Innovative Clinician Educator Track
The Innovative Clinician Educator track within the Pulmonary and Critical Care (PCCM) fellowship training program is designed for trainees who desire a career in academic medicine with a focus on development of innovative medical education programs and patient care. The mission is to develop leaders in pulmonary and critical care medical education, quality care and patient safety, curriculum development, and education research.
Each year, one fellow will be selected for the track via the NRMP Match; the pathway has a separate match number from the standard physician-scientist track. The pathway, which is supported in part by the VA Pittsburgh Health System, focuses on the development of teaching skills, curriculum development, clinical excellence and a scholarly focus that will prepare graduates for a faculty position at an academic medical center.
Clinical training in Year 1 will be identical to fellows in the traditional Physician Scientist training pathway. During years 2 and 3 in addition to the standard clinical requirements for Physician Scientist pathway fellows, the Clinician Educator fellow will maintain an extra one half day a week outpatient clinic and complete 2-3 additional inpatient rotations.
Clinician Educator fellows will receive a Certificate in Medical Education from the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE). The fellow will have the opportunity to extend the education to complete requirements for a Master’s degree at her/his own expense.
Clinician Educator fellows will be expected to demonstrate scholarly productivity through original research and/or review publications, new curricula, educational software/videos, web-based educational content, new evaluation tools. Fellows will be expected to seek funding to support her/his scholarly work, participate in regional and national medical education working groups, and present her/his original work at regional and national conferences. The potential for an additional fourth year of advanced fellowship training is available through the VAPHS on a competitive basis.
Clinician educator fellows will be mentored to develop teaching skills for all levels of medical trainees in various settings including clinical venues, conferences, simulation sessions, and dedicated courses/seminars.
Clinician educator fellows will gain leadership experience with service on local, regional, and national medical education and/or quality and patient safety committees. Administrative experience will be provided at the fellowship level with integration into the Program Evaluation Committee and with programmatic clinical and educational conference administration.