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The Techniques and Strategies That Significantly Improve Student Engagement, and Teaching and Mentoring Effectiveness

Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies. 


Incorporating best practices, newer principles of adult learning, and widely available technologies into your teaching can significantly improve your ability to engage and inspire students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. This special program, ranked among Harvard Medical School’s highest-rated CME courses, is a uniquely comprehensive exploration of best practices for teaching medicine at the bedside, in ambulatory settings, and in the classroom.  

The 2024 curriculum helps medical educators to:

  • Provide more effective feedback that motivates change

  • Utilize active learning strategies in small and large group teaching settings

  • Deliver more impactful and engaging lectures

  • Identify effective best practices for mentor-mentee relationships  

  • Optimize evaluation of trainee competencies

  • Improve the interactivity of small group discussions

  • Enhance critical thinking and self-learning among students using concept maps and inductive reasoning

  • Describe real-time strategies to address unprofessional behavior

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of various assessment tools

  • Integrate social media and digital education into your teaching portfolio

  • Incorporate technology into your teaching

  • Create an action plan for implementing and sustaining effective change as leaders in medical education

  • Identify strategies to recognize and mitigate bias

  • Identify personal and organizational strategies for well-being

Case-based and hands-on learning are a hallmark of this course, with significant participant interaction and active modeling of instruction techniques. Whether you are newer to teaching or a seasoned educator and mentor, this course will give you modern tools and practices to optimize skills transfer and learner success.


Areas of focus in which attendees will deepen their skills include:

  • Interactive Lecturing

  • Bedside Teaching

  • Effective Mentoring

  • Impactful Feedback

  • Developing Curriculum

  • Assessing Learners

  • Learner Engagement

  • Teaching Critical Thinking

  • Teaching and Maintaining Wellness


The 2024 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 90 days after the end of the course. 


Friday, March 22, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Through a series of highly interactive workshops, you will explore the skills educators need to climb an institution’s promotion ladder and succeed in a career in academic medicine. You will learn strategies to:

  • Build an educational niche and navigate a successful career path

  • Spearhead educational innovations and attain greater visibility for your work

  • Becoming an educational change agent

  • Identify your personal leadership style

  • Manage your time in order to stay clinically and academically productive

Space is limited for this workshop; early registration is advised.


This highly interactive and hands-on skills building session will equip the modern educator with tools to be an A+ teacher in 2024. This session will provide you up-to-date techniques to improve your teaching effectiveness in the classroom and at the bedside. You will learn:

  • Strategies to improve the performance of your students and advance your own critical thinking

  • Tangible tips to create an elegant slide presentation without hours of tinkering and frustration

  • Strategies to enhance interactivity of online learning, including all the tips and tricks that Zoom has to offer 

  • How to give feedback using the advocacy inquiry approach 

  • Principles of effective twitter messages and infographic/visual abstract design

  • Key tools within infographic-making software, such as Canva

Space is limited for this workshop; early registration is advised.


Join our FALL Course on

October 23-25, 2024

CME Information

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

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