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October 25-27
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. 

SPACE IS LIMITED! This course has sold out the past six years, well in advance of the course date. To be assured a spot in the 2023 program, early registration is strongly recommended.

This program is among the highest-rated Harvard Medical School CME courses.


Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills

October 25-27, 2023

Course Directors:  Katharyn Meredith Atkins, MD, Margaret “Molly” Hayes, MD
David Roberts, MD, Richard Schwartzstein, MD

Course Manager:  Carol Hughes

Thank you for participating in our 19th CME course! We are delighted to welcome you to Boston for a fun, active, and educational three days!  We trust you will enjoy the course, find it practical and informative, and have ample opportunity to interact with the faculty and medical education colleagues from around the world.  We would very much like to get to know all of our course participants so we encourage you to meet the course directors, ask questions, and offer feedback.


Below is general information about the course.  

Registration Documents: At registration, you received your name badge, tent card, and a course syllabus. Pleaseremember to wear your name badge at all times during the course and be sure to bring your tent card to all sessions. The course syllabus is also available electronically at:   

This site will be available to you only until Friday, January 31, 2024. We will be recycling the paper copies of the syllabus at the end of the course. Please feel free to leave your paper syllabus at the registration desk for recycling if you do not want to take it.

Course Evaluations and Credit: This course has been approved for up to 22.25 hours of Category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award and up to 22.25 credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  In order to receive your CME credits and certificate, Harvard Medical School will email you a link to a survey to evaluate the sessions you have attended.  We encourage you to complete appropriate portions of the evaluation as the course progresses. The electronic evaluation tracks the responses by computer so attendees must log in using the same computer on a daily basis and cannot share computers with other attendees. Once you have completed the online evaluation, HMS will email the CME certificate to you (please allow four weeks for processing). The evaluation must be completed for CME credit and certificate.

The evaluation is a critical component of our program planning.  We not only read and review every evaluation returned, but also provide any specific comments made about topics and speakers to the appropriate people.  If you do not receive the email from HMS, please contact HMS DCE office at the following address: Include your name, course number 732631-2402a, and the email address you wish to use for the evaluation link.

Plenary Sessions: All plenary sessions will take place in the Oval Room. The syllabus materials for these sessions are all located in the blue section of the syllabus.

Teaching Methods Workshops: You will rotate from workshop to workshop according to the individual conference schedule you were given at registration.  You are scheduled to attend all five workshops and may not switch workshop sessions. The syllabus materials are all located in the green section of the syllabus.

Message Board: Please feel free to leave messages for one another at the registration desk. 


Guests: Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate additional guests at any of the events.

Disclosures: Please refer to the Disclosure Statement page of the syllabus for acknowledgments and faculty disclosures.

Copyright: Slides, materials, and articles may not be reproduced without permission from the presenter, author, and/or publisher.

Security: Please write your name on all of your conference materials, and be sure to keep them with you at all times.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to replace any of the items if they are lost or stolen.  We also encourage you not to leave any personal belongings in the meeting rooms.  Neither course directors nor the hotel are responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Schedule: We will make every effort to stay on time for each session.  Please be sure to return to the meeting rooms promptly so we can maintain our schedule.  

Room Temperature: The room temperature will be set at approximately 68º F.  If you feel the temperature is uncomfortable, please advise the course directors or the meeting planners at the course registration desk.  Please wear layers for optimum comfort.  

Cell Phones and Pagers: Please place on vibrate mode.  We ask that you do not text or take phone calls during the sessions.  If the call is urgent, please step outside of the room to speak.

Recording: The course is not being recorded.  Please note: NO recording devices are permitted in the meeting rooms.

Meals: Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the Venetian Room each day of the course. For you to enjoy some of Boston, or to have a rest between sessions, we’ve scheduled a long lunch break. You will find a list of local restaurants in your syllabus.



See you soon, 

Course Directors  

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More than 2500 clinical educators have participated in this program. These participants have changed their teaching practice after taking this course.



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March 20-22, 2024

Slides & Videos will remain online until Friday, Jan. 31, 2024

Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Office will email you a link to complete the evaluation and obtain your certificate.

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify principles of adult learning in order to:

  • Assess their learners’ needs

  • Design an educational intervention

  • Establish student-centered learning environments

2. Employ venue-specific teaching skills for:

  • Ambulatory teaching

  • Bedside teaching

  • Large-group presentations

  • Small group/case-based teaching

3. Recognize effective learner assessment strategies and provide effective feedback in order to set educational expectations

4. Foster critical thinking skills so learners may effectively use questions to promote clinical decision making

5. Engage in reflective practice in order to identify effective teaching techniques


Medical personnel of all specialties involved in the practice of medical education, including:

  • Physicians 

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Physician Assistants

  • Nurses

  • Pharmacists

  • Psychologists

  • Veterinarians

  • Dentists

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