medical Students Want in a Specialty, Kim Clinite, MS4
- Adapting a Cultural Sensibility Model to Teach about LGBT Health Care, Nate West, MD'14
- Handoff Teaching Video, John Paro, MD'10