Educational Activities

Definition

Educational activities include the following areas:

Programs and Courses. Teaching students, residents, clinical fellows, postdoctoral trainees, and/or faculty in courses, programs, formal settings, such as lectures, seminars, and small groups, and/or other educational programs, including inter-professional education, service-learning, or other community-engaged pedagogy.

Research Education and Mentoring. Teaching and mentoring of students, residents, clinical fellows, postdoctoral trainees, staff and/or faculty in the research setting, including activities such as training in research skills and techniques, including community engaged research; journal clubs; service on thesis committees; graduate program membership.

Clinical Education and Mentoring. Teaching and mentoring of students, residents, fellows, faculty and/or other healthcare professionals in the healthcare setting, including activities such as clinical skills education and precepting; morning report and mortality and morbidity conferences; mentoring in hospital and ambulatory settings.

Educational Leadership, Administration and Service.  Educational leadership positions and service on internal and external educational committees, such as course director; residency or fellowship program director or associate director; graduate program director; membership and/or leadership of educational committees and organizations internally or externally; director of faculty development programs.

Educational Development.  Development of educational materials and resources, such as curricula, courses, syllabi, web-based educational materials, educational technologies (e.g., simulation), policy statements, assessment tools, service-learning or other community-engaged pedagogy.

External Educational Activities.  Educational programs for the profession and public, such as continuing medical education (CME) programs; professional development and educational workshops; education of the public, including patient education, community education, and education of policy makers.

Mentoring.  Mentoring faculty and others (such as students or professional staff), including, but not limited to, mentoring in UMMS and departmental mentoring programs, and/or external mentoring relationships.

Evaluation

Educational activities are evaluated by the quality and quantity of an individual’s activities and by their performance and effectiveness as an educator and mentor.

The effectiveness of an educator may be demonstrated by measures such as evaluations of teaching by learners, peers, and community partners; evaluations of courses and/or programs; learner scores on standardized tests; dissemination and impact of courses, curricula, or educational materials; and letters from students and/or trainees attesting to educational effectiveness.

The effectiveness of a mentor may be demonstrated by measures such as the number and current status of mentees; publications and other scholarly works with mentees; assessments of mentoring abilities and competence; and letters from mentees attesting to mentoring effectiveness.